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Mount St. Helens at 40

After two months of increasing activity, Mount St. Helens erupted at 8:32 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 1980. Eastern Washington and North Idaho residents didn’t expect the active mountain to have much of an impact here. They were wrong.


News >  Spokane

Agriculture in a time of ash: Mount St. Helens eruption did little to stop momentum of record wheat year

Fears of a wheat harvest affected by the volcanic ash were short-lived as 1980 turned out to be a record year for the crop. Reports from the time show most agriculture in Eastern Washington and North Idaho were either largely unaffected by the cataclysmic eruption, or that larger market forces were at play in determining the success of crops and livestock.
A&E >  Movies

No sweet little old lady, hero of ‘Harriet’ a woman of action, moral courage

A movie starring Cynthia Erivo – and co-starring Leslie Odom, Jr. and Janelle Monae – cries out to be a musical. But “Harriet,” in which Erivo plays American icon Harriet Tubman, dispenses with interpretive flourishes or showy set pieces simply to tell its story straight and true. That story is of a young woman who was born into slavery and who, in the mid-19th century, dared to escape her owners’ Eastern Shore plantation, travel more than 100 miles on foot to Philadelphia, then dedicate her life to leading more enslaved people to freedom, eventually becoming a leader in the abolitionist and suffrage movements.