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2008-08-11 21:00:25

By KATHIE DURBIN The cost of fighting forest fires in the West will delay some critical road projects scheduled for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest this year. The Forest Service has ordered a freeze on the award of new contracts by national forests to help it make up a $400 million cost overrun - so far - in its national fire-fighting budget this year. The directive comes as more than two dozen large wildfires continue to burn in the West. Repair of popular Forest Service Road 99 to...

2008-08-05 21:00:22

By LAURA McVICKER An 11-year-old autistic Portland boy, lost for two nights in wilderness near Mount St. Helens, was found safe Monday morning. Just after 6 a.m., Alex Irvin walked to the clearing of the Siouxon trailhead as searchers were mobilizing with dogs. He wasn't injured, although he was hungry, said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox. "All of the sudden, here he came out of the trail," Cox said. "We were real fortunate." Alex wandered away from his father Saturday afternoon...

2008-08-05 15:01:02

By Laura McVicker, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Aug. 5--An 11-year-old autistic Portland boy, lost for two nights in wilderness near Mount St. Helens, was found safe Monday morning. Just after 6 a.m., Alex Irvin walked to the clearing of the Siouxon trailhead as searchers were mobilizing with dogs. He wasn't injured, although he was hungry, said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox. "All of the sudden, here he came out of the trail," Cox said. "We were real fortunate." Alex...

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2008-02-19 19:00:00

Volcanoes are notoriously hard to study. All the action takes place deep inside, at enormous temperatures. So geophysicists make models, using what they know to develop theories about what they don't know. Research led by Gregory P. Waite, an assistant professor of geophysics at Michigan Technological University, has produced a new seismic model for figuring out what's going on inside Mount St. Helens, North America's most active volcano. Waite hopes his research into the causes of the...

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2008-01-17 14:20:00

Until earlier this week, the most recent significant tremor at Mount St. Helens was in October of 2004. On Sunday January 13th, when geologist and private pilot John S. Pallister was flying over the volcano in southwestern Washington he was surprised to spot some steam rising from a fracture in Mount St. Helens' crater. This not only caught Pallister's attention, enough to take some pictures; it also gained the attention of scientists who now think something is moving inside the volcano....

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2007-03-26 21:10:14

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Mount St. Helens may be following the example of Kilauea in Hawaii with magma being replaced from a reservoir beneath the volcano as fast as it emerges as lava at the surface, scientists say. While the two volcanoes are different in many respects, St. Helens appears to have become an "open system" as its domebuilding eruption that began in the fall of 2004 continues at a pace that has been unchanged for the past year, said Daniel Dzurisin, a geologist at the U.S....

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2006-07-15 16:07:57

MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. -- For all the talks interpretive guide Nick Racine has given to visitors about this volcano, standing on the crater rim and watching as the mountain pumps out tons of rock in its own rebirth left him nearly speechless. "Holy cow, it's incredible," said Racine, who is normally assigned to the Johnston Ridge Observatory on the other side of the volcano. "It's hard to describe." Racine joined a group of rangers, scientists and journalists in a five-hour ascent of...

2006-05-30 14:10:25

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Mount St. Helens shot a steam and ash plume at least 16,000 feet into the air Monday after a large rockfall from the lava dome in the volcano's crater, scientists said. Pilots reported the plume rose between 16,000 and 20,000 feet in the air, scientists at the Cascades Volcano Observatory said. The rockfall coincided with a magnitude 3.1 earthquake shortly after 9 a.m. Monday at the mountain, scientists said. Such events are expected during growth of the lava dome,...

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2006-05-15 15:25:53

MOUNT ST. HELENS WILDLIFE AREA, Wash. -- More than 25 years after its eruption turned this river valley into moonscape, elk living in the shadow of Mount St. Helens are starving to death at a rate that has alarmed many observers. This winter's elk die-off was the highest recorded by state wildlife managers in seven years, and some critics say the survivors are so undernourished and the forage so poor that another major winter kill could be on the way. State officials have responded by bumping...

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2006-05-12 19:30:54

SEATTLE -- The sheer rock fin emerging in Mount St. Helens' crater lost about a third of its northern face recently, but because lava keeps pushing to the surface, the height remained the same Thursday - around 330 feet. A burst of seismic activity at the mountain Sunday night likely corresponded to the collapse. "Certainly a big piece fell off - something like 65,000 cubic yards," said geologist Dan Dzurisin at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash., about 50 miles from the...


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