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At a stop on the Hummocks Trail last month, Peter Frenzen, Forest Service scientist at Mount St. Helens, gives an overview of the rebirth of the volcano to a group of international geologists. Frenzen is retiring after 35 years as staff scientist at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Mount St. Helens guru retires

At a stop on the Hummocks Trail last month, Peter Frenzen, Forest Service scientist at Mount St. Helens, gives an overview of the rebirth of the volcano to a group of international geologists. Frenzen is retiring after 35 years as staff scientist at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

September 12, 2017, 6:05am Clark County News

Peter Frenzen has worked at Mount St. Helens for 35 years, yet he still lights up talking about the mountain. Read story

This photo taken in 2005 looks west from Forest Road 26 northeast of Spirit Lake toward Goat Mountain, the area where Ascot Resources Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C., is seeking to drill exploratory holes to study the possibility of mining for minerals such as copper, gold and molybdenum. The U.S. Forest Service recently issued a draft decision to consent to the work on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest despite heavy opposition from environmental groups and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

Exploratory mining permit for near Mount St. Helens advances

This photo taken in 2005 looks west from Forest Road 26 northeast of Spirit Lake toward Goat Mountain, the area where Ascot Resources Ltd. of Vancouver, B.C., is seeking to drill exploratory holes to study the possibility of mining for minerals such as copper, gold and molybdenum. The U.S. Forest Service recently issued a draft decision to consent to the work on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest despite heavy opposition from environmental groups and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

August 23, 2017, 8:06pm Clark County News

Exploratory mining near Mount St. Helens is now one step closer to happening. Read story

At a stop on the Hummocks Trail, Peter Frenzen, Forest Service scientist at Mount St. Helens, gives an overview of the rebirth of the volcano to a group of international geologists.

1,100 scientists descend on Mount St. Helens for ‘field trip’

At a stop on the Hummocks Trail, Peter Frenzen, Forest Service scientist at Mount St. Helens, gives an overview of the rebirth of the volcano to a group of international geologists.

August 20, 2017, 6:56pm Clark County News

Normally, when more than a thousand scientists flock to a volcano, something horrible has just happened. But the hordes of researchers who swarmed to Mount St. Helens on Wednesday were just there to draw lessons from one of the world’s most famous volcanoes. Read story

Castle Lake and Ridge, a view north.

A walk on the wild west side of Mount St. Helens blast zone

Castle Lake and Ridge, a view north.

August 16, 2017, 11:30pm Outdoors

As we attempted to decipher a foot path out of the spiderweb of elk trails that sprawled across the slope, I reflected on the term “un-maintained." Read story

A visitor, left, reads a panel in the room where casts of six victims of Mount Vesuvius are on display. The image to the right shows the casts of three people who died in what is called the Alley of the Skeletons.

OMSI exhibit shows volcanic destruction of Pompeii 2,000 years ago

A visitor, left, reads a panel in the room where casts of six victims of Mount Vesuvius are on display. The image to the right shows the casts of three people who died in what is called the Alley of the Skeletons.

July 23, 2017, 6:06am Clark County Life

The body casts of people who were killed 1,938 years ago testify to the deadly history of volcanoes. Read story

Chris Lockett, U.S. Geological Survey instrumentation scientist, at the spot where the September Lobe monitoring station is buried under 10 to 15 feet of snow during an April 21 trip into the crater of Mount St. Helens.

‘Stethoscope’ gets ‘to the heart’ of Mount St. Helens

Chris Lockett, U.S. Geological Survey instrumentation scientist, at the spot where the September Lobe monitoring station is buried under 10 to 15 feet of snow during an April 21 trip into the crater of Mount St. Helens.

May 17, 2017, 6:06pm Clark County News

Vancouver-based scientists recently made a house call to the crater of Mount St. Helens. They needed to check the volcano’s heartbeat. Read story

A team of USGS scientists used a helicopter to deploy their advanced "spider" sensors to the Mount St. Helens crater in July 2009. The spiders are designed to collect important information from dangerous situations such as volcanoes and possibly other planets.

Mount St. Helens shakes 120 times within a week

A team of USGS scientists used a helicopter to deploy their advanced "spider" sensors to the Mount St. Helens crater in July 2009. The spiders are designed to collect important information from dangerous situations such as volcanoes and possibly other planets.

December 12, 2016, 6:01am Clark County News

In less than a week, four swarms of more than 120 earthquakes shook Mount St. Helens in late November. Although they were too small to be felt even by someone standing directly over their epicenters, scientists say they reveal the volcano is likely recharging. Read story

Martin "Rowdy" LaFevers of the U.S. Geological Survey demonstrates checking batteries used to power volcano monitoring stations Wednesday at the Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Keeping an eye on volcanoes

Martin "Rowdy" LaFevers of the U.S. Geological Survey demonstrates checking batteries used to power volcano monitoring stations Wednesday at the Cascades Volcano Observatory.

July 13, 2016, 8:10pm Clark County News

A dozen scientists from around the world are in Vancouver to learn about monitoring hazardous volcanoes. Read story

More than 60 current and former Pine Creek employees attended a 30th anniversary celebration of the Pine Creek station on Saturday.

Pine Creek station’s 30 years celebrated

More than 60 current and former Pine Creek employees attended a 30th anniversary celebration of the Pine Creek station on Saturday.

July 11, 2016, 6:00am Clark County News

More than 60 current and former Pine Creek employees attended the 30th anniversary of the Pine Creek station on Saturday. In the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument area, Pine Creek has provided advanced ambulance service to visitors since 1986. Read story

A hike in the Ape Cave, on the south side of Mount St. Helens, is a good outing, but visitors should adhere to a few guidelines.

Forest Service asks visitors to treat Ape Cave with TLC

A hike in the Ape Cave, on the south side of Mount St. Helens, is a good outing, but visitors should adhere to a few guidelines.

July 10, 2016, 6:01am Clark County News

The popularity of Mount St. Helens as a tourist destination, combined with its proximity to the Seattle and Portland areas, make the Ape Cave a well-known and well-trodden feature of the area. But with just a little careful planning, visits to the Ape Cave can also be a much more… Read story