A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

For two longtime members, the last meeting

Written December 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

I’ve been following most meetings of the Albany City Council on YouTube or Zoom. But I went in person Wednesday night because the last council meeting of 2022 was also the last for longtime Councilors Bessie Johnson and Dick Olsen.

Demolition meeting ends on a sour note

Written November 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Monday’s meeting of the Albany Revitalization Agency was called to award a demolition contract for the former Wells Fargo branch downtown. It ended on a sour note when the chair, Councilwoman Bessie Johnson, formally accused member Dick Olsen of violating the secrecy of an executive session.

Along Queen, street trees to come down

Written March 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

A reader asked me Sunday if the trees on Queen Avenue marked with green ribbons were to be cut down. I told her I would check on Monday. And the answer is yes, the city intends to have those trees felled.

Campaign brewing in Ward I

Written April 23rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

It’s early yet, but Albany has the first announced challenger this year for a seat on the city council, and it looks as though voters can look forward to a spirited campaign of actual substance. Kevin Manske, co-owner with his wife of CNS Firearms and a  firearms training business, announced his candidacy this week. He’s […]

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