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Year in Review: Quiet times in Long Creek

The community raised money to remodel the school’s kitchen by holding an educational event during the eclipse.

By Richard Hanners

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on December 26, 2017 3:59PM

People gathered to view the eclipse in Long Creek Aug. 21.

Contributed photo/Brian Burgess

People gathered to view the eclipse in Long Creek Aug. 21.


Life is a lot simpler and quieter in Long Creek, City Recorder Marsie Watson told the Eagle.

The community’s infrastructure originally was designed for 800 residents, but the city has shrunk since then.

“Everything’s gravity-fed,” she said. “The well pumps water to the tanks, but everything flows downhill from there.”

Following a local resident’s advice, the city paid to install a new motor starter for the well to protect electrical equipment.

The half-block city park on Highway 402 is popular with local children, with swing sets, a merry-go-round and a basketball hoop, Watson said.

“There’s often someone using the basketball hoop,” she said.

Watson said the city is careful with its limited budget, setting aside money for rainy days. With no growth in the community, the city often “reacts” to needs as they arise, she noted.

Long Creek’s Fourth of July picnic is held to honor the city’s founding fathers, Watson said. An all-class reunion is held about every five years. The community raised money to remodel the school’s kitchen by holding an educational event during the eclipse, featuring personnel from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“We had a good turnout,” she said.



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