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October 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Crack down on Washington beach driving? Take our poll

The sun had just set below the Pacific Ocean’s indigo horizon. Our Long Beach bonfire was blazing merrily in the windbreak of a drift log, and a glass of cabernet washed down some sticky s’mores rather nicely. It was the kind of moment the local visitor bureau likes people to talk about. Then the peaceful moment…

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Comments | More in beaches, Northwest, Outdoors, Scenic drive | Topics: ban beach driving, beach driving, Long Beach

October 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Mercer Island couple to be honored as wilderness advocates

Lois and Ward Irwin, of Mercer Island, met during a Mountaineers basic climbing course more than 60 years ago and got hooked, first on each other, then on Alaska wilderness, through trips offered by the group in the 1960s. They skied, canoed, camped and fished throughout the Arctic – traveling there for weeks at a…

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Comments | Topics: Alaska Wilderness League, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Lois Irwin

October 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

See ‘blood moon’ over Seattle during Tuesday night eclipse

The full moon turns blood red in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, during a full lunar eclipse that will likely be visible from Western Washington if clear skies prevail and early-morning fog doesn’t roll in to block the view. Set your alarm for around 3:30 a.m. if you want to see the fully red moon…

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Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: eclipse times, lunar eclipse, moon

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

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