Spring Chicken

Shota Nakajima Will Open Banzai Teriyaki in Cle Elum

The Top Chef favorite heads east with char-grilled chicken and a giant rooftop patio.

02/08/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Slope Stories

A Short History of Washington's Bygone Ski Hills

Over the years, some of the state’s ski mountains proved as ephemeral as snowflakes.

12/18/2018 By Christina Ausley

Dog Sleigh Afternoon

Meet Washington's Only Dogsledding Operation

There’s just one place in the state to rent a dogsled ride. Imagine the Iditarod, but a thousand times shorter.

12/18/2018 By Allison Williams


Fire at the Sanctuary of the Apes

Before the Cle Elum forest fire destroyed 60 homes, it took aim at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.

10/10/2012 By James Ross Gardner

30 Perfect Day Trips

Out & About

Go indoor skydiving, take a scenic drive through Cle Elum, and witness Washington's flaming geyser



Why Is This Chimp Smiling?

Seven apes arrived last year in Cle Elum at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest. They’d been used up by medical science and the entertainment industry—and left to rot in tiny cages. Then one man, Keith LaChappelle, showed them the depths of human kindness.

11/13/2009 By James Ross Gardner