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Team rescues injured hiker on Olympic Peninsula

PORT ANGELES — The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said search teams rescued an injured hiker who fell about 100 feet over the weekend.

Date: 08/04/2015 | Northwest


Remains found on Mount Rainier could be missing Tacoma hiker

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — A park official says remains found on Mount Rainier may be that of a 64-year-old Tacoma man who went missing while hiking last year.The News Tribune reported that visitors exploring the Frying Pan Glacier discovered the remains Sunday.

Date: 07/28/2015 | Northwest


Hiker who injured ankle in Thunder Basin flown out

WENATCHEE — The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has rescued a hiker who injured his ankle in the North Cascades.Sheriff Brian Burnett says 51-year-old Jonathan Reiss of Bellingham was injured when he fell near the ridgeline above Thunder Basin.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest


Drama on Dome Peak

Search & Rescue team describes operation on glacier

Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News


Get a guided tour of the night sky at Mount Rainier

A star-viewing party is scheduled from 9:45 to at least 11:45 p.m. (weather permitting) on Saturday at the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park, in front of the Jackson Visitor Center.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Explore NW


Respecting nature and its risks

Two recent events have raised the issue of the risks we take when we enter forests, wilderness and state and national parks.The National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released public comments on

Date: 07/14/2015 | Editorials


New ice caves video

Rapid melting day before fatal Big Four collapse

Date: 07/10/2015 | Local News


Ice caves 101

How they form, why they collapse

Date: 07/07/2015 | Local News


Fire in Olympic National Park raises concerns

PARADISE CREEK, Olympic National Park — Fire crews call them “cat faces,” deep holes that flames have burned into the trunks of the centuries-old Sitka spruce and hemlock growing here in the Queets River valley.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Northwest


See the wildflowers

6 spots you'll find an explosion of color at Mount Rainier

Date: 07/01/2015 | Explore NW


Climb a volcano

What you need to know to make it up Mount St. Helens

Date: 06/28/2015 | Life


Olympic National Park fire grows

PORT ANGELES — Fire managers say a wildfire burning in old-growth forest in Olympic National Park grew in size but cooler temperatures helped temper that growth.The fire on Wednesday morning was estimated at about 1 [[1/2 ]] square miles. The 950-acre blaze is burning...

Date: 06/24/2015 | Northwest


Helicopters help fight fire in Olympic National Park

PORT ANGELES. — Helicopters have been brought in to help battle a wildfire in rugged terrain in Olympic National Park in northwest Washington state.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Northwest


A remarkable wilderness

After a decade, get to know the Suiattle River Valley again

Date: 06/21/2015 | Local News


With black bears behaving, Olympic National Park area re-opens

PORT ANGELES — A popular area in Olympic National Park has re-opened to camping after it was closed seven weeks ago due to issue with black bears.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Northwest


Glacier Peak could get more monitors to track seismic activity

GLACIER PEAK — The U.S. Geological Survey is seeking permission to install four new monitoring stations around Snohomish County’s only volcano.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News


Father: Missing Mount Rainier climber went to get cook stove

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — A Minnesota native who apparently died while climbing Mount Rainier had a passion for climbing and the outdoors, the man’s father said.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Northwest


Search for missing Utah climber on Mount Rainier suspended, a body found

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — The search for the missing Utah climber on Mount Rainier was called off Saturday afternoon after a helicopter spotted the body of a deceased male climber near the summit.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Northwest


Search resumes for missing Utah climber on Mount Rainier

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Two helicopters took to the sky over Mount Rainier on Saturday to continue the search for a Utah climber.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Northwest


Climber missing on Mt. Rainier

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Mount Rainier National Park officials looking for a climber missing on Liberty Ridge above 14,000 feet say the search is over for the day but will resume Saturday.

Date: 06/12/2015 | Northwest


Hiker rescued after sliding below Washington’s highest bridge

SHELTON — A hiker has been rescued after sliding 300 feet below the state’s highest bridge, the High Steel Bridge in the Olympic National Forest in Mason County.

Date: 05/25/2015 | Northwest


Prep softball: Mount Baker 6, Sultan 0

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Aleks Toivola pitched a shutout, struck out nine, and hit a double to help Mount Baker defeat Sultan for the 1A District Tournament championship on Saturday.

