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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Mount St. Helens: A view worth the hike

By Eric Florip July 5, 2015 6 a.m.

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

By Allen Thomas July 2, 2015 6:03 a.m.

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

By Allen Thomas June 18, 2015 6:02 a.m.

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

Trout battle: Anglers compete on Coldwater Lake

By Allen Thomas June 4, 2015 6:05 a.m.

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

By The Columbian June 3, 2015 7 a.m.

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 30, 2015 6:15 a.m.

No license will be required to fish either day

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