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Old touring coach returns to Rainier National Park

October 6, 2009, 10:59 am
Despite her 24 years as a museum curator, Brooke Childrey was stumped when she first learned about one of the newest additions to the collection at Mount Rainier National Park. It won't fit in a file cabinet with important park papers. It certainly won't sit on a shelf with artifacts uncovered during archaeological digs ...

This summer busiest at Mount Rainier since 2003

September 21, 2009, 6:58 am
This summer was the busiest at Mount Rainier National Park since 2003. And apparently many of those visitors brought along their tents, trailers, camp stoves, coolers and sleeping bags, pushing campground use more than 20 percent higher than in 2008. Park statistics show more than 722,000 people visited the park June through August. That's the highest ...

Don't overlook Mount Rainier park's Sunrise

September 8, 2009, 7:59 am
Sunrise has some of the best views of Mount Rainier. Unlike Paradise Lodge, the park's more popular south-side visitor center, Sunrise isn't on Mount Rainier itself. Sunrise sits on a ridge that extends away from the volcano, which gives it a special view of the mountain, and is isolated by deep glacial streams ...

For elk, late summer is a busy time of year

September 3, 2009, 9:01 am
What weighs 1,000 pounds, has 4-foot antlers and can frighten away a competitor with the sound of its voice? It’s an elk! Washington state is home to two elk species, the Roosevelt elk and the Rocky Mountain elk. The Rocky Mountain elk are found in Eastern Washington while the ...

"Shadows" takes a trip through Mount Rainier National Park's past

August 12, 2009, 8:45 am
The names – such as James Longmire, Fay Fuller and P.B. Van Trump – are deeply entwined in the history of Mount Rainier National Park.On Saturday, park visitors will get the chance to see and hear from these and others – though long since gone – as park staff ...

Paradise can be found at Mount Rainier National Park

July 16, 2009, 12:48 pm
Paradise is not only a state of mind at Mount Rainier National Park, it’s a real destination! Perched at an elevation of 5,400 feet, panoramas from Paradise are incredible on a clear day—Mount Rainier’s snowy summit seems reach-out-and-touch-it close. Even on a seemingly nice day, though, the weather here can ...

5 years later, Rainier tragedy still haunts

July 1, 2009, 8:03 am
 Five years after Mount Rainier took his best friend, Scott Richards can finally tell the story without crying.But that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt."It's still vivid," Richards said. "I'm still sad."On May 15, 2004, Peter Cooley, an Ivy League-educated marketing director from Maine, tripped while scaling a steep spine ...

Rainier rangers: A sharp eye on the slope

June 29, 2009, 8:04 am
 In 1992 when Mount Rainier National Park hired Stefan Lofgren to keep climbers safe on the upper mountain, his climbing résumé could be summed up in one line:Mount Anderson, Olympic National Park, 7,321 feet.“I just want to make sure nobody like me is ever hired to work here again,” ...

Concerns raised about Wash. state coal pollution in national parks

June 29, 2009, 6:53 am
Conservation groups have petioned the federal government to reduce air pollution from a coal plant that causes haze and poor visibility in Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks.Washington state's only coal plant, located in Centralia, produces about 10 percent of the electricity used in the state. It also produces ...

Rebuilding Mount Rainier National Park

June 25, 2009, 7:10 am
The good news is that the damage estimate following the historic November 2006 flood at Mount Rainier National Park has been lowered to $27.9 million.There remains, however, an estimated $3.7 million to $7.9 million of work left to be done.Those are some of the figures in a newly released ...

Cayuse Pass Reopens in Mount Rainier National Park

May 15, 2009, 1:09 pm
Cayuse Pass has reopened on Highway 123 on the east side of Mount Rainier within the national park.The 4,675-foot pass was scheduled to reopen Tuesday but that was postponed by a snowstorm that increased the avalanche danger.The Transportation Department says it opened Friday at noon.The department says nearby Chinook ...

Under the Needle: Rainier Ranger Makes His Way to Washington, D.C.

January 20, 2009, 7:35 am
He still walks to work, so there's that. And he continues to deal with big egos, with driven colleagues and another type of inveterate climber.Otherwise, everything is different for Mike Gauthier, the former lead climbing ranger in Mount Rainier National Park. Gauthier participated in more than 200 rescues in ...

National Parks Escape, This Time Around

January 8, 2009, 2:17 pm
Unlike the last two years, popular recreation areas in Western Washington have escaped serious damage from this week’s heavy rain. Mount Rainier National Park and Gifford Pinchot National Forest were devastated by flooding in 2007. Last year, flooding hit Olympic National ...

Park to Reopen Today after Crews Repair Road, Channel Kautz Creek

November 21, 2008, 6:56 am
The Nisqually Road in Mount Rainier National Park will reopen today, a day earlier than expected. The road, and the park, have been closed since Nov. 12 when Kautz Creek jumped its banks and flooded the main road into the ...

Rainier Landmark Meets Wrecking Ball

November 18, 2008, 8:29 am
Paradise echoed Monday not with the voices of park visitors, but with the thump and crash of a 4,500-pound wrecking ball smashing through the old visitor ...