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Category: Alaska
October 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Mercer Island couple to be honored as wilderness advocates

Ward and Lois Irwin. (photo from their personal collection) 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…


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

June 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Open plane door and, oops, emergency slide deploys

An emergency-evacuation slide accidentally deployed on an Alaska Airlines plane. (Photo via Flyer Talk.) 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…


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

December 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Delta expands Seattle base with Fairbanks, Vancouver flights

Delta keeps expanding its service from Sea-Tac Airport. (Paul Morris /Bloomberg News photo)

Delta keeps expanding its service from Sea-Tac Airport. (Paul Morris /Bloomberg News photo)

Delta Air Lines is going after more of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines’ turf, adding  flights from Sea-Tac Airport to  Vancouver, B.C., and Fairbanks.

Delta’s daily non-stop service between Seattle and  Fairbanks begins May 29 next year;  five daily flights to Vancouver, B.C.,  begin June 5 (on Delta’s affiliate SkyWest Airlines).

In recent months, Delta has been aggressively increasing flights from Seattle to Europe and Asia, as well as in North America.

Delta recently announced expanded  service from Sea-Tac Airport to Anchorage, Las Vegas, Los Angeles,


Comments | More in airlines, Alaska | Topics: Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Line

September 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Bellingham hosting a party for Alaska ferry

An Alaska ferry is moored at Bellingham. (Port of Bellingham photo.) If you’ve been around Seattle for a while, you may remember the Alaska ferry that used to sail from the downtown waterfront on a days-long voyage to Ketchikan, Juneau and other Southeast Alaska communities.  Maybe you were lucky enough to sail  away on the ferry,…


Comments | More in Alaska, Alaska ferries | Topics: Alaska Marine Highway System, Port of Bellingham