A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Checking on Albany hydro: Sales slump

Written January 9th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Every time the bike and I climb up the steep Third Avenue Bridge from Bryant Way, I look off to my right to see if the Albany hydropower generator is turning. Lately it has been still, not moving at all.

Opening up Vine St. along canal? Not really

Written December 11th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

For a moment there, it looked as though the City of Albany was making progress in opening up, for public use, sections of the Vine Street right-of-way alongside the Santiam Canal.

The explanation: Why this canal was dry

Written November 14th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It was something you don’t see very often: Albany’s Eighth Avenue Canal was dry, or almost dry, instead of carrying its usual minimal flow.

This used to be a major Albany canal

Written August 27th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It’s a shame what has happened to one of Albany’s canals, the one that runs down Thurston Street from Seventh Avenue to the Willamette River.

Albany moves to open up street on canal

Written April 26th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Some day in the future, people may be able to walk, ride or even drive along both sides of the Santiam Canal between Fourth Avenue and 12th in Albany. Now they can’t because five segments of the right of way of Vine Street, which flanks the canal on both sides, are blocked.

On Vine Street, a question of blockages

Written March 13th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The city map of Albany tax lots shows a continuous line of public right of way on both sides of the Santiam Canal from Third Avenue to 12th. But that’s not what you see on the ground.

City may authorize Vine Street blockages

Written December 11th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Vine Street in Albany lines both sides of the Albany-Santiam Canal. Over many years, some property owners have taken over the street right-of-way on one or the other side of the canal, and now the city wants to give them licenses to keep doing so.

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