HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Population update: Fodder for a story

Written November 25th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The people at Portland State University came out with their annual population estimates the other day.  If the report conceals startling news about Albany and other mid-valley towns, I don’t see it. But the new numbers provide fodder for a story nevertheless.


First the corona, and then an election

Written April 4th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

As if the coronavirus panic was not bad enough, there’s an election right around the corner. But nobody around here has paid it much attention so far.


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 […]


 
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