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Tag: Randy King

June
4th

National Park Service will make changes based on review of the death of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall


Read the National Park Service Report on accident that led to the death of Nick Hall.  

 

An pervasive level of comfort among climbing rangers working in dangerous conditions on Mount Rainier might have been a factor in the death of Nick Hall almost a year ago.

That is was one of the findings issued by a National Park Service board of review convened after the June 21, 2012, death of the 33-year-old climbing ranger.

Hall was one of four rangers rescuing four climbers from Texas. Each ranger was assisting a different climber when an Army Reserve Chinook

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May
22nd

Work on Stevens Canyon Road at Mount Rainier begins Friday

Crews will resume work Friday on 10 miles of Stevens Canyon Road in Mount Rainier National Park.

This will be the second and final season of road rehabilitation that begun last summer by Tucci and Sons, Inc., of Tacoma that was awarded the $8.9 million contract.

Work this spring and summer will focus on drainage improvements; repair and stabilization and reconstruction of historic rock retaining walls; leveling the existing asphalt surface in spots; and resurfacing the roadway. Minor repair also will be done at two road tunnels west of Box Canyon.

Visitors should expect delays up 20 minutes through each

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May
10th

Big cuts coming to Mount Rainier National Park this summer

Here’s a statement from Mount Rainier National Park outlining what cuts it must make after having it’s operating budget reduced by $603,000.:

 

Mount Rainier’s annual budget last year (in FY12) was $12.08M. This included funding administered by Mount Rainier for human resources and resource Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) programs supporting many national parks in the Pacific Northwest, leaving $11.35M for Mount Rainier operations. From this budget, the park is eliminating $603,000 in planned FY13 expenses to meet the five percent mandated sequestration cuts, resulting in $10.75M available for the year. This year’s reduction is in addition to over $500,000

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Feb.
6th

Sally Jewell reaction: Personality, drive, passion draw praise

Here are some excerpts from a story I wrote for Thursday’s paper as people react to the news that Sally Jewell, head of REI, has been nominated to be the next Secretary of the Interior.

Randy King, superintendent at Mount Rainier National Park:

“Obviously, she’s very intelligent, very committed to conservation.”

“She has a unique mix of skills. She has a mind like an engineer, but also has a great appreciation for our public lands and their importance for people today and tomorrow.”

Mindy Roberts, member of the Tacoma Mountaineers, climbed Mount Rainier with Jewell in 2010:

“She’s a terrific

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Jan.
30th

Karen Taylor-Goodrich named new superintendent of North Cascades National Park complex

Karen Taylor-Goodrich has been named the new superintendent of North Cascades National Park Service Complex. She will start her new duties in March.

Taylor-Goodrich has been the superintendent at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California for the last three years. She fills the vacancy created when Chip Jenkins left the park last year to become the National Park Service Pacific West’s deputy regional director in Seattle.

Her career of more than 30 years with the Park Service included a stint at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

“Returning to work and live in the Pacific Northwest has been a

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Oct.
24th

Climbing fees to increase at Mount Rainier on Dec. 1

Mount Rainier climbing fees will soon increase by $1 to $44 for adults and $31 for those 24 and younger, park officials announce this morning.

The increase for the annual passes goes into effect on Dec. 1, said park superintendent Randy King in a prepared statement.

The climbing fee was implemented in 1995 and an increase was approved after a series of public meetings last year. The 2011 increase allows the park to adjust the fee annual based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

The climbing fee is a special use fee designed to offset cost of Rainier’s climbing program

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Sep.
24th

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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Sep.
14th

Culvert project will shut state Route 123 at Mount Rainier early next week

State Route 123 through Mount Rainier National Park will be closed temporarily beginning Monday at 7 a.m.

The closure will extend from Cayuse Pass at the intersection with state Route 410, to just north of the Shriner Peak trailhead, approximately seven miles south of Cayuse Pass.

Depending on the weather, park superintendent Randy King said the closures is expected to last until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Tacoma-based Tucci and Sons, Inc., will be working to replace a 36-inch culvert that runs under the road. In 2009, crews discovered that concrete culvert sections had separated well beneath the road. The Washington

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