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Winter has arrived at Rainier. Roads starting to close in national park

Mount Rainier National Park has started closing roads as snow is now falling as low as Longmire.

According to the park’s website, the following roads are now closed for the season.

– Mowich Lake Road

– Sunrise Road

– White River Road to the campground.

Starting Nov. 1, all vehicle in the park will be required to carry tire chains.

Park officials expect State Routes 410 and 123 Nov. 26 and Chinook Pass on Nov. 13.


UPDATE: Body recovered below Ricksecker Point at Mount Rainier

UPDATE, Thursday, 10:29 a.m. - Lewis County Coroner Warren McCloud says the identification of the body found at Mount Rainier is still pending.

UPDATE, 10:37 a.m. – The Lewis County Coroner’s office said moments ago that the body has not yet been positively identified but they hope to identify the body by the end of today.



Rangers recovered the body of a woman Monday from the base of a cliff below Ricksecker Point at Mount Rainier National Park, officials said today.

The injuries are consistent with a fall from a great height, the park

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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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Is Nike new title sponsor of Mount Rainier National Park?

We’ve joked for years that the National Park Service could solve its budget issue by simply selling the naming rights to some of its most famous destinations. The AT&T Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park presented by Wal-Mart, etc.

What would this look like? You need look no farther than “Nike National Park at Mount Rainier.”


Not sure how much Nike paid to have their logo emblazoned on this ridge just above Paradise, but our sources tell us the money will be used to build a Starbucks on the summit.

We’ve also been told

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will visit Mount Rainier Tuesday

Ken Salazar on Tuesday will make his first visit to Mount Rainier National Park as secretary of the Interior.

Salazar was in the area in January for the funeral of park ranger Margaret Anderson, but he did not visit the park itself then.

After meeting with park employees earlier in the morning, Salazar will meet with representatives of the park’s tourism partners and gateway communities. He will talk about the benefit the park provides the region’s economy.

A National Park Service report released this spring showed that 1.19 million visitors in 2010 spent more than $35.3 million in the park

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Ted Cox, chief of maintenance at Camp Muir, died Sunday


Here is the story I filed for Wednesday’s newspaper:

Ted Cox, known by many as the “Mayor of Camp Muir,” died Sunday.

Cox, 70, became ill after a month of working at Mount Rainier National Park in late May. By late June the cancer had been diagnosed and treatment was under way, said Stefan Lofgren, mountaineering district ranger.

Cox worked the last 10 summers in charge of maintenance at camp Muir, at 10,188 feet on Mount Rainier.

“Ted was truly a unique spirit and institution on the mountain,” said Mike Gauthier, the former head

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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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