Category Archives: Mount Rainier

On Becoming a Hunter – another selection from the “Campfire Tales – True Stories Not Everyone Believes”

By Bruce A. Smith Of all the things I did when I had a so-called mid-life crisis, the craziest according to my ex-wife was not leaving her, selling my business, nor relocating to Yelm, Washington to join Ramtha’s School of … Continue reading

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Updates – Smoke and fire threaten southern Pierce County

by Bruce A. Smith Concern is mounting in Eatonville and surrounding communities as our skies become smoke-filled and many local residents are staying indoors to protect themselves from unhealthy air. The culprits seem to be two-fold – first an 100-acre fire … Continue reading

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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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9th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival shines in Ashford, if only to small crowds

by Bruce A. Smith The 9th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival was held last weekend in the mountain town of Ashford, WA, and it was a strange mix of industry insiders, local artsy-types, and thirty-eight films – many of them … 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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