July 8, 2017
The Path of Totality, shown above, is a 67-mile-wide swath of land across the United States where people will be able to view the total solar eclipse on Aug. Two communities in Wasco County — Antelope and Shaniko — are located at the northern edge of the path. Thousands of visitors are expected to converge in those locations. The majority of visitors to North Central Oregon will go to Madras, which lies in the center of the path and is predicted to have 2 minutes and 2 seconds of darkness.
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Wasco County prepares for huge spike in visitors as eclipse casts shadow over services
Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill and other local emergency managers are preparing for thousands of amateur astronomers to converge on the region several days before the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.