• Traffic Issues Post-Eclipse
    The Oregon Department of Transportation is reporting stop-and-go traffic on northbound Highway 97 starting ten miles south of Biggs Junction to the Biggs Bridge…and northward into Washington. There is also congestion reported on Highway 97 about two miles south of Grass Valley.  Traffic on Highway 26 westbound out of Madras is slow going from the […]
  • Eclipse Doesn’t Disappoint Onlookers, Who Now Head Home
    The moment so many people had been waiting for arrived this morning, as the total solar eclipse occurred over Oregon.  Crowds gathered in many areas of the state, but in particular near Salem and Madras, which were in the path of totality.  Those people watch in awe as the moon passed over the sun.  And […]
  • Performing Arts Initiative Entering Second Phase
    The Performing Arts Initiative is entering into its second phase towards establishing a 600-seat performing arts facility in the Gorge that would include classroom space.  The group received a feasibility study from ECONorthwest that showed there is a market for such a facility, but it would need more than earned income to be sustainable. The […]
  • Eclipse Traffic Worries May Have Kept Others Away
    Worries about traffic heading to eclipse viewing locations in the path of totality may have kept people away from the Gorge this past weekend.  The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Farquharson said on Monday they didn’t have as many people come through their visitors’ center over the weekend as they expected, and […]
  • Eclipse Information Sources
    With just a few days to go until the total solar eclipse, agencies are working together to dispense information on traffic, health and safety, wildfire danger, camping, and weather among other things to residents and tourists eager to view the once-in-a-lifetime celestial phenomenon.   A wide variety of information about the eclipse can be found on […]
  • Drivers Reminded To Watch For Emergency Vehicles
    Drivers are reminded with expected congestion on highways the next few days to watch for emergency vehicles and get out of the way to allow them through.  Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill says if an emergency vehicle has its lights and sirens on, there is a reason for it.  ODOT is reminding motorists that in […]