Date: 05/23/2015 | High Schools


Rescuers ready for the call if trouble hits on Mount Rainier

SEATTLE — As the climbing season gets underway on Mount Rainier, a specialized rescue team has been training to be ready when things go wrong on the 14,411-foot peak.

Date: 05/23/2015 | Northwest


Mount Rainier vehicle, camping fees to increase Friday

ASHFORD — Mount Rainier National Park officials say several important park fees will be increasing Friday.

Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest


Mount Rainier will increase entrance and camping fees on Friday

Mount Rainier National Park will be increasing its user fees beginning on Friday.The park, as well as many others around the country, proposed fee increases last year.

Date: 05/19/2015 | Explore NW


Lack of snow means an early opening for Spirit Lake Highway

TOUTLE — Spirit Lake Memorial Highway to Johnston Ridge on Mount St. Helens has reopened.Road crews opened the road on Friday, thanks to an unseasonably mild winter.

Date: 05/02/2015 | Northwest


Study: Mount Rainier tourism adds $57.7M to local economy

ASHFORD — A study done for the National Park Service finds that tourism at Mount Rainier contributed nearly $58 million to the local economy, including direct spending of more than $45 million.

Date: 05/02/2015 | Northwest


Roads open early at Mount Rainier National Park

This year's low snowpack has made early access to some areas of Mount Rainier National Park possible.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Explore NW


Prep girls tennis: Glacier Peak 6, Shorecrest 1

At Shorecrest H.S..

Date: 04/27/2015 | High Schools


Scientists scan Yellowstone’s deadly plumbing

Yellowstone National Park is the home of one of the world's largest volcanoes, one that is quiescent for the moment but is capable of erupting with catastrophic violence at a scale never before witnessed by human beings. In a big eruption,...

Date: 04/25/2015 | Nation & World


Olympic National Park’s Enchanted Valley closed because of bears

PORT ANGELES — Olympic National Park says it has closed a remote area to camping after recent visitor reports of black bears approaching hikers and eating human food.

Date: 04/24/2015 | Northwest


For the Leavenworth Bird Fest, you'll want to land early

When it comes to bird festivals, the early bird gets the worm or, in this case, a chance to register for choice outings at the Leavenworth Bird Fest, May 14-17.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Life


Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail booked up for season

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Mount Rainier National Park has stopped taking reservations for the popular Wonderland Trail because of a overwhelming surge in demand this year.

Date: 04/12/2015 | Northwest


Mount Rainier cuts off reservation for Wonderland Trail

The Wonderland Trail has become so popular that Mount Rainier National Park has cut off reservations for this year already. Here's a press release from the park with details:

Date: 04/10/2015 | Explore NW


The tonic of wilderness

Visit to Sol Duc Hot Springs is great for adults and kids

Date: 04/10/2015 | Life


Crew rescues hiker after fall in Olympic National Forest

BRINNON, Wash. — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says a 24-year-old Seattle hiker has been rescued after falling 50 feet down a steep embankment over the weekend.

Date: 04/06/2015 | Northwest


Mount Rainier National Park announces planned opening dates

With the low snow levels this year, access is opening earlier than normal to some areas at Mount Rainier National Park.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Explore NW


Crews already working to clear Washington mountain passes

OLYMPIA — After a mild winter with relatively little snowfall, road crews are already getting to work clearing some of Washington’s mountain passes.

Date: 03/15/2015 | Northwest


The tale told by the land

There's much to learn from the deadly Oso mudslide

Date: 03/08/2015 | Local News


Injured hiker rescued near Mount Pilchuck

MOUNT PILCHUCK — An injured hiker was rescued Saturday near Mount Pilchuck by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Date: 03/07/2015 | Local News


Climber discovers historic glacier cave on Mt Hood collapsed

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — Part of a historic glacier cave has collapsed on Mount Hood.KGW-TV reported climber Brent McGregor found the collapsed cave, named Snow Dragon, at the end of January.

