Getting to know your Northwest Volcano: Mount Baker, Glacier Peak Part 1

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September is national awareness month.  I have choose to write about the volcanoes in the Northwest. Today we go over Mount Baker and Glacier Peak.

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Mount Baker

Quick facts from the USGS

Location: Washington, Whatcom County

Latitude: 48.777° N

Longitude: 121.813° W

Elevation: 3,286 (m) 10,781 (f)

Volcano type: Stratovolcano

Alert Level: Normal

Last eruption: September to November in 1880

Fun facts about Mount Baker

  • It is the most studied volcano in the Cascades volcano range

  • It is also the youngest volcano in the range.

Also Know As:  Koma Kulshan or simply Kulshan 

Nearest City: 31 miles from Bellingham, Washington

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Glacier Peak

“Danger Will Robinson, Danger”

Glacier Peak is the most active volcano

“Glacier Peak is one of the most active of Washington’s volcanoes. The volcano formed during the Pleistocene epoch, about 1 million years ago, and since the most recent ice age, it has produced some of largest and most explosive eruptions in the state.” Wikipedia

Quick Facts from USGS

Location: Washington, Snohomish County

Elevation: 3,213 (m) 10,541 (f)

Volcano type: Stratovolcano

Composition: Dacite

Alert Level: Normal

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 Fun Facts

  • It’s the most remote major volcanic peak in the Cascade Range and has more active glaciers than any other place in the lower forty-eight states. 

  • The 450 or so miles on as many as 100 trails vary from relatively easy hiking on maintained footpaths to strenuous and seldom used old animal trails. 

Last eruption: 1700AD. 

 

Oregon Lawmakers choose to safeguard themselves over schools

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It is only by chance that I write this article today. I try my best to keep up on stories that happen within Oregon, but I am only one man, and there’s so much that happens. Sometimes luck plays a role in the stories I come across. Like today… I was sitting at Wingstop waiting for my food, when I saw a Willamette Week newspaper, and decided to pick it up.

I scanned the front-page headlines:

  • The Making of a YouTube Star

  • Pot’s Biggest Backers

  • Swimming At the Dock

  • Touring New Booze Carts

Nothing on the front grabbed my attention, so I flipped through. On page 7, I paused and started reading, “On Shaky Ground”, an article on how Oregon legislators choose to protect their own office building over reinforcing old, outdated schools. Now this is an article that interests me.

Click here for the link to the article.

To my complete disgust, I learned that, “Seven years ago, the state identified 275 public school buildings that, without safety upgrades, were sure to collapse when the next big earthquake shakes Oregon…and another 754 with a better than 10 percent chance of pancaking.” This is out of 2000 school buildings evaluated. Continue reading

Help your infant or toddler cope with stressful events

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The information comes directly from Science Daily

Date:
July 29, 2014
Source:
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Summary:
18-month-old “Karla” was playing on the slide at the park in her neighborhood, her mother sitting on a nearby bench chatting with her friend. A loud screech was followed by a crash and the sound of car alarms going off. In a flash, Karla was swept into her mother’s arms and both were shaking as they saw people running and heard sirens coming toward the scene of a car crash in the street next to the park.

18-month-old “Karla” was playing on the slide at the park in her neighborhood, her mother sitting on a nearby bench chatting with her friend. A loud screech was followed by a crash and the sound of car alarms going off. In a flash, Karla was swept into her mother’s arms and both were shaking as they saw people running and heard sirens coming toward the scene of a car crash in the street next to the park.

“Hailey,” age 11 months, had just learned to say “da da” when her father had to leave town for three months to work on a job out of town. Hailey was very attached to her father, who was always the one to tuck her in for bed and make her favorite oatmeal with bananas for breakfast. She keeps looking for him, jumps up whenever she hears someone at the door, and she cries when it is time for bed.

How stress impacts young children and babies
Infants and toddlers face stressful events in their everyday lives, just as adults do. Many people think that children younger than three years won’t be as impacted by stress because they “won’t remember” or don’t understand what is happening. However, we now know from research on brain development and toxic stress that even tiny babies are impacted by stress. Even if they can’t put words to their distress, they are impacted by feeling their heart racing, the sight of their mother’s tears, or scary sounds of community violence. Continue reading