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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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Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, Olympic National Park | Topics: fee increase, park entrance fees

October 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Get a close (online) look at Hawaii lava flow

With lava oozing toward homes and businesses in a  village on Hawaii’s Big Island, tourists (and islanders) want to see the flow of molten rock. But legally you can’t. For public safety, and for the privacy of those whose buildings are threatened in the village of Pahoa, the land where the lava has flowed is closed…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Kilauea Volcano, lava flow | Topics: Big Island, June 27 lava flow, lava

October 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Going to Cannon Beach? Times readers tell you where to eat

I If you’re going to Cannon Beach, Seattle Times readers can steer you to their favorite places to eat in the northern Oregon beach town. I recently wrote about oceanfront places for winter storm-watching in the Pacific Northwest and B.C.,  including Cannon Beach. When I was there I mostly cocooned in my cozy lodgings in the…

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Comments | More in Cannon Beach | Topics: Cannon Beach restaurants, reader recommendations, stormwatching

October 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Ebola and travel: You’re getting nervous, changing plans, poll shows

Amid all the news about Ebola, Seattle Times readers are getting nervous about travel. More than 600 readers weighed in on NWTraveler’s recent informal poll. –About 42 percent said they were nervous about Ebola and changing their travel plans because of it.  (256 votes) –An almost equal number, 40 percent, said they were nervous about Ebola…

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Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: Ebola airport screening, Ebola poll, Ebola travel impacts

October 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Is Ebola affecting your travel? Take our poll

The Ebola outbreak is buffeting travel in the United States and beyond. A man is being monitored for the disease aboard a Carnival cruise; more airline passengers have been warned after flying on a Frontier Airlines plane on which a now Ebola-afflicted nurse flew; some major airports in the U.S. and Europe are screening…

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Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: Ebola travel impact, Frontier Airlines, travel bans

October 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

North Cascades Highway to close for 36 hours next week

Planning a fall drive over Washington’s  scenic North Cascades Highway?   Don’t go on Oct. 21 or Oct. 22 because a 10-mile stretch of the mountainous highway will be closed  for repairs with no detour available. The highway will close from 6 a.m. Tuesday morning (Oct. 21)  through 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 22) from Granite…

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Comments | More in Methow Valley, North Cascades Highway | Topics: Highway closure

October 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

The official word on tracking passengers from Ebola-linked U.S. flight

  A second Texas health-care worker was diagnosed with Ebola the day after she flew on a Frontier Airlines flight.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Frontier are contacting passengers who were on the flight.  Here are statements from them: CDC statement: “On the morning of Oct. 14, the second healthcare worker reported to…

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Comments | More in airlines, Ebola | Topics: CDC, Frontier Airlines, Texas

October 8, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Airlines return to Los Cabos after hurricane, hotels reopening but some shut until 2015

The Mexican resort of Los Cabos,  devastated by a hurricane in mid-September, welcomed back U.S. airlines on Wednesday, including  Alaska Airlines (a flight from Los Angeles), Delta and United.  The airport had been closed to commercial flights after Hurricane Odile slammed into the area on Sept. 14,  heavily damaging buildings throughout the area and knocking…

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Comments | More in Los Cabos hurricane | Topics: Alaska Airlines, Hurricane Odile

October 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Go wild and free in national parks and beyond: A list of fee-free days

Go wild and free at national parks, national forests and other federally-managed public lands with 11 fee-free days in 2015. There will be no entrance fee charged on the following days, according to this chart from the U.S. Forest Service:   2015 Free-free Days Dates Event Participating Agency Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day U.S. Forest Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau…

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Comments | More in Fees, national forests, national parks | Topics: fee-free days, mount rainier national park, North Cascades National Park

September 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Getting updates on Los Cabos hotel, airport reopenings after the hurricane

After being devastated by Hurricane Odile on Sept. 14,  electrical power and other infrastructure is being restored in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos and the dozens of the hotels damaged by the hurricane are being repaired. Two local websites with useful updates on hotel reconstruction, restaurant reopenings and more are Cabo San Lucas…

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Comments | More in Los Cabos hurricane | Topics: Hurricane Odile, Los Cabos

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