Bill to save Green Mountain lookout unanimously passes Senate

Here’s an update on the Green Mountain lookout, from a story by Gale Fiege about landslide recovery efforts:

“When asked by Sen. Patty Murray what she could do to help, (Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin) Rankin told her that Darrington could use a little good news, like saving the fire lookout on nearby Green Mountain.

“On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would protect the historic lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The bill now goes to the House, where it could be taken up as soon as next week.

“The legislation is necessary to block a U.S. District Court order that the historic fire lookout removed. A Montana-based group in 2012 successfully sued the U.S. Forest Service for using a helicopter to repair Green Mountain’s lookout in violation of the Wilderness Act.”

And here is the Associated Press story:

DARRINGTON — The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a measure to save the popular Green Mountain fire lookout, which a federal judge has ordered removed from its perch in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell called for the expedited legislation, which passed Thursday. The House is expected to consider a companion bill next week.

The lookout was built in 1933, and the Forest Service used a helicopter and machinery to repair it in 2009. That prompted a lawsuit from a Montana-based environmental group: Such methods aren’t allowed in federal wilderness areas.

A judge ordered it removed, but the state’s congressional delegation has been trying to save it. The structure is popular with hikers, tourists and locals in nearby Darrington.

And here’s Sen. Murray talking about the landslide’s effect on the community and the lookout in the U.S. Senate. She told the story of Rankin saying that saving the lookout could be a glimmer of hope for the area.

More in Life

Using a rod to assist in running wiring through an attic space, Don Thomas, of R&D Handyman Service, works on installing a ceiling fan at a home in SE Everett on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
                                Don Thomas of R&D Handyman Service installs a ceiling fan at a home in southeast Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
When fall chores loom, just hand them to the handyman

Here are three local businesses that can help you prepare your home for the rainy season.

And this year’s winners of Everett’s Monte Cristo Awards are…

The awards recognize local homeowners and businesses that take special care of their properties.

‘Happy Death Day’ applies ‘Groundhog Day’ premise on horror genre

Smart writing and Jessica Rothe’s performance make this worth seeing.

Adventurer 1st to finish Race to Alaska on stand-up paddleboard

Karl Kruger will speak about his trip at the Everett Mountaineers Banquet on Nov. 4 in Lynnwood.

Therapy helped ease debilitating pain after injury

Columnist Jennifer Bardsley shares her experiences with complex regional pain syndrome.

How to prune a hydrangea: An exception to the pruning rule

It helps to think of a growing blackberry vine when you’re about to cut back this blooming shrub.

Visiting Germany’s Lutherland, birthplace of Reformation

The sights include the church where the first Protestant service took place in 1521.

Can you top ‘Hamilton’? Author Ron Chernow is about to find out

The notable writer’s latest book, published Oct. 10, is a lengthy biography on Ulysses S. Grant.

Most Read