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July 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Too close to wild things on Olympic park trail

I wanted to keep hiking along a trail in Olympic National Park, but the animals got there first. I came around a rocky outcrop on a Hurricane Ridge trail recently to find  a mountain goat (feeling protective, with a baby goat nearby) on one  side of the trail, a curious deer on the other. I definitely did…


Comments | More in mountain goats, Olympic National Park | Topics: goat management, mount rainier national park

July 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Vehicle reservations coming for ferries to San Juan islands

If you’ve waited in frustratingly long lines for ferries to and from Washington’s San Juan Islands, relief is on the way. Starting next year travelers will be able to get vehicle reservations on ferries. Reservations will be available for sailings from Anacortes to Orcas, San Juan, Shaw and Lopez islands and for the return voyage from…


Comments | More in Ferries | Topics: lopez island, orcas island, san juan island

July 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Fire trucks, helicopters at Sea-Tac – but don’t worry

Don’t be concerned if you see more than 175 emergency vehicles and eight helicopters — plus 300 accident “victims” — at Sea-Tac Airport on Thursday morning. It’s part of a full-scale emergency drill simulating an aircraft disaster at the airport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 10. The drill will be carried out on Sea-Tac’s westernmost…


Comments | Topics: Emergency drill, simulated airplane accident

June 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Open plane door and, oops, emergency slide deploys

It’s not what you want to happen when you open the plane’s door at an airport  — the emergency- evacuation slide springing open to wave vertically in the breeze. The emergency slide accidentally deployed on an Alaska Airlines plane that arrived at Wrangell airport in Southeast Alaska on the weekend, according to a report from…


Comments | More in airlines, Alaska, Alaska Airlines | Topics: emegency evacuation slide, Wrangell

June 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Automated passport kiosks speed up Sea-Tac, other airports

Sea-Tac Airport’s international arrivals area can be cramped and frustratingly slow, with tired passengers snaking through long lines and sometimes waiting more than an hour for passport clearance. But the Automated Passport Control kiosks that have been set up in Seattle and some other major North American airports can speed entry into the United States for…


Comments | More in airlines, airports, passports, Sea-Tac Airport | Topics: Automated Passport Control, Customs and Border Protection

June 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Washington to crack down on drunk boating

Don’t boat drunk. Or drugged. That’s the word from Washington state’s marine law-enforcement agencies who will hold “Operation Dry Water” on June 27-29. Marine patrols, and educational efforts, will warn people of the dangers (and illegality) of  “BUI” – boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs – on that weekend. And they’ll cite anyone who’s…


Comments | More in boating | Topics: Operation Dry Water, Washington state boating

June 6, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Readers vote: Your favorite Seattle sights

It’s (almost) summer in Seattle and scads of tourists soon will be roaming  around town. What sights should they see? You (as in Seattle Times readers) voted on top Seattle sights in response to a recent Times article on five favorite, and five alternative attractions,  as recommended by writer Brian Thomas Gallagher. He groaned at the…


Comments | Topics: Ballard Farmers Market, Columbia Center, Pike Place Market

May 31, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Cast your vote for top Seattle tourist spots

Summer in Seattle means a bounty of tourists including, probably, some of your friends and relatives. What are some Seattle places they shouldn’t miss? What’s overpriced, over-blown, overcrowded? In The Seattle Times’ NWTraveler section, Brian Thomas Gallagher, an assistant features editor and newish guy in town, writes of five Seattle tourist standards and five alternatives he…


Comments | More in Seattle tourism | Topics: attractions, Best tourist spots, Top five Seattle sights

May 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Washington opens tourist-information call center

Budget cuts decimated Washington’s tourism promotion in recent years. The state’s tourism office was closed in 2011, leaving visitors without one-stop shopping for  information on Washington destinations. Ever since, the Washington Tourism Alliance,  an industry-spurred group, has been trying to revive tourism marketing and lure visitors.  Its latest effort, announced Wednesday, is a new call…


Comments | More in Tourism industry, Washington state | Topics: Experience WA, Tourism promotion, Washington Tourism Alliance

May 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Alaska boosts Seattle flights, still the big player

As Delta Air Lines keeps adding flights from Seattle, including some new routes announced Tuesday, Alaska Airlines points out that it’s still the dominant, hometown carrier. And that it’s expanding service substantially, too, from Sea-Tac Airport. “Alaska Airlines has been flying out of Seattle for more than half a century and we’re proud to…


Comments | More in Alaska Airlines, delta airlines | Topics: Alaska-Delta competition, new flights, Sea-Tac Airport

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