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Judge limits extent of claims in Oso mudslide litigation

OSO — A King County judge continues to weigh what claims can be brought in a 2016 civil trial that will explore whether anyone should be held responsible for the deadly Oso...

Date: 08/26/2015 | Local News

Victims of Oso mudslide still await buyouts, 16 months later

OSO — The wait seems endless, with dates that keep shifting and questions that go unanswered.Sixteen months after the massive mudslide, families who lost loved ones and houses aren't sure when they might see federal buyouts. For some, that means the difference between...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Local News

Paying it forward

Oso survivors reach out to other disaster victims

Date: 07/13/2015 | Local News

It's summer, let the chip sealing begin

Your local pothole may soon be filled.The summer road work season is under way in unincorporated Snohomish County areas with paving or chip sealing planned for a total of 107 miles of roadway.By the end of October, Snohomish will see the most road miles treated...

Date: 07/06/2015 | Street Smarts

Unexpected love

These friends found each other through loss and tragedy of Oso.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Local News

Oso mudslide trial pushed to June 2016

OSO — A civil trial to explore whether anyone should be held responsible for the deadly Oso mudslide now won’t happen until June 2016.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Local News

$6.6 million from feds to buy properties destroyed by Oso slide

EVERETT — Families whose homes and land were destroyed in the Oso mudslide got some encouraging news Wednesday with the announcement that federal authorities had awarded Snohomish County $6.6 million for buyouts.

Date: 06/24/2015 | Local News

Feds give $7.6 million for Oso mudslide recovery expenses

EVERETT — When Snohomish County leaders got word this week that Uncle Sam would cut a multimillion-dollar check for Oso mudslide expenses, it was welcome news.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Local News

Super Kid: Emily Beaton

Journalism career catches her eye

Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News

Guide cancels controversial raft tour because of lower water levels

OSO — The Stillaguamish River is too low to risk a second trip this summer past the site of the Oso mudslide, the guide of a controversial rafting tour said last week.

Date: 06/22/2015 | Local News

In Darrington, a slide reunion means laughter, tears

DARRINGTON — It was encouraged, on Saturday at the Darrington rodeo grounds, to sit in the sun and drink a beer and share a laugh.The jokes had sharp edges, though, and the stories did, too. When folks who were affected by the Oso mudslide come together, it's OK to...

Date: 06/20/2015 | Local News

Retired first responders will speak with those affected by Oso

ARLINGTON — Disasters don't have end dates.They ripple through a community for decades. Recovery is a lifelong journey, not a race to the finish line, but sometimes the people who need help most are the first to say they're fine.Three retired first...

Date: 06/10/2015 | Local News

Is county responsible for Oso? Judge begins sorting through claims

EVERETT — A King County judge has begun making clear what claims may be pressed in the legal battle to decide whether anyone can be held responsible for the deaths and damage caused by the

Date: 06/04/2015 | Local News

Experts use maps of Oso mudslide area to guide future hazard analysis

SEATTLE — An aerial map compiled a year before the deadly Oso landslide shows that the upper portion of the hillside was being dangerously undercut, which could point the way to identifying other high-risk slopes, according to a new analysis.

Date: 06/01/2015 | Northwest

Highway 530 safety signs to be installed in June

OSO — Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to install new signs in early June on Highway 530 in Oso between Steelhead Drive and Whitehorse Trail. The signs will state that it is illegal to stop, stand or make a U-turn.

Date: 05/27/2015 | Local News

Oso General Store in danger of closing

OSO — The owner of the Oso General Store is struggling to keep her business afloat just three months after opening.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Business Wire

Vivid images of Oso

Area's beauty, mudslide's enormity told in exhibit

Date: 05/13/2015 | Local News

Delayed disaster response in Oso prompts new law

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday plugged a gap in state law that prevented the rapid call-up and deployment of fire resources from throughout Washington to the Oso mudslide.Inslee

Date: 05/08/2015 | Local News

Darrington mayor receives national award for leadership

DARRINGTON — The mayor here is preparing for a White House visit to accept a national award for leadership after the deadly Oso mudslide.Meanwhile, a Darrington-Arlington partnership aimed at enlivening local business development has won the towns $50,000 and a spot in...

Date: 04/30/2015 | Local News

Anonymous gift pays off Oso mudslide survivor's mortgage

ARLINGTON — An anonymous donor has paid off the mortgage of Oso mudslide survivor Tim Ward, whose wife, Brandy, was killed in the disaster and whose home was destroyed.JPMorgan Chase said in an...

