Topic: Mount McKinley
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September 13, 2013 at 6:45 AM
Mount McKinley not measuring up? The highest mountain in North America may be 83 feet shorter than the estimated 20,320-foot measurement from the early 1950s. The latest figure — 20,237 feet – still leaves McKinley, also known as Denali, the tallest in North America. Canada’s Mount Logan is in second place at 19,557.
Face recognition software will be tested at a hockey game in Kennewick next week for the Department of Homeland Security. As if we don’t already have enough government tracking.
Sex offenders at the fair: Three of them were fired after Washington State Fair officials did a background check and discovered that the guys had records. All three were level 1 offenders, considered the least-likely to reoffend. The News Tribune has the story.
Snakes on a plane: OK, it’s one small python, and it wasn’t on a plane but in an Issaquah High School classroom when it got out of its tank. The critter isn’t venomous, but it still can give you the willies. KING5 has the story.
UW prez gets a pay bump: It was only $22,000, which may seem a lot to some of us, but given that Michael Young was already pulling in more than a half-million dollars … Just saying.
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July 10, 2013 at 7:39 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 78-year-old Anchorage man has become the oldest person to reach the top of Mount McKinley.
Tom Choate reached the summit of North America’s tallest peak June 28.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the previous oldest person to reach the 20,320-foot summit was 76-year-old Japanese climber Michio Kumamoto.
Choate is a retired biology professor and climbing veteran.
He first climbed the mountain in 1963 and he returned in 1983, 1993, 2003 and this year, reaching the summit in five different decades.
Speaking by phone from Talkeetna, Choate says he climbed with an artificial hip implanted last year.
He says weather delayed reaching the summit, including a freak electrical storm 700 feet from the top. Storms also delayed his party’s descent.
May 21, 2012 at 6:50 AM
Weather: In case you missed it, it’s been raining for a couple of days and we’re in for more, especially today. Rain or drizzle is forecast for tomorrow through Thursday (We warned you on Saturday.) And the highs aren’t expected to get out of the 50s until Friday. Spring, oh spring, where art thou? By the way, it was too cloudy to see the annular solar eclipse in Seattle Sunday, but here’s a photo gallery of the event. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Viaduct open: The Alaskan Way Viaduct opened as scheduled this morning. It was closed all weekend for construction work.
Shoreline killing arrest: The 20-year-old man accused of killing a 17-year-old girl as she sat in a vehicle in a Shoreline apartment complex parking last week turned himself in just after midnight today. Joseph Cooley, who is sitting in King County Jail today, was wanted in connection with the death of Tiana Montgomery, a 17-year-old Shorecrest High School student.
Mount Everest and Mount McKinley climbing tragedies: Three climbers have died and two are missing on the world’s highest mountain, and one climber died on Mount McKinley in Alaska over the weekend. None of the climbers is from Washington state, but many climbers from this state have climbed or attempted to climb both peaks.
Gasoline prices continue to climb, and we continue to be befuddled why. The average price of a gallon in the state is $4.24, up 4 cents in a week, says the AAA, Meanwhile, the cost of a gallon dropped 4 cents nationally. Huh??? Here’s the skinny in our state: Bellingham $4.40, Bremerton $4.24, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $4.28, Tacoma $4.27, Olympia $4.29, Vancouver $4.24, Yakima $4.18, Tri-Cities $4.12, and Spokane $3.97.
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