Outdoor-gear expo has luxury for people and dogs

Outdoor-gear expo has luxury for people and dogs
James Gould holds a puppy wearing the Web Master Harness in the Ruffwear booth at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market show Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Ruffwear, is a maker of performance dog gear in Bend, Ore. Bringing together 1,000 of the world's manufacturers and distributors, it is a showcase for the latest gear and fashions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A trend at the world's largest outdoor-gear trade show is equipment and apparel that's also fashionable, easy to use or comfortable — from roomy spoon-shaped sleeping bags and pillow-top air mattresses to espresso makers and camp stoves that do double duty boiling water and charging electronic devices. Other vendors offer rugged leashes, life vests and even energy bars just for dogs.

Oregon DOT photos show state in motion

Oregon DOT photos show state in motion

The men and women of the Oregon Department of Transportation cover the state from border to border. Here's a look at some of the photos they've taken over the course of 2013.

Volunteers gear up for winter whale watching

Volunteers gear up for winter whale watching »Play Video
Al Wilson, a volunteer with Whale Watching Spoken Here, searches the Pacific Ocean at Depoe Bay, Ore. Thursday for migrating whales.

Spend just a little time with Al Wilson, and you can tell this is a guy who loves coming to work.

Oregon winter whale watch week begins Thursday

Oregon winter whale watch week begins Thursday
This blue whale was encountered during a tagging expedition by the OSU Marine Mammal Institute in 2006 near the Channel Islands of California. (Photo by Craig Hayslip, courtesy of OSU Marine Mammal Institute)

The winter whale watch begins Thursday along the coast of Oregon and two neighboring states.

Report: Wash. state parks system needs taxpayer help

Report: Wash. state parks system needs taxpayer help
In this photograph taken Saturday, July 6, 2013, a couple walks down Shi Shi Beach in Washington state's Olympic National Park. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

Four years ago, Washington lawmakers set out to make the state parks system self-sufficient - surviving on visitor fees alone. A new report says it's not going to happen.

7-year walk: 1,300 miles down, just 20,000 more to go

7-year walk: 1,300 miles down, just 20,000 more to go
In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 and released by the National Geographic Society on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, journalist Paul Salopek walks across the Afar desert of Ethiopia as part of his planned seven-year global trek from Africa to Tierra del Fuego. (AP Photo/National Geographic Society, John Stanmeyer)

In Paul Salopek's first year of his trek across the globe, the reporter walked alongside his camels for days in Ethiopia without seeing glass or bricks or any other signs of modern humanity, ate a hamburger on a U.S. military base and was shadowed by minders in the Saudi desert. He has only 20,000 miles (32,000 kilometers) to go.

Kentucky's urban bourbon trail adds a distillery tour

Kentucky's urban bourbon trail adds a distillery tour
Charlie Downs, the artisanal craft distiller at a new Heaven Hill Distilleries tourism attraction in downtown Louisville, Ky., Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013, checks gauges on a still that will produce small batches of whiskey. The $10.5 million center, called the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

The maker of Evan Williams bourbon has uncorked a new attraction, opening a craft distillery just steps from where the whiskey pioneer who inspired the brand fired up his own commercial stills two centuries ago.

Ski resorts are indulging in gut-busting, decadent food

Ski resorts are indulging in gut-busting, decadent food
his undated image provided by The Little Nell hotel in Aspen, Colo., shows the Three Little Piggies breakfast sandwich, served at the hotel's Element 47 restaurant. The dish consists of a quarter-pound of slow-roasted shaved porchetta, smoked and pan-seared pork belly and house-made sausage gravy, resting on top of an egg-battered French toast waffle, topped off with a fried farm egg. It's one of a number of over-the-top yummy comfort foods being served at ski resorts this season. (AP Photo/Chris Council/C2 Photography)

Forget that fresh arugula and grilled chicken salad. This season, ski resorts are letting us indulge with a new slate of warm, hearty comfort foods.

Is NYC for the birds? Wild turkeys spur tension

Is NYC for the birds? Wild turkeys spur tension
A pedestrian walks down Cromwell Avenue past several wild turkeys that are pesky inhabitants of a neighborhood in Staten Island.
A population of roving turkeys on Staten Island has become a mess-making, traffic-stopping scourge to some residents, an impromptu natural attraction to others and a fraught project for government officials.