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Sunrise upgrade: Pretty soon now

Written January 8th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

If you’re wondering what happened to the long-gestating plans to renovate Albany’s Sunrise Park, wonder no more. The city parks department hopes to call for bids on the project by the first week of February.


Sunrise Park: Renovation in sight

Written April 17th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The renovation of Sunrise Park, first considered in 2013, is finally scheduled to take place this year now that the city of Albany has obtained the required permits and spent $38,000 in federal antipoverty grant money to make up for the loss of a patch of so-called “wetlands.”


How wetland rules waste money

Written April 14th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Here’s an example of how Oregon’s effort to protect so-called wetlands goes too far and requires the spending of public money without accomplishing any actual wetland protection. I came across it on a bike ride on Riverside Drive just outside of Albany.


You don’t see any water, do you?

Written July 17th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Wetlands again? Yes, once again the designation of normally dry ground as wetlands is likely to cost the city of Albany some money.


Does this look like a swamp?

Written June 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

You’re looking at the playground in Albany’s Sunrise Park.  But it’s more than that. It’s also an exhibit in the story of how bureaucracy expands when it’s allowed to distort a well-intended law.


Police wetlands: A useless expense

Written June 5th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany taxpayers are about to pay the city of Eugene $164,307 for the restoration of wetlands there. Why? Because of state and federal rules that make no practical sense at all.


Wetlands law: Let’s exempt cities

Written December 5th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Now that it’s raining again is a good time to think about — what else? — wetlands, and how Oregon’s approach to their preservation is interfering with our efforts to save farmland and forests.


Roadside ditches, wetlands rules

Written October 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

At the risk of getting lost in this regulatory swamp, let’s take a look at yet another complication arising from the morass of wetlands rules. This one is causing a year’s delay in Albany’s project to rebuild the northern stretch of Crocker Lane.


Wetlands snag held up apartments, now resolved

Written January 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Work may resume as early as Friday on a 90-unit apartment complex in South Albany after being shut down for nearly two months because of an expired wetlands permit. The eight apartment buildings on the 3.9-acre site, at 34th Avenue and Hill Street S.E., have been sitting unfinished since early December when construction crews had to […]


Book report: Following Joe Pickett

Written August 26th, 2013 by

Summer’s almost over, but that’s all right. When the rains come back this fall and winter, you can find a comfortable chair under a good reading light and lose yourself in the wilds of Wyoming and the life-threatening adventures of Joe Pickett. That’s the name of the Wyoming game warden who is the protagonist in […]

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