Eclipse event larger than hype

By Pat Caldwell and John L. Braese

The Enterprise

The solar eclipse lived up to its promised awesomeness Monday, wowing thousands in Malheur County who watched without the company of the predicted hordes.

The best vantage points for a once-in-a-lifetime experience did fill up Monday, but entrepreneurs and agencies expecting to profit from the spectacle were disappointed.

The only hint of challenge came after the sun went back to its normal duty as sky watchers all took to area roads at the same time to go back where they came from. Traffic slowed on major highways around . . .