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

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Reservations available starting Sunday for Lewis River parks

By The Columbian February 27, 2015 9 a.m.

Online reservations will be accepted for Cresap Bay, Cougar and a portion of Beaver Bay, with reservations starting March 9 for Swift Forest Camp

Volunteers sought to survey elk for hoof disease

By Allen Thomas February 11, 2015 4:13 p.m.

Citizen scientists will drive in March and April though 10 Southwest Washington counties to record the total number of elk and the ones showing signs of the crippling affliction

Mount St. Helens climbing permits go on sale Monday

January 28, 2015 5:37 p.m.

Permits will be sold online through the Mount St. Helens Institute and cost $22

A second opinion on elk hoof disease

By TOM PAULU/The Longview Daily News January 8, 2015 6:04 a.m.

Wahkiakum County man differs from a panel of scientists about the cause of ailment in Southwest Washington herds

Company drops drilling plan near Mount St. Helens

By Eric Florip January 6, 2015 4:52 p.m.

A Canadian mining company has for now dropped its pursuit of an exploratory drilling project near Mount St. Helens, prompting environmental advocates to declare victory after a prolonged legal fight.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest snow report

January 1, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Conditions at winter recreation parking lots in the southern end of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Gifford Pinchot forest gets new deputy supervisor

December 25, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Arizona native Angela Elam named to No. 2 post at national forest stretching from Columbia River to Mount Rainier National Park

Deal secures 3,000 acres of forest near Mount St. Helens

By Eric Florip December 22, 2014 9:07 p.m.

Columbia Land Trust on Monday announced the conservation of more than 3,000 acres of forestland near Mount St. Helens, the latest phase in an ongoing effort by the organization to prevent development in the area.

Spring chinook forecast: Mediocre outlook in Willamette, Cowlitz

By Allen Thomas December 18, 2014 6:06 a.m.

Kalama, Lewis rivers likely to have fishing restrictions again due to weak runs

Winter steelhead kelts make Swift Reservoir home

By Allen Thomas December 18, 2014 6:05 a.m.

Sportsmen occasionally catch fish which are attempting to recover and make another spawning run

Gifford Pinchot National Forest snow report

December 18, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Winter recreation areas in Southwest Washington's backcountry still waiting on the weather

WSUV brings program, artwork to downtown

By The Columbian December 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Students of the Washington State University Vancouver Creative Media and Digital Culture program are hosting two events beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in downtown Vancouver.

Winter outings offered by Mount St. Helens Institute

December 11, 2014 6:01 a.m.

Snowshoe, cross-country ski trips will be provided from late January to late March

Two forest roads to close beginning Thursday

By The Columbian December 2, 2014 10:43 a.m.

Roads Nos. 99 and 26 have rock slides, slick conditions

Mount St. Helens Institute's supporters turn out in mixed fashion

November 22, 2014 7:06 p.m.

Esther Short — The Mount St. Helens Institute's Boots and Bow Ties Dinner and Silent Auction brought in $106,000 for the institute's science, education and stewardship programs.