Mount St. Helens


Rebirth race

Forest or mountaintop, which will come first? In a colossal race between natural processes, scientists are watching geological and ecological forces race each other in…


Working amid devastation

For Grover Laseke, the eruption of Mount St. Helens wasn't a spectacle. It was a grueling, dangerous, serious job. Grueling as a trek through ash-blasted…


A race to survive

In the spring of 1980, as Mount St. Helens rumbled, Trixie Anders was among the hundreds of visitors who were drawn like moths to the…


Reliving the spirit of Spirit Lake

There are pictures of Sandy Ford sunbathing atop a snowdrift in her halter top and shorts. And the story of the woodpecker boring into the…


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

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.

Help sought to clean north side of Mount St. Helens

September 21, 2015, 10:08 AM

Forest Service event scheduled Saturday at Coldwater Lake as part of National Public Lands Day

Off Beat: From a search of St. Helens’ heritage, the light of revelation glows

September 21, 2015, 9:49 AM

Following the recent Mount McKinley/Denali name transition, we recently explored the likelihood of our local volcano being renamed to follow Northwest tribal traditions.

Mount St. Helens’ name appears safe

September 6, 2015, 6:00 AM

Some call her Lawetlat'la, a Cowlitz name that translates to "The Smoker." Others might use Loowit.

GeoGirls take on science at Mount St. Helens

August 23, 2015, 5:00 PM

MOUNT ST. HELENS — Mai Brodniak crouched on the bank of Coldwater Lake while Cynthia Gardner, a U.S. Geological Survey research geologist, showed her how to stack sieves with various sizes of screens to separate the lake's gravel by size.

Upper North Lewis coho reintroduction scaled back a bit

August 19, 2015, 5:00 PM

This fall, transport of adult fish upstream of Swift Dam will be cut from 9,000 to 7,500

Commercial huckleberry season opens Monday in Gifford Pinchot

August 6, 2015, 5:00 PM

No permit or free required for picking up to three gallons from national forest land for personal use

Swift Reservoir boat ramp expected to stay dry for months

July 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Water level is now 28 feet below full pool leaving ramp at Swift Forest Camp needing at least three feet before being usable again

Mount St. Helens: A view worth the hike

July 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

WINDY RIDGE -- Looking into the crater of Mount St. Helens, it can be difficult to grasp the scale of the massive geologic amphitheater.

Four suggestions for summer forest fun

July 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Spirit Lake, Council Bluff and Lewis River trails are superb hikes, while huckleberries are a tasty treat

Spring chinook woes persist on North Fork Lewis River

June 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Weak salmon return will slow efforts to reestablish fish upstream of Swift Dam

Trout battle: Anglers compete on Coldwater Lake

June 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

Fishermen compare flies versus hardware to see who can catch the most fish from scenic lake north of Mount St. Helens

Day-use fees waived Saturday at national forest locations

June 3, 2015, 12:00 AM

Forest Service also will not charge day fees on June 13 in observance of National Get Outdoors Day

Free Fishing Weekend scheduled June 6-7

May 29, 2015, 5:00 PM

No license will be required to fish either day