HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

The riverfront’s my beat

Written August 8th, 2013 by

Here’s a boat of a kind you don’t see every day. I spotted it Thursday afternoon in the parking lot at Albany’s Takena Landing Park. I loitered for a while hoping to learn more about this apparently home-built craft, but the owner didn’t show. What struck me was the unusual shape: Completely flat on the bottom — […]


Launch at your own risk

Written July 30th, 2013 by

If you’ve thought of launching your canoe from Takena Landing Park, a note of caution. The Willamette River looks placid from afar, and even up close it seems harmless. But there’s a strong current pushing against the upstream side of the dock, made even stronger than the river current itself by the flow around the […]


Our rivers: Cleanup pays off

Written July 3rd, 2013 by

These last few days of warm weather have brought home once again how clean our rivers are, especially compared to half a century ago. If they weren’t, people would not go near them. And as we’ve seen lately, lots of people do seek out the Willamette and Santiam rivers, among others, to have a little […]


Ferry update: It’s running

Written June 28th, 2013 by

On June 7 this site reported that the Buena Vista Ferry on the Willamette River was shut down because of some impending dredging. The good news today: The ferry is back in operation, providing its valuable service to mind-valley commuters, farmers and tourists alike. If there was an announcement to that effect, I missed it. But on […]


River site blocked; blame criminals

Written June 14th, 2013 by

It’s been years since the public could drive down to the Willamette River at Truax Island. We still can’t, and we won’t be able to do so again any time soon. For that we can thank criminals. The Oregon Parks Department used to maintain a little parking lot at this spot in the Willamette River […]


 
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