Date: 04/22/2015 | Local News

Governor signs law for geologic hazards mapping

OLYMPIA — A new law signed by the governor Friday aims to give residents a wealth of new information about geologic dangers lurking in Washington.Now the challenge is getting enough money in the next state budget to make it happen.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News

County public works and WSDOT win award for post-mudslide road rebuild

OSO — The agencies that hurried to rebuild Highway 530 after the deadly mudslide here, which isolated Darrington from the rest of Snohomish County, are receiving national recognition for their work.The American Public Works...

Date: 04/13/2015 | Local News

Landslide-mapping bill approved and sent to governor

OLYMPIA — The first major change in state policy inspired by the Oso mudslide cleared the final legislative hurdle Wednesday.

Date: 04/08/2015 | Local News

Mortgages still on the books for homes wiped out by Oso disaster

OSO — Last year's devastating mudslide grabbed the country's attention. Legions of disaster responders swarmed the Stillaguamish Valley, and millions of dollars in relief money poured in.The charitable departments of several large banks, including Wells Fargo and...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Local News

Disaster response bill likely to pass

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers seem certain to pass a bill to ensure that statewide fire-fighting resources can be mobilized for disasters such as the Oso mudslide.

Date: 03/24/2015 | Local News

Oso memorial will take time, careful planning

OSO — It's too soon to build a memorial.For the last year, that's been the consensus of families who lost loved ones in the Oso mudslide. Snohomish County staff are working with relatives of the 43 people who died on March 22, 2014, to determine if, when...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

Moment of grace

After 1 year, flag raised at mudslide site

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

Solemn day of remembrance

Bells toll for 43 Oso mudslide victims at ceremony

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

Public safety officials learned lessons from Oso catastrophe

OSO — Public safety officials have spent the past year studying lessons from the catastrophe in Oso to prepare for the next disaster.They're building skill sets for professionals — police, firefighters and...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

Linda's lasting legacy

Darrington honors longtime librarian lost to Oso mudslide

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

A year accomplished

For Oso slide survivor, time has a new meaning

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

'All I can say is thank you'

Oso survivors meet rescuers for portraits at site of slide

Date: 03/22/2015 | Local News

These towns still stand

Even nearly 14 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, it's impossible to look at the New York City skyline and not think about what is missing, not just the buildings, but the lives.It will be the same in the Upper Stillaguamish Valley, 14 years from now, 30...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Editorials

United Way, Red Cross continue work to aid recovery

As we mark one year since the Oso landslide, the American Red Cross and United Way remain committed to the long-term recovery of the Stillaguamish Valley. In the immediate hours following this complex and unprecedented disaster, the nature of this recovery became clear: It would be a...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Commentary

‘Oso strong’ spirit a great example for all

One year ago, lives changed in a matter of seconds. Part of a mountainside slid into the Steelhead Haven neighborhood, claiming 43 lives, numerous homes and roads.The people of Oso, Darrington, Arlington, the Stillaguamish Tribe and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe will never be the...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Commentary

Rules for building in landslide-prone areas virtually unchanged

EVERETT — Snohomish County's rules for building near potential landslide dangers remain more or less unchanged from when the deadly Oso mudslide hit a year ago.The County Council is likely to enact stricter regulations...

Date: 03/21/2015 | Local News

Victims often struggle silently, reluctant to seek help

OSO — On March 13, LoAnna Langton sorted through the photographs she'd recovered from the home she lost one year ago.The house she and her family lived in was flooded by the North Fork Stillaguamish River after it was blocked by a mudslide on March 22, 2014.

Date: 03/21/2015 | Local News

Comfort in numbers

About 350 people gather at prayer service to remember victims

Date: 03/21/2015 | Local News

Covering tragedy

Video: A year later, Herald journalists talk about Oso slide

Date: 03/20/2015 | Local News

Sens. Murray and Cantwell reflect on year since slide, ponder future

Washington's two U.S. senators took to the Senate floor Thursday to reflect on what's transpired in year since the nation's deadliest mudslide struck Oso.Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell spoke of the 43 lives lost on March 22, 2014, the heroism demonstrated by residents...

