North Cascade Highway reopens

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It was an annual rite of spring when the North Cascades Highway reopened this morning. In preparation, the Washington State Department of Transportation this week brought out what they’re calling Mazama the avalanche rescue goat to assess conditions and practice pulling the eastern closure sign off State Route 20. Jurene Brooks, granddaughter of the late Tootsie Clark helped with the official reopening. Tootsie was famed for bringing cinnamon rolls to every opening. The highway has been closed since November 28th. Last year, it wasn’t reopened until May 11th and in 2017, it didn’t reopen until May 16th. The latest opening on record was June 14th in 1974.