Stories by Heather Acheson

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July 31, 2016
A pumice plain, located north of the Mount St. Helens crater, is covered with wild flowers, including the bright red prairie-fire (also called Indian paintbrush) and the purple prairie lupine. "Over time, the dense mats of prairie lupines and other plants are adding organic matter and nitrogen to the pumice deposits and are helping to pave the way for other plants to follow," according to Peter Frenzen, monument scientist with the USDA Forest Service Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

A changing ecosystem

The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument offers opportunities to learn and discover

July 31, 2016
Fred Schulz, of La Center, (left) and Ian Frew, of Vancouver, (right) operate the Buhr mill, then provide samples of the flour to visitors. They are two of 15 volunteers who regularly help out when the Cedar Creek Grist Mill is open to the public on weekends.

A slice of history on the banks of Cedar Creek

The covered bridge, a 1994 replacement for a truss bridge built in 1935, is a whimsical gateway to the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, which was originally built in 1876 by George Woodham and his two sons, along with A.C. Reid.

July 22, 2016

C-Tran Route 92 will be detoured July 23

Camas-Washougal’s C-Tran Route 92 will be on detour from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, during the Camas Days Grand Parade. Several stops along the route will be…