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July 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Readers’ lovely photos of Washington’s national parks

You really, really  love “The Mountain.” That’s very clear, judging from the dozens and dozens of photos of Mount Rainier submitted to The Seattle Times’ national-park photo contest. We’re looking for your good photos from the three big national parks in Washington state – Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park. We’ll…

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Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park | Topics: national parks photo contest, Seattle Times photo contest

July 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Flights to Tel Aviv banned; here’s the fine print

Here’s the fine print from the FAA on banning U.S.  airlines’  flights to Tel Aviv, Israel,  after a rocket landed near the airport. ——————— FAA Statement–Notice to Airmen Issued for Ben Gurion International Airport At 12:15 EST on July 22, 2014, the FAA issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from…

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July 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Too close to wild things on Olympic park trail

I wanted to keep hiking along a trail in Olympic National Park, but the animals got there first. I came around a rocky outcrop on a Hurricane Ridge trail recently to find  a mountain goat (feeling protective, with a baby goat nearby) on one  side of the trail, a curious deer on the other. I definitely did…

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July 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Jim Whittaker to join Wednesday fundraiser for Rainier search-and-rescue

If you read here recently about Kelly Jackson’s fundraising zeal after his rescue from an ill-fated climb of Mount Rainier, and were thinking of attending his West Seattle fundraiser Wednesday, here’s maybe another reason to go: Meet every Northwest climber’s idol, Jim Whittaker. Whittaker will be there selling and signing books and posters, with proceeds…

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July 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Memorial for outdoors writer Karen Sykes is Monday

A public memorial service for outdoors writer and photographer Karen Sykes, who perished on a Mount Rainier hike last month, will be Monday, July 14, at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park. Sykes wrote for several publications (including a popular trail column for the Seattle P-I and outdoors stories for The Seattle Times), contributed…

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July 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Vehicle reservations coming for ferries to San Juan islands

If you’ve waited in frustratingly long lines for ferries to and from Washington’s San Juan Islands, relief is on the way. Starting next year travelers will be able to get vehicle reservations on ferries. Reservations will be available for sailings from Anacortes to Orcas, San Juan, Shaw and Lopez islands and for the return voyage from…

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July 10, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Should climbers pay for their rescue? Here’s one who’s ‘paying it forward’ (Take our poll)

Should rescued climbers be billed for their rescue? It’s a question that can generate more heat than a steam vent atop Mount Rainier. You might consider the case of Kelly Jackson, of Maple Valley, who was rescued from the mountain last August. Jackson, then 43, and four friends — all but one first-timers — topped the…

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July 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Fire trucks, helicopters at Sea-Tac – but don’t worry

Don’t be concerned if you see more than 175 emergency vehicles and eight helicopters — plus 300 accident “victims” — at Sea-Tac Airport on Thursday morning. It’s part of a full-scale emergency drill simulating an aircraft disaster at the airport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 10. The drill will be carried out on Sea-Tac’s westernmost…

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July 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Olympic park’s Madison Falls Trail closed for improvements

The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail in Olympic National Park’s Elwha Valley has closed to public entry for three weeks beginning Monday.  Park trail crews and volunteers will make significant improvements to the trail, including construction of a new rock retaining wall, installation of new railings and trail surface, and replanting of the work area. This…

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