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MARCH 15, 2017
Many area hotels
already sold out
from front page
book yet an opportunity to do that.”
Ridgebear said that although
there will be a premium on Lodge
rooms and that they will cost more
than the normal rate, the idea of
doubling rates like other area ho-
tels is not part of the plan at Spirit
“Just because of the price of de-
mand Spirit Mountain has never
engaged in any price-gouging,”
Ridgebear said. “If we had high
demand for rooms we might have
an increase, but we would never
hurt our image with price-gouging.”
A recent look at the Red Lion
Hotel’s website in Salem listed
current room prices between $108
and $135, but the hotel is sold
out for the night of Sunday, Aug.
20. It’s the same situation for the
Rodeway Inn and the Grand Hotel
in Salem. Rooms at the Rodeway
Inn are currently selling for as
little as $60 a night, but the Inn is
booked completely for Aug. 20. The
Grand charges $159 to $189 for a
room currently, but is also sold out
for Aug. 20.
Western Oregon is expecting
possibly hundreds of thousands
of tourists and eclipse aficionados
to be in the area and local camp-
grounds completely sold out within
an hour of the reservation period
being opened by the Oregon Parks
and Recreation Department.
State recreation managers are ex-
pecting heavy traffic in the Mary’s
Peak and Mt. Hebo areas as people
try to get the best viewing spots.
People at the top of even a good-
sized hill may see the moon’s shad-
ow approaching along the ground
at a speed of more than 1,150 mph.
Access to both of those areas will
be managed by the state to ensure
safe routes will be maintained
and that sensitive areas will be
Although total solar eclipses are
not rare – one occurs somewhere on
Earth every 18 months – the Aug.
21 event will be first one visible in
the lower 48 states since February
1979. It will be the first total solar
eclipse in 99 years to sweep from
coast to coast.
Locally, Tribal Cultural Resourc-
es Department Manager David
Harrelson said there is no lore he is
aware of in Tribal history regarding
eclipses and that there are no offi-
cial Tribal cultural events currently
being planned besides the annual
Contest Powwow, which will be
held the weekend before.
“I have no knowledge of our
Tribal stories, beliefs or practices
that would be relevant to a solar
eclipse,” said Harrelson.
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