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Tag: Mount Rainier National Park Shooting


Associated Ministries plans service for slain Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson

Associated Ministries will hold a short service in honor of slain ranger Margaret Anderson on March 3 at Mount Rainier National Park.

Anderson was shot near Paradise on Jan. 1 after setting up a road block to stop a motorist who ran snow tire checkpoint. The shooter fled and was found dead in Paradise River the next morning.

The service will be at 1 p.m. at the northeast side of the Paradise Visitor Center. Associated Ministries attempts to conduct “Moments of Blessings” at the sites of all homicides in Pierce County, said spokeswoman Sandy Windley.

“It is an interfaith service,”

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NPS will review Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson’s death, search for ways to avoid repeat of tragedy

Mount Rainier National Park officials will take an in depth look at the incidents surrounding the killing of ranger Margaret Anderson in hopes of preventing similar situation, park superintendent Randy King said.

“There will be some kind of review,” King said. “It is a necessary part of these things so that you learn. We will look at this in detail and see if there were things that could have been done to prevent it.”

Anderson was shot on New Year’s Day by a man she had stopped after he ran through a winter tire checkpoint in the park. The shooter,

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Margaret Anderson Memorial: From PLU

Updates from the memorial service for slain Rainier ranger Margaret Anderson today at Pacific Lutheran University.

1:10 – Service is starting. Please follow further updates at

1:08 – The family is in a back room preparing for the service.

1:07 – Auditorium is packed. Service begins at any minute.

1:05 – Other displays include pictures of Anderson with her husband, Eric, and two daughters, 3 and 1 years old. A long ranger hat is also displayed on stage.

12:55 – Display next to picture of Anderson has an old snowshoe, boots, backpack and a first aid bag. A second

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Margaret Anderson memorial: Public mourns


Earlier I wrote about how the weather always seems to reflect the mood of the day. Well, I can’t imagine a better end to the ceremony than to walk out of the church and see Mount Rainier glistening in bright sunshine. The mountain looked just stunning.


Anna Shuck made the trip from Port Orchard to Rainer View Christian Church to show support for Anderson, her family and coworkers. She was accompanied by her 4-year-old daughter Alyssa.

“There’s not much we can do but show our support by being here,” Shuck said in explaining why

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Margaret Anderson memorial: Follow our coverage here

We just want to let readers know that we will have reporters and photographers at numerous locations as today’s memorial for slain ranger Margaret Anderson unfolds.

Outdoors writer Craig Hill will be at Olson Auditorium, while I will be at Rainier View Christian Church. We’ll have colleagues along the procession route as well.

Craig and I will be posting updates to this blog as we can.


Margaret Anderson memorial: Interior secretary, National Park Service director among speakers

Click here to go to our coverage of the speakers at today’s memorial for Margaret Anderson.


The public service to honor the life of Mount Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Olson Auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University.

Among the people scheduled to speak are Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis (he is a former Mount Rainier superintendent), Mount Rainier Superintendent Randy King, two of Anderson’s ranger co-workers and three ministers. Gov. Chris Gregoire also is

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Mount Rainier National Park reopening press release

This statement was released last night from Mount Rainier National Park. You can read our coverage of the reopening here.

January 7, 2012—Mount Rainier National Park successfully completed its first day of operations sincebeing closed in response to the New Year’s Day killing of Park Ranger Margaret Anderson.
“It was heartening to arrive at the park this morning and see the line of cars at the Nisqually Entrancefull of people eager to enjoy their park today,” said Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent RandyKing. “We are thankful for the dozens of employees that have come here from other national

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Margaret Anderson: Mount Rainier National Park reopens

Mount Rainier National Park reopened this morning afte rbeing shut down since law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson was shot and killed New Year’s Day.

The entrance gates opened at 8 a.m. and the gate to Paradise opened about 9:30 a.m. Tire chains or four-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive are required on the road from Longmire to Paradise.

Temperatures were in the mid 20s this morning at Paradise, and some snow had fallen over night.

Webcams showed the parking lot was filling up slowly, but there didn’t seem to be a large crowd as of 10:30 a.m.

Perhaps keeping the number of

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