After Week-long Closure, Mount Rainier Reopens

After tragedy struck Mount Rainier last week, it re-opened today, Mount Rainier reopens after fatal ranger shooting:

On Saturday, small groups of visitors headed to the mountain’s freshly powdered trails to snowshoe and cross-country ski. The flag at the ranger’s kiosk remained at half-staff, and uniformed rangers wore black bands across their badges.

“This is a place to come to be happy,” Allan Evans, a park volunteer from Graham, Pierce County, said after hugging a ranger who was on duty when Anderson was killed. “This is what this park is about. This is the first step to trying to get everything as whole as can be.”

“We need to celebrate Margaret, of course, but I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t want everybody just sitting around mopey,” Evans added.

The snow play area is still not open.

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