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Power outage closes Mt. Ashland

 Posted: 10:55 AM January 21, 2013

A downed power line knocked out power to the Mt. Ashland Ski Area Monday morning, forcing the ski area to close for the day.

A fallen tree on Old Highway 99 caused the outage at 8:22 a.m., according to Pacific Power spokeswoman Jan Mitchell.

Mitchell said the outage originally affected about 300 Pacific Power customers, but the number had been reduced to 200 customers by 9:40 a.m.

Crews expected power to remain out for at least six hours after locating the down line, according to a posting on the Mt. Ashland website.

Callahan's Mountain Lodge had about 300 people visiting the lodge Monday morning, and was operating with a few lights, candles and gas appliances in the kitchen, owner Donna Bergquist said.

A Pacific Power crew initially estimated the power would return at 11:30a.m., but the estimate was later changed to 2:30 p.m., according to Bergquist.

Mt. Ashland is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but is scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday, according to its website.

— Teresa Ristow

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