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September 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Expect Olympic National Park road delays in next 10 days

Visitors to Olympic National Park in coming days should expect delays on some park roads as crews begin work to remove dirt and debris from drainage ditches.  Roads will remain open throughout the work, but some significant traffic stops are anticipated, park officials announced. Expect delays as follows: Sol Duc Road: Motorists may encounter northbound delays…

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Comments | More in Northwest, Olympic National Park, Parks, road travel | Topics: olympic national park, Olympic Peninsula, road delays

September 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Cellphone chatter in the air? The No’s have it (big time)

Most seattletimes.com readers hate the idea of allowing cellphone conversations throughout airplane flights, according to the results of an unscientific (and somewhat cheeky) Northwest Traveler poll. When European regulators announced last week that European air carriers could allow passengers to talk on their cellphones throughout flights, we polled readers on whether the U.S. should…

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Comments | Topics: airline regulations, cellphone regulation, cellphones on planes

September 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM

As barn door opens on cellphones, how beastly will flying get? (Take our poll)

Arggh! A wire story Friday reports that Europe will allow cellphone conversations on airplanes. The Cologne-based European Aviation Safety Agency said that starting immediately, European airlines can, at their own discretion, allow passengers to leave electronics on the entire flight, without the passenger putting them into “airplane mode.” “We’re basically opening the door where, in theory,…

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Comments | Topics: air rage, air travel, cellphones on planes

September 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Get in free to parks and forests — and maybe volunteer — on Saturday

Get in free to Washington’s national parks, state parks and national forest sites this Saturday, Sept. 27, in honor of National Public Lands Day. You can also pitch in and join a work party to help improve public lands, such as at Mount Rainier National Park, where the National Parks Conservation Association will help coordinate…

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Comments | Topics: free admission, national forests, national parks

September 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

5th graders ski for free this winter at Stevens Pass

Got a 5th grader in the family? He or she can ski or snowboard for free this winter. Keeping kids involved and interested in outdoor sports can be a challenge, but it’s a lot easier with programs such as this at Stevens Pass ski area. Through a partnership between the ski area and Carter Subaru, any 5th…

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Comments | More in Northwest, snow sports | Topics: 5th graders ski free, ski for free, Stevens Pass

August 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Flash-flood worries close campground near Leavenworth, while campfire restrictions eased

On the brink of the Labor Day weekend, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed the popular Tumwater Campground, off Highway 2 nine miles northwest of Leavenworth, because of predicted rains and the potential for flash floods this weekend. The closure was effective as of noon Friday. The campground will remain closed for the season. The campground…

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Comments | Topics: Chiwaukum Creek fire, Labor Day weekend, Leavenworth camping

August 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The Methow Valley is open for business this holiday weekend

“It’s really been an unbelievable summer,” sighed Kristen Smith, marketing manager at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. But the wildfires are out and flash floods have subsided (both were well away from Winthrop) and one of the best things Washingtonians can do to help the Methow Valley is to come visit and restore the local…

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Comments | More in Methow Valley, Northwest, weekend getaways, wildfires | Topics: Labor Day, Methow Valley, weekend ideas

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