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The Tower Theatre was packed with people there to cheer on Ashton Eaton as he won the gold medal for the Olympic Decathlon.

 

When he crossed the finish line of the final event, the 1500 meter run, there was a hush while times and points were tabulated to verify that Ashton had indeed captured the gold; and then a standing "O" and wild cheers erupted. He can now claim to be the "World's Best Athlete."

 

Dave Hood, Mountain View Athletic Director and Track Coach says the support of the community is overwhelming, and they are planning a celebration with Ashton soon.  "Thanks the community for getting behind the world's greatest athlete. Unbelievable. And we want to bring him home  to Central Oregon and celebrate the gold medal with him, here, hopefully here in the fall."

 

Hood says Ashton was destined for greatness:  “He's had a long history here. He was a freshman in 2003 [at Mountain View High School], graduated in 2006. And we hooked him up with the University of Oregon; they loved him and the rest is history. It’s just faster than we thought would be happening."

 

Eaton won three events and placed high in the others.  Fellow American athlete, Trey Hardee took the silver medal.  It's the first time since 1956 that the U.S. went gold and silver in the decathlon.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

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

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

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.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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