Tag Archives: 2017 Solar Eclipse

Bend tourism businesses tally losses in August

Lackluster eclipse turnout, smoke ended summer season early. With thousands of people slated to visit Central Oregon for the total solar eclipse, August should have been another banner month for the region’s tourism businesses. Instead, the end of the season came early, as the number of eclipse visitors in Deschutes County was underwhelming, and wildfire […]
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Eclipse liquor sales; and Sam Bass’ magical legacy — Opinion

The solar eclipse had more in common with a college football game than I had previously appreciated. Both, it seems, require a certain level of liquid lubrication among some of the spectators. I recently received a typically informative, and entertaining, email from perhaps my favorite state agency — the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC). Source: […]
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Preparation for eclipse saved state | Guest Editorial

As the moon slipped across the sun Monday, many who had felt entirely lukewarm about the historical event admitted they were surprised by just how darn cool and awe-inspiring the total eclipse truly was. Some cried, some felt odd sensations and some marveled at the shadows. But no one was surprised by what happened as […]
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Planning pays off for eclipse rush

While the total number of visitors has yet to be figured, communities in Eastern Oregon say they are pleased with how they handled the total solar eclipse. After months of bracing for massive crowds, gnarled traffic and barren supermarket shelves, it turns out rural Eastern Oregon was more than prepared to handle the influx of […]
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Eclipse Chasers Leave Little Damage Behind On Oregon’s Wild Lands

Patrick Lair with the U.S. Forest Service drove into the Ochoco National Forest to see how things looked after hosting thousands of eclipse visitors. He drove the same road on Wednesday that more than 30,000 people took to get into the massive Symbiosis Festival on Big Summit Prairie – a patch of private land in […]
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It wasn’t your imagination: Thousands more vehicles entered Oregon during eclipse weekend

Nearly 10 percent more than last year crossed over during the same three-day span Oregon may have avoided the worst-case scenario of 1 million visitors clogging the roads before and after Monday’s total solar eclipse. But in the three days before the event, thousands more motorists drove into the state through its busiest entry points […]
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ODOT charts of speed on northbound I-5 after solar eclipse in Salem

Just how slow was traffic out of Salem after Monday’s eclipse? Source: ODOT charts of speed on northbound I-5 after solar eclipse in Salem

Boozy twilight brunch for Oregon eclipsers

The influx of eclipse viewers resulted in a 43 percent increase in liquor sales over the same time last year. Eclipse chasers in Oregon got their drink on Monday morning — especially in the path of totality. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Boozy twilight brunch for Oregon eclipsers

Planning pays off for eclipse rush – Opinion

While the total number of visitors has yet to be figured, communities in Eastern Oregon say they are pleased with how they handled the total solar eclipse. After months of bracing for massive crowds, gnarled traffic and barren supermarket shelves, it turns out rural Eastern Oregon was more than prepared to handle the influx of […]
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Watching the Eclipse in Oregon – Nicholas Kristof Column

It was a lovely August morning here in Salem, with a warm sun blazing from a blue sky, when the world began to end. Or that’s what it felt like. Imperceptibly the sky darkened, and instead of growing hotter, the air grew cool. It was as if dusk began at 9:30 a.m. Then, abruptly, in […]
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