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April 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

New trails add to fun as Tiger Mountain biking opens for season

Mountain-biking season opened over the weekend on Tiger Mountain, southeast of Issaquah, with a new 3-mile trail link extending the east Tiger Mountain trail system to 12 miles. The Washington Department of Natural Resources partnered with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to construct the new Joy Ride Trail and a rerouted Silent Swamp Trail. Another new…

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0 Comments | Topics: Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, mountain biking, mountain biking trails

April 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

It’s whale-watch season as grays visit Whidbey Island waters

The gray whales are here. This will be the second weekend of the season for scheduled outings on the Victoria Clipper III to search for gray whales between Seattle and Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. The boat transits Possession Sound and Saratoga Passage along the way. The Clipper outings claimed 100 percent whale sightings in 2013, and last…

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0 Comments | More in Cruises, Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: Deception Pass Tours, gray whales, Langley Whale Center

April 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Digging out the North Cascades Highway

High up in north-central Washington’s rugged mountains, crews are once again digging out the snow-buried North Cascades Highway. The road is a scenic short cut, through craggy mountains and forests, between Western Washington and the Methow Valley and gives access to high-country hiking. About 40 miles of the highway, also known as State Route 20,  is closed each winter because of  snowfall…

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0 Comments | More in North Cascades, North Cascades Highway | Topics: North Cascades Highway opening day, Washington DOT

April 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

No go! for Hawaii travelers after airline shuts down

If you’re looking to book flights between Hawaii’s islands, you’ve got one less airline to choose from. The inter-island carrier go! has stopped all inter-island flights after struggling financially. Its parent company, the Arizona-based Mesa Airlines, is pulling the planes back to the mainland U.S. for code-share flights with United Airlines and US Airways. Go! had operated…

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0 Comments | More in airlines, Hawaii | Topics: go! Airlines

April 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets high marks from passengers

They like Sea-Tac Airport, they really do. Sea-Tac has ranked highly in the Skytrax World Airport awards. The Port of Seattle, which runs Sea-Tac, said the airport was voted into the top ten of four Skytrax categories. They are: – Ranked #3  for Best Airport Staff in the world (last year, Sea-Tac  was ranked #1 in that category). -  #4 for…

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0 Comments | More in airlines, airports, Sea-Tac Airport | Topics: Skytrax awards

April 4, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Two Washington climbers finalists for prestigious ‘Golden Ice Axe’

Two Washington climbers are just returning from France and Italy, where they were finalists for the prestigious Piolet d’Or (French for “Golden Ice Axe”), a juried climbing award given by the French magazine Montagnes (“Mountains”) and The Groupe de Haute Mantagne since 1991. The award recognizes a particular mountain climb for originality, innovative nature of the…

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0 Comments | Topics: climbing awards, Golden Ice Axe, mountaineering

April 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Should boarders be forbidden at ski slope?

The winter-sports season is winding down, but the debate over a Utah ski resort that forbids snowboarders is heating up. A lawsuit against the Alta ski resort has ended up in federal court, with snowboarders saying they’re being discriminated against on public lands (Alta has a permit to use U.S. Forest Service land, like many ski areas). Alta says it has the right,…

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0 Comments | More in snow sports | Topics: Alta ski resort, boarders, skiers

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