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Tag: Mount Rainier ranger shot

Jan.
1st

Margaret Anderson: Retired ranger talks of job stress

A lone ranger making a traffic stop is one of the most intense situations rangers face while working at Mount Rainier National Park, said a former park ranger.

“You never know who you are going to deal with,” said John Wilcox, who worked at the park for 28 years, including as a law enforcement ranger.

“You’re all alone, miles from any kind of backup. It would take a long time for any backup to reach you. Your only connection is that person in the communication center,” he said.

Wilcox, who retired in 2000, talked about the situations faced by the

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Jan.
1st

Margaret Anderson: Former park chief reacts

Earlier today I spoke with former Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga. Now working as the superintendent at Grand Canyon National Park, he described Anderson as quiet and deliberate.

Like so many others, he was stunned to hear the news of Anderson’s death. Uberuaga said Anderson and her family lived only a few blocks from his former home in Eatonville.

“The way I describe her, she was focused on improving the park
programs she was responsible for,” he said. “She was a mom first and foremost, but you’d never know that at work. (She and her husband) were

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Jan.
1st

Margaret Anderson: Interior secretary statement

Here is a statement issued a short time ago from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar regarding the shooting death of National Park Service Ranger Margaret Anderson:

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic, horrific and cowardly murder today at Mount Rainier National Park. The Department of the Interior and the National Park Service will do everything possible to bring the perpetrator of this crime to justice and to ensure the safety of park visitors and other park rangers. This tragedy serves as a reminder of the risks undertaken by the men and women of the National Park Service and

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