The “Sweet Spot” for Viewing – Near the Top of Mt. Jefferson

Everyone who is an eclipse-chaser is looking for that “sweet spot,” the perfect place to view the event. Mount Jefferson is about 33 miles west of Madras, and it has always been considered sacred ground by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and no one outside of the tribe has ever been allowed to summit the Warm Springs side of Mt. Jefferson. Until now.

A handful of people are camping on the side of the mountain at 8,500 feet on Sunday night, and they’ll wake up in the morning to what could be the most spectacular view of the eclipse in Oregon, or maybe anywhere in the country, thanks to Big Mountain Heli Tours – Bend, Oregon. Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel has the story.

Marchers in Bend Join Nationwide Effort to Denounce Hate

About 200 people joined an impromptu march called “Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville” at Drake Park on Sunday in conjunction with dozens of other marches across the United States.

Co-organizer, Sid Snyder, said “hate” isn’t just an East Coast or Southern U.S. problem, and he wanted to make sure Central Oregonians had a place to go and share their message the day after one woman was killed and two Virginia State Police troopers died during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

State Resources Arrive to Fight the 34,000 Acre Fire Burning North of Warm Springs

More than 100 firefighters from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal arrived on Friday to battle the Nena Springs Wildfire. The fire started on private property next to the Warm Springs Reservation on Tuesday and tripled in size by Thursday morning. As of Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the fire is only 4% contained.

On Friday, several structures were destroyed in the Simnasho area, but none of them were primary homes. One unoccupied home was burned on Wednesday when the fire grew over 20,000 acres, and several historic unoccupied outbuildings were destroyed in the first three days. The Schoolie Flats, Simnasho and S-300 subdivisions are all under a Level 3 Evacuation Notice and been requested to leave immediately.

The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Charlie Canyon Subdivision and Wolf Point are not directly affected by tghe fire at this time, but they are all under a Level 1 Evacuation Notice, meaning they should be ready to leave if necessary.
The Northwest incident Management Team 12 has assumed command of the fire suppression activities and remind area residents that we are still under a Red Flag Warning with the possibility of high wind and additional lightning.

The S-300 road is closed, and Highway 3 is closed, except for local residents.

Organizers of Oregon Solarfest Prepare for The Big Event

Two years ago, three Madras natives started getting calls from all around the world, asking about the total solar eclipse, and when they realized that NASA had named their little hometown as THE place to be for the eclipse, they took a huge gamble, and launched what is now known as the Oregon Solarfest.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel headed to Madras for a look at the last-minute preparations leading up to the big event.

The Ultimate Robin Williams Tribute

Stand-up comedians Roger Kabler and Marc Price stopped by the afternoon edition of Central Oregon Daily for a sneak preview of their Ultimate Robin Williams Tribute show, playing for one night only in Sisters on Saturday night at the outdoor venue at Hardtails Bar and GrillMarc Skippy Price is a longtime comic who first burst on the national scene as Skippy in “Family Ties,” and Roger Kabler is a talented stand-up with a menagerie of impressions, but he is honing his skills for this show to portray the brilliant mind of legendary comic, Robin Williams.

 

Supper Club: Health Care Part 2

After Senate Republicans couldn’t come up with enough votes to pass their version of a new health care law, they have been working behind-the-scenes to tweak the Better Care Reconciliation Act and try to get it passed after the holiday recess.

For this week’s Supper Club, Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel sat down with two Central Oregon doctors to find out what they would like to see in the field of medicine if Obamacare is repealed.

Supper Club is sponsored by Selco Community Credit Union and Pine Tavern Restaurant.