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If you’re looking for some climbing, some slime and some Bigfoot lore, the recently-reopened Ape Cave at Mount St. Helens may be the sweet spot. The pitch-black cave provides a trek into where … more
Neal Kirby, an avid hiker, was among dozens of climbers to take advantage of the last day to ascend to the summit of Mount St. Helens without a permit on March 31.  Kirby, 68 of Centralia, … more
  Located on the south side of Mount St. Helens, the popular Ape Cave Interpretive Site will reopen to the public on May 18. The site was closed to the public in Spring 2020 in response to the … more
Washington State Parks is hiring for many different Park Ranger 1 positions across the state. Both permanent and seasonal positions are available. Those in the Park Ranger 1 position have the … more
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its next regular meeting virtually on Thursday, Jan. 28. At the meeting, the Commission is expected to take action on the United States … more
Holiday shopping has been sidelined for a while. This year, local community members are spending their days planting seeds to improve their community. Builders have gathered and garden boxes have … more
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I’ve been to the Ape Caves south of Mount St. Helens a number of times. I went once with some family friends, again with a youth Bible Study group and a third … more
A single snowflake melts away in absolute anonymity on the southern flank of a far off mountain range. That’s how this story begins.A drop of water rolls downhill and picks up other droplets along … more
FISHIN’ Steelhead have been biting in between rain storms but the windows to target them have been fleeting. Even when water levels are falling, the river remains turbid, so your best bet is to … more
FISHIN’Freezing temperatures have helped to slow the runoff in area rivers while simultaneously rounding angler prospects back into shape. Drainages that were near or beyond flood capacity last … more
FISHIN’Now that we’ve rounded the corner into the heat of winter, it’s time for river anglers to shift their attention from silver salmon to steelhead. While area watersheds are blown out this … more
Some folks who are perennially cooped up in their ivory towers have conjured up a highfalutin notion that going out into the wild is what makes a person, in fact, wild. They are, of course, wrong.As … more
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