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November 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Better forecasts are Seattle avalanche victim’s legacy, thanks to crowdfunding

Winter backcountry visitors to the mountains of northeast Oregon will have access to expanded safety advisories, services and training thanks to a crowdfunding drive memorializing a Seattle skier killed last February in an avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains. Wallowa Avalanche Center, of Joseph, Ore., an information source for winter visitors to the region’s…

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Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: avalanche forecasts, avalanches, crowdfunding

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…

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

November 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Olympic National Park opens new viewpoint on dam-free Elwha

Both dams are gone from the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula, and in Olympic National Park a new accessible parking area and viewpoint opened Friday to give the public a better look at the free-flowing river. The 10-space parking area and viewpoint can be reached by following the gravel Whiskey Bend Road about one mile…

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Comments | More in national parks, Olympic National Park | Topics: Elwha River, elwha valley, Glines Canyon Dam

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 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

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