Oso

Active Search Ends
8:02 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Detour Around Oso Mudslide Opens To Reconnect Darrington, I-5 Corridor

Jeannine Carr serves lunch at Rhodes River Ranch, one of the few open businesses in Oso, to Martha Lu Nunn and Kathleen Rhodes (no relation) of FEMA.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The end of the large-scale recovery operation at the site of the Oso mudslide means that a road around the slide zone, once reserved for emergency vehicles, will be open for traffic.

State transportation officials opened the new detour, a primitive gravel road on Seattle City Light property, Monday night for local traffic.

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Fatal Mudslide
12:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Active Search Efforts End In Oso Mudslide

Messages of support hang inside the Oso Fire Department.
Flickr Photo/Snohomish County (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with State Search and Rescue Coordinator Chris Long about the decision to call off active search and rescue in Oso, Wash.

This morning, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary announced the end of active search operations at the site of the March 22 mudslide near Oso, Wash.

Trenary said it was a difficult decision to make and relied on “a little bit of soul searching and a lot of information from the scene.”

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Oso Mudslide
3:26 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Snohomish County Considers Development Ban In Landslide Risk Areas

Snohomish County Council President Dave Somers.
Credit Flickr Photo/Snohomish County (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman hears from Snohomish County Council President David Somers about his proposed six-month moratorium on building and development in landslide prone areas.

Federal Support
7:36 am
Wed April 23, 2014

President Tours Disaster Zone, Offers Support One Month After Deadly Landslide

President Barack Obama speaks at the firehouse in Oso, Wash., Tuesday.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 7:26 am

President Obama says the “whole country” is thinking about the victims of the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.

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Disaster Relief Fraud
8:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Prosecutors Warn Scammers To Leave Oso Alone

Donations were sorted and stored at the Darrington High School gym on March 26, 2014.
Credit KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Federal and county prosecutors issued a warning to people who might use the Oso disaster for their own personal gain. They said they are watching for people who rip off donors or take advantage of victims.

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Environment
1:35 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

DNR Postpones Clear-Cuts It Approved Near Oso Landslide

DNR's proposed Riley Rotor timber sale in red, with salmon streams in yellow, near Oso, Wash.
Credit Courtesy Washington Forest Law Center

Washington state officials have postponed selling 250 acres of timber on steep slopes near the town of Oso.

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Oso Disaster
12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Oso, Wash., Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 41; 4 Still Missing

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 12:33 pm

Authorities announced Monday that the death toll from last month's mudslide near Oso, Wash., had risen to 41. Four people are still listed as missing.

Tuesday marks one month since the devastating landslide that caught the small community in the Cascade foothills by surprise. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed, setting in motion a massive flow of mud and debris.

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Transportation Crisis
9:37 am
Fri April 18, 2014

No Access To Route 530 Is Next ‘Emergency’ For Darrington Residents

A State Patrol post blocks cars from traveling west on state Route 530 out of Darrington, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Sara Lerner

A month after the devastating mudslide near Oso, Wash., a mile of state Route 530 still sits under landslide debris.

As the people from this tiny community and the neighboring towns try to move on, they’re battling a major transportation issue with their daily commute to work.  Many of them are adding hours to their drive time to go around the mudslide.

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Community Hardship
7:36 am
Fri April 18, 2014

For Darrington And Oso, A Long Road Back To Normal

In the entryway to the Darrington Community Center, Red Cross Volunteer Christine Dahl works through the list of area residents seeking gas cards to help with the cost of traveling the two and a half hour detour created by the devastating mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

The shock is wearing off in Darrington and Oso.

Nearly a month after the devastating mudslide destroyed a neighborhood and wiped out the highway between the two towns, people are trying to find a "new normal" in a place where nothing will be the same again.

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Logging And Landslides
9:03 am
Wed April 16, 2014

DNR Head Defends Taking Timber Money Despite Vow

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark thanks one of the volunteers at the Great Gravel Pack-In at the Capitol State Forest, March 29, 2014.
Credit Flickr Photo/Diana Lofflin, DNR (CC BY-NC-ND)

It's not unusual for elected officials to cozy up to people with money. Yet Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark's relationship with the timber industry he regulates has changed dramatically since the two-term Democrat first ran for the office six years ago.

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Oso Disaster
8:05 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Flags Lowered Across Washington To Honor Landslide Victims

Flags fly at half mast in front of Washington State Capitol.
Credit Northwest News Network Photo/Tom Banse

Flags are flying at half mast across Washington state this afternoon to honor victims of last month's deadly landslide.

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Mudslide Debris
8:48 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Highway 530 Will Take Months To Clear

WSDOT officials have been working to clear state Route 530 since the devastating mudslide in March.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The Washington State Department of Transportation says it could take up to three months to clear debris from the mile-long stretch of State Route 530 covered by the Oso mudslide.

The task at hand is massive. WSDOT says it needs to move 100,000 cubic yards of material before the road can reopen.

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Community Recovery
7:23 am
Mon April 14, 2014

For Oso, Returning To Normalcy Means Chainmail And Jousting

Dame Richildis, aka Ann Shilling, has a quiet moment between rounds of jousting as the Seattle Knights perform on April 12, 2014, at Rhodes River Ranch in Oso.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

Yellow ribbons are tied around each post you pass as you drive into the Rhodes River Ranch just outside of Oso, Wash., a town still recovering from the devastating mudslide on March 22.

Bonnie Rose does just about everything at the 200-acre ranch, which is spotted with horse stables, shoeing barns and a restaurant built to surround a large equestrian arena.

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Transportation & Economy
3:48 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

'Disaster Inside Of A Disaster,' The Closure Of Highway 530

State Route 530 has been blocked since the Oso mudslide on March 22.
Credit Courtesy of Washington State Patrol

It's been three weeks since the massive mudslide hit the town of Oso, Wash. The closure of Highway 530 is just one of the many challenges facing the local residents.

Steve Scher talks with Travis Phelps, spokesman for the Department of Transportation, about the challenges of restoring Highway 530.

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Oso Disaster
7:09 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Inslee Happy With Federal Aid For Landslide, But Says It Won't 'Make People Whole'

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson visited the landslide site on April 6, 2014.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:45 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he's pleased with the federal disaster relief flowing to the state for last month's deadly landslide in Snohomish County.

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