Category Archives: Mount Rainier

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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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 … 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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Mount Rainier National Park is now open

Editor’s Note:  The following press release was delivered to the Mountain News by the NPS, heralding the opening of the park as a result of last night’s budgetary agreement in Washington, DC.  ********************************************************** Ashford, WA – Mount Rainier National Park … Continue reading

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Mount Rainier National Park closes in response to governmental shutdown

Editor’s Note:  The press office of Mount Rainier National Park has sent the Mountain News the follow announcement detailing the closing of the park in response to the shutdown of the federal governmental.

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Hundreds of bicyclists expected to tour Mount Rainier National Park

Editor’s Note: Mount Rainier has announced that the 30th annual bike tour through the park will take place next Thursday, July 25.  Below is the NPS press release. 

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