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September 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Expect Olympic National Park road delays in next 10 days

Visitors to Olympic National Park in coming days should expect delays on some park roads as crews begin work to remove dirt and debris from drainage ditches.  Roads will remain open throughout the work, but some significant traffic stops are anticipated, park officials announced. Expect delays as follows: Sol Duc Road: Motorists may encounter northbound delays…

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September 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Cellphone chatter in the air? The No’s have it (big time)

Most seattletimes.com readers hate the idea of allowing cellphone conversations throughout airplane flights, according to the results of an unscientific (and somewhat cheeky) Northwest Traveler poll. When European regulators announced last week that European air carriers could allow passengers to talk on their cellphones throughout flights, we polled readers on whether the U.S. should…

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Comments | Topics: airline regulations, cellphone regulation, cellphones on planes

September 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM

As barn door opens on cellphones, how beastly will flying get? (Take our poll)

Arggh! A wire story Friday reports that Europe will allow cellphone conversations on airplanes. The Cologne-based European Aviation Safety Agency said that starting immediately, European airlines can, at their own discretion, allow passengers to leave electronics on the entire flight, without the passenger putting them into “airplane mode.” “We’re basically opening the door where, in theory,…

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Comments | Topics: air rage, air travel, cellphones on planes

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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September 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Get in free to parks and forests — and maybe volunteer — on Saturday

Get in free to Washington’s national parks, state parks and national forest sites this Saturday, Sept. 27, in honor of National Public Lands Day. You can also pitch in and join a work party to help improve public lands, such as at Mount Rainier National Park, where the National Parks Conservation Association will help coordinate…

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Comments | Topics: free admission, national forests, national parks

September 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Los Cabos airport closed until Oct. 8 after hurricane; most hotels still shut

The airport in hurricane-slammed Los Cabos, Mexico, won’t reopen for commercial flights until approximately Oct. 8. Authorities are repairing the terminals and using the airport for only relief and military flights until then, according to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and a local newspaper,  Tribuna de Los Cabos,  which has regular updates on…

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September 19, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Travelers airlifted from Los Cabos by U.S. gov’t must pay, but commercial airlines ran free flights

Like thousands of other American tourists in Mexico’s hurricane-devastated Los Cabos, Joe Glass of Dallas lined up for hours Thursday outside the heavily damaged airport to get an emergency flight back to the United States. But what made Glass really angry wasn’t the chaos or the all-day sweltering wait. It was hearing that U.S. consular officials…

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Comments | Topics: Hurricane Odile, promissory note, U.S. State Department

September 19, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Alaska extends no-penalty changes for Cabos flights; long closures for hurricane-hit hotels

Some major resorts in Los Cabos, slammed by Hurricane Odile, won’t reopen until at least the end of October.  That’s prompting airlines, including Alaska Airlines which is a major carrier from Seattle and California to the Mexican resort, to extend no-penalty change fees. Alaska passengers who had flights booked from Sept. 14 to Nov. 20…

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