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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

‘Ridiculous, trashy’ barbed wire

Written March 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Jim Ketter doesn’t know how much longer his brain tumor will allow him to live. Before he goes, he’d like the city of Albany to do something about the fencing that lines the Santiam Canal.


Hydro may resume any time

Written December 7th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The generator in Albany’s Vine Street powerhouse has been quiet this fall, a period when normally it would have been running. But it may start up again in a matter of days and once again earning money from electricity sales.


Students tackle bike path study

Written April 18th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It was in 1973 that that a group of seniors at Oregon State University had an assignment of designing bikeways for the city of Albany, and the Periwinkle Bikepath was the result. Now another group of students, from the University of Oregon this time, has taken on a similar challenge. It may be too much to expect a similar […]


Finally: Albany-Lebanon canal deal

Written February 21st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The long-running dispute between Albany and Lebanon over the Santiam Canal is about to be settled, and the public works staffs and lawyers of both cities deserve the credit for working out the details.


River’s rise stops Albany hydro

Written December 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Trying to make money from its small hydropower generator, the city of Albany can’t seem to catch a break. Much of last year there was too little water to run the turbine, and now there is too much.


Santiam Canal: A deal looks possible

Written June 28th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The war of words between Albany and Lebanon over the Albany-Santiam Canal has calmed down, thanks at least in part to the public works professionals of both towns. As a result, it’s now possible to envision an agreement that meets the goals of each, and the hope is that the respective city councils see it that […]


Santiam Canal: Two money disputes

Written February 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The good old Albany-Santiam Canal is back in the news, as it frequently is, and money is the cause. Albany plans to bill Lebanon for a share of canal maintenance costs. And in a seemingly unrelated matter, a contractor and the city of Albany are trying to settle on the final payments for a repair job […]


How to solve fight over canal

Written October 21st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany and Lebanon are in danger of slipping into an un-neighborly fight over the Santiam-Albany Canal. Albany’s latest overture is not likely to help, and already the spat is costing Lebanon more money — on studies and options on land for a new intake — than it should have to spend. For my recommendation for […]


City: Canal ‘paths’ still possible

Written September 22nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Contrary to what I reported on Sept. 17, the city of Albany says it could still build walkways or “esplanades” along the Santiam Canal even though it told the federal government it had no plans for and did not allow recreational uses along the canal.


City on canal recreation: No way!

Written September 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany has told the federal government it has no intention of opening trails or allowing any other recreational use along the 18-mile Albany-Santiam Canal, no matter what it might say in its Town Center Plan or the downtown urban renewal program. And that is just one of the many issues — and a minor one […]


 
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