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Arrive early, stay put, leave late; don’t let your vehicle start a wildfire. The August 21 Solar Eclipse is certain to be memorable. With this worldwide event heading to Oregon during the peak of fire season, ODOT and the Oregon Department of Forestry want to make sure YOUR memories don’t include starting a wildfire.  In...
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Byway travelers hungry for fresh produce won’t have any trouble finding it as they travel the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, July through September. Weekly Farmers’ Markets can be found in La Grande, Wallowa, and Baker City, as well as some of the smaller communities. And, many farms offer fresh fruit and produce through self-serve farm...
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As is typical in byway country during the heart of summer, there are lots of ways to spend the weekend, soaking up the sun or cooling off in a watery wonderland. In Baker City, it’s time for Minor’s Jubilee – a celebration of the region’s gold mining history and a great excuse for lining up...
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BAKER CITY, Oregon__The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting several special interpretive programs throughout July for visitors at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, providing lots of opportunities for visitors and families to enjoy the outdoors and learn about the old west during their summer vacations. With these presentations, the BLM invites visitors...
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The Wallowa Whitman National Forest announces Forest Service Road 39, also known as the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road, is now open for the season and maintained. Routine maintenance will continue to be done on it throughout the travel season. This is the section of the byway that completes the loop from Wallowa County to the north with Halfway in...
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BAKER CITY, Oregon__On Wednesday, June 14, the Bureau of Land Management is holding a Wild Horse educational event at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bureau of Land Management invites families, youth and visitors to learn how public lands connect them to America’s natural and cultural heritage...
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The Hells Canyon Scenic Byway is a thriving this Memorial Day Weekend. Check out the following activities, then go to the Wallowa County, Union County and Baker County websites for even more happenings. Have a safe, fun and meaningful Memorial holiday weekend. Saturday, May 27th Eagle Cap Excursion Train / Two River Bonus, 10:00 am...
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ELGIN, OREGON__The 2017 season of the Eagle Cap Excursion Train launches Sunday, May 14, with the annual Mother’s Day Brunch, then settles in for an active season that includes sixteen trips. Ed Spaulding, volunteer engineer and President of the Friends of the Joseph Branch, the non-profit organization that manages the excursion train, expects a busy...
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BAKER CITY, OREGON__The Geiser Grand Hotel in historic Baker City, is excited to announce, the hotel has secured two space scientists as guests for the Solar Eclipse, August 19-21. Jayne Aubele and Larry S. Crumpler will provide context and understanding for the amazing eclipse! Jayne is the Adult Programs/Educator/Geologist and Larry is the Curator for the...
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Baker City, Oregon__The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Trail Tenders invite the public to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Thursday, May 25, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The event is open to the public and free of charge! Opening remarks will come from former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts,...
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SUMMERVILLE, ORE__Lyndall Shick fell in love with horses, and with the Wallowa Mountains, when she was six years old. Each summer, her family took a camping trip to Wallowa Lake, where they rented horses and rode into the high lakes. She was enchanted with the big, powerful, beautiful animals that let her sit on their...
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JOSEPH, OREGON__What could be more spectacular than colorful boats, loaded with enthusiastic teams of rowers, racing across the waters of Wallowa Lake, with the peaks of the magnificent Wallowa Mountains towering above? It happened last August and is going to happen again August 26-27, 2017! In the meantime, residents of Wallowa County and the surrounding...
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JOSEPH, OR__After years of dreaming and months of development, research and paperwork, organizers are excited and proud to launch Prairie Mountain Folk School, a non-profit center for traditional skills in Joseph, Oregon. The center’s mission is to inspire and educate by presenting a wide range of craft courses to both locals and visitors from our campus in Wallowa...
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Baker City, Ore.__The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is offering special activities for families during Spring Break, March 27 to 30! Ninety minute workshops start at 10 a.m. each day.  The daily themes include: Monday, March 27: Pioneer for a Day – Dress up in pioneer clothing and work with other kids in an...
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If you love outdoor music festivals and you’re looking for the best in Oregon, you’ll find it right here in Baker County.  The Oregon Festival and Events Association recently named PineFest in Halfway Oregon their Best Music Festival in Oregon. Always the Friday and Saturday after Labor Day weekend, this two day festival packs in...
