The volcano next door

It has been three decades since Mount St. Helens blew, but the event still fascinates - and defines - Southwest Washington. Read our May 19, 1980, story here.


Go inside the mountain


When nature turns deadly


'Beyond imagining'


Narrow escapes


Recollections of May 18

Reader StoriesLatest Mount St. Helens News

North Lewis fish pond problem: Too much iron

By Allen Thomas May 28, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Muddy River spring chinook acclimation channel can't be used in salmon reintroduction effort

Weyerhaeuser expanding access fee program

By TOM PAULU/Longview Daily News May 28, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Timber company adds acres, bumps up price to use its Southwest Washington lands

Owens named new supervisor of Gifford Pinchot National Forest

May 28, 2015 6:02 a.m.

New supervisor began career on Packwood Ranger District as a seasonal worker

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation awards local grants

By The Columbian May 22, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Money will pay for work around Mount St. Helens in Cowlitz, Skamania counties

Low-snow winter means early start to summer recreation season

By Allen Thomas May 21, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Most of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is free of snow, with campgrounds open and trails available for hiking

Drought puts Lewis reservoir boat ramps at risk

By Allen Thomas May 20, 2015 6:41 p.m.

If water levels keep dropping, the ramps on Merwin, Yale and Swift reservoirs will be dry and boating will end

Mount St. Helens 35 years later: A living outdoor lab

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press May 18, 2015 6 a.m.

SEATTLE — Thirty-five years ago, Mount St. Helens erupted, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet off the top and raining volcanic ash for miles around.

Baptism by fire for Mount St. Helens monument manager

By Eric Florip May 18, 2015 6 a.m.

AMBOY — When Tedd Huffman started his new job this month, he didn't start slowly. He didn't have time.

Salmon, steelhead recolonizing upper North Fork Lewis River

By Allen Thomas May 14, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Fish trucked and released into upper watershed seem to be homing in on a few favored spots instead of scattering widely

Gifford PInchot National Forest schedules three road plan meetings

May 14, 2015 6:03 a.m.

Sessions will display where Forest Service intends to prioritize road investments, maintenance; Vancouver meeting will be on May 28 at forest headquarters

Windy Ridge Viewpoint opens Friday

May 13, 2015 6:12 p.m.

Road No. 99 on the east side of Mount St. Helens, along with road No. 26, will be open, Forest Service says

Memories of 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption to be shared

By The Columbian May 9, 2015 6 a.m.

A series of events starting next week will invite people to share memories of the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980.

Four Gifford PInchot National Forest campgrounds open today

By The Columbian May 8, 2015 7 a.m.

Beaver, Panther Creek, Moss Creek and Peterson Prairie start for summer; Goose Lake and Trout Lake Creek camps already open

Illustrating the science of an active volcano  

By Patty Hastings May 2, 2015 8:04 p.m.


Spirit Lake Memorial Highway reopens

By The Columbian May 2, 2015 6 a.m.

TOUTLE — An abnormally mild winter has allowed state Highway 504 near Mount St. Helens to open earlier than usual. Crews reopened the highway east of Hummocks Trailhead at 9 a.m. Friday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.