Category Archives: Environment

Body of missing climber spotted on Mount Rainier

  Special to the Mountain News-WA:  The following press announcement was released Saturday concerning the disappearance of a climber near the summit of Mount Rainier.   ************************************************** Saturday, June 13, 2015, 2:30 pm— The search for Kyle Bufis is being … Continue reading

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Climber lost on Mount Rainer

  By Bruce A. Smith   A climber became separated from his group and lost Thursday night while descending from the summit of Mount Rainier. Kyle Bufis, 23, was in the company of two mountaineering companions, according to Information Specialist Patti … Continue reading

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Mt Rainier free this weekend – with two feet of new snow at Paradise!

Special to the Mountain News-WA The National Park Service has sent the folowing press release to the Mountain News, announcing the waiver of entrance fees for this weekend in celebration of National Park Week. *****   ENJOY YOUR NATIONAL PARK … 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, … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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Snow and cold hit area

By Bruce A. Smith  After a week of record-setting cold – with nighttime temperatures in single digits and still in the twenties during the day – the Mountain area got hit with our first sizeable snow storm in two years.

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