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JOSEPH, OREGON__The Smithsonian Institution opened its newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture Sept. 24, 2016. The celebration continues and reaches far beyond Washington, D.C., to several locations across Eastern Oregon as museums and art centers present A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History and...
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Idaho Power announced today,visitors considering a trip to Hells Canyon can now check the status of the road between Oxbow and Hells Canyon Dam by calling 541-785-7251. A recorded message will provide road closure updates. We encourage folks to use it before heading that way. The road was closed on Monday, February 6, due to...
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The last few weeks have brought the kind of winter weather we have not seen for a few years. Heavy snowfall, frigid temperatures and wind have caused occasional road closures on Interstate 84 and many of the state highways and county roads in the area. We are thrilled to have the snow piling up in...
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North Powder, OR__After much anticipation and patience, Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort is excited to announce Opening Day is set for Saturday, December 10, 2016. The wait is over! With more snow in the forecast this week, Anthony Lakes is ready to open for the 2016/2017 Winter Season. Groomed runs will include Broadway, Variety, Vista, and...
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Baker City, Oregon__The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (NHOTIC) and Trail Tenders are hosting a variety of activities for visitors during “Family Fun Day,” the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Family fun day offers a chance to learn more about the frontier and natural history of the region...
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WALLOWA LAKE, Oregon__ Hand-crafted bratwurst, Terminal Gravity microbrew and the long-anticipated return of the Happy Hans German band from Maple Valley, Wash., are highlights of the 2016 Oregon’s Alpenfest, the only Swiss-Bavarian festival in the West. The festival takes place Sept. 22-25 with performances at Wallowa Lake and additional activities in Joseph and Enterprise, all...
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BAKER CITY, OREGON__Crossroads Carnegie Art Center announces a fantastic cultural tourism event, set to open on First Friday, August 5, at 5:30 p.m. Eight venues/galleries in Baker City will open simultaneously to sell art created by over 160 local and regional artists, for just $40 a work. The show is scheduled to hang for the...
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JOSEPH, OREGON__The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Oregon is honored to present their second annual juried exhibit of “Wild Landscape” photography from Northeast Oregon. The opening reception is Saturday, August 6, at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. With 45 photographs by 14 photographers, the exhibit is the second of this...
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There’s room on the boat for most of the Hells Canyon Adventures‘ jetboat excursions this week, so book your seats and be ready for a fun adventure! Departing from just below Hells Canyon Dam at the south entrance of Hells Canyon, these jetboat trips are a great way to see the most rugged and remote...
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Whether visitors or residents of the area, people wondering where they can find fresh, locally grown produce, meat and flowers will want to know about a new self-guided farm tour of gardens, farms and ranches in Northeast Oregon’s Grande Ronde Valley. The Cove-Union Farm Loop provides a self-guided scenic drive through a series of backyard...
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Baker City, Ore. – A special exhibit at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center (NHOTIC) explores the roles that native plants and pollinators play in an ecosystem. “The Native Landscape: Plants & Pollinators of Sagebrush Country” opens July 19 and will be on display through December 12 of this year. Visitors to the exhibit...
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ELGIN, OREGON__Every wonder what it looks like over the next ridge and down the tumbling rivers, far from the highways in byway country? The Eagle Cap Excursion Train has a busy schedule under way June through October, with plenty of opportunities for passengers to enjoy the beautiful and ever-changing scenery along the route. Departing from...
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BAKER CITY, OR__Several special interpretive presentation programs are available for visitors to the National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in June. Visitors and families can enjoy the outdoors and learn about the Old West during their vacations. June 15 programming focuses on Wild Horses. BLM Wild Horse and Burro Specialists will provide information on adopting wild...
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The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is hosting a Wild Horse and Burro Day on June 15, 2016. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., specialists with the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program will discuss how the program is structured and operated and showcase wild horses available for adoption...
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Hells Canyon Adventures offers jet boat rides, rafting, and fishing adventures at the south entrance of Hells Canyon, on the Snake River. It is an amazing time to experience canyon thrills, wildlife and awe-inspiring views of the rugged canyon walls and towering mountains above. This week’s schedule is below. All tours operate on Pacific Time....
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