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The eclipse dazzles inside Oregon’s totality

MAGONE LAKE, Oregon – On the centerline in the path of Monday’s total solar eclipse, the 2 minutes and 6 seconds of darkness passed far too quickly. The sun disappeared behind the moon, plunging this central Oregon lake and its visitors into a strange twilight at 10:22 a.m.

Hanford becomes comical punching bag for HBO’s John Oliver

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, left, closely observes as worker trainers Joni Spencer, center, and Dean Beaver prepare to give a respirator demonstration, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at the HAMMER Training Facility in Richland, Wash. The federal facility offers a wide variety of training to Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., stands next to Perry and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., stands  between the workers at right. (Bob Brawdy / Associated Press)
Just days after Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first trip to the Hanford nuclear reservation, HBO’s John Oliver used the polluted nuclear site as a satirical punching bag for the nation’s decades of failure to find a permanent storage solution for the millions of gallons of nuclear waste.

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

From Spokane, the moon only obscured approximately 90 percent of the sun during the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
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.

Then and now: Duncan Garden reaches its peak

May 2017 - Duncan Garden, with a European Renaissance layout of planting beds, is shown in May of 2017 before the annuals are planted in a massive effort by parks personnel. By August and September, the colors and profusion overwhelm visitors, especially those who are gardeners. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The European Renaissance-style garden in Manito Park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer was planted around Memorial Day of this year with tens of thousands of begonias, marigolds, dahlias, snapdragons, petunias, geraniums and others to create the profusion, color and elegant symmetry of a royal garden. It is now a feast for the eyes. It’s worth a visit for those who haven’t been recently.

‘Sanctuary city’ opponents in Spokane receiving legal, financial support from national anti-immigration groups

A large crowd stands at Main Avenue and Monroe Street in protest over President Donald Trump’s executive order pertaining to immigration from some countries in January. A ballot initiative that would undo Spokane’s non-biased policing law, which some have criticized as a “sanctuary city” policy, has drawn national legal and financial support. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The political advocacy group Respect Washington has received thousands of dollars and legal advice from organizations tied to John Tanton, a Michigan-based activist who has been criticized for holding staunchly anti-immigrant views some have said rise to the level of white nationalism. The group will make the argument Spokane voters should have a say in whether the city’s nonbiased policing policy, which they say makes the city a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, should remain in place.

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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 ...

Eclipse review

I was kind of hoping it would feel just a bit more Twilight Zoney.