Date: 03/20/2015 | Local News

Home, even with no house

Kuntz family dreams of one day having their own property again

Date: 03/20/2015 | Local News

Grief lingers for woman whose baby and mom died in the mudslide

OSO — Natasha Huestis dreamed of the day she could hike with her daughter into the mountains.Their exploration would be her gift, her lesson, her celebration of their bond.It is why she called her baby Sanoah, a name she was told means "Mist in the...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Local News

Medal of Valor presented to Oso mudslide communities

OLYMPIA — There were tears, smiles and — thanks to a logger named Quinn Nations — a touch of politics Wednesday as Darrington, Oso, Arlington and the Sauk-Suiattle tribe received the state Medal of Valor for

Date: 03/18/2015 | Local News

For mudslide victim's widow, 'it still hurts like it was yesterday'

DARRINGTON — Margie Hadaway sensed something was wrong.Her husband hadn't texted to wish her good morning.That wasn't like Steven.He'd left that March 22 morning to install a satellite dish at a home on Steelhead Drive west of Darrington. His...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Local News

Remember Oso victims, donate to relief efforts

EventsFridayThe Gathering of Hope service of remembrance is set for 7 p.m. at the Darrington Community Center gymnasium, 570 Sauk Ave. The multi-denominational gathering will include prayers, readings and messages of hope from pastors...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Local News

'Still forever family'

A son lost to the mudslide is remembered with love

Date: 03/17/2015 | Local News

As the Oso mudslide’s one-year mark approaches, emotions run high

OSO — A year of grief.By Sunday, families will have lived a full cycle of birthdays and holidays without the 43 people who died in Snohomish County’s worst disaster.

Date: 03/16/2015 | Local News

Strength in each other

After mudslide, nothing could keep teen from his dad's side

Date: 03/16/2015 | Local News

After a year in the mudslide zone, Elaine Young finds peace in acts of kindness

OSO — A road made of bark and sawdust leads from Elaine Young's driveway down into the mudslide debris fields. For months after March 22, the road ferried rescuers into the mud. Elaine walks the path with her black Labrador, Bo. It's quieter now, though traffic moves...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Local News

Was Oso mudslide nature's mystery or man's mistake?

OSO — Nearly a year after the worst disaster in modern Snohomish County history, a legal battle continues to take shape over whether somebody should be held responsible.Was the March 22, 2014, mudslide near Oso...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Local News

A trusted voice

In the chaos of the Oso mudslide, Travis Hots held steady

Date: 03/15/2015 | Local News

Rafting company holds off on trips past Oso mudslide

OSO — A rafting company has halted plans to offer sight-seeing trips along the North Fork Stillaguamish River past the Oso mudslide.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News

A pair of survivors

Amanda Skorjanc and son Duke still healing from mudslide

Date: 03/13/2015 | Local News

Permanent cables link Arlington, Darrington once again

OSO — With the fusing of two fine, flexible strands, permanent landlines between Arlington and Darrington have been restored, nearly a year after the deadly mudslide here severed connections.

Date: 03/10/2015 | Local News

The tale told by the land

There's much to learn from the deadly Oso mudslide

Date: 03/08/2015 | Local News

Early post-mudslide video shows a wet, sloughing scarp

OSO — A cellphone video shot about 15 minutes after the Oso mudslide shows the hill continuing to collapse and water pouring from the newly exposed earth.The video, which hasn't been made public until now, provides a fresh look at the natural forces at work, and to a...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Local News

Spring’s return a reminder that recovery remains for Stilly Valley

The first day of spring is rapidly approaching and so is the one-year anniversary of the devastating landslide that so affected the people of the Stillaguamish Valley. Last March, while I was enjoying an almost perfect spring day on the Stillaguamish River, just three miles downstream,...

Date: 03/07/2015 | Commentary

Progress being made on mudslide commission's key recommendations

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are working to enact the key recommendations dealing with mudslides made by the commission that studied what happened at Oso last year.Bills progressing through the House...

Date: 03/06/2015 | Local News

Oso, surrounding communities to receive state Medal of Valor

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new law Monday enabling the communities of Oso, Darrington and Arlington and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe to receive the state’s Medal of Valor later this month.

Date: 03/02/2015 | Local News

Bill allows wildfire response law to cover other emergencies

OLYMPIA — Emergency officials are a critical step closer to ensuring that their ability to mobilize resources for fighting wildfires also applies to disasters such as the Oso mudslide.The House Appropriations...

