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Feb.
21st

Rescuers deserve more help from lost adventurers

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

This winter has been a killer in Washington’s Cascade Mountains – literally.

In Mount Rainier National Park, a snowshoer died in December and four other people went missing in mid-January and are presumed dead. On Sunday, a snowboarder and three veteran skiers died in backcountry avalanches.

In some of the cases, it’s possible that technology might have been a life-saver – had it been used. The most remarkable survival story is that of professional skier Elyse Saugstad, who credits her specialty air bag with keeping her on top of the avalanche Sunday at Stevens Pass that killed three companions.
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Jan.
3rd

An angry man, a fallen ranger, a sad start to 2012

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

For Margaret Anderson’s family in Eatonville – and her family of Mount Rainier National Park rangers – the new year began with senseless tragedy.

The shooting that took Anderson’s life Sunday and also targeted another ranger who escaped injury is a sobering reminder that our parks aren’t always refuges of peace.

Park rangers are much more than uniformed tourism ambassadors with keen knowledge of flora, fauna and hiking trails. They are a law enforcement presence protecting park visitors – exactly the service Anderson was providing when she was killed in the line of duty Sunday.
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