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States boost REI's Black Friday 'OptOutside' plan

Exactly one month ago, outdoor retailer REI announced its campaign to get its employees and customers outside for the day. And a number of states jumped on board.All 143 REI stores are closed for the day, though its 12,000 employees are still being paid, according to the...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Business Wire

Rain finally extinguishes wildfire in Olympic National Park

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Precipitation in Olympic National Park has finally extinguished a wildfire that had been burning since May.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Seasonal closure begins on Highway 20

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews closed the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20) for the first time this season on Nov. 12, due to bad weather over the pass that...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Street Smarts

Help Mount Rainier National Park shape future of its wilderness

Mount Rainier National Park is working on a Wilderness Stewardship Plan to guide the use and preservation of wilderness in the park.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Explore NW

A new view

St. Helens trail and nearby areas are worth a drive south

Date: 11/08/2015 | Life

Champs by a hair

GP edges E-W by 1 point for 3A girls team cross country title

Date: 11/07/2015 | High Schools

Officials discourage visits to Mount Rainier this weekend

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Officials with Mount Rainier National Park are discouraging travel in the park this weekend due to expected rain and snow.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Northwest

Olympic Hot Springs closed to visitors due to fatality

Olympic Nat’l Park: Hot springs closed due to fatalityOfficials said a Silverdale man has died in a hot spring pool within Olympic National Park, prompting the closure of Olympic Hot Springs.

Date: 10/27/2015 | Northwest

Prep volleyball: Shorewood 3, Glacier Peak 0

SNOHOMISH — Elli Allen-Hatch recorded 11 kills and six digs and Delaney Hopen added 13 kills and five aces to lead the undefeated Thunderbirds to a Wesco 3A sweep of the Grizzlies on Tuesday.Lauren Sanders had 11 kills and 3.5 blocks for Glacier Peak.

Date: 10/20/2015 | High Schools

N. Cascades open but smoky scent lingers

NEWHALEM — On a recent visit, my first sniff when I opened the car door at the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center on the edge of Newhalem told the story: Did you ever put your nose really close to a cold, dead campfire the morning after a wienie roast?

Date: 10/18/2015 | Life

Hiker found dead on Pilchuck identified as Snohomish man

VERLOT — The Snohomish County Medical Examiner has released the name of the Snohomish man who died while hiking on Mount Pilchuck east of Verlot earlier this week.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Local News

Hiker, 24, dies in fall on Mount Pilchuck

VERLOT — A 24-year-old Snohomish man died while hiking on Mount Pilchuck east of Verlot.The man’s body was recovered late Wednesday morning by the Snohomish County search and rescue team. He was reported missing from his hiking group on Tuesday.

Date: 10/14/2015 | Local News

Precarious perch

Volunteers tackle tough job at Three Fingers Lookout

Date: 10/11/2015 | Explore NW

9 days of wilderness

PCT trip is challenging, beautiful and peaceful

Date: 09/27/2015 | Explore NW

87 wild miles

Pacific Crest Trail in county is rugged and rewarding

Date: 09/27/2015 | Local News

Injured hiker, 17, flown to safety from Glacier Peak area

DARRINGTON — A young hiker was flown Monday evening to an Everett hospital after she fell while traveling near the icy flanks of Glacier Peak.

Date: 09/22/2015 | Local News

Climber who died at Mount Rainier National Park identified

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Officials with the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office have identified the climber who suffered a fatal fall in Mount Rainier National Park over the weekend.The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that the climber was Timothy Hagan, 62, of Bellevue.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Northwest

Climber dies in fall at Mount Rainier National Park

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Rescue crews have recovered the body of a climber who suffered a fatal fall in Mount Rainier National Park over the weekend.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Changing Mount Rainier's name would be a tall order

Anyone in Snohomish County can recognize the importance of American Indian heritage in the names all around us. The Stillaguamish River, the Tulalip Resort, the Mukilteo ferry.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Web Monkey

Creating parks’ new stewards

Don't stow the camping gear and hiking boots just yet. As we move into fall, good weather may inspire some to stretch the camping season, and autumn can offer the most colorful time to take a walk in the woods.And there's another incentive, particularly for those families...

Date: 09/10/2015 | Editorials

Prep volleyball: Glacier Peak 3, Issaquah 2

SNOHOMISH — Lauren Michael had 27 digs and 12 kills and Lauren Sanders added 24 kills for Glacier Peak in the non-league win.At Glacier Peak H.S.Issaquah 19 19 25 25 13 — 2Glacier Peak 25 25 21 15 15 — 3

Date: 09/09/2015 | High Schools

Prep volleyball: Glacier Peak 3, Bothell 0

BOTHELL — Lauren Michaels pounded out seven kills and recorded eight digs to help the Grizzlies to a non-league sweep of Bothell on Tuesday.At Bothell H.S.G. Peak 25 25 25 — 3Bothell 15 17 20 — 0

Date: 09/08/2015 | High Schools

Back in time

Scenic railroad will appeal to train-fans of all ages

Date: 09/04/2015 | Life

After McKinley, is Rainier next?

Editorial: Should we change our mountain's moniker?

Date: 09/01/2015 | Editorials

Scientists, tribe study shrinking Washington state glaciers

MOUNT BAKER — Glaciers on Mount Baker and other mountains in Washington state’s North Cascades are thinning and retreating. Seven have disappeared over the past three decades, and the overall volume of glaciers in the range have lost about one-fifth of their volume.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Northwest

Tips help rescuers find hiker in Glacier Peak Wilderness

DARRINGTON — A lost hiker in the Glacier Peak Wilderness was brought to safety Tuesday morning.The man, 27, was reported missing and overdue from a hike by his family about 1 p.m. Monday, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Sirens

Glacial flood sweeps through Rainier National Park

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK — Officials say a half acre section of the South Tahoma Glacier broke off near Tahoma Creek in Mount Rainier National Park and caused a flood of water and debris.

Date: 08/14/2015 | Northwest

Recreational fishing closed at Olympic National Park

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The National Park Service will close most rivers and streams in Olympic National Park to recreational fishing due to severe drought conditions.

Date: 08/10/2015 | Northwest

No helicopters in the wilderness

Our national forests have long been managed for multiple uses. Congress made the customary practice official in 1960 and specified that...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Editorials

Hike, fish, relax

Rainy Lake is high in the mountains yet easy to get to

Date: 08/09/2015 | Life

Climbing, hiking and cycling around Mount Rainier

TACOMA — I called it the Rainier Triple Crown, and finishing it proved more rewarding than I ever expected.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Northwest

Army extends comment period for helicopter-training plan in Cascades

The U.S. Army has extended the public comment period on a plan to conduct off-base mountain training over the North Cascades and southwest Washington for helicopter pilots to practice flyovers and...

Date: 08/07/2015 | Explore NW

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

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