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Mount St. Helens

A view of the area, top right, where the Ascot Mining Company wants to do more exploratory drilling. This photo was taken in October 2011.

Group sues to prohibit Mount St. Helens’ drilling

A view of the area, top right, where the Ascot Mining Company wants to do more exploratory drilling. This photo was taken in October 2011.

April 9, 2019, 6:01am Clark County News

A conservation group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the agencies’ decision to allow exploratory drilling in the upper Green River Valley at Goat Mountain, near the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Read story

Major volcanoes in the Cascade Range.

Geologists take on mysteries of volcanoes in Cascade Range

Major volcanoes in the Cascade Range.

March 29, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

There are roughly 20 major volcanoes in the Cascade Range, and while scientists might know about them individually, they don’t know as much about why volcanoes in a chain might vary in composition, their eruption histories or how they erupt. Read story

Seth Moran, scientist-in-charge at the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory, from left, Ray Yurkewycz, executive director of the Mount St. Helens Institute, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Ernie Schnabler, director of emergency management with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, and Dan Douthit, public information officer for the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications, talk about the importance of volcano monitoring prior to a tour at the CVO on Thursday morning.

Sen. Cantwell praises volcano resources

Seth Moran, scientist-in-charge at the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory, from left, Ray Yurkewycz, executive director of the Mount St. Helens Institute, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., Ernie Schnabler, director of emergency management with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, and Dan Douthit, public information officer for the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications, talk about the importance of volcano monitoring prior to a tour at the CVO on Thursday morning.

March 21, 2019, 7:36pm Clark County News

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., addressed a new law that will dedicate more resources to volcano monitoring during a Thursday visit to the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver. Read story

Mount St. Helens as seen from the camp chapel at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway in Amboy in July.

Public-lands bill gives boost to volcano warning, monitoring systems

Mount St. Helens as seen from the camp chapel at Lake Merwin Campers Hideaway in Amboy in July.

February 12, 2019, 10:37pm Clark County News

The wide-ranging Natural Resources Management Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and which passed Tuesday in the U.S. Senate, includes a provision to improve volcano early warning and monitoring systems. Read story

A view of the area, top right, where the Ascot Mining Company wants to do more exploratory drilling above the Green River and on the border of the Mt. St Helens National Volcanic Monument near Randle in 2011.

BLM OKs exploratory mining near Mount St. Helens

A view of the area, top right, where the Ascot Mining Company wants to do more exploratory drilling above the Green River and on the border of the Mt. St Helens National Volcanic Monument near Randle in 2011.

December 3, 2018, 4:02pm Clark County News

The federal Bureau of Land Management said Monday it found proposed exploratory mining northeast of Mt. St. Helens would present no significant environmental impact, bringing mining company Ascot USA, Inc., a step closer to beginning prospecting in the area. Read story

Sediment backs up behind the dam as water flows over the spillway in the bottom left-hand corner of the photo. The Army Corps of Engineers wants to raise the spillway up to 23 feet in future years. (Adam Mosbrucker/U.S.

Fight over Mount St. Helens silt in Cowlitz River will continue

Sediment backs up behind the dam as water flows over the spillway in the bottom left-hand corner of the photo. The Army Corps of Engineers wants to raise the spillway up to 23 feet in future years. (Adam Mosbrucker/U.S.

November 14, 2018, 6:05am Clark County News

For the first time, federal engineers are acknowledging that they will need to battle Mount St. Helens sediment flow into the Cowlitz River into the middle of the 21st century. Read story

Mount St. Helens is viewed from the east-northeast in January. Commissioners from Cowlitz, Lewis and Skamania counties want the state to study the feasibility of building a road that would more directly connect Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier.

Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania want state to connect volcanoes

Mount St. Helens is viewed from the east-northeast in January. Commissioners from Cowlitz, Lewis and Skamania counties want the state to study the feasibility of building a road that would more directly connect Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier.

November 13, 2018, 9:04pm Northwest

It’s an idea that keeps coming back. Read story

Members of Columbia Land Trust check out logging operations on forest land they own in late May. The land trust bought the land outright in 2013 from timber company Pope Resources as part of a larger agreement to keep housing out of most of the company’s 24,000 acres.

Monumental agreement on Mount St. Helens

Members of Columbia Land Trust check out logging operations on forest land they own in late May. The land trust bought the land outright in 2013 from timber company Pope Resources as part of a larger agreement to keep housing out of most of the company’s 24,000 acres.

June 10, 2018, 6:03am Clark County News

One-time adversaries come together to protect habitat, logging near Mount St. Helens Read story

From a chair overlooking Mount St. Helens, Harry Glicken “conducts” bursts from the volcano on May 17, 1980. Glicken was scheduled to be there the following morning, but David Johnston took the shift. (Carolyn Driedger/U.S.

‘We had our tent and sleeping bags out of the car’

From a chair overlooking Mount St. Helens, Harry Glicken “conducts” bursts from the volcano on May 17, 1980. Glicken was scheduled to be there the following morning, but David Johnston took the shift. (Carolyn Driedger/U.S.

May 18, 2018, 6:00am Clark County News

Carolyn Driedger and Mindy Brugman drove up to the Mount St. Helens observation point on May 17, 1980, as David Johnston was taking over for geologist Harry Glicken. Read story

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is asking for public input in a process it’s calling recreation site analysis. The agency plans to evaluate its developed recreation sites to determine which ones are most worth investing its limited maintenance resources.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest plans to triage sites

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is asking for public input in a process it’s calling recreation site analysis. The agency plans to evaluate its developed recreation sites to determine which ones are most worth investing its limited maintenance resources.

May 10, 2018, 5:35pm Clark County News

Budget shortfalls are forcing Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials to triage its developed recreation sites — a process that could lead to some being abandoned. Read story