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Outdoors, Leisure and Sports

  •  A hiker passes along Ecola State Park on the Oregon Coast Trail.
    Oregon Parks and Recreation Department/Satoshi ETO
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    The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) stretches along the entire 362-mile coastline-- from Washington to California. There are some gaps along the way-- disconnected sections of trail that pose safety concerns for hikers. Now, the public is asked to provide feedback on plans to reconnect the OCT.
  • Washingtonians Corinne Stoddard, third from left, of Federal Way and Eunice Lee, third from right, of Bellevue punched their tickets to Beijing at the 2022 U.S. Olympic Short Track Speedskating Team Trials in December.
    Courtesy US Speedskating
    The presence of eleven skiers, skaters and sliders with ties to the Northwest should add intrigue to the 2022 Beijing Olympics, although the upcoming sports spectacle beset with extreme COVID precautions, a diplomatic boycott and scarce snowfall hardly needs more drama.