Date: 03/07/2015 | Northwest


Too little snow

Sledding area won't open at Paradise this year

Date: 03/06/2015 | Explore NW


Bring back the bears

Herald editorial: Restore grizzlies to the North Cascades

Date: 03/03/2015 | Editorials


St. Helens, crowd free

Johnston Ridge, Boundary Trail are inviting off-season hikes

Date: 03/01/2015 | Life


15 tons of bio-solids spill into creek at Blewett Pass

BLEWETT PASS — A truck hauling bio-solids from a sewage treatment plant overturned on an icy patch of Highway 97 at Blewett Pass and spilled 15 tons of the clumpy waste into Swauk Creek, officials said. The driver was shaken but escaped injury in the accident early Monday on the way from...

Date: 01/20/2015 | Northwest


Company to re-apply to drill north of Mount St. Helens

VANCOUVER, Wash.— A Canadian company plans to submit a new application for exploratory drilling northeast of Mount St. Helens after a federal judge invalidated its prospecting permits last year.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest


Body found in search for Mount Rainier snowshoer

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Rescue crews on Mount Rainier discovered a body Monday matching the description of a snowshoer who vanished in a severe storm over the weekend.

Date: 12/29/2014 | Northwest


Olympic Park expands search for missing hiker

PORT ANGELES — Teams in Olympic National Park have expanded their search for a missing 60-year-old hiker.Park spokeswoman Jacilee Wray says nearly two dozen people on Saturday finished a grid search around the area where Jim Griffin’s pack was found.

Date: 12/28/2014 | Northwest


Deal prevents development near Mount St. Helens

VANCOUVER — A Vancouver-based conservation group says a new deal will prevent development on nearly 3,100 acres of private forestland south of Mount St. Helens.

Date: 12/27/2014 | Northwest


Paving highway a 'win-win'

Darrington, Granite Falls want Loop paved

Date: 12/22/2014 | Local News


Glacier Peak girls defeat Shorecrest

SNOHOMISH — There were stretches of Friday night’s game against Shorecrest when the Glacier Peak girls basketball team looked pretty good: a 13-0 run early in the first quarter, an 8-0 string midway through the second, and an 11-1 spurt from the late third to early fourth quarters.

Date: 12/19/2014 | High Schools


Snow returning to mountains, E. Wash.

SPOKANE — Light snow is forecast Tuesday over most of Eastern Washington, and snow in the Cascades is reaching the highway passes.No significant accumulations are expected, but the National Weather Service says more mountain snow is expected later in the week with...

Date: 12/16/2014 | Northwest


Snow levels far below normal in Cascades

SEATTLE — The recent mild weather systems that blew through Washington have left little snow in the Cascades.The Northwest Avalanche Center in Seattle reports amounts are far below normal. Some totals as of Monday:Six inches at Mount Baker, just 9 percent of normal.

Date: 12/15/2014 | Northwest


Rescue crews, skiers aid hiker on Mount Rainier

TACOMA — A mountain rescue leader says a well-equipped group of skiers and three mountain rescue units all helped to get a seriously injured hiker off Mount Rainier.

Date: 12/04/2014 | Northwest


N. Cascades, Chinook, Cayuse passes closed

OLYMPIA — Heavy weekend snow has closed three Washington mountain passes that typically close for the winter because of deep snow and avalanche danger.The Washington Transportation Department closed the North Cascades Highway on Sunday and Chinook and Cayuse passes on Monday.

Date: 11/24/2014 | Northwest


Road, trail to Olympic Hot Springs reopen

BREMERTON — Olympic National Park has reopened a road and trailhead leading to Olympic Hot Springs.

Date: 11/18/2014 | Northwest


Darrington’s Green Mountain Lookout gets top honor

DARRINGTON — The historical society and its political partners are receiving national recognition for saving Green Mountain Lookout from destruction.

Date: 11/18/2014 | Local News


See the film DamNation; learn about changes at Mount St. Helens

Two upcoming events at the Mountaineers in Seattle next week caught my eye. Here they are:DamNation: See the film DamNation on Tuesday at the Mountaineers in Seattle, 7700 Sand Point Way NE.

