Friday is the 38th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. It was something the state had never experienced and many people were looking for information on that Sunday morning when the mountain blew up and covered the Yakima Valley with ash. The internet wasn't available so the only place Yakima had to turn for information was KIT Radio. Announcer Dave Hanson told everyone on that early Sunday morning "KIT-AM urges everyone to NOT PANIC -- we are in touch with proper county and state individuals for advisory information."
The scientists say while the mountain was the star of the show on May 18 1980, the star of the show now is how life has come back big time to the area. And you are invited to see the area for yourself. Special programs are planned at the Johnston Ridge Observatory located at the end of State Highway 504 in the heart of the blast zone. It's open through October.