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Open all the way: Hwy. 34 bikeway

Written November 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Finally, the Highway 34 bikeway in Linn County is finished and open to traffic. It allows cyclists to make a convenient and relatively safe round trip from Albany to Corvallis, though when I tried it out Thursday afternoon, mine was the only bike I saw all along the roughly 25 miles of the route.


Albany accepts Linn offer for station, armory

Written October 28th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

That was quick! The Albany City Council Wednesday voted unanimously to accept an offer by Linn County to buy the city’s police station on Jackson Street as well as the city-owned property where the Oregon National Guard has its armory.


Where a bicyclist was killed

Written February 18th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The roadside spot where Albany bicyclist Grant Keith Garner died on Tuesday is on one of my regular bike-riding routes, and I extend my heartfelt condolences to Garner’s family and others who knew him. As an accident it was an unusual one, but the crash that killed Garner, 60, shows why cyclists wish there were more […]


Two bike routes: Where we stand

Written January 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On the mid-valley cycling front, things have been happening on two routes. The Albany City Council has confirmed its support for an Albany-Corvallis Bike Trail, though not necessarily along the alignment that has run into strong opposition from farmers, the Oregon Farm Bureau and the state Department of Agriculture. And Linn County says it is […]


Still shut out from Bowers Rock

Written January 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Every time it comes up, local leaders say they’d like the public to gain access to Bowers Rock State Park. But nothing ever happens along those lines. Instead, a sign on the only feasible access road — Bryant Way, which looks like a public road on the maps I’ve seen — threatens unauthorized people with prosecution if […]


The message is clear…

Written February 16th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

In case the closed gates on Bryant Way outside of Albany don’t do the trick, the Linn County Road Department has emphasized the message with a sign that could not be clearer.


No surprise: Property taxes rise

Written October 9th, 2013 by

Guess what, property tax totals in two mid-valley counties are up again this year. This is no surprise. Voters in Albany approved a slight bump in the special levy for public safety. New construction has taken place, and in many cases the assessed value of property went up regardless of what the market did because […]


Who shot the sign?

Written October 7th, 2013 by

You pass a road sign like this — on Muller Drive in Linn County, in this case — and it gets you wondering about the person who shot it. For some people with stunted minds and a rifle, a rural road sign may pose a challenge even though it’s sitting still. “Let’s see if I […]


Secession in California?

Written September 4th, 2013 by

In Northern California, the Siskiyou County board of supervisors has voted 4-1 to secede from the state of California. It’s a symbolic action that won’t go anywhere. But it highlights a problem in modern America:  For people alienated from the system, there’s no longer a place to go. Part of what shaped America was that […]


Oregon farming: It’s a big deal!

Written August 22nd, 2013 by

You should hear far more than you do about Oregon farms. Why? Because Oregon would be much poorer without agriculture, and the country would be less well fed. Late August is a good time to think about this. The harvest is winding up and city people can see some of the work going on in […]


 
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