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Oso Mudslide
8:53 am
Thu March 27, 2014

National Guard Searcher Describes 'Sifting' Through Crushed House

Washington National Guard searchers are assisting in the effort to locate victims of the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.
Washington National Guard

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:31 pm

The Washington National Guard has now deployed two Black Hawk helicopters to the Oso landslide. On the ground, specially-trained search teams looked for victims in the mud and debris.

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Community Response
8:33 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Mudslide Rescue Volunteers: ‘We’re Going In Whether You Let Us Or Not’

Bob DeYoung has been volunteering in the search efforts at the Oso mudslide. The three people he has found are people he knows, including a child. His wife Julie DeYoung has been cooking at the Darrington community center.
Credit KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Phyllis Fletcher's report on Darrington volunteers in the mudslide search and rescue.

KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher and Bill Radke talk about the scene in Darrington.

Bob DeYoung came to a prayer vigil in Darrington wearing thick suspenders that held up jeans covered in mud.

“Sticks to everything,” he explained.

You could see he had been working hard. He had been out all day at the recovery site of the Oso mudslide, a square mile of devastated terrain 50 feet deep.

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Oso Mudslide
6:45 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Authorities: Mudslide Missing Number Drops To 90

A worker uses a chain saw at the scene of the deadly mudslide that covers state Route 530 in Oso Wednesday.
Credit AP Photo/Rick Wilking

Washington authorities on Wednesday reduced to 90 the number of people missing from a community wiped out by a mudslide, as the families and friends of those still unaccounted for begin to confront the reality that some may never be found.

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Environment
4:27 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Concern Over Landslide-Logging Connection Near Oso Is Decades Old

WSDOT photo of Oso slide area annotated by retired fisheries biologist Bill McMillan of Concrete, Wash.
Courtesy of WSDOT / Bill McMillan

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story stated that land above the Oso landslide zone was logged in 2005. The site was logged in 2004 and replanted in 2005.

Saturday's deadly slide was the latest in a long string of landslides to hit the area known as the Hazel or Oso slide along the North Fork Stillaguamish River.

State and tribal officials have known about and tried to block landslides on that spot for half a century.

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Gun Sales
4:23 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

How More People Buying Guns Equals More Money For Wildlife

The Pittman-Robertson Act sets an excise tax on rifles, pistols, bullets, and archery equipment to help pay for maintaining healthy wildlife populations.
U.S. Fish

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:04 pm

The run on firearms last year is turning into a windfall for conservation programs in the Northwest.

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Anthropology
4:21 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bones Found Near Wanapum Dam Repatriated To Northwest Tribes

File photo. Two skeletons were found several weeks ago along newly exposed Columbia River shore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:46 pm

Two skeletons found upstream of the cracked Wanapum Dam have been handed over to Northwest tribes.

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Oso Mudslide
3:40 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

First Trooper On Scene Of Landslide Describes Baby Rescue

Trooper Rocky Oliphant emerges from the Oso landslide after assisting with the rescue of an infant boy. Oliphant was the first trooper on the scene of the disaster on Saturday.
Washington State Patrol

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 3:22 pm

One of the first pictures from the Oso landslide was of a muddied state trooper emerging from the disaster zone just after helping to rescue a critically injured baby.

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Oso Tragedy
11:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Dogs Most Effective Search Tool As Landslide Death Toll Mounts

Search dog Stratus leaps through a debris field while working with a handler on the Oso mudslide site.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Rescuers are employing high tech electronics to help locate buried victims in the Oso mudslide. But old fashioned tools have actually worked best according to local fire chief Travis Hots.

“In the last three days, the most effective tool has been dogs and just our bare hands and shovels uncovering people," he says. "The dogs are the ones that are pinpointing a particular area to look. We’re looking and that’s how we’re finding people.”

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Homes On Coastal Bluffs
11:26 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Perkins Lane: Seattle's Poster Child For Landslide Risk

Ruth Trail, a resident of the Magnolia area of Seattle, surveys where a landslide took out homes on Perkins Lane in 1996.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It’s no secret that Western Washington is prone to landslides. The combination of glacial soils, steep slopes and water creates a risk that’s greater than in other parts of the U.S.

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Oso Mudflow
8:55 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Rain Makes Slippery Search At Deadly Landslide More Complicated

Rain on Tuesday is complicating the search for victims of the landlside in Snohomish County.
Al Maguire Washington Dept. of Natural Resources

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:34 am

Light rain is falling on the valley north of Seattle Tuesday where hundreds of rescuers are still combing through debris from Saturday’s catastrophic landslide.

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Oso Mudflow
8:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Washington National Guard Deploys Search Unit, Fatality Recovery Team

An aerial view of the massive landslide in Snohomish County.
Office of the Governor Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:34 am

The Washington National Guard has deployed two technical units to help at the scene of the massive landslide in Snohomish County.

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Oso Mudflow
8:53 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Why It's So Hard To Pin Down The Number Of Missing People After A Disaster

An aerial View of the landslide over SR 530 near Oso, Wash.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 9:34 am

More than 100 people are considered missing after last weekend's devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. That number continues to fluctuate.

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Government
8:48 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Washington Senate Panel Approves $30 Per Diem Increase

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 4:55 pm

Washington state Senators are giving themselves a pay raise. They will get $120 a day in per diem when they are in session -- up from the current $90 a day.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:29 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hanford Fumes Lead Some Workers To Seek Medical Attention

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:31 pm

Some workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s tank farms were transported to a Richland hospital Tuesday morning.

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Oso Mudslide
8:27 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Latest Landslide Science Not Connecting With County Planning

The cabin that Bonnie Brown's family built in the 1970s that was in the path of the Oso mudslide.
Credit Courtesy of Bonnie Brown

Bonnie Brown still has photos to remind her of the cabin her parents built in the 1970s near the Stillaguamish River. It was the kind of place that kids dream of.

“It was just a very beautiful place,” she said. “With beaver ponds and streams and meadows and trails through the wood.”

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