Front Porch: Mudslide halts passenger rail service until Thursday

Slide halts rail service

A mudslide has temporarily canceled passenger train service between Everett and Seattle.

BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said a mudslide at about 3 p.m. Tuesday covered the main line with 20 feet of mud, trees and debris. Crews are working to clear the tracks and a nearby ditch. BNSF geotechnical experts also are checking the slopes for stability. Passenger train service won’t resume until Thursday afternoon.

Give Bothell online advice: Bothell is asking for help to improve its website and other online information outlets. A brief survey for neighbors, businesses and visitors is available at The city’s website is set for a major update soon, the first since 2008, according to a news release. The survey closes Feb. 28.

Learn ham radio: The Emergency Services Coordinating Agency is offering free courses for those interested in amateur radio. It’s all about getting on the air and communicating with a region-wide network of ham radio operators for fun or community service.

A seven-week beginner class starts March 30. A 10-week course for an extra license begins March 9. There is a cost for the course book with a discount available if purchased before Feb. 3. Final exams for both courses will be May 18. The $15 fee due at the time of the test.

For more information and/or to register, contact Vickie Fontaine at 425-776-3722 or

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