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News

Bicycle ride alters course to raise funds for slide victims

ARLINGTON — The upcoming McClinchy Mile bicycle ride is sending people on a route the 30-year-old annual event hasn't taken before.In the past, riders have followed routes starting in Arlington and heading toward Stanwood or Granite Falls. This year, the event is being...

Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News


Mukilteo school staff recognized for talentsTory Kartchner, a math teacher at Mariner High School, and Laurie Gossett, an administrative assistant in the Mukilteo School District office, were the winners of the first-semester...

Date: 02/20/2015 | Local News

Mudslide communities to be awarded state Medal of Valor

OLYMPIA — The communities of Oso, Darrington and Arlington and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe will receive one of the state’s highest honors next month for the heroism of residents and tribal members in response to the deadly Oso mudslide.

Date: 02/19/2015 | Local News

Deadline extended for people to donate to mudslide relief effort

ARLINGTON — The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation plans to accept donations for Oso mudslide relief at least until the end of June.That's a six-month extension on the original cut-off date, allowing people to donate around the first anniversary of the disaster.

Date: 02/17/2015 | Local News

High honors

Governor awards naval team for response to Oso mudslide

Date: 02/11/2015 | Local News

Oso mudslide property temporarily goes up for sale

OSO — The "For Sale" sign wasn't up for long.It appeared over the weekend in front of 28214 Highway 530, the address of a piece of land in the southwest portion of the disaster zone left by the deadly mudslide.Pictures of the 10-acre property...

Date: 02/11/2015 | Local News

State adopts new logging rule for landslide-prone areas

OLYMPIA — A new state rule approved Tuesday makes clear that anyone seeking to log in landslide-prone areas might have to provide additional scientific data to show the safety of the public is adequately protected.The state...

Date: 02/11/2015 | Local News

Medal of Valor could go to cities affected by mudslide

OLYMPIA — The Senate acted Friday to make it possible to award one of the state's highest honors to the communities of Arlington, Oso and Darrington for heroism their residents demonstrated in response to the deadly mudslide last March.On a 47-0 vote, the Senate passed...

Date: 01/31/2015 | Local News

Team effort will send mom whose son died in mudslide to Super Bowl

DARRINGTON — Denver Harris' favorite colors were Seahawks blue and green.He liked red a lot, too, his mom said. But Randi Green steered her son toward their favorite team's colors. He loved to deck himself out in Seahawks gear and watch the games. The 14-year-old came...

Date: 01/29/2015 | Local News

Lawsuit claims Oso mudslide was ‘man-made’

OSO — A new lawsuit filed over deaths and property destruction from last year's catastrophic mudslide makes a startling claim.It faults the state of Washington, Snohomish County and a private timber company for...

Date: 01/28/2015 | Local News

Lawmakers push for wider scope in disaster mobilization

OLYMPIA — Fire officials this week are rekindling their effort to make sure a law that lets them mobilize resources to fight wildfires also applies to major emergencies such as the Oso mudslide.Public...

Date: 01/20/2015 | Local News

Inslee's plans for state

Governor calls for taxes on carbon emissions, capital gains

Date: 01/14/2015 | Local News

Flooding threatens highway

Deer Creek also takes a chunk of trail

Date: 01/09/2015 | Local News

All about the rain and sun

Past year was one of the wettest and warmest in the county

Date: 12/30/2014 | Local News

Whitehorse Trail rebuild project delayed

OSO — The timeline for rebuilding a stretch of the Whitehorse Trail wiped out by the deadly mudslide that tore through this community in March has been pushed back a year.Officials need additional time for planning and permitting. Meanwhile, they continue to monitor...

Date: 12/25/2014 | Local News

Ready to fly

Weston High's Sonny Blankenship eyes Air Force

Date: 12/22/2014 | Local News

The real bottom line

Millions spent in Oso, but generosity can't be measured

Date: 12/21/2014 | Local News

Building bans extended at Oso slide site, North Fork Stilly

EVERETT — An extended moratorium will prevent anyone from building — or rebuilding — in the mile-square area directly hit by the Oso mudslide, at least until mid-2015.A separate building ban for the same period covers an area with increased flood risk along...

Date: 12/19/2014 | Local News

Better prepared for next time

Report offers ideas for dealing with disasters

Date: 12/15/2014 | Local News

Dogged determination

Mudslide put distillery on hold - not forever

Date: 12/15/2014 | Business

EdCC team retrieves delicate data damaged in Oso slide

LYNNWOOD — Property recovered from the Oso mudslide this spring included victims’ personal technology such as flash drives, laptops, camera memory cards and tablets.Many of those items were crushed, covered in mud or soaked with water.

