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Eclipse watchers marvel at totality in John Day
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Eclipse watchers marvel at totality in John Day
Eclipse watchers gathered Monday morning at John Day Industrial Park, where they marveled at the cosmic spectacle in the path of totality.

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Eclipse travelers backed up on Highway 395, I-82
Eclipse travelers backed up on Highway 395, I-82

The Oregon Department of Transportation is experiencing very heavy traffic on Highway 395 northbound from Long Creek to Pendleton. ODOT is working to improve traffic flow on Highway 395 / Southgate in Pendleton. A detour for car traffic is in place at...

‘Podcycle’ globetrotter arrives in John Day for eclipse
‘Podcycle’ globetrotter arrives in John Day for eclipse
Philip Funnell has traveled more than a million miles and visited 74 countries on motorcycle during his life.
Traffic steady as John Day braces for eclipse
Traffic steady as John Day braces for eclipse
Traffic has been steady most of the weekend into Grant County as communities prepare for the solar eclipse.
Pilot Rock Community Days hypes town for eclipse
Pilot Rock Community Days hypes town for eclipse
Pilot Rock celebrated its annual Community Days Friday and Saturday.
ODOT warns traffic starting to slow for eclipse; plan for delays

The Oregon Department of Transportation has issued the following statement about traffic in Region 5, which includes all of Eastern Oregon:

Traffic on Eastern Oregon highways is beginning to increase as travelers head towards the zone of...

Rural America seeks more doctors
Rural America seeks more doctors
Staff photo by E.J. Harris
Anesthesiologist Richard Wick , who grew up in Pendleton, chose to practice in Walla Walla after finishing his residency while many of his contemporaries choose jobs in the big cities.
Umatilla County moves to shut down newest strip club
Umatilla County moves to shut down newest strip club

Zen-Den, on the outskirts of Umatilla, is fighting for its right to party. But the strip club and fitness studio might be on its last pole dance.

Umatilla County counsel Doug Olsen said Friday the business lacks a permit to operate, a violation...

Athena celebrates PGG building purchase with block party
Athena celebrates PGG building purchase with block party

Standing right underneath the Athena Pendleton Grain Growers sign, Robin Barrett, band leader of the Coyotes, mused aloud about what the old store should be turned into.

An airport? Or maybe an aquarium, he asked the crowd at a block party...

Veg Out offers carry-out salad selection to Hermiston
Veg Out offers carry-out salad selection to Hermiston
Veg Out sells salads for takeout or delivery at 319 W. Locust Avenue.
Forest service re-opens road to Anthony Lakes ahead of eclipse

Forest Road 73, also known as the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway, has been reopened by the U.S. Forest Service, according to a Friday press release.

With the 499-acre Bear Butte Fire 20 miles northwest of Baker City 98 percent contained, the forest...

Irrigon woman has 100 eclipse glasses stolen
Glasses were meant to share with community
Health study coming to Umatilla County
County health director encourages those selected to take survey; CDC offers $120 for participation
Hermiston looking for new finance director
The city of Hermiston is taking applications now for a new department head.
Pendleton mayor shows support for March Against Racism
Pendleton mayor shows support for March Against Racism

The March Against Racism in Pendleton on Thursday had something the previous demonstrations didn’t — a prominent elected official.

As the marchers gathered at Museum Park near the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce, Pendleton Mayor...

Fair draws Morrow County faithful, curious travelers
Fair draws Morrow County faithful, curious travelers
Locals say fair has gotten smaller, but continues to attract locals with hopes of bringing in eclipse travelers
Expo sets the stage for Future Farm program
Expo sets the stage for Future Farm program
The Future Farm Expo brought together farmers and high-tech developers for a meeting of the minds in Pendleton.
Dropping cell phone in outhouse leads to pungent predicament
Dropping cell phone in outhouse leads to pungent predicament

KLIPSAN — When a woman dropped her cell phone in a Klipsan Beach outhouse in June, she ended up down in the dumps. In deep doo-doo.

In July, the Chinook Observer, a sister paper of the East Oregonian, caught wind of a...

Kristen Dollarhide takes the helm of Travel Pendleton
Kristen Dollarhide takes the helm of Travel Pendleton

Kristen Dollarhide took the reins of Travel Pendleton on Monday.

As director, she’ll steer the town’s growing tourism industry, expanding on a Pendleton tradition of hospitality that predates Round-Up.

“Tourism in...

John Day airport booked during eclipse, but Hermiston, Pendleton runways open
Despite not experiencing a total eclipse, Umatilla and Heppner to host viewing events.
Fair and rodeo prompt extra donations
Dennis Barnett says the need for donations to the fair and rodeo continue after events are over.
Pendleton’s past includes nods to the Confederacy

Unlike Charlottesville, Pendleton has never had a monument to the Confederacy. But the town does have a few Confederate-resonant names and flags in its distant and not-so-distant past.

The first is the city’s namesake, George H.

Mabbott leaves county planning for Umatilla job
Mabbott leaves county planning for Umatilla job
Umatilla announced a new community development director and new public works director.
Structural hazards force closure of Burnt Cabin Bridge
Structural hazards force closure of Burnt Cabin Bridge
Forest officials have closed the Burnt Cabin Bridge on the Walla Walla Ranger District due to safety and stability concerns.
Campfires prohibited on state parks as eclipse looms
Eclipse watchers will not be allowed to have campfires on Oregon State Parks, the agency announced Wednesday.
Paving project closes road, parking lot at Lookingglass Hatchery
The entrance road to Lookingglass Hatchery is closed to all public access weekdays from sunrise until 6 p.m. due to workers paving the road and parking lot.
Meetings scheduled to begin planning Wallowas Management Unit
Meetings have been scheduled in Hermiston and Joseph to begin the planning process for the Wallowas Management Unit.
Former Irrigon coach safe after Barcelona attack outside hotel
Former Irrigon coach safe after Barcelona attack outside hotel
Mitch Thompson was staying in a hotel with the Oregon State University men’s basketball team on the street where a van killed 13 people.
ALTV sending crew to Warm Springs to cover the eclipse
ALTV sending crew to Warm Springs to cover the eclipse
Students will interview NASA, UW scientists, other students
Eclipse plans for procrastinators

The total solar eclipse is now four days from flashing across Eastern Oregon. And if you haven’t made plans yet, the race is on to claim enough space to witness the planetary oddity overhead.

You’re too late for hotel rooms in...

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