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Rainier reopens for first time since shooting of ranger

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Jan. 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm with No Comments »
January 7, 2012 3:05 pm

Mount Rainier National Park reopened this morning, six days after a law enforcement ranger was shot to death.

Memorials were set up for Margaret Anderson at the Nisqually entrance, Longmire and the Jackson Visitor Center, but most visitors seemed focused on getting out in the park’s wilderness.

Those who knew Anderson believe that’s the way she’d like it.

“Just being hear honors her,” said Rose Evans, a volunteer at Paradise who knew Anderson.

Tamar Young of Alaska was among those there to recreate.

“But being here it makes me think how fortunate I am and how quick things can change,” Young said at Longmire.

A public memorial for Anderson is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pacific Lutheran University’s Olson Auditorium.

 

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