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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

Bicylcst on the North Cascades Highway west of Winthrop on May 4, 2014. (Methow Valley Sport Trails Association)

North Cascades Highway to open Thursday 

NATIONAL PARKS -- The party's almost over for bicyclists who've had long stretches of the North Cascades Highway all to themselves as road crews have been clearing snow from State Route 20 west of Winthrop. The Washington Department of Transportation plans to reopen the North...

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MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014

Washington DOT crews clear snow from the North Cascades Highway at  Liberty Bell chute #1.
 (Washington Department of Transportation)

North Cascades Highway clearing starts today

PARKS – Crews are scheduled to begin clearing snow from the North Cascades Highway today, March 31, Washington Transportation Department officials say. The mountainous stretch of Highway 20 could reopen by early May. The highway closed for the winter on Dec. 3. Avalanche control and...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

North Cascades Highway avalanche zones. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Snow closes North Cascades Highway for season

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- After finding a 12-foot deep avalanche along a 150-foot stretch of highway below Liberty Bell Mountain this morning, the state Department of Transportation has decided to keep the North Cascades Highway closed for the winter, according to the Associated Press. The state...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013

THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013

Wildhorse Lake, near the summit of Steens Mountain, shimmers in an alpine basin. (Zach Urness / Statesman Journal)

Steens Mountain among Oregon's top road trips

OUTDOORS TRAVEL -- If you're looking for an outdoors-related road trip, complete with opportunities for hiking, fishing and wildlife watching, consider the drive to Oregon's Steens Mountain. Zach Urness, outdoor writer for the Statesman Journal, notes that it's been called the most spectacular drive in...

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MONDAY, AUG. 19, 2013

Pedaling over the North Cascades Highway on a Cascade Peak bicycle tour sponsored by Adventure Cycling.  (Greg Siple)

North Cascades Highway reopening today

OUTDOORS ACCESS -- The Washington Department of Transportation says the North Cascades Highway is reopening at 10 a.m. this morning. It was closed last week by severe mudslides near Rainy Pass. Several businesses along the scenic route winding its way through the North Cascades National...

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MONDAY, AUG. 12, 2013

Hucking junk off mountains isn't cool 

ENVIRONMENT -- Go-Pro video cameras have recorded all sorts of stunts, but to see the company endorse the trashing of pristine mountain environments makes me want to gag and go back to the ol' Super 8 camera. The video above reportedly shows Erik Roner, who...

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THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013

Paul Lessard and neighbour Kay Anderson are concerned about the effect of Three Sisters Mountain Village development plan in Canmore on wildlife in the area. (Calgary Herald)

Mega resort proposed for Canadian Rockies

MOUNTAINS -- A resort developement proposed along the edge of Canmore, Alberta, would be the largest in the history of the Canadian Rockers, according to a story in the Calgary Herald. It’s the anchor of a proposal by PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. to develop the community with...

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In 1982, climber Alan Kearney took this photo of Inspiration Glacier from the summit of Forbidden Peak in the Cascades.  Copyright Alan Kearney (Alan Kearney)

Climber's photos document shrinking Cascades glaciers 

CLIMBING -- Northwest climber/photographer Alan Kearney has an ongoing project to photograph Cascades glaciers from the same spot he photographed them on climbing trips decades ago. As you might expect, having read anything about climate change in the past few decades, the glaciers show considerable...

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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

Why does a mountain's shadow appear triangular?

MOUNTAINEERING -- Even experienced mountaineers have been stopped in their tracks occasionally by the rare sight of a triangular shadow darkening the landscape in the distance away from a major peak. The triangle shadow phenomena is fairly commonly seen from the tops of large mountains...

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