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Mount St. Helens

Summer on the Mountain: Mount St. Helens pinnacle of recreation, science and learning

May 18, 2024, 6:13am Clark County Life

MOUNT ST. HELENS NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT — The fact that unpredictably moving rock has blocked the road to its prime visitor center says a lot about Mount St. Helens. Much… Read story

From the Newsroom: How we’d cover the Mount St. Helens eruption today

May 18, 2024, 6:09am Clark County News

Today marks the 44th anniversary of the cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens. 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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The pumice plain between Mount St. Pumice from Mount St. Helens sheds light on eruption
New research on the cataclysmic 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption describes how and when the blast may have changed its shape and speed…
An aerial view of Mount St. Photographer’s parting shots of Mount St. Helens live on
They're brand new images of a Northwest icon that disappeared more than 33 years ago -- the conical summit of Mount St. Helens.
Widowed three years earlier and living in a well-worn lodge overrun with cats, Harry Truman lived out his days in St. The old man and the mountain
If a screenwriter had written a character like Harry Truman into the script of a volcano movie, it would have been scorned as a contrived…
The victims of Mount St. Helens
These are the 57 people who lost their lives in the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Even though you can't drive to Johnston Ridge Observatory this summer because a landslide has blocked the road, there's still plenty of other attractions at Mount St. Helens.

Could a WA volcano erupt again in our lifetime? What would happen and how you can prepare

Even though you can't drive to Johnston Ridge Observatory this summer because a landslide has blocked the road, there's still plenty of other attractions at Mount St. Helens.

May 18, 2024, 6:05am Latest News

The most destructive volcanic eruption in United States history happened less than half a century ago in Washington. Read story

Ray Yurkewycz, Mount St. Helens Institute executive director, talks about improvements coming to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Science and Learning Center at Coldwater while walking on the Hummocks Trail.

Mount St. Helens Institute executive director steps down after more than a decade

Ray Yurkewycz, Mount St. Helens Institute executive director, talks about improvements coming to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument Science and Learning Center at Coldwater while walking on the Hummocks Trail.

May 15, 2024, 7:48am Clark County News

After 13 years, Amboy-based Mount St. Helens Institute has a new director. Read story

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Washougal man killed on Mount St. Helens while summiting the peak

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April 1, 2024, 3:02pm Clark County News

A Washougal man was killed early Saturday morning on Mount St. Helens when the snow underneath him collapsed and he fell into the crater, causing an avalanche. Read story

A mockup of the proposed Mount St. Helens license plate. (Courtesy of the Mount St.

Washington looks to put its most famous volcano on a specialty license plate

A mockup of the proposed Mount St. Helens license plate. (Courtesy of the Mount St.

February 7, 2024, 2:14pm Latest News

A nearly unanimous state Senate on Tuesday backed the creation of a specialty license plate showcasing Mount St. Helens. Read story

Johnston Ridge Observatory will be closed until at least summer 2026.

Mount St. Helens’ Johnston Ridge Observatory won’t reopen until at least 2026

Johnston Ridge Observatory will be closed until at least summer 2026.

February 5, 2024, 3:40pm Clark County Life

Mount St. Helens’ Johnston Ridge Observatory will remain closed to the public until at least 2026, a Washington State Department of Transportation spokeswoman said Monday. Read story

Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake appear through the window of a Cessna 172N flying overhead May 11, 2021. Scientists reported that about 400 small earthquakes have been recorded under Mount St. Helens since mid-July.

400 earthquakes recorded under Mount St. Helens since mid-July

Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake appear through the window of a Cessna 172N flying overhead May 11, 2021. Scientists reported that about 400 small earthquakes have been recorded under Mount St. Helens since mid-July.

November 7, 2023, 6:06am Clark County News

About 400 earthquakes have rumbled under Mount St. Helens since mid-July, the largest chain of shakes since the volcano finished erupting in 2008, the U.S. Geological Survey reported last week. Read story

Roger Freeborn of Hillsboro, Ore., gets ready to take his car back Friday, July 14 after going two months without it due to a debris slide on the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway near Coldwater Lake.

Motorists retrieve vehicles stranded by landslide on highway to Mount St. Helens

Roger Freeborn of Hillsboro, Ore., gets ready to take his car back Friday, July 14 after going two months without it due to a debris slide on the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway near Coldwater Lake.

July 17, 2023, 10:40am Clark County News

Two months after a destructive landslide wiped out a bridge leading to the Johnston Ridge Observatory on Mount St. Helens, owners of the vehicles that had been rescued from the visitor center happily retrieved their cars Friday morning. Read story

The Mount St. Helens Back Country Horsemen partner with a mix of federal, state and local agencies to keep parks and forests south of Mount St. Helens clear for recreation. They work with other trail-focused groups, including the Washington Trail Riders Association, Chinook Trails Association and Washington Trails Association.

Mount St. Helens Back Country Horsemen work to make happy trails for all

The Mount St. Helens Back Country Horsemen partner with a mix of federal, state and local agencies to keep parks and forests south of Mount St. Helens clear for recreation. They work with other trail-focused groups, including the Washington Trail Riders Association, Chinook Trails Association and Washington Trails Association.

July 7, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

Driving up a steep two-lane road, Judy Smith’s truck grumbled and moaned under the weight of her extended cab and horse trailer. Read story