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December 9, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Santa Claus around the world — in photos

Santa Claus is showing up everywhere this time of year, running, surfing, diving, motorcycling and sometimes even going to the dogs. Here’s a look, in pictures, at Santas worldwide.  We’ll keep adding photos of Santa’s travels, so do revisit.             A diver dressed as Santa swims with the fish  at an aquarium in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn…


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November 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Alaska Airlines boosts mileage bonuses

Fighting with mileage plans? Alaska Airlines announced improvements to its frequent-flier program Wednesday, with increased mileage bonuses especially for passengers who buy its  more expensive fares.  It comes as Delta Air Lines and Alaska continue to compete for the Seattle market,  with Delta steadily adding  flights to traditional Alaska-dominated destinations and turning Sea-Tac Airport  into a…


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November 24, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Snow close, but Crystal can’t quite open yet for skiing, boarding

Crystal Mountain, Washington’s biggest ski and snowboarding area,  can’t set an opening day yet because of  warmer temperatures, howling winds and rain forecast for this week. The slopes got some nice snow on the weekend, but Tuesday and Wednesday weather, with winds expected to be 50 mph, have prevented ski managers from saying they can open…


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November 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Where the New York Times wants you to eat, play in Seattle weekend

The New York Times is telling its world of readers where to eat and play in a weekend in Seattle. The article and video, one of the newspaper’s popular 36-hours-in-a-city travel series, highlights Pioneer Square restaurants (hello Matt Dillon)  and Lake Union’s wildly popular Westward, among others. Beyond eating, “36 hours in Seattle” steers visitors to the…


Comments | Topics: 36 Hours in Seattle, New York Times

November 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM

How to cope with Thanksgiving crowds at Sea-Tac (and get a parking deal)

Flying out of Sea-Tac Airport for Thanksgiving? You’ll join more than 600,000 passengers who will be going through the airport during the Thanksgiving holiday week, says the Port of Seattle which runs the airport. Here’s how to cope with the crowds and get a parking deal at Sea-Tac. The busiest days at Sea-Tac will be Wednesday, Nov….


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November 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Hawaii lava oozes across road, gets closer to structures

Lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano oozed close to a residential structure Monday morning. The main front of the lava flow has been stalled since Oct. 30 on the outskirts of the village of Pahoa on the Big Island. But fingers of molten rock are extruding from behind the stalled leading edge, and on Sunday and…


Comments | More in Hawaii, Hawaii volcano | Topics: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, June 27th lava flow

November 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Mount Rainier plans to boost park-entrance fee to $25

Mount Rainier National Park is planning to raise entrance fees, as are other national parks around the country, as soon as 2015. Entrance fees at Rainier would increase to $25 for a vehicle pass good for seven days, up from the current $15, park officials said Tuesday.  Olympic National Park has proposed the same increase


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October 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

$25 (and up) entrance fee proposed for Olympic, other big national parks. Have your say

Be prepared to pay a lot more next year to enjoy major national parks in Washington state and around the country. Following the lead of the National Park Service, both Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park are proposing to charge $25 for a seven-day vehicle-entrance pass, up from the current $15, said Olympic spokeswoman…


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