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Mount St. Helens

Debate erupts over planned road across Mount St. Helens blast zone

March 29, 2021, 4:04pm Latest News

Conservation groups and scientists are challenging a federal decision to build a road through the Mount St. Helens blast zone, saying it would damage more than two dozen decades worth… Read story

Working in Clark County: Weston ‘Wes’ Thelen, seismologist at USGS

March 20, 2021, 5:19am Business

It’s safe to say that the list of jobs out there that might require hiking around a volcano is a short one. Read story

Mount St. Helens 40th anniversary

On May 18th, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted killing 57 people and changing the way residents of the Northwest viewed the volcano in their midst. For the last 40 years, The Columbian has written about every aspect of the eruption — the people who died, including Columbian photographer Reid Blackburn, the survivors, the scientists, the tourists and the life that has slowly returned to the mountain. We have gathered our stories, along with reader recollections from over the years, here. The Longview Daily News also has a page dedicated to Mount St. Helens.

Read The Columbian's story from May 19, 1980St. Helens spews death, destruction

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Columbian photographer Reid Blackburn adjusts one of two remote-controlled cameras on Mount St. Helens in 1980. Mount St. Helens: Reid Blackburn and an array of equipment were lost; a notebook survived
Columbian photographer Reid Blackburn made a slight revision to the cover of his notebook that explained his role on Mount St. Helens 36 years ago.
The pumice plain between Mount St. Helicopters to hell
The cockpit of the HH-1H Huey helicopter was silent as the crew surveyed the steaming hell of ash, gases and volcanic debris below. Mike Cooney,…
Mount St. Caring for the injured
What Sandy Vaughan found awaiting her at work at 10 p.m. defied logic. "It was a strange, strange feeling," the Vancouver nurse said. "Whoever thought…
Roald Reitan and Venus Ann Dergan in Longview's St. The taste of death
They were only 60 seconds from safety, but getting there almost killed them

Agencies eye Cowlitz River dredging to lower flood risk

February 21, 2021, 6:03am Clark County News

LONGVIEW — Local, state and Army Corps of Engineers officials are planning to dredge the Cowlitz River to lower flood risks until the dam holding back sediment still flowing from Mount St. Helens is raised. Read story

A close-up photo of police lights by night

Spirit Lake Highway car crash injures 7

A close-up photo of police lights by night

February 6, 2021, 9:50pm Clark County News

A two-car crash hurt seven people on Spirit Lake Highway near Mount St. Helens just after noon Saturday. Read story

Everybody Has a Story: Truckers lead way after ’80 blast

May 24, 2020, 6:02am Clark County Life

It was May 18, 1980, and I received a phone call from my husband, Cecil, a merchant mariner captain who had been at sea for about four months and was returning to his home port in Seattle. He liked me to meet his ship at the dock whenever he returned,… Read story

Kathy Phibbs climbed the Mount St. Helens wearing a red chiffon dress and a pillbox hat.

Meet ‘woman in the red dress’ who started Mount St. Helens climbing tradition

Kathy Phibbs climbed the Mount St. Helens wearing a red chiffon dress and a pillbox hat.

May 18, 2020, 5:59am Northwest

SEATTLE — It began with a striking image on the front page of The Seattle Times on Friday, June 5, 1987. Read story

Mount St. Helens is serene on a recent morning, but its May 18, 1980, eruption was catastrophic. Subsequent eruptions ending as recently as 2008 built lava domes in the crater.

Mount St. Helens: 40 years later, surprises, loss still reverberate

Mount St. Helens is serene on a recent morning, but its May 18, 1980, eruption was catastrophic. Subsequent eruptions ending as recently as 2008 built lava domes in the crater.

May 17, 2020, 6:06am Clark County News

On the morning of May 18, 1980, research geologist Richard Waitt got a call from a Vancouver friend telling him a giant cloud was approaching the city from nearby Mount St. Helens. Read story

Mount St. Helens on May 17, 1980, the day before a massive eruption killed 57 people, as viewed from what came to be known as Johnston Ridge, about 6 miles from the volcano. Washington State Parks is collecting oral and written histories for an exhibit this year marking the 40th anniversary of the catastrophic eruption.

Mount St. Helens not yet ready to retire

Mount St. Helens on May 17, 1980, the day before a massive eruption killed 57 people, as viewed from what came to be known as Johnston Ridge, about 6 miles from the volcano. Washington State Parks is collecting oral and written histories for an exhibit this year marking the 40th anniversary of the catastrophic eruption.

May 17, 2020, 6:02am Clark County News

Another eruption of Mount St. Helens is not only likely, it’s pretty much a certainty. Read story

The 1980 Evergreen High School baseball team included (top row, L-R) coach Greg Wallace, Doug Houser, Brian Bergerud, John Michel, coach Jeff Hudson; (middle row) Mike Wade, John Robison, Gary Lundberg, Monte Speyer, Randy Myers; (front row) Ed Taylor, Mark O'Shea, Randy Krause, Steve Lauritzen, Tony Dente, Bob Allinger.

Evergreen’s 1980 baseball playoff journey included volcanic eruptions

The 1980 Evergreen High School baseball team included (top row, L-R) coach Greg Wallace, Doug Houser, Brian Bergerud, John Michel, coach Jeff Hudson; (middle row) Mike Wade, John Robison, Gary Lundberg, Monte Speyer, Randy Myers; (front row) Ed Taylor, Mark O'Shea, Randy Krause, Steve Lauritzen, Tony Dente, Bob Allinger.

May 16, 2020, 7:30pm Newsletter

Greg Wallace secretly hoped the aftermath of volcanic ash was covered under his Subaru wagon’s 50,000-mile warranty. Read story

Spirit Lake highway remains closed

May 9, 2020, 5:59am Clark County News

The Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, state Highway 504, will remain closed for the time being, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Read story