Where can Teresa go? – An interview with a homeless mother and daughter


By Wayne Cooke

 As I drove into the Graham Post Office parking lot to mail a letter, I waved to a middle-aged woman and her teen-aged daughter. After depositing the letter, I walked over to them. The mother is named Teresa and her daughter is Hope. Continue reading

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Graham News, April 2014 – Graham learns about its past and present

 by Wayne Cooke, special to the Mountain News

 How did Graham get its name?

It was simple and quite unintentional. The name “Graham” transferred from camp boss Mr. Smith Graham to the logging area where he worked during the timber hey-day. Mr. Graham was the one who received the mail ‘off the hook” from the slowly moving train that still sometimes crosses Meridian (the old Barney-Larson road) at the Graham Hay Market, and mail bags destined for this area were tagged “Graham.” Continue reading

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Another slide closes Mountain Highway, but this time in the Ohop Valley

 by Bruce A. Smith

Another press release from the WSDOT reflects the historic levels of rain and mud slides effecting western Washington. Mountain Highway, aka SR 7, has been shut several times in the Nisqually gorge near the Packwood Forest, but now another section of the road has been impacted. Continue reading

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Mountain Highway re-opens in Eatonville

This just in from WSDOT: 


SR 7 reopens at site of mudslide

EATONVILLE – State Route 7 has reopened along a 1.5-mile segment near Eatonville between Ohop Valley Road and 416th Street East. The road had been closed since March 17 because of a mudslide and subsequent observation. Continue reading

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Mountain Highway closed again due to mudslide

This just in from WSDOT.  -BAS:


SR 7 closes temporarily following slide near Eatonville

EATONVILLE – A 1.5-mile segment of State Route 7 west of Eatonville is temporarily closed following a mudslide earlier today that contained approximately 100 cubic yards of debris and temporarily covered both highway lanes near 416th Street East. Continue reading

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Plenty of snow in the hills

By Bruce A. Smith

Spring may be knocking on our door down here in the flat country, but there’s plenty of snow just above us.

Earlier this week, Crystal Mountain Ski Area lost an entire chair lift system and its drive house when a controlled avalanche exceeded its projected size and distance. Videos of the avalance control program at Crystal can be seen on the Ski Channel: http://www.theskichannel.com/news/20140311/video-giant-avalanche-takes-out-chair-lift-at-crystal-mountain/  Continue reading

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RW Davis, founder and leader of the New Testament Christian Church, dies

By Bruce A. Smith

The Mountain News received a report this week that RW Davis, the controversial leader of the New Testament Christian Church, died this week. The NTCC is headquartered in Graham, Washington, and locally the congregation is known as the “church behind the fence.” Continue reading

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