Proposed timber sale near mudslide is deferred

OLYMPIA — A proposed timber sale near the site of last month’s deadly mudslide has been deferred.

Officials with the state Department of Natural Resources said Friday that the sale of 188 acres, approximately five miles southwest of the Oso slide, will undergo additional review to ensure there is no risk to public safety. The sale was originally set for auction next Wednesday.

A state-approved 7.5-acre timber harvest above the Oso slide has been cited by some as a possible contributing factor. Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark angered some environmentalists when he said he was convinced it was not. He later backed off that statement, saying scientists need to thoroughly study the slide before conclusions are drawn.

Federal geologists have said the timber harvest likely was not a factor in the massive mudslide on March 22.

The slide buried dozens of homes. The death toll is at 39, and four people remain listed as missing.

More in Local News

Agencies launch coordinated response to an opioid ‘emergency’

Health workers, law enforcement agencies and emergency managers are responding as they might to a disaster.

Jordan Evers distributes coffee Sunday afternoon during the annual community meal at Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett on November 19, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Firefighters serve Thanksgiving meals at Carl Gipson center

The next two feasts at the senior center in Everett will be Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 3.

Hiker rescued on Boulder River trail after 15-foot fall

She was reported to have possible leg and rib fractures.

Alleged philanderer attacked with hammer near Everett

His girlfriend had accused him of cheating and allegedly called on another man to confront him.

Snohomish County Council passes a no-new-taxes budget

The spending plan still funds the hiring of five new sheriff’s deputies and a code enforcement officer.

Darrington School Board race might come down to a coin flip

With a one-vote difference, a single ballot in Skagit County remains to be counted.

Is the state Transportation Commission irrelevant?

A report says the citizen panel often is ignored, and its duties overlap with the Transportation Department.

Pair charged with first-degree robbery in marijuana theft

A man was shot in the head during a holdup that was supposed to net about an ounce of pot.

Most Read