Category Archives: Environment

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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Update on SR 7 road closures in Eatonville

By Bruce A. Smith  The Washington State DOT has issued the following press release announcing the closure of Mountain Highway due west of Eatonville for several months.  The state will be repairing a section of hillside that is prone to … Continue reading

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Mount Rainier to close road to Paradise on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this winter

Editor’s Note: Mount Rainier National Park announced this week that it is making a major change in providing access for the public to the Paradise area, and will close the road from Longmire on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

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