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Smoke, traffic impacts region

Interstate 84 west reopens, eastbound lanes still closed

The westbound lanes of Interstate 84 between Hood River and Troutdale re-opened to travelers Thursday evening, but the eastbound lanes remain closed with no timeline for re-opening. Although two lanes of the freeway are now in use, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Sept. 14 that all ramps along the 45-mile stretch of road, milepost 62 to 17, remain closed, except for those in and out of Cascade Locks.

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Pig Bowl helps 3 families

For the first time in its 15-year history, the Pig Bowl, a fundraising flag football game featuring local law enforcement, is donating proceeds from its Sept. 23 game to three families.

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Gorge trails may be closed for months

TROUTDALE (AP) — Hiking trails affected by an Oregon wildfire in the Columbia River Gorge might be closed for months, authorities said Monday.

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Firefighters make slow progress against Oregon's big blazes

BROOKINGS (AP) — Firefighters in southern Oregon on Tuesday gained a toehold on a fire burning near the coastal town of Brookings but new evacuations were ordered after a flare-up on a different complex of lightning-caused fires in a remote area near the California border.

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Hot, dry weather a challenge on front lines of Oregon fires

BROOKINGS (AP) — Firefighters are confronting extremely hot and dry weather on the fire lines of two large blazes burning in southwest and central Oregon.

Eclipse viewers did little damage in Oregon

PRINEVILLE — 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. "At one point, we had bumper-to-bumper traffic from the prairie out past Prineville," he said. "I'm kind of amazed not to see more trash on the sides of the road."

Gorge cities recognized for war heroes

The Dalles and Hood River are two of 12 towns in Oregon that will be designated as a “Medal of Honor City.”

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Deputies on the move during historic event

The moon's shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, was reported Monday to have been the most watched celestial event in human history. Millions across the United States travelled to key viewing areas and tens of thousands came to Central Oregon, many passing through Wasco County.

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Worth the price: ‘Sundown in Shaniko’

A sleepless night in the family van was the completely-worth-it price my kids and I paid for the thrill and privilege of seeing the total solar eclipse Monday in the wide-open spaces of Shaniko.

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Editorial: Ancient cultures feared an eclipse

Ancient cultures feared an eclipse

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No eclipse glasses? Make a pinhole projector!

The Dalles is among those areas that have reported a shortage of eclipse viewing glasses. While genuine protective eyewear is the only safe way to directly view the eclipse, one alternative to glasses includes a homemade pinhole projector.

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Sungazing on a grand scale

Neil Pober of New Jersey is flying to Oregon for Monday’s total solar eclipse, but he didn’t really think that tens of thousands of other people would be making the same trip when he booked a hotel room six months ago. “It’s a once in a lifetime event, I think,” he said.

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Goldendale Observatory hosts eclipse event

The most anticipated event of the summer is just five days away, and the city of Goldendale is getting ready for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, with large numbers of people expected to crowd the area for the historical event. Goldendale will have an eclipse party on Aug. 20 to commemorate the event on Main Street from 7-9 p.m., with live music by Lem Pratt and the Hard Road Band, playing classic country and gospel.

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Oregon governor expands abortion, reproductive coverage

SALEM — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill expanding coverage on abortions and other reproductive services to thousands of Oregonians, regardless of income, citizenship status or gender identity. Proponents called it America's most progressive reproductive health policy.

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Eclipse safety plans upgraded

The number of people expected to descend on Central Oregon for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse has more than tripled from earlier estimates, and Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill has upgraded public safety plans accordingly. Instead of the projected 75,000 people traveling to Jefferson County to be close to Madras, which lies squarely in the Path of Totality, there are likely to be 250,000.

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