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Takena gravel bar: Getting it removed

Written August 27th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

Let’s catch up on a bit of Willamettte River news: The gravel bar that made the Takena Landing boat ramp hard to use will soon be gone.


City seeks bids to remove river gravel

Written August 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The city of Albany has obtained an emergency permit to remove a gravel bar that has made the boat ramp at Takena Landing trickier than usual to use. Now it’s hoping to find a contractor to do the job.


Apartments on river get Albany staff’s OK

Written June 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The site plan for a proposed 105-unit apartment complex on the Willamette River has won the tentative approval of the Albany city planning staff.  Neighbors who submitted written comments now have until June 10 to ask for a public hearing before the Albany Planning Commission.


Making waves: New river law nears passage

Written May 20th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

[youtube video=”lBleLmfViiQ” rel=”0″] These little wavelets on the Willamette, left by a passing boat near Bowman Park on Monday, are nothing compared to the big wakes caused by some powerboats lower on the river. Now, a bill trying to prevent big waves from damaging the banks in the Willamette River Greenway is likely to become […]


Not your usual flotsam and jetsam

Written April 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

The riverfront is my beat, and Wednesday it offered an unusual sight: The hull of a derelict speedboat loaded with a collection of old tires and a toilet complete with its tank.


Hyak Park gets a new restroom

Written April 11th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Benton County’s Hyak Park on the Willamette River reopened to the public Wednesday after being closed while workers were installing a small new restroom building.


Takena Landing to get new dock

Written August 11th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

To the casual observer the wooden floating dock at Albany’s Takena Landing doesn’t look as though it’s in bad shape. But it’s going to be replaced next spring, and the new one will have a fiberglass deck.


On a slow day, watch the river rise

Written April 28th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Patrolling my riverfront beat on Friday afternoon on the bike, I could not help but notice that the Willamette had risen rather sharply over the last few days. Looks like the Corps upped its releases from the upstream dams.


Idle thoughts: We’re lacking lakes

Written February 13th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

There’s no news here, just an observation: Wouldn’t it be nice if the seasonal wintertime flooding of Albany’s Bryant Park was a permanent thing and people could enjoy something called Bryant Lake all year long?


Bowman ramp made useful again

Written April 6th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

From the riverfront beat, good news for Willamette River boaters who like to use the ramp at Bowman Park.


 
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