Date: 12/12/2014 | Local News

Study of timber harvest near Oso mudslide inconclusive

OLYMPIA — Permitting was properly done for a 2005 timber harvest on land adjoining the deadly March landslide near Oso, a state investigation has found.

Date: 12/09/2014 | Local News

State budget should include funding for Stilly Valley Youth Project

In the days following the March 22 landslide in Oso, Gov. Jay Inslee, on his way to visit the slide area, stopped by the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.Meeting with its executive director, Bill Tsoukalas, Inslee asked him straight-forwardly, "What do you...

Date: 12/05/2014 | Editorials

County expects costly legal battles over Oso mudslide

EVERETT — The legal battle over whether Snohomish County's land-use decisions contributed to deaths and property loss during the Oso mudslide has just begun, but it's already getting expensive.The County Council on Monday

Date: 12/04/2014 | Local News

Panel investigating Oso lessons needs more time

EVERETT — The experts tasked with identifying key public safety lessons from the Oso mudslide ended what was supposed to be their last meeting Tuesday without a final product — but they are close.That leaves the

Date: 12/03/2014 | Local News

Panel to hold last meeting on safety recommendations after Oso mudslide

EVERETT — This past weekend was crunch time for members of an expert panel tasked with making safety recommendations after the Oso mudslide.The

Date: 12/01/2014 | Local News

Financial relief

Bank pitches in to help those affected by Oso mudslide

Date: 11/26/2014 | Business

Better response to disasters needed, panel on Oso told

OLYMPIA — Communities ripped asunder by the Oso mudslide are recovering, one tough day at a time.And state resources are still very much needed by families and businesses coping with the emotional and financial...

Date: 11/21/2014 | Local News

Science of the slide

‘Nova’ episode examines causes of Oso mudslide

Date: 11/18/2014 | Local News

Rebuilt Highway 530 faces major test as weather changes

OSO — Winter weather is expected to be the highway's first big test.For more than six months, crews have worked to rebuild and landscape the stretch of Highway 530 between Arlington and Darrington that was...

Date: 11/12/2014 | Local News

Stanwood man in serious condition after tree fell on his truck

SEATTLE — A Stanwood man, 57, was in serious condition in intensive care Friday after a crash near Oso the day before.

Date: 11/07/2014 | Local News

Trucker injured, trapped by fallen tree on Highway 530

OSO — A fallen tree severely injured and trapped a semi-truck driver inside his cab on Highway 530 Thursday, the Washington State Patrol reported.

Date: 11/06/2014 | Local News

Mudslide lawsuit blames governments, timber company

OSO — At 10:37 a.m. on March 22, Tim Ward was getting in the shower.He’d turned on the water.He slipped off his wedding ring.Moments later, a towering wall of mud, branches and debris burst through the walls of the Steelhead Haven home where he had lived since 1989.

Date: 10/27/2014 | Local News

Lions proved big-hearted after mudslide

OSO — The calls started coming in the days after the mudslide. Lions Clubs from across the country, and some from outside the U.S., wanted to help.

Date: 10/21/2014 | Local News

Land-use planners ready to apply lessons from mudslide

EVERETT — Snohomish County has yet to change any permanent land-use rules about what people can build near steep, unstable slopes after the deadly Oso landslide.Policy makers expect to take a first run at applying the lessons of Oso to the county's land-use code...

Date: 10/15/2014 | Local News

Darrington IGA, owners recognized for mudslide relief work

DARRINGTON — Things are finally settling down at the Darrington IGA, a family-owned store that became an information hub, a food and water provider, and a place to gather and pitch in after the Oso mudslide.

Date: 10/10/2014 | Local News

Study of logging risk in slide areas sought

EVERETT — Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark on Monday defended his leadership after the deadly Oso mudslide and has requested $10 million in the next state budget to better assess the risk of logging in landslide-prone areas.If Goldmark's proposal is approved...

Date: 10/07/2014 | Local News

As long as it takes

Months after mudslide, Red Cross is still pitching in

Date: 10/06/2014 | Local News

Reminders of a tragedy

County to close clearinghouse for items found after mudslide

Date: 10/02/2014 | Local News

Threats on the horizon

Flood season even more unpredictable this year

Date: 10/02/2014 | Local News

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