For an update on ash, lava, steam and smoke, visit a volcano – Sun, 09 Jun 2013 PST

1. Arenal Observatory Lodge, Costa Rica. Wake to a chorus of tropical wildlife on this volcanic wonder. The majestic centerpiece of a rich rainforest setting can be observed from most guest rooms, the dining room and an expansive deck. Horseback riding, biking and hiking trails wind through old lava fields and soft jungle trails where howling monkeys, slithering snakes, butterflies and colorful birds beckon visitors. The last major eruption of Arenal took place in 1968. Austin Lehman Adventures offers family tours to the region. Contact:; Travel stories

Farmers markets – Wed, 26 Jun 2013 PST

Alaska cruise passengers don’t have to spend fortune on shore excursions – Sun, 23 Jun 2013 PST

JUNEAU, Alaska – It’s cruise season in Alaska, with more than 1 million cruise passengers expected between April and September in port towns from Ketchikan to Seward. Cruise passengers who … Travel stories

Double amputee biking 3,200 miles for baby Jameson

A double amputee is riding his bike across the country to raise money for a Spokane boy born without arms.
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Late night TV – Wed, 12 Jun 2013 PST

Mavis Staples is scheduled on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (11 p.m., Comedy Central). Tom Brokaw and Darlene Love appear on “Late Show With David Letterman” (11:35 p.m., CBS). Food stories

Alternative jet fuels: WSU exhibit to open at Paris Air Show



PARIS – When the 50th International Paris Air Show gets under way June 17, representatives from Washington State University will be here to promote the university’s expertise in developing viable alternative jet fuels before more than 150,000 representatives of the aviation industry from across the globe.


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Natural History Museum set to dive into L.A.’s cultural scene – Sun, 09 Jun 2013 PST

LOS ANGELES – The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s famous fin whale is enjoying a rare quiet morning – one last moment of serenity before its surroundings change completely. The 63-foot whale skeleton, which hung horizontally for more than 60 years in the museum’s original 1913 building, is now suspended in a diving position from the ceiling of the nearly completed Otis Booth Pavilion. This is the museum’s brand-new entrance, a six-story-high, multimedia-infused glass cube filled with sunlight and a view of surrounding greenery. Travel stories

Crossing their teas – Wed, 05 Jun 2013 PST

If taking tea in a turn-of-the-last-century parlor or enjoying a French pastry on an elegant wraparound porch sounds like a nice respite from real life, there is now The Silver Spoon Tea House. Mother and daughter team Sylvia Erickson and Lara McHenry opened the new tea shop and patisserie on June 1 in a Queen Anne-style house built in 1903 at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Walnut Street. They offer loose leaf teas, French press coffee and pastries from Petit Chat Village Bakery (complete with the proper French pronunciation of the business) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in the front room and on the veranda. Reservation-only afternoon teas are served in the elegantly decorated rooms throughout the two-story house. Food stories

Show concern over curiosity for pregnant single niece – Wed, 05 Jun 2013 PST

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My single, 20-year-old niece unfortunately has found herself pregnant. The father is not in the picture. She is having the baby, but whether she gives it up for adoption has not yet been decided. I love my niece dearly, as I do her mother, my sister. Features stories

Do It Yourself: Coolest way to save would be natural venting – Sun, 02 Jun 2013 PST

Q. Like many others, I want to save on my cooling costs. I have been thinking of installing a powered attic fan (not a whole-house fan). A neighbor has one of them and says he is sure he is saving on his air conditioning. What do you think? A. Most experts have concluded that powered attic fans not only do not help save cooling costs in a building, but can actually drive up the power bill and possibly have other negative effects. Features stories