HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Truax Island: Foreboding vibes

Written July 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Little has changed at Truax Island on the Willamette River since I last looked at the place a year ago, except that with its algae-choked water holes and abandoned gravel pits it looks even more foreboding than before.


Paddle access? Yes, but it’s not easy

Written May 17th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The state parks department has been planning for years to build a paddlers’ access on the Luckiamute River in Polk County, and maybe this is the year it finally gets done. In the meantime, though, boaters do have a way to get their small craft in the water, as the video shows.


Bowers Rock: What’s behind HB 2034

Written January 19th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Oregon officials say they have no intention of condemning any land to provide public access to Bowers Rock State Park, but Rep. Andy Olson wants to make sure that if they do, they don’t take a farmer’s fields.


Here’s a target, but don’t shoot

Written August 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Today, a little tip for the sign makers in state government and anywhere else:  If you don’t want people to do any target shooting, don’t make the sign in the form of a target for them to shoot at. This one, in part of the Luckiamute State Natural Area in Polk County, proved irresistible to a vandal […]


Good news for paddlers

Written June 23rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Yes, the long-awaited access for paddlers on the Luckiamute River is scheduled to be built this fall. I wrote about this a few days ago, and as expected, this morning I heard via email from Bryan Nielsen, the manager for the Willamette Mission Management Unit of the state parks system.


Paddlers’ access? Not yet!

Written June 8th, 2013 by

At the mid-valley’s newest state park, the sign on Buena Vista Road promises access by paddlers to the Luckiamute River. There’s a long driveway, some parking spots and even a restroom, but as for access to the river? Not quite. In May 2012, when I still worked for the Albany paper and occasionally kept an […]


 
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