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Weekend Ideas at National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

BAKER CITY, OREGON__With forecasts for smoky days and potential thundershowers, the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center offers some ideas for indoor things for residents and visitors to do at the Center. Take in a performance of “Dr. Balthasar” in the air conditioned Leo Adler Theater. Portraying a mid-1800s medicine show, Dr. Balthasar sells miracle...
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Learn Pioneer Skills for Fun, Hobby or Otherwise

Flora, Oregon__At the north end of Wallowa County, in the tiny community of Flora, skills associated with pioneers and early settlers are valued and passed along. These skills are demonstrated each year during Flora School Days, while classes and activities from July through October teach the skills. Vanessa Thompson describes the upcoming activities: If you...
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Jet Boats and Rafting Trips

See the canyon from a raft or jet boat for a really refreshing and up-close view or the dramatic scenery. Hells Canyon Adventures operates on the Snake River, in the very heart of the canyon. Here is the schedule for the week of August 13, 2018. All tours begin and end one mile below Hells Canyon...
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Get to Know Us at a County Fair!

It’s County Fair time in Byway Country! Attend a quintessential county fair to see farm and ranch animals, 4H and FFA competitions, and to experience life in the close-knit communities of Northeast Oregon. Sample fair food and visit commercial and non-profit booths to learn what is available and the hot topics in our neck of...
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Flora School Days 2018 Adds Contests and More Demonstrations

Flora, Oregon—School Days, a celebration of old-time skills, food and music, now encompasses old-time contests and competitions. The annual celebration, held the first Saturday in June, starts at noon, Saturday, June 2, with music, demonstrations and a pie social. Lunch, the “two-handed plate” of food from the Dutch oven, starts serving around 1 p.m. Blacksmith...
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Season of Adventure is Under Way

Information provided by Hells Canyon Adventures Oxbow, Oregon__Hells Canyon Adventures has launched their 2018 season and is offering rafting and jet boat tours on the Snake River in Hells Canyon. HCA is the only company that provides a variety of jet boat tours, raft adventures, fishing charters, and shuttle services into the heart of Hells Canyon – South Entrance /...
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Biz Buzz Offers News of Interest to Wallowa County Visitors

When reading this week’s issue of the Wallowa County Chieftain, I felt Kathleen’s entire Biz Buzz column might be of interest to byway travelers. So, we thank the Chieftain for allowing us to post the column in Byway News. If all of this doesn’t get you excited about visiting Wallowa County, then, well…you haven’t been to...
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Road Over Hells Canyon Dam to Close During Maintenance Work

Following is a press release from Idaho Power. Weed management on the dam and equipment replacement at the power plant’s switchyard will require closing the road over the dam for several days in May.   OXBOW, Oregon, May 9, 2018 — The road over Hells Canyon Dam will be closed on May 14 and again...
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the Train!

ELGIN, OREGON__The Eagle Cap Excursion Train normally kicks off the new season with the popular Mother’s Day Brunch. In 2018, May 5th just happens to fall on a Saturday, so they are beginning the season early and offering the opportunity for passengers to celebrate the Mexican Holiday on the train. Cinco De Mayo Restaurant, of...
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Baker City to Host From Maxville to Vanport: A Community-Guided Music and Video Project

RE:  From Maxville to Vanport: A Community-Guided Music and Video Project coming to Baker City in April of 2018 Supported by a grant from the Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights program, the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble is producing a new concert of original songs and video inspired by the stories of the multi-cultural populations of...
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Local Adventurers Share Their Passion for Eastern Oregon

Jacob and Esther of Local Adventurer have a unique way of approaching travel. As bloggers on travel and lifestyle, they found they could best get to know a city and destination by actually moving there for one year. In 2017, their focus was on Portland and Oregon. We were fortunate to have Eastern Oregon as...
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Wallowa County Doesn’t Slow Down

The busy summer season has passed, but there is no shortage of fun and worthwhile activities happening in Wallowa County and throughout the byway over the next few days. From pumpkin patches to Halloween costume parties at favorite watering holes to a lively musical version of The Addams Family, playing at the Elgin Opera House,...
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Traffic Restrictions Planned over Hells Canyon Dam

Removal of stoplogs from Hells Canyon Dam will reduce traffic over the dam to one lane and cause periodic delays over the next two weeks. OXBOW, Oregon, Sept. 21, 2017 — Traffic over Hells Canyon Dam will be restricted Monday and Tuesday next week and during the following week while crews use heavy equipment to...
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BLM Oregon Trail Center to feature pioneer wagon encampment

BAKER CITY, OR__In support of its goal to serve the American family, the Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center will host a re-enactment of an Oregon Trail pioneer wagon encampment over Labor Day weekend on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located outdoors in...
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Looking for outdoor fun while visiting for the eclipse? Go to the extremes!

Two of the byway’s most popular outdoor recreation providers have announced their schedules for the upcoming weekend and solar eclipse event. Take a ride to the top of the Wallowas and enjoy spectacular views in every direction, or challenge the rapids of the Snake River, down in the depths of Hells Canyon. Wallowa Lake Tramway:...
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CAMPFIRES PROHIBITED IN OREGON STATE PARKS AND ON BEACHES

News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept. Posted on FlashAlert: August 16th, 2017 2:30 PM Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is prohibiting all campfires and open flames in Oregon State Parks and other properties owned and managed by the department beginning Aug. 16 until further notice. These restrictions extend to all Oregon beaches....
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Road Over Hells Canyon Dam Will Close Monday through Thursday 

OXBOW, Oregon, Aug. 4, 2017 — The road over Hells Canyon Dam will be closed to all traffic from 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m. MDT on Monday, Aug. 7, through Thursday, Aug. 10. A crane being used to move stop-logs from one of the dam’s outlet gates will require the road to be closed. Flaggers at the...
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Trail Center Has Free Concert July 28

Baker City, Ore. – Trail Tenders is sponsoring a special free evening concert by western singer and entertainer Mary Kaye on Friday July 28.  The concert starts at 6:30 in the outdoor amphitheater at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Mary Kaye is an award winning western singer and songwriter. With a mix of...
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