washington http://kplu.org en North Cascades Nat'l Park named one of 10 'hidden gems' in U.S. http://kplu.org/post/north-cascades-natl-park-named-one-10-hidden-gems-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington's <a href="http://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm" target="_blank">North Cascades National Park</a> has made <a href="http://www.country-magazine.com/" target="_blank">Country</a> magazine's <a href="http://www.country-magazine.com/photography/scenic/hidden-gems-national-parks/" target="_blank">"hidden gems<i>"&nbsp;</i>list</a> of America's ten most-beautiful, least-crowded national parks.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The park is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Washington yet, due to its remote location, heavy annual precipitation and limited amenities, relatively few people visit it. Aside from some gravel roads, the main access is via State Route 20, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Cascades_Highway" target="_blank">North Cascades Highway</a>.</p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:39:54 +0000 Dave Meyer 8988 at http://kplu.org North Cascades Nat'l Park named one of 10 'hidden gems' in U.S. 8 simple rules for staying sane in Seattle (now the rain is back) http://kplu.org/post/8-simple-rules-staying-sane-seattle-now-rain-back <p>With the spring rains descending upon us, <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/has-june-gloom-arrived-early-not-garden-soils-warm">ushering in the &quot;June Gloom&quot;</a> a little early, <strong>Crosscut.com&#39;s <a href="http://crosscut.com/account/knute_berger/">Knute Berger</a> </strong>has come up with eight simple rules to preserve your sanity while living in Seattle.</p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 19:20:19 +0000 KPLU 5047 at http://kplu.org 8 simple rules for staying sane in Seattle (now the rain is back) Rent shock at state’s new data center complex http://kplu.org/post/rent-shock-state%E2%80%99s-new-data-center-complex <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash;Construction of Washington&#39;s new $300 million data center complex is expected to wrap-up this summer. But as state agencies prepare to move in, the rent per square foot is causing some sticker shock.</p><p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:38:57 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2115 at http://kplu.org Erratic driver flees, killed in log truck crash http://kplu.org/post/erratic-driver-flees-killed-log-truck-crash <p>An erratic driver who sped away from Spokane County, Wash., deputies even after a tire was flattened by a spike strip finally collided with a loaded log truck and was killed.</p><p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 02:03:02 +0000 The Associated Press 1915 at http://kplu.org Annual gypsy moth hunt begins http://kplu.org/post/annual-gypsy-moth-hunt-begins <p>The summer search is under way across Washington for the gypsy moth, an invasive insect capable of defoliating forests and urban landscapes.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:50:58 +0000 The Associated Press 1884 at http://kplu.org Annual gypsy moth hunt begins Internet lending worries spur move to end payday loan limits http://kplu.org/post/internet-lending-worries-spur-move-end-payday-loan-limits <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-950330.mp3</p><p>A state law that went into effect early last year limited the number of payday loans borrowers could get per year to eight. It aims to protect people from falling into an endless spiral of debt.</p><p>But a Tacoma legislator, who originally backed the law, says it's driving people into the clutches of far worse lenders, on the Internet.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Feb 2011 23:35:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 699 at http://kplu.org Internet lending worries spur move to end payday loan limits