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January 26, 2015 at 4:37 PM

Presto, change-o at Rainier’s Paradise, where it can be rainy or sunny, but without much snow

Just to prove what they say about how quickly conditions can change on Mount Rainier, here’s a comparison of what I saw on a drive up to Paradise on Friday, when it was pouring rain up there (right), versus what was showing this sunny Monday afternoon on the park’s webcam (below). What it hasn’t been doing…


Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, national parks | Topics: Mount Rainier snow, Mount Rainier weather, Paradise snow

January 26, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Whiskey Bend Road closed by slide in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park‘s 4.5-mile Whiskey Bend Road, on the east bank of the Elwha River, is closed after the first mile due to a slide and extensive road damage, park officials reported Monday. Heavy rains and high winds earlier this month resulted in a slide that destroyed more than 50 linear feet of the roadbed…


Comments | More in national parks, Olympic National Park | Topics: Elwha River access, Glines Canyon viewpoints, olympic national park

January 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Body of hiker found in Olympic National Park

The body of a  hiker missing since late December  has been found in Olympic National Park.  Here’s the word Monday morning from park authorities: “Searchers, aided by several dog teams, yesterday (Sunday)  located and recovered the body of missing hiker James Thomas Griffin in very rugged terrain near the Boulder Creek trailhead.  Griffin, 60, of Port…


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January 23, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Phoenix’s best restaurants, according to locals

Recently, we posted a story that listed some good bars and convenient eateries for Seahawks fans going to the Super Bowl in Arizona. Recommendations for great restaurants in the area started pouring in from present and former Phoenix residents, and even people who just travel there a lot. Several readers suggest browsing Roosevelt Row,…


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January 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Flashy and diverse new website promotes California tourism

OK, so California has pretty much always been the Cool Kid among U.S. states. Now it’s re-staking that claim with a flashy, colorful new state tourism website, launched this week. If a trip south is in your sights, log on to and get your sunglasses and flip flops ready. The photography and video takes…


Comments | More in California tourism | Topics: California tourism, California trip planner, California visitor info

January 21, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Shipping container to sprawling mansion: Where you could sleep for Super Bowl

For every Super Bowl, the hotel rates in the host city go sky-high as tens of thousands of fans flood the town. Here’s a look at what’s happening to lodging rates in Phoenix, which hosts the big game on Feb. 1 between the Seahawks and Patriots. (And yes, you could book all these places as…


Comments | More in Seahawks, Super Bowl | Topics: Phoenix, Super Bowl lodging

January 20, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Who’s spending what on Super Bowl tickets

Seahawk fans are flying high and spending big for Super Bowl tickets. Here’s a statistical look at ticket sales from the NFL Ticket Exchange (the official NFL ticket-resale agency) as of Tuesday afternoon: Currently on NFLTixExchange: • Average SALES Price = $3,512 • Median SALES Price = $3,213 • High SALES price = $10,725 (section 130of the stadium) • Get-In LIST…


Comments | Topics: NFL Ticket Exchange, Super Bowl tickets, University of Phoenix stadium

January 19, 2015 at 11:35 AM

Go south with the Hawks: Flights and lodging for Super Bowl

For Seahawks fans it’s a dream come true — the Super Bowl in balmy Phoenix. Then there’s the nightmare part: Airfares and hotels prices have soared for the Feb.  1 Super Bowl. And a game ticket cost $2,655 to $13,407 on the NFL ticket exchange on Monday. For those who want to splurge and go south…


Comments | More in Seahawks, Super Bowl | Topics: Alaska Airlines, NFL, Phoenix

January 19, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Where to eat, drink, play in Phoenix for Super Bowl XLIX

Seahawks fans headed to Phoenix in the week running up to the Super Bowl will find plenty of places to party — whether they have tickets to the big game or not. Activities are centered in three locales — all less than 20 miles from each other: Downtown Phoenix, tony Scottsdale and Westgate Entertainment District in…


Comments | More in Seahawks | Topics: Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale

January 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Recreation prohibited as rock slides block gated North Cascades Highway

If you like to hike, ski or snowshoe the western portion of the gated North Cascades Highway (SR 20) during its winter traffic closure, here’s discouraging news from North Cascades National Park, as of Friday morning: State Route 20 beyond the closed vehicle gate at Ross Dam Trailhead (MP 134) is temporarily closed to foot…


Comments | More in North Cascades, North Cascades Highway, North Cascades National Park | Topics: Highway 20 rock slides, North Cascades Highway closure, North Cascades Highway rock slides

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