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Methow Valley
12:48 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

It Didn't All Burn! Methow Valley Is "Open For Adventure"

After the Carlton Complex Fire, this peaceful image of the Methow River might seem surprising to some people.
Credit Benjamin Cody / Wikimedia Commons

My Northwest called Methow Valley a hidden gem for any traveler, but after the Carlton Complex Fire reservations were canceled and tourists backed out.

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WSU Comedian Returns
3:36 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Comedian Returns To WSU To Teach

Ted Tremper graduated from Washington State University and is now coming back to teach a week-long workshop.
Credit Ted Tremper

After graduating and becoming a successful up-and-coming comedian, why would you return to your old college? To teach, of course!  

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Scariest Halloween Movies
10:19 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Movies To Creep You Out

Nosferatu (1922) came before all the vampire craze nowadays. Here Count Orlok creeps up the staircase to his next victim.
Credit Wikimedia / http://en.wikipedia.org/

When it comes to motion pictures associated with Halloween--films that can really scare us--they can succeed in many ways. Sometimes a picture can literally shock us with its imagery; in other cases, it may disturb us (in an entertaining way, of course) on a deeper, purely psychological level. Here's a short list of Steve Reeder's personal favorites in the horror/supernatural vein. As an avid moviegoer, all of these continue to "haunt" him.

Psycho (USA, 1960)

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Leavenworth History
12:14 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Leavenworth's Hard Times Before Bavarian Success

A view of the surrounding mountains from the one of the roads through Leavenworth enhances the Bavarian feel of the community.
Credit Leavenworth / http://www.leavenworth.org/

The town of Leavenworth is known for its Bavarian-themed Oktoberfest, alpine skiing, and spectacular holiday light displays. Leavenworth has often been named the ultimate holiday town which gives the North Pole a run for its money!

But Leavenworth didn’t start out that way. The town’s roots lie in three Native American tribes. The Yakama, Chinook, and Wenatchi tribes all shared the land between Wenatchi Lake and Icicle Creek as hunting grounds.

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Inland Folk Jam Session
8:59 am
Tue October 14, 2014

How Inland Folk Got Its Theme Song

It's catchy, and can stay with you the whole weekend! Inland Folk has used Good Road as its theme song since 1989! So how did Good Road come to be? Watch the video below to see Dan Maher perform with the song's creator and talk about its origin.

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Photography
9:36 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Palouse Photographer Wins Photo Of The Year

Kenneth Carper says the best time of the year to visit the Palouse Falls is in the spring. His Photo of the Year proves it.
Credit Ken Carper / http://www.myparkphotos.com/

Kenneth Carper uploaded his first photograph to the My Park Photos website last May and this photo is now Photo of the Year. Carper says it was "beginner's luck" in his biography on the site, but it's clear that he has a true talent in photography.

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Fire Recovery
8:44 am
Fri August 1, 2014

What Do You Do When Your House Burns Down?

A fire - whether it be a house fire or a wildfire - can cause insurmountable damage to buildings.
Credit arsheffield / https://www.flickr.com/photos/arsheffield/

 Wildfire have been destroying property – and lives – across the Northwest for the past month and that got us wondering: what do you do if your home or property is damaged in a fire? Here are precautions and steps to take.

Safety First

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Izzy The Camel
12:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Camel Walks Into A Liquor Store And... (No, It's Not A Joke)

Izzy the Camel enters a liquor store...funny enough, this isn't the start of a joke. Izzy walks through downtown Waitsburg regularly.
Credit Mickey Richards / https://www.facebook.com/pages/Izzy-The-Camel/175301045832391?ref=ts&fref=ts

When you think of camels, pictures of hot, sandy deserts come to mind. What doesn’t come to mind is the lush farmland of inland Washington. But that’s precisely where you will find one.

Izzy is the resident camel of Waitsburg, a town roughly thirty minutes outside of Walla Walla. For owner Mickey Richards, Izzy is a blessing. “He just makes people smile. It’s kind of an honor to be a part of that,” Richards says.

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Northwest State Parks
10:50 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Which One Of These State Parks Is Not Like The Other?

Hells Canyon is the main attraction of Hells Gate State Park - and the river is the only way to travel all the way up it.
Credit http://www.visitidaho.org / http://www.visitidaho.org/attraction/parks/hells-gate-state-park/

There’s no need to roam too far from home to have a great summer vacation. The Northwest has many beautiful state parks for you to visit. The Northwest alone is home to more than 400 city, state and national parks! Here are just five Northwest state parks you’re going to want to check out.

1. Hells Gate State Park

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Music + Culture
7:42 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Chihuly And Cellos: A Transcendent Affair

A screenshot of the Konpeito Cello Quartet playing in front of a Chihuly glass sculpture at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle.
Credit From The Top

Yes, this is a group of teenagers - and the piece was arranged by one of them too! The video features the Konpeito Cello Quartet playing a composition from the Hayao Miyazaki film “My Neighbor Totoro.” The piece is called "The Path of the Wind." Jeremy Tai, who is only 15 years old, arranged the piece for cello and plays alongside Minku Lee, Catherine Kim, and Irene Jeong. If the music doesn't transport you to another world, the location will with views of gorgeous glass sculptures from Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass. Stunning!

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