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April 15, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Hats off to rescuers working through avalanche dangers

Update 12:23 p.m.: The woman who died in Saturday’s second avalanche has been identified as Dr. Joy Yu, a naturopathic physician in Bellevue. More details in this Seattle Times news story.

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Two avalanches near Seattle over the weekend offer a bleak reminder to outdoor enthusiasts: You can’t be cautious enough. This time of year, the combination of warm and cold weather with snow creates dangerous conditions in the mountains.

The Seattle Times’ Sara Jean Green and Linda Shaw report the search for 61-year-old Mitch Hungate, a Renton dentist and avid outdoorsman  is suspended due to dangerous conditions at Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass. A second avalanche Saturday at Red Mountain claimed the life of a female snowshoer who has not been identified.

A man with King County Search and Rescue runs toward scene of avalanche at exit 47 along I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass, Sat. April 13, 2013. (Photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

A man with King County Search and Rescue runs toward scene of avalanche at exit 47 along I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass, Sat. April 13, 2013. (Photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)

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April 1, 2013 at 6:45 AM

Washington’s new San Juan Islands National Monument has two siblings

Cattle Point Lighthouse (Brian J. Cantwell/The Seattle Times)

Cattle Point Lighthouse (Photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times)

The San Juan Islands National Monument, among the newest of the nation’s more than one hundred national monuments, will be celebrated Monday morning with a gathering of dignitaries at the Anacortes Senior Center.

The notables include Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Principal Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management Neil Kornze and Rep. Rick Larsen, from Washington 2nd District. As noted in a Times editorial Saturday, these members of the Washington congressional delegation, and Rep. Suzan DelBene, worked with the local community to make the national monument designation a reality.

President Obama’s signature last week on the executive order creating the San Juan Islands National Monument put another name on the state’s honor roll.

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Comments | Topics: environment, outdoors