Category Archives: Albany Democrat Herald

Editorial: Black market is weak link in legalization

If the Trump administration truly is serious about enforcing federal marijuana laws, even in states like Oregon that have legalized pot, their best argument revolves around the amount of the weed that’s hitting the black market. So Oregon officials have to be hoping that their increased efforts to track weed will pay off. Otherwise, this […]
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Commissioners OK $275,000 as reload facility seed money

Linn County has committed $275,000 to the Albany-Millersburg Economic Development Corporation to be used as seed money to purchase the former International Paper plant in Millersburg. The site — if approved by the state — will be transformed into a transmodal reloading facility to be used by mid-valley industries and agricultural groups. Products could be […]
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Unemployment rates rise, but no cause for alarm

Unemployment rates in the mid-Willamette Valley climbed slightly in July for the second straight month, according to data released by the Oregon Employment Department on Tuesday. But Patrick O’Connor, state regional economist, said there’s still no need to worry. Source: Unemployment rates rise, but no cause for alarm | Local | democratherald.com

Editorial: Eclipse lived up to its billing

That actually went pretty well, don’t you think? Monday’s total solar eclipse came in carrying some heavy luggage, billed as it was as a once-in-a-lifetime astronomical experience. And the event lived up to its billing, helped along by weather conditions in the mid-valley that simply couldn’t have been any better. Source: Editorial: Eclipse lived up […]
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Editorial: LBCC health care center is a big deal for the mid-valley

Between the opening last week of Albany’s carousel and preparations for today’s eclipse (more on that below), another fairly significant event for the mid-valley occurred last week that might not have received the attention it deserved. Linn-Benton Community College on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its new facility for health care training. Source: Editorial: […]
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Editorial: Recognizing the opioid emergency 

President Donald Trump last week finally got around to declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency, although he did so in typical Trump fashion — seemingly off-the-cuff and reversing a statement that one of his administration officials had made just a couple of days before. Despite all that, the final declaration (endorsing the top recommendation […]
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Despite rain, Whitewater fire grows

The mid-Willamette Valley’s dry stretch of weather ended this weekend, and while it rained in the Cascade Mountains, the precipitation was considerably less than elsewhere in the region. And the Whitewater fire, east of Detroit Reservoir, continued to grow. Source: Despite rain, Whitewater fire grows | Local | democratherald.com

Coast fog, wildfires could mean even more eclipse visitors

The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is predicted to bring 1 million people to Oregon and anywhere from 11,000 to 45,000 people to Albany, said Chuck Perino, city of Albany emergency manager. But the number of tourists in Linn and Benton counties could increase greatly at the last moment, thanks to fog on the […]
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Officials warn eclipse watchers of wildfire risk in state

Oregon is at the height of its fire season, and firefighters already have spent weeks battling wildfires throughout the state. So federal, state and local officials are working to try to make sure that the visitors expected for the Aug. 21 eclipse don’t add to the burden firefighters already are shouldering. Source: Officials warn eclipse […]
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Lebanon wants reloading site consideration

The siting of an intermodal reloading facility is turning into a bit of a tug-of-war between supporters of the 165-acre former International Paper plant in Millersburg and those who want it developed on 47 acres on the north side of Lebanon. State Rep. Andy Olson (R-Albany) recently announced that the state’s $7 billion transportation plan […]
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