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Margaret Anderson’s name added to law enforcement memorial



The engraved name of Margaret Anderson, the Mount Rainier National Park ranger killed Jan. 1, 2012, was unveiled this morning at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Also unveiled today was the name of Prince William County (Va.) Police Officer Chris Yung.

The annual Unveiling Day ceremony takes place each year to symbolically starts the process of engraving new names onto the memorial’s marble walls.

Anderson and Yung are among 321 fallen law enforcement officers nationwide whose names will be added to the memorial this spring. A series of formal

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Connecticut school shooting stirs sad memories at Mount Rainier National Park

For Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, tragedies like today’s elementary school shooting in Connecticut stir awful memories.

It was less than a year ago that his staff responded to a gunman in Mount Rainier National Park. When law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson stopped the man, Benjamin Colton Barnes, on the morning of Jan. 1 she was shot and killed. Barnes fled into Rainier’s unforgiving wilderness where he was found dead, drowned in Paradise River, the next morning.

Some, including Young, believe Anderson’s actions may have prevented a Barnes from shooting park visitors at Paradise.

While park

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House passes bill to name Eatonville post office after Margaret Anderson

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed legislation that would name the Eatonville post office after slain Mount Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson.

The bill, H.R. 5788, would name the post office National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson Post Office. The measure awaits action in the Senate.

The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Auburn) to honor Anderson who was shot and killed Jan. 1 while on duty at Mount Rainier National Park. She was fatally shot by Benjamin Colton Barnes, a suspect in an earlier Seattle shooting. Anderson set up a road block to stop Barnes after he had driven

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Mount Rainier National Park could increase cell phone coverage in park

Can you hear me now?

The odds aren’t very good if you are trying to make a cell phone call at Mount Rainier National Park. There are places where you can make calls: the summit (sometimes), Sunrise (almost always) and standing next to the stop sign at Paradise (depending on your carrier).

However, there is no cell phone reception in one of the most popular areas of the park, the 10-mile corridor from Longmire to Paradise. And even at Paradise reception is sketchy at best.

This might soon change as park officials look for ways to make Rainier a little

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Board of review releases findings after review of Margaret Anderson shooting

The National Park Service today released the recommendations made by a board of review the investigated the circumstances surrounding the murder of law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson on Jan. 1.

Among the board’s findings was that Benjamin Barnes came to Mount Rainier National Park well-armed and prepared to harm people.

The board also praised “the well-executed response” by park staff, volunteers and partner agencies to the shooting and identified some lessons learned that might help prepare law enforcement staff for similar incidents in the future.

Anderson, 34, was fatally shot in the line of duty on the road to Paradise

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Eric Anderson, husband of slain Rainier ranger, announced as National Park Service’s new fire training specialist

Eric Anderson, husband of slain Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson, was announced this morning as the new structural fire training specialist for the National Interagency Fire Center.

The News Tribune first reported on May 14 that Anderson would receive this position in Boise.

“I feel honored to be working with such a capable and dedicated staff in the NPS Division of Fire and Aviation,” Anderson said in a prepared statement. “I’m looking forward to contributing my energy and love of firefighting towards the goal of ensuring the safety of our employees and visitors, while protecting our historical treasures.”


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Tacoma businessman Steve Albers dies from injuries sustained during RAMROD bike ride

Steve Maynard reports this morning that Tacoma businessman Steve Albers has died from injuries sustained during an accident Thursday during RAMROD, Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day.

Albers is the ninth person to die in Mount Rainier National Park in the last eight months. A snowshoer died in December. On Jan. 1, ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed while trying to stop a motorist suspected in a Renton-area shooting. The shooter was found dead in Paradise River the next day.

In mid January two climbers and two hikers went missing on the mountain during a snow storm.

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Rainier ranger, 5 Pierce County sheriff deputies honored for response to Margaret Anderson slaying

A Mount Rainier National Park ranger and five deputies were honored recently for his attempt to rescue fallen coworker Margaret Anderson, who was shot by a park visitor on Jan. 1.

West District ranger Kraig Snure received a medal of valor from the Pierce County Sheriff’s department on March 29 for “demonstrating exceptional bravery.” Sgt. Nick Hausner and deputies Frank Brown, Brian Coburn, Kevin Reding and Ara Steben received the same honor.

(Click here to read more details about the response by Snure and the deputies.)

Snure and the officers were the first to re-enter the scene of the

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