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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

Museum offers Mount St. Helens exhibit

May 7, 2021, 6:04am Clark County News

North Clark Historical Museum, 21416 N.E. 399th St., Amboy, will present an exhibit featuring Mount St. Helens before, during and after its major eruption on May 18, 1980. Read story

A log raft of blown-down trees still covers about 30 percent of Spirit Lake, and the U.S. Forest Service built this steel gate in 2017 to keep the logs from jamming the inlet into the lake's drainage tunnel. (U.S.

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

A log raft of blown-down trees still covers about 30 percent of Spirit Lake, and the U.S. Forest Service built this steel gate in 2017 to keep the logs from jamming the inlet into the lake's drainage tunnel. (U.S.

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 of irreplaceable research plots. Read story

Weston "Wes" Thelen, a research seismologist with the United States Geological Survey's Cascade Volcano Observatory, tests low frequency microphones in his garage before taking them into the field on a recent weekday. Thelen became interested in volcanoes after taking family vacations to Mount Shasta. "I grew up doing lots of outdoors stuff, skiing and climbing, hiking, camping - taking in all of the things the mountains there had to offer," he said.

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

Weston "Wes" Thelen, a research seismologist with the United States Geological Survey's Cascade Volcano Observatory, tests low frequency microphones in his garage before taking them into the field on a recent weekday. Thelen became interested in volcanoes after taking family vacations to Mount Shasta. "I grew up doing lots of outdoors stuff, skiing and climbing, hiking, camping - taking in all of the things the mountains there had to offer," he said.

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

Agencies eye Cowlitz River dredging to lower flood risk

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

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