Mount St. Helens


‘Spiders’ weave web around volcano

On a gray Tuesday morning, a bevy of scientists clustered around a set of 14 peculiar silver boxes in a gravel parking lot near Mount…


Caring for the injured

What Sandy Vaughan found awaiting her at work at 10 p.m. defied logic. "It was a strange, strange feeling," the Vancouver nurse said. "Whoever thought…


Waking to a nightmare

After sitting around their campfire until 3 a.m., Danny Jay Balch and Brian Thomas were sleeping in. Balch was jolted awake, and he realized something…


Cultural wasteland

Gasoline was expensive. Home mortgage interest rates were stratospheric. "The Dukes of Hazzard" was a top-rated TV show and Burt Reynolds was the number one…


The old man and the mountain

If a screenwriter had written a character like Harry Truman into the script of a volcano movie, it would have been scorned as a contrived…

More Mount St. Helens News

Enrollment open in volcano naturalist class

November 28, 2015, 6:03 AM

Participants will be expected to volunteer at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Applicants sought for Gifford Pinchot advisory groups

November 25, 2015, 6:03 AM

Advisers will help Forest Service determine spending priorities for improvement projects

Fishing season extended through December at Swift Reservoir

November 24, 2015, 6:06 AM

Sportsmen get an additional month to compensate for loss of opportunity in summer when boat ramp was unusable due to drought

Applications accepted starting Monday for forest summer jobs

November 24, 2015, 6:03 AM

Jobs will be offered in a variety of specialties in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Mount St. Helens classes start Jan. 6

November 20, 2015, 5:56 AM

LONGVIEW — Nascent naturalists looking to volunteer at Mount St. Helens are invited to take a series of classes that run from Jan. 6 to April 13.

So many, many trout, so few days left

November 11, 2015, 5:14 PM

Accessible again after the boat ramp was unusable for four months, Swift Reservoir turning out fish about as fast as anglers can get gear in the water

Forest Christmas tree permit sales begin Nov. 17

November 10, 2015, 6:02 AM

National forest permits cost $5 and are limited to five per household

New Mount St. Helens trail has volcano view

November 9, 2015, 9:30 AM

COUGAR -- The first new hiking trail at Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in two decades opened in 2014 and delivered something that had been missing in the Ape Cave area: A view of the volcano. Hence, the thoughtful name for the short trail.

Mount St. Helens study confirms three more magma chambers

November 6, 2015, 9:30 PM

LONGVIEW -- Scientists have released the first results of a pioneering, $3 million study of the plumbing below Mount St. Helens, and they shed light on how the volcano may have erupted in 1980.

Elk season debuts Saturday in Western Washington

November 5, 2015, 5:18 PM

Hunters face long odds to kill a bull during the general season

Merwin kayak-canoe site may get retrofit

November 4, 2015, 6:07 PM

PacifiCorp says it will look at ways to make it easier to transport vessels at new site under Yale Bridge

Johnston Ridge Observatory to close for winter

October 29, 2015, 6:01 AM

Visitor center on north side of Mount St. Helens is shutting down for the winter

Limits proposed on access to Ape Cave

October 28, 2015, 5:50 PM

Heavy use and partying taking toll on popular lava tube on south side of Mount St. Helens

Senators introduce volcano monitoring bill

October 7, 2015, 6:02 AM

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at improving volcano monitoring systems in the United States, including the Northwest.