Category Archives: Nature

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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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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Missing Snowboarders Found on Mount Rainier as major snow storm hits

Special to the Mountain News At approximately 1100 hours this morning, searchers at Mount Rainier National Park found the two snowboarders who have been missing since Sunday, November 12.   Derek Tyndall, 21, and Thomas Dale, 20, had spent Sunday … Continue reading

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Update: Search to continue Tuesday morning for missing snowboarders at Paradise

Update, 10 pm, Monday, 11.12.12:  Kevin Backer, public information officer at Mount Rainier National Park, has issued the following update on the missing snowboarders above Paradise:  About 3:00 this afternoon, one of the search teams made brief visual contact, from … Continue reading

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Sandy and the snow – an update from New York

by Bruce A. Smith  After Hurricane Sandy hit last week, the New York-New Jersey area endured a major winter storm this week known as a Nor’easter that dumped over a half-foot of heavy, wet snow and packed winds of up … Continue reading

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Killing of wolf pack sparks growing controversy

By Josh Magill  The slaughter of a wolf pack by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to assuage concerns of local cattle ranchers in the north-central section of the state has triggered an enormous political backlash.

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Mythologist Michael Meade offers help in a time of crisis

By Bruce A. Smith  As Superstorm Sandy upends our world and seems a capstone to a growing list of global disasters like the economic collapse of 2008, local author Michael Meade shares words of advice in his new book, Why … Continue reading

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State policies on wolves have strong impacts in Cascades

By Josh Magill  Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker stated on Thursday that he wants to know the specifics of why the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDF&W) decided to eliminate a pack of wolves known as the “Wedge Pack” … Continue reading

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Sandy Update, Wednesday evening, October 31, 2012

by Bruce A. Smith  It’s been two full days since Sandy slammed into the New York-New Jersey coast and the impacts are both local and national, physical and emotional, at a scale few have ever experienced before.

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