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Mount Rainier National Park requesting public review of Nisqually to Paradise road project

A request for public review issued Thursday afternoon by Mount Rainier National Park:

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King has announced that an
environmental assessment has been prepared for the Nisqually to Paradise
Road Rehabilitation project.

The roadway begins at the Nisqually Entrance and continues for 17.6 miles
to Paradise.  The road work would take place in two phases, each phase
lasting two years. The first phase extends from the Nisqually Entrance
(milepost 0.0 to milepost 6.5) and is scheduled to start as early as
2013-2014.  This phase may also include reconstruction of

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Mount Rainier National Park finds new deputy superintendent in South Carolina

Tracy Swartout, a National Park Service veteran from South Carolina, was announced Tuesday as the new deputy superintendent at Mount Rainier National Park.

Swartout, currently the superintendent of Congaree National Park in South Carolina, will begin work at Mount Rainier on Sept. 2.

“Tracy offers an outstanding blend of management, leadership, business planning and interpersonal abilities that will greatly benefit Mount Rainier,” Mount Rainier superintendent Randy King said in a prepared statement. “I very much look forward to working with her.”

Swartout is from Columbia, S.C., has worked 12 years for the park service, including six years Congaree. She also

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Nick Hall: No recovery before July 4, “no pressure” as family wants “safe as possible” mission

The body of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall won’t be recovered until after the Fourth of July, a National Park spokeswoman said this morning.

Weather windows early this week appear to be too small to safely get a crew of climbing rangers to Hall’s body via helicopter, said Kathy Steichen, Olympic National Park’s chief of interpretation serving as a Rainier spokeswoman during this incident.

“Nick Hall’s family totally understands and wants this to be as safe as possible,” Steichen said. “There is no pressure (to do the recovery sooner).”

Steichen says the first promising weather window for recovering Hall

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Road to Mount Rainier’s Sunrise area will open Friday morning

The road to Sunrise opens Friday morning but visitors to the popular destination in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park should expect few services.

Chief ranger Chuck Young said crews have been able to clear snow from the road and some of the facilities at Sunrise, allowing the road to open. The downside is that there will be minimal services until a week from now.

“They’re working to get the water system going, but it’s not ready,” Young said.

Because of that, there will be no potable water available and the only restroom facilities will be vault and

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Mount Ranier presence at trooper memorial

Several rangers from Mount Rainier National Park were part of the procession leading to the memorial service for Washintgon State Patrol trooper Tony Radulescu.

The 44-year-old was shot and killed during a traffic stop on state Route 16 a week ago.

Other park staffers were planning to attend the memorial in Kent, including the park’s superintendent Randy King.

It was less than two months ago that much of the park’s staff took part or attended the memorial for law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson, who was shot and killed on Jan. 1 while on duty at the park.


Randy King to become next superintendent at Mount Rainier

Randy King today will be named superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park. He has been deputy superintendent at the park since 2003

King has been serving as acting superintendent since July when Dave Uberagua left to become superintendent at Grand Canyon National Park.

King will assume his new role beginning Nov. 6.

“Randy … is extremely familiar with the park, its partners and staff, and has demonstrated success in building partnerships and solving problems,” Chris Lehnertz, director of the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service, said in a statement.

“In the course of making the decision to select

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