Travel and commuting

Tens of thousands converge on California ‘poppy apocalypse’

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – Like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz,” the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore is being overwhelmed by the power of the poppies. About 150,000 people over the weekend...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Rain ignites super bloom in California desert

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. – It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then, a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California’s Anza-Borrego desert in a burst of...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

How do you fix your most common travel problems? Hang up the phone

The phone – by which I mean voice communication – puts travelers at a significant disadvantage when it comes to problem-solving. But there’s a notable exception, a time when you should pick up the...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Yes, this is Colorado: Discover canyons, grasslands and chilling history in state’s southeastern corner

The eastern third of Colorado, some joke, might as well be part of Kansas or Oklahoma. The undulating plains are marked by relentless heat waves in the summer and bitter winds in the winter....

DATE: March 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Airlines to give customers ‘nonbinary’ choice under gender

DALLAS – Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female. The gender option on airline...

DATE: March 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Why you should be wary of virtual destinations

Think the real world is a dangerous place for travelers? Try visiting the virtual one, a place filled with shady travel offers and criminals who want to steal your personal information. It’s the...

DATE: March 10, 2019 | COLUMN: The Travel Troubleshooter

Revamped museum takes honest look at Belgium’s colonial past

TERVUREN, Belgium – For decades, Belgian schoolchildren had come to the Africa Museum near Brussels to marvel at the stuffed animals, drums, ritual masks and minerals that glowed in the darkness of...

DATE: March 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

A supersonic era: Speedy Concorde was ‘designed to outwit time’

The speed and elegant appearance of the Concorde inspired awe. Its ear-rattling sonic booms irritated people on the ground and led to restrictions on where the jet could fly. The Concorde’s maiden...

DATE: March 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Red Mountain pass may open next week

Red Mountain pass will remain closed through the weekend as state crews work to clear the U.S. Highway 550 of snow and debris from avalanche mitigation done earlier this week. The Colorado...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Now there is one more place where cameras could start watching you – from 30,000 feet. Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Travel

Warm, wet weather expected to arrive Wednesday

Weather forecasters say a warm, wet storm will move into Southwest Colorado midday Wednesday bringing rain and snow. “I think a good chunk of it will be rain,” said Dennis Phillips, meteorologist...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Drivers dodge, swerve and – #$@%*! – to avoid potholes

Wet weather and freezing temperatures are wreaking havoc on roads across the region, taking a toll on vehicles. Drivers are forced to dodge potholes on both sides of the road for about half a mile...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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