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Scientists are getting very excited about the solar activity that is predicted for 2012 and 2013 as the sun moves into the peak of an 11 year cycle. Bob Grossfeld, Observatory Manager at the Sunriver Observatory says Central Oregon is well poised to see some spectacular sights. "We’re going into a period where the sun is becoming more active and so solar flares will be more common. So it's not unusual for us to see solar flares causing auroras down in Central Oregon." Grossfeld says the aurora that appeared over the weekend wasn't visible to most resident because of cloud cover, but there will be plenty of chances to see other auroras and solar flares over the next two years. In fact, the Sunriver Observatory is planning to bring some solar telescopes to Bend later this year and set them up in public places, so more people can view the solar flares.

 

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.