Rockin’ the Eclipse

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** Spoiler Alert **

Marion County is in the path of totality for the Great American Eclipse!

This eclipse will pass through our region on Monday, August 21. This means mid-valley residents don’t have to Chase the Sun to experience a total solar eclipse when there Ain’t No Sunshine. We’ve heard that people from all over are converging in our neck of the woods to see our New Moon on Monday. Continue reading

Eye Safety During a Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) along a narrow band across all of North America. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through the event, anyone within the roughly 70-mile-wide path of “totality” will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun’s bright face for just under two minutes, turning day into night and making visible the otherwise hidden solar corona — the sun’s outer atmosphere — one of nature’s most awesome sights. Bright stars and planets will become visible as well.

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality.  Marion County and Salem are in this path.  Continue reading

Planning to Fly into The Salem Municipal Airport? Read This First!

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As of August 8 the Salem Municipal Airport is at full capacity with existing reservations. Anyone wishing to be placed on the waiting list should contact Salem Aviation Fueling at 503-364-0111 and be ready to provide a tail number, aircraft type, planned arrival day/time, and number of people on board. If there are cancellations to existing reservations the names on the waiting list will be contacted in the order they were received.
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What to Do To Prepare for The Potential Traffic

With current estimates of 1 million visitors in Oregon to view the eclipse, we’re planning that 250,000 to 500,000 of them could come to Salem and the surrounding area. Naturally, getting around could be challenging in the days leading up to, and through the August 21 eclipse.

We want residents to be able to enjoy this exciting celestial event. Ditto for visitors. We also want to make sure that anyone visiting the area enjoys our beautiful home state. As we’ve said before, planning ahead is key, so check out these tips so you know how to handle the potential traffic.

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