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July 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Your holiday weekend campfire (in a campground) is safe (so far)

The good news: So far, your Independence Day weekend campfire in a designated campground with fire rings is not in danger of being banned. But crackdowns are starting in dry areas east of the Cascades. In the past few days, these fire restrictions have been announced: No burning is allowed on state Department of Natural Resources-protected lands east…


Comments | Topics: burn bans, campfire ban, campfires

June 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Summer’s here, and Sunrise is open at Mount Rainier

Some people say summer starts in Western Washington the day after the Fourth of July, but another good measure is when the Sunrise area opens at Mount Rainier National Park. By that measure, summer officially started on Friday. The Sunrise road opened Friday, and the Sunrise Day Lodge began summer operations on Saturday. The Sunrise Visitor…


Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, Northwest | Topics: mount rainier, mount rainier national park, summer getaways

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 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Photo contest: Share your pictures from Washington’s national parks

We’re writing about Washington’s national parks, with stories on Mount Rainier published recently (and Olympic and North Cascades park stories coming up). Now we’re looking for Seattle Times  readers’  best images from Washington’s national parks. Submit your  spectacular scenics, wildlife shots or simply family fun. We’ll judge the best and award a $250 REI gift…


Comments | More in Contest | Topics: mount rainier, national parks, North Cascades National Park

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

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