Date: 11/14/2014 | Explore NW


Forest road’s reopening welcome news for Darrington

"Welcome to Paradise," said Dan Rankin, mayor of Darrington, addressing about 60 people crowded in front of a red ribbon stretched across a two-lane road.His opening line earned a laugh as a heavy rain pelted parkas and umbrellas. But Rankin was being sincere;...

Date: 10/28/2014 | Editorials


Celebrate the reopening of the Suiattle River Road

Celebrate the reopening of the Suiattle River Road on Oct. 25. The road washed out many times and has been mostly closed to the public for a decade.

Date: 10/17/2014 | Explore NW


3 hiking options

Trips ideas for fall color off Mount Baker Highway

Date: 10/10/2014 | Explore NW


Drop-dead gorgeous

Plenty of places to view vibrant fall colors

Date: 10/10/2014 | Life


Lynnwood man dies in Massachusetts parachute jump

BARNSTABLE, Mass. — A Washington state parachutist who once had to be rescued from Mount Baring in the Cascade Mountains died in a skydiving accident here over the weekend during a tandem jump.

Date: 09/29/2014 | Local News


An eye on Glacier Peak

Better monitoring will watch for activity on dangerous volcano

Date: 09/25/2014 | Local News


Relocation of historic Olympic National Park chalet complete

OLYMPIA — A historic chalet has been successfully relocated away from the eroding edge of a river in a remote wilderness area.Olympic National Park officials said that contractors used hydraulic jacks to push the Enchanted Valley chalet 100 feet along steel beams and...

Date: 09/16/2014 | Northwest


Winds kick up dust at Mount St. Helens

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A pilot observed light volcanic ash in the air Thursday near Mount St. Helens.The Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver says there is no eruptive activity at the mountain.

Date: 09/12/2014 | Northwest


Copter rescues hiker in Olympic National Park

PORT ANGELES — A King County sheriff’s helicopter rescued a hiker with a broken ankle Thursday morning in Olympic National Park.

Date: 09/04/2014 | Northwest


One of the best

Glacier Peak kicker Pettit is ranked 8th in the country

Date: 09/03/2014 | High Schools


Chalet in Olympic National Park to be relocated

SEQUIM — Park officials say the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park is being relocated to protect the east fork of the Quinault River.Enchanted Valley will be closed to camping for the first two weeks of September, while the move takes place.

Date: 08/29/2014 | Northwest


Eatonville Post Office to be named for slain park ranger

EATONVILLE — The U.S. Postal Service is paying tribute to National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson who was shot and killed in 2012 while doing her job at Mount Rainier National Park.

Date: 08/29/2014 | Northwest


Hike high, see far

Rewards of Tolmie Peak trail far outweigh the work

Date: 08/25/2014 | Explore NW


3 bodies recovered from Mount Rainier identified

TACOMA — The Pierce County medical examiner has identified the bodies of three climbers recovered this week from Mount Rainier. They were part of a party of six who vanished on the Washington state peak last May.

Date: 08/22/2014 | Northwest


Bodies of 3 climbers retrieved from Mount Rainier

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK— A helicopter equipped with a mechanical claw plucked the bodies of three climbers from a glacier on Mount Rainier, in the same area where six went missing in late May, the National Park Service said Wednesday.

Date: 08/20/2014 | Northwest


Remains found on Mount St. Helens are Japanese hiker

STEVENSON — Human remains found on Mount St. Helens have been identified as those of a 27-year-old Japanese hiker reported missing last November after indicating he planned to climb the southwest Washington volcano, the Skamania County sheriff’s office said Monday.

Date: 08/18/2014 | Northwest


Three bodies spotted on Mount Rainier, officials say

OLYMPIA — National Park officials say what appears to be three bodies have been spotted on Mount Rainier in the spot where six climbers went missing earlier this summer.

Date: 08/12/2014 | Northwest


Elwha River’s flow slows, which will allow crews to remove last of dam

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The Elwha River is finally beginning to cooperate with efforts to remove the last bit of dam blocking it.The volume of flow has lowered enough to allow crews with National Park Service contractor Barnard Construction Co. Inc. to restart work...

Date: 08/10/2014 | Northwest


360-degree beauty

24 hours of stellar scenery at a fire lookout (gallery)

Date: 08/05/2014 | Explore NW




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