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Tag: Mt. Rainier


Margaret Anderson: Vigil planned for Sunday in Eatonville

A candlelight vigil for Margaret Anderson will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Eatonville Early Learning Center, 560 Center St. E., Eatonville.

Anderson lived in Eatonville with her husband, Eric, also a ranger at Mount Rainier. The couple’s two daughters, ages 3 and 1, attend the daycare center.

Details of the program are still being worked out.


Margaret Anderson: Mount Rainier to reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday

Superintendent Randy King said a short time ago that Mount Rainier National Park will reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Park officials said Tuesday that the park would reopen on Saturday, but a specific time was not set.

King said he understands people’s desires to visit the park again, but managers wanted to give staffers adequate time to deal with their feelings following Sunday’s shooting death of law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson.

The park has been closed Sunday as the search for the suspect extended into the discovery of his body Monday.

King said the decision to keep the park closed

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Snow still falling at Paradise but snowplay area still closed

While Paradise did not receive as much snow as expected, the area popular winter play area at Mount Rainier National Park has been receiving fresh snow.

The current snowpack level is 64 inches, according to weather telemetry this morning.

The park announced a short time ago that the snowplay area has not opened yet.

I’m awaiting word from the park’s chief ranger on whether a target date has been set.


No change in Paradise snowplay area status, yet

Thanks to new snow overnight, there is now 62 inches of snow on the ground at Paradise.

Mount Rainier National Park officials said this morning, however, that the snowplay area at Paradise remains closed. The area was scheduled to open Dec. 17 but there was not enough snow.

They like to have a minimum of 60 inches on the ground so they can create safe sledding runs, and also to protect the vegetation beneath the snowplay area.

If the forecast holds true, the area could open soon. The National Weather Service is calling for 7-15 inches of new snow

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New Mount Rainier webcam offers a view of Longmire

A new webcam at Mount Rainier National Park went online Tuesday, showing a view of Longmire.

The camera is mounted in the conference room on the second floor of the Administration Building. It looks toward the Longmire Museum and the road leading up from the Nisqually Entrance, with the National Park Inn hidden behind the trees in the distance.

You can find the new camera by clicking here.

There also are six webcams at Paradise and one at Camp Muir. You can find all the cameras by clicking here.


Sunrise opens Friday, pack your winter gear

I was up at Sunrise earlier today to get a preview of the new exhibits going in at the visitor center there.

I also talked with Chief Ranger Chuck Young about the opening of Sunrise scheduled for Friday.

Folks, there is a lot of snow at Sunrise.

Drivers, beware of animals along the roadway. Photographer Dean Koepfler and I saw three elk on the lower road, and Young said a black bear has been seen mulitple times along the road below Sunrise Point.

Here is a link to the story I wrote for tomorrow’s paper.


Chinook Pass outside Mount Rainier finally opened today

Chinook Pass finally opened for the season today. That’s about a month later than it normally takes the Washington State Transportation Department to clear snow from the 5,430-foot-high pass on state Route 410 between. The pass provides access between Enumclaw and Naches and serves as the northeast entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.

Meanwhile, park crews have cleared the road to the Sunrise visitors center. But park staff and volunteers are still digging out the snow from around the buildings and working to restore power and water service.

Superintendent Dave Uberuaga told the Associated Press he can’t say for sure

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Snowbanks cause for concern at Mount Rainier National Park

High snowbanks along the roads in the Paradise area are causing concern among officials at Mount Rainier National Park.

The high snowbanks, created by the park’s road plowing operations, coupled with unseasonably high snowdepths, present a falling hazard above plowed roads and parking lots.

The parks is telling skiers, snowboarders and snowshoers to use extreme caution when playing in the Paradise area.

“Make sure you have scoped out your intended route before engaging in snowsports around the Paradise area. Parents should ensure children are kept away from all snowbanks above roads,” said a park news release.

There are currently

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