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Oregon Breathes A Sigh Of Relief After Eclipse

Elayna Yussen/Oregon Public Broadcasting
Bicyclists race past a traffic jam in Central Oregon on Eclipse Weekend.

A year or so of buildup, and two hours--tops--of the event in the sky. 

So it is with a total solar eclipse like the one that passed over Oregon this week.  State and travel authorities expected a million people to visit from elsewhere, all to watch the sky go dark for about two minutes.  The Oregon Office of Emergency Management prepared for months with great coordination with the Department of Transportation and others, and the celestial celebration went off smoothly. 

How smoothly?  Cory Grogan from OEM and David Thompson from ODOT visit with some post-mortem analysis.   

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.