Methow recovers from massive fire and welcomes outdoors lovers

Last summer’s massive and destructive Carlton Complex wildfire scarred the land and destroyed homes, but residents are rebuilding, the land is healing and the valley is ready to welcome hikers, bikers and campers.

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Waves along California force cruise ship to change course

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Big waves along the Southern California coast on Sunday forced a cruise ship to change course and led to at least 16 rescues, authorities said. The Carnival Imagination was forced to dock in San Diego because the high surf and long swells in Long Beach could make it unsafe to keep...

Lift-served mountain biking keeps ski resorts going in summer

BOZEMAN, Mont. — This past winter was just a tad on the dry side, eh? Increasingly warm and dry winters, particularly on the West Coast, have left many ski areas struggling to stay in business. Several areas in California and Washington closed early this season, or went through multiple temporary closures, and some in California...

Sherpas face uncertain future following Everest avalanche

SEATTLE (AP) — Mount Everest is normally buzzing with activity this time of year, with hundreds of hopeful climbers gathering at base camp to attempt to summit the world's tallest peak during a narrow 10-day window in May before the monsoons arrive. It is also the most lucrative season for Sherpas, the locals living in...

Man’s body recovered after 400 foot-fall from Grand Canyon rim

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The body of a Nevada man who fell about 400 feet off the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park to his death was recovered Friday, authorities said. Juan Carreras-Soto, 29, of Las Vegas, was visiting the park with his family on Thursday, National Park Service officials said....