Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

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Green Ethics: Values, Hard Work

November 17, 2008, 6:05 am
Two milestones are timely reminders Washington's treasured, verdant livability is no accident, but the product of dedication, care and hard work. Washington Environmental Council celebrates 40 years of leadership in protecting the vistas and values held dear from the Columbia River to the Strait of Juan de ...

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Flooding closes Mount Rainier

November 13, 2008, 8:15 am
Officials at Mount Rainier National Park have closed the park due to flooding along a main road. Heavy rains sent Kautz Creek over its banks and across the Nisqually Road in the park's southwest corner to a depth of more than 6 inches. Park rangers escorted seven guests from the ...

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Decision Expected on Rule about Guns in Parks

November 10, 2008, 7:07 am
The Department of the Interior is expected to announce this month its decision regarding changes in rules governing guns in national parks and wildlife refuges. When he visited Mount Rainier National Park for the Oct. 10 opening of the new Jackson Visitor Center, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said the announcement ...

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Program to Examine Future of Mount Rainier National Park

October 23, 2008, 8:57 am
Local author Bruce Barcott and park superintendent Dave Uberuaga will discuss the challenges and future of Mount Rainier National Park at a program Tuesday. The National Parks Conservation Association is hosting the 6:30 p.m. event at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., ...

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Park Shifts to Winter Mode

October 16, 2008, 2:08 pm
Falls is creeping down the hills and mountains of Mount Rainier National Park. At the same time, park staff is preparing to shut down a number of areas in preparation for ...

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North Cascades high country is alight with the spectacular colors of fall

October 16, 2008, 1:34 pm
The Pacific Northwest may not be blessed with the brilliance of a New England autumn in the lowlands, but we guarantee that if you hike into the subalpine zone of the Cascade Range in October, the spectrum of reds, oranges and yellows will arouse your retinal cones and knock ...

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New Visitor Center to Open Friday at Mount Rainier

October 9, 2008, 12:41 pm
Friday's opening of the new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center completes a nearly $50 million, nine-year transformation of Paradise at Mount Rainier National ...

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New Visitor Center to Open Friday at Mount Rainier

October 9, 2008, 12:39 pm
Friday's opening of the new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center completes a nearly $50 million, nine-year transformation of Paradise at Mount Rainier National ...

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High Mountain Meadows at Rainier Melt Away

October 6, 2008, 2:07 pm
Nothing lures visitors to Paradise like the transitory displays of wildflowers that populate Mount Rainier’s high mountain meadows. But summer sojourns could fade into memory and panoramic vistas vanish as alpine asters, rosy pussytoes and purple lupines are crowded out by ...

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A Glorious Sunrise Hike around Mount Rainier

September 22, 2008, 8:58 am
By 7 a.m. on a summer morning, dozens of climbers were tramping past our tent in the White River campground in Mount Rainier National Park. I stared sleepily at the climbers, their ice axes and helmets dangling from super-sized backpacks, as they set out on the trail that begins at ...

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National Parks Leader Sees Significant Challenges

September 11, 2008, 9:29 am
Tom Kiernan sees positive things happening in Washington’s premiere national parks, but says much more needs to be done. I had the chance last week to talk with the president of the National Parks Conservation Association, which has worked to protect national parks since ...

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Fight to Break Knotweed's Hold in Pierce County

September 8, 2008, 3:24 pm
When it comes to invasive weeds, it's best to pick your battles. At least that's the rationale of Sean MacDougall, who last year embarked on what he envisions as a five-year campaign against one of the most notorious: Japanese knotweed. MacDougall knew a lot about knotweed before he became program ...

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Scientists Study Effect Of Rainier Glacier Melt

September 2, 2008, 3:10 pm
A slurry of rocks and mud sounded like a freight train when it ripped through a popular Mount Rainier hiking destination in 2001 and scared some television viewers who believed their homes were in the path. As it turned out, the debris flow at Comet Falls proved less dangerous than ...

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Kautz Creek: Nature's Power Is Evident

August 28, 2008, 3:06 pm
I used to know exactly how many switchbacks it took to get to Indian Henry's Hunting Ground from Kautz Creek. I have forgotten the number, but there are many. I did remember most of the trail was in the forest, an advantage on a hot ...

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A $20 Million Remodel Preserves Paradise Inn's Charm

August 25, 2008, 9:39 am
A summer of sun had given way to wispy fog, with a hint of moisture on the wind, when I arrived at 5,400 feet on the south side of Mount Rainier. About 125 years ago, when Martha Longmire visited here, the weather was so balmy she called it Paradise. ...

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