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July 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Blues festival goes on, despite highway closures

The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival opens Friday, although most routes to the festival from Central and Eastern Washington were closed this morning. “That doesn’t help us,” said the event’s secretary Peter Dammann. It is still possible to get to Winthrop from Western Washington via the North Cascades Highway, and Dammann said that’s the way about 60 percent…

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May 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

North Cascades park visitor center opens Saturday

The Skagit Valley Herald NEWHALEM, Whatcom County — The North Cascades National Park Visitor Center opens Saturday, a week before Memorial Day weekend. The center closes during winter when visitation declines with the annual closure of North Cascades Highway. The rest of the year it is open to the public to provide park information, resources, a natural-history…

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March 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Sunday Memo: Drunken firefighters? … Charged 23 years after prostitutes’ deaths … Bee biz

Drunken firefighters: The off-duty firefighters accused in the beating of a homeless man in Pioneer Square last night reminds us of the Bellevue cops busted after they confronted a female Seattle police officer and got into a profanity-laced altercation with a fan and his family in September 2012. In both…

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March 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

WSDOT crews push to reopen North Cascades Highway

State Department of Transportation crews will begin work to reopen the North Cascades Highway on March 31. The road could reopen sometime in May. Snow depths of 10 feet were recorded this week at the Washington Pass summit — double the amount of snow measured there last year, a transportation department news release said. Snow below the Liberty…

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September 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM

North Cascades Highway reopening

The Associated Press The Washington Transportation Department says the North Cascades Highway is reopening at noon Thursday, after the second closure this summer due to mud and rock slides. Spokesman Jeff Adamson in Wenatchee says the way was cleared Thursday morning when the last big boulder on the roadway was pulverized by a dynamite blast. The boulder…

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August 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM

North Cascades Highway to reopen Monday

The North Cascades Highway, closed by mudslides for over a week, is to reopen at 10 a.m. Monday, the state Department of Transportation said Sunday. The highway closed Aug. 10 after heavy rain, hail storms and high winds touched off eight mudslides that buried it up to 25 feet in debris along a six-mile stretch. Crews…

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August 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Stranded in the North Cascades

Corrected version Victoria Jurgens and her husband celebrated their 11 wedding anniversary this past weekend by hiking the popular Sahale Arm in North Cascades National Park. They will remember this one. They were among a number of people stranded by the washout of Cascade River Road. Here’s her account of their adventure, er, maybe misadventure when they became rain…

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August 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Rock slide closes North Cascades Highway

UPDATE, 5:24 p.m. | A portion of North Cascades Highway from the winter gate closure at milepost 147 to Rainy Pass at the Chelan County line is closed indefinitely, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The roadway will remain closed indefinitely because of incoming storms and multiple rock and mud slides in the area. UPDATE,…

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April 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM

North Cascades Highway opens earlier than expected

WENATCHEE — Washington State Department of Transportation crews have reopened the North Cascades Highway. Officials say lighter winter snowfall helped crews open the road nearly a month earlier than they were able to last year. The highway reopened Tuesday afternoon. It typically takes four to six weeks to clear the highway in the spring, but this year highway…

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