Supper Club: 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

For our weekly Supper Club series, we usually sit down with community members and leaders to talk about the issues affecting Central Oregon. However, this week everybody is talking about the eclipse so we wanted to show you some of the people we met before, during and after the eclipse across the Central Oregon region.

Thanks to photographer Matt Pugerude for putting this together and a special thanks to our Supper Club sponsors, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

Local Businesses’ Extra Supplies Unneeded During Eclipse Weekend

In the week’s leading up to the solar eclipse, some people in Bend had started dubbing the event “Apoc-Eclipse,” but now, that might turn into an “Apoca-Bust.”

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has the story on how local businesses prepared for the masses to come through Central Oregon … only to see less customers than usual.

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.

Source on the Scene: Solar Eclipse Viewing at Worthy Brewing

Central Oregon Daily’s Chris Biggs takes us to Worthy Brewing where, along with the recently opened “Hopservatory,” experts in astronomy, history and the humanities will be giving a wide range of talks this weekend. These talks will range from the science behind the solar eclipse, to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

Fuel Shortage Concerns Across Central Oregon

Tens of thousands of tourists are expected to arrive in Central Oregon over the next 48 hours. Local residents have been heeding the warnings and running into some long lines, and in some cases, gas shortages.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan joins us with details on how fuel shortages could affect Central Oregon over the weekend.