U.S. tourists should remain wary of vacationing in Libya There's a new travel warning out for Libya, despite the United States' lifting of tourism restrictions...

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U.S. tourists should remain wary of vacationing in Libya

There’s a new travel warning out for Libya, despite the United States’ lifting of tourism restrictions in February.

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The Department of State reported last week that “while Libya has taken steps to cooperate in the global war on terrorism, the Libyan Government remains on the U.S. Government’s State Sponsors of Terrorism List. Although Libya appears to have curtailed its support for international terrorism, it may maintain residual contacts with some of its former terrorist clients.”

The U.S. government warns tourists to take the oft-stated precautions of being aware of surroundings and keeping a low profile.

Travelers should note that while a U.S. Liaison Office has opened in Tripoli, there are limited services available to U.S. citizens.

For more information, call or see travel.state.gov.

Las Vegas

Finally looks as if The Strip will launch its new monorail

The Las Vegas Monorail Co. says service on its new, $650 million monorail will begin July 15 — finally. The train will connect nine resorts and the Las Vegas Convention Center on The Strip.

The new monorail has had its problems of late, including months of delays in opening for public use while officials worked out bugs in the system.

The private company that owns the transport says the monorail will run from 8 a.m. to midnight during the first two months of operation. After that, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fares will be $3 or less each way; passes will be available for purchase.


Noisy Vail tells truckers to line up those big rigs

Vail, Colo., is asking the trucking industry to line up 100 trailers along the busy highway that runs though town, hoping to muffle traffic noise — much of it coming from big rigs.

Highway noise has reached such levels in the narrow mountain valley 100 miles west of Denver that some residents are installing air- conditioning units to cover it up. The Vail Valley Foundation has hired a sound consultant to study the role of highway noise during outdoor concerts this summer by the New York Philharmonic.

The highway department has installed berms along parts of Interstate 70, which has helped. But the berms are all on the east side of town, and the valley narrows significantly on Vail’s western edge.

Town spokeswoman Suzanne Silverthorn said Vail is also considering a pilot project in which panels would be erected along I-70 and, like the trailers, removed when summer segues into fall. The goal is to cover a 2,000-foot-long section of the highway.

The trailers were developed for a massive transit project along I-25 in Denver. Twenty-three modified trailers are moved as needed to areas of high construction noise. The air inside the empty trailers serves as a cushion.

New carrier

Kenmore Air adds service — and sprouts some wheels

Local carrier Kenmore Air, best known for its seaplane service, has added wheels.

The company has launched Kenmore Air Express with service from Seattle’s Boeing Field to William R. Fairchild airport in Port Angeles.

The company is offering five flights a day, seven days a week. Additionally, passengers will be able to take a free shuttle service from Boeing Field to the check-in level at Sea-Tac. Call 800-543-9595 or see www.kenmoreair.com.

Washington, D.C.

WWII Memorial gets visitors; WWI Memorial is forgotten

While the brand-new memorial dedicated to those who fought in World War II attracts thousands of visitors a day, nearby in Washington stands a decaying memorial with few visitors: the D.C. World War I Memorial.

It is a white marble structure that resembles an ancient Greek temple, situated near the Reflecting Pool but hidden in a grove of trees just a short walk from its WWII counterpart.

Built in 1931, the WWI Memorial was dedicated by then-President Herbert Hoover to honor all the D.C. residents who fought in the Great War. Tiny in comparison to its newest neighbor on the National Mall, the memorial consists of 12 columns and a dome engraved with “A Memorial to the Armed Forces From the District of Columbia Who Served Their Country in the World War.”

There are no signs directing tourists to the memorial, but signs of neglect and decay are visible.

New York City

Waldorf-Astoria’s expensive, but take the tour for free

Maybe you can’t afford to stay at Manhattan’s famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, but the hotel’s new one-hour tours are free.

The tour gives you an inside look at both the behind-the-scenes operations of the hotel and its history, which includes hosting every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover as well as other heads of state.

The hotel, an art deco landmark at Park Avenue and 50th Street, takes up a square block of midtown Manhattan.

To sign up for a tour, call the hotel’s restaurant reservations line at 212- 872-1275.

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