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Events mark 42nd anniversary of Mount St. Helens eruption

May 17, 2022, 6:05am Clark County Life

Wednesday marks the 42nd anniversary of the cataclysmic eruption of Mount St. Helens. Read story

Mount St. Helens Institute plans for Coldwater Ridge site include lodge, cabins

April 29, 2022, 10:25am Clark County News

A large-scale plan to develop the center at Coldwater Ridge for education, recreation and tourism activities moved forward Wednesday when the Forest Service issued the Mount St. Helens Institute a… 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

Spirit Lake Memorial Highway now fully open

March 25, 2022, 6:01am Clark County News

TOUTLE – A popular scenic stretch of highway leading into Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, is now open, granting visitors better access for enjoying the mountain’s scenery. Read story

Spirit Lake sits at the foot of Mount St. Helens in this aerial photo from 2021. A coalition of local and federal officials are working to forge an agreement for the future of Spirit Lake, the Cowlitz River and other waterways still affected by the aftermath of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption.

Local, federal agencies to collaborate on plans for Spirit Lake, Cowlitz River

Spirit Lake sits at the foot of Mount St. Helens in this aerial photo from 2021. A coalition of local and federal officials are working to forge an agreement for the future of Spirit Lake, the Cowlitz River and other waterways still affected by the aftermath of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption.

January 28, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

Local governments and federal agencies are signing off on an agreement to collaboratively work on the future of Spirit Lake, the Cowlitz River and other waterways still affected by the aftermath of the Mount St. Helens eruption. Read story

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Hiker found dead in Mount Whittier area

Brian Yang

July 21, 2021, 7:45pm Clark County News

An Army lieutenant who went missing Sunday while hiking near Mount St. Helens was found dead Wednesday afternoon in the Mount Whittier area. Read story

Events tied to 41st anniversary of Mount St. Helens blast muted due to COVID-19

May 18, 2021, 7:43am Latest News

The COVID-19 pandemic is once again making most events commemorating the 41st anniversary of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens virtual, but the mountain itself slowly is becoming open to the public as snow melts and pandemic restrictions ease. Read story

Arzil "Ray" Stone snapped photos of Mount St. Helens erupting in 1980 from his Ridgefield backyard, and he hasn't shared with them with the general public until now.

Ridgefield man shares his photos of Mount St. Helens’ eruption

Arzil "Ray" Stone snapped photos of Mount St. Helens erupting in 1980 from his Ridgefield backyard, and he hasn't shared with them with the general public until now.

May 18, 2021, 6:00am Clark County News

Arzil “Ray” Stone stood on his patch of downward-sloping yard in Ridgefield as he looked over a valley holding the snaking East Fork of the Lewis River. He raised his 1970s Konica camera to his eye, looked through the viewfinder, adjusted the aperture and shutter speed and clicked the button. Read story

Jaquie Cole of Ridgefield displays a photo she took of Mount St. Helens in 1980 on Monday afternoon, May 10, 2021. Cole and her friend flew in a small plane over Mount St. Helens on the afternoon of May 17, 1980, less than 24 hours before the big eruption.

Ridgefield woman shares photos taken from plane day before Mount St. Helens blew

Jaquie Cole of Ridgefield displays a photo she took of Mount St. Helens in 1980 on Monday afternoon, May 10, 2021. Cole and her friend flew in a small plane over Mount St. Helens on the afternoon of May 17, 1980, less than 24 hours before the big eruption.

May 17, 2021, 6:00am Clark County News

Jaquie Cole had never flown in an airplane before, so when her best friend called to invite her on a scenic flight to Mount St. Helens, she didn’t hesitate to accept. Read story

Mount St. Helens rises above Spirit Lake in this aerial view taken on Tuesday.

Volcano work still a blast despite COVID

Mount St. Helens rises above Spirit Lake in this aerial view taken on Tuesday.

May 16, 2021, 6:05am Clark County News

USGS’ Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver continues, adapts its mission during pandemic Read story

Geophysicist Rebecca Kramer charges batteries for high-precision GPS equipment at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver late last month. Staff was packing up monitoring gear being shipped to be used in studies of the volcanic system at Yellowstone National Park.

USGS monitors Yellowstone volcano system from Vancouver

Geophysicist Rebecca Kramer charges batteries for high-precision GPS equipment at USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver late last month. Staff was packing up monitoring gear being shipped to be used in studies of the volcanic system at Yellowstone National Park.

May 11, 2021, 6:03am Clark County News

As Rebecca Kramer geared up for a summer project to monitor Yellowstone’s volcano system, she was doing prep work in an east Vancouver parking lot. Read story