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The Sunriver Nature Center is reporting a great response to a local fundraising drive to build new facilities for two very large and rare telescopes they just received. Nature Center Manager Rob Bingham says one scope is 20 inches and the other is 30 inches, a very rare asset for their observatory.  "The great thing about having these two scopes at our facility is that it really makes us one of the premier institutions, not just in the Pacific Northwest, but in the country as a whole. We are becoming one of the best observatories for public viewing in the country, and we're really proud of that. We really encourage everyone to come out and see us and the two scopes that were donated. We're building buildings for them, and we've already had about $25,000 donated to our cause.” The still need about $10,000 to $15,000 more to finance the telescope building project, and they hope to have it finished by this summer. They also have special telescopes for people wanting to view the dramatic solar flares taking place this year. Currently, several telescopes are housed in one building and the roof slides off, with the new buildings the big telescopes will have a permanent home and the buildings will roll off of a platform.

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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