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If you missed the lunar eclipse on Monday night, there's another good reason to gaze up into the sky this week. Anyone in Oregon who says they don't believe in Santa Claus might want to check first with the North American Air Defense Command. NORAD is responsible for keeping the airspace safe in North America. Every Christmas Eve its' radar spots Santa racing around the world and dropping off tons of gifts. So how does he get all that work done in just one night? Lt. Stacey Knott with NORAD says it might take a little bit of magic. "We’ve asked him about that. Santa’s kind of in a different kind of time plane, and so the time is a little different for him. That’s how he is able to get all around the world in that little bit of time." Knott says Santa usually starts his rounds in the Eastern Hemisphere, and when he arrives in North America, NORAD's fighter jets intercept him to ensure a safe journey. Knot says there are about 1200 uniformed and civilian volunteers who work each Christmas Eve to answer phone calls and e-mails requesting information about Santa’s whereabouts. NORAD has been helping Santa for about 50 years. You can link to the NORAD Santa Tracker at KBND.com.

 

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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.

 
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