American gets 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for 'hostile acts' An American tour operator has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for alleged “hostile acts” against the repressive regime, according to its official state news agency. Kenneth Bae, who is in his mid-40s and lives in Washington state, has been described by friends as a devout Christian who took tourists on trips to North Korea, The Associated Press reported. More
U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed. Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times. More
South Africa: Elephant overturns vehicle South African officials say an elephant has overturned a vehicle carrying two tourists, injuring one of them. A statement from Kruger National Park says the tourists are of "Chinese origin." The statement says an elephant in the park attacked the vehicle on a road at 6:30 a.m. More
Ariz. sheriff releases records from Giffords' shooting The Pima County Sheriff's Office released an estimated 2,700 pages of investigative records Wednesday from a shooting rampage here two years ago — documents that are expected to shed new light on a massacre that left six dead and 14 wounded. More
Meet the Australian couple who gave up their life of comfort to run a spiritual retreat in the Peruvian Amazon, where guests hallucinate after drinking a plant-based potion After escaping into the world of spiritual healing, an Australian couple made an ... visit botanical garden and use the centre’s ‘sweat lodge’ inspired sauna. While Peru is a long way from home, Julian and Angela encourage Australians to take control ... 01/17/2015 - 10:58 pm | View Link
Shaman's Herbal Hallucinogen a Fatal Lure for New Age Tourists Three people died in the sweat lodge, 18 were hospitalized ... of the indigenous culture but rather personal spiritual growth, healing, and transformative experience." Ayahuasca tourists who fail to understand the importance of the cultural context ... 06/20/2014 - 4:22 am | View Link
Sweat-Lodge Guru’s Homicide Verdict James Ray avoided ... at his 2009 “Spiritual Warrior” Sedona retreat, but was found guilty of negligent homicide—and prosecutors will push for the maximum 11-year sentence. Terry Greene Sterling reports on the fallout of the sweat lodge business. 06/23/2011 - 7:56 am | View Link
Shaman Lawyer Issues Mideast Travel Advisory: Egypt Revolution Kills Clueless Tourists Seeking Enlightenment Industry Shaman Lawyer Vincent has issued a travel advisory for tourists seeking a spiritual experience in the Mideast ... set has seen enough tragedy in recent years with the Sedona sweat lodge tragedies and Egypt represents another frontier that exploits that ... 02/20/2011 - 11:00 am | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism Spiritual tourism, an economic staple of northern Arizona, continues to suffer in the wake of a fatal incident at a Sedona-area sweat lodge. In 2009 ... says spiritual tourists don't make travel decisions based on money. As a result, he says, "The leisure ... 02/15/2011 - 4:10 pm | View Link
Ojibway First Nations Culture, Crafts and Ceremonies Learn about sweat lodges, healing weekends, smudging, medicine wheels and vision quests, golden thread, gowgabgonce, juniper berries and other aboriginal medicinal ... 07/30/2015 - 7:03 pm | View Website
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The Death Dealer | The Verge When James Arthur Ray lifted the heavy tarp door and beckoned his devotees into a wood-frame dome, they obeyed. Tall and confident, Ray watched them enter ... 07/29/2015 - 10:11 pm | View Website
Arvol Looking Horse Speaks Chief Arvol Looking Horse. 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle. Statement for Earth Day 07/29/2015 - 8:20 am | View Website
“The best stuffed mushroom in Madrid,” or so I’m told, is in a cramped restaurant on a side street behind one of the city’s main tourist traps, Plaza Mayor. Mesón del Champiñon is not what you’d expect. Creepy, iron-cast devils peer down from light fixtures. Brain-shaped clumps of plaster — they’re apparently supposed to look like mushrooms — have been slapped onto the ceilings.
An area larger than Yellowstone National Park with just three paved roads crossing it, Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands of Malheur County is the largest undeveloped, unprotected expanse in the lower 48 states.
Lake Wallowa Lodge, LLC, the entity established to purchase the lodge, submitted an all-cash offer at $2,750,000 with deposit and with no contingencies, in order that the auction be canceled. The corporation has until next January to complete the purchase.
There's a rush to build hotels in Oregon's fifth-largest city. If all the projects are approved and built, Hillsboro will have more than doubled the number of hotel rooms in the city, from 1,125 in July of 2013 to 2,394.