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Total Solar Eclipse

News >  Spokane

In downtown Spokane, the eclipse brought wonder and an eerie sky but no big moment

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

The light dimmed, the air cooled and the solar eclipse showed its growing crescent in shadows cast by leaves. For a moment, as people turned their eyes sunward, or stared at their pinhole projections on the ground, or wondered what everyone was looking at, the world slowed down. Traffic calmed. Jackhammers stilled. People gathered on sidewalks.

News >  Idaho

Many hours driving to St. Anthony, Idaho for two minutes of totality – ‘totally worth it’

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:26 p.m.

ST. ANTHONY, IDAHO – When the last bright bit of light disappeared through the dark eclipse glasses and the sun winked out – turning the day dark – everybody in the park cheered. What had been baking-hot sun had gradually gotten cooler and cooler, and now, all of a sudden, it was dark – and cold. No one was left in the water, where earlier happy kids and parents had been splashing and frolicking. And the shrinking sliver we’d all been watching through our eclipse glasses had completely disappeared – there was just darkness there. Instead, as we all took off our glasses, we saw a black disk in place of the sun, surrounded by a bright, clear-white corona; points shot off it at the upper left and lower right.
News >  Idaho

Excitement, awe fill Silverwood’s eclipse party

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

When Josie Montgomery told her mom a solar eclipse would occur on her 15th birthday, the teen’s mom was skeptical. “She said, ‘You can’t believe everything you read on Facebook,’ ” Josie recalled.

Blog Posts

News >  Idaho

Wrapping up quite a day…

Wow – four hours and 45 minutes. That’s how long it took us to drive the 60 miles back north from St. Anthony to Henry’s Lake State Park this afternoon and evening after the eclipse, all stop-and-go, with plenty of stop. That part was pretty...
News >  Idaho

And now, the down side…

The eclipse viewing experience was so cool! And afterward, we visited with folks, hung around, jumped off the diving board and swam in the cool waters of the Henry's Fork, then had a great picnic lunch. Around 3:30, we left for the 60-mile jaunt back...
News >  Idaho

Everyone cheered as day turned to night and then back again…

When the last bright bit of light disappeared through the dark eclipse glasses and the sun winked out – turning the day dark – everybody in the park cheered. What had been baking-hot sun had gradually gotten cooler and cooler, and now, all of the...

News >  Idaho

Arrived, after a surprisingly hassle-free trip…

I'm pleased to report that we arrived at our campsite in eastern Idaho on Saturday afternoon with no traffic hassles; it was just fine on the roads. That may not be the case tomorrow when we rise early to head for the path of totality,...
News >  Idaho

Total eclipse of the plans…

Here's my full column from Sunday's Spokesman-Review: By Betsy Z. Russell BOISE – Everyone I know has plans for the eclipse. In Boise, the sun will be 99.555 percent obscured – a very dramatic partial eclipse. But many of us want the whole deal: Totality,...
Sports >  Outdoors

Solar eclipse activities offered at Lake Roosevelt sites

SKY WATCHING -- An educational twist to viewing the Aug. 1 solar eclipse is being organized for two sites in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area as well as the Kettle Falls library. This solar eclipse, which last occurred in 1918, will cross North America...
Sports >  Outdoors

Schweitzer Sky House has room with view for eclipse

SKY WATCHING -- It may not be in the path of totality, but Schweitzer Mountain Resort above is making a good offer for viewing the total eclipse up on the ridge above Sandpoint, Idaho, on Aug. 21. ."The resort will open the Great Escape Quad...
News >  Idaho

AirBnB reports record Idaho bookings for upcoming solar eclipse

There’s been lots of speculation about how many visitors Idaho will see for next week’s total solar eclipse, so AirBnB’s figures are of interest. The home-sharing marketplace reports that the eclipse will be the biggest date ever for AirBnB rentals in Idaho, with more than...