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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.


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Remains on Mount St. Helens identified

By Patty Hastings August 18, 2014 5:38 p.m.

The Clark County Medical Examiners's Office identified the remains of a man recently found on Mount St. Helens as 27-year-old Yosuke Onishi.

Kelso man rescued after spending night near Mount St. Helens

By Patty Hastings August 11, 2014 10:55 p.m.

A Kelso man spent the night in the wilderness near Mount St. Helens after injuring his leg while hiking Sunday evening.

Remains of missing climber discovered on Mount St. Helens

By Stephanie Rice August 9, 2014 6:30 p.m.

Remains believed to be Yosuke Onishi, missing since November

Search resumes for missing Japanese man

By Patty Hastings August 8, 2014 12:29 p.m.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office will resume the search for a Japanese man who went missing near Mount St. Helens last November.

Wildlife Commission to be briefed on elk hoof disease

By The Columbian August 7, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Citizen panel to get an update on Friday in Olympia on efforts to combat disease affecting elk in Southwest Washington

Commercial berry permits available starting Monday

By The Columbian August 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Huckleberry permits needed for more than three gallons in national forest

Fishing report 7/31

By Allen Thomas July 31, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Steelhead clip rate still less than 50 percent in the lower Columbia River, according to Washington sampling data

Mount. St. Helens to become blast zone

By Tom Vogt July 22, 2014 8:55 p.m.

WOODLAND — When they set out to help chart the inaccessible regions far below a volcano, Nick Lock was swinging a pick and Leah Sabbeth was holding a GPS unit.

Lost in the wilderness: cautionary tales  

By Patty Hastings July 20, 2014 6 a.m.

When Jessica Tran began the return trip from the summit of Mount St. Helens on the last Saturday in May, she thought she was taking a well-worn hiking trail.

Scientists plan explosions under Mount St. Helens

By Tom Vogt July 18, 2014 8:39 p.m.

Geophysicists will set off 23 explosive charges Tuesday night around Mount St. Helens as part of a study of the magma pipeline far below the volcano.

Big lake, big loop: Coldwater Lake hike

By Allen Thomas July 10, 2014 6:04 a.m.

Three trails combine for a 10.1-mile hiker around Coldwater Lake on the north side of Mount St. Helens

Camping sites under consideration at Coldwater Lake

By Allen Thomas July 10, 2014 6:03 a.m.

Seven potential locations have been identified by the Forest Service near water's edge

Out & About

By The Columbian July 10, 2014 6:02 a.m.

Items about Green Trails new line of map and a road closure on the east side of Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens drilling foes claim victory

By Eric Florip July 8, 2014 6 a.m.

An environmental group fighting a proposed drilling operation near Mount St. Helens declared victory Monday after a federal judge in Oregon found earlier review and approval of the proposal to be deficient.

Off Beat: No express lane checkout for St. Helens shopping list

By Tom Vogt July 7, 2014 6 a.m.

For such monumental research, the Mount St. Helens magma project is rooted in awfully down-home stuff. They couldn't start the world-class science until somebody bought a bunch of trash cans.