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March 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Snohomish mudslide: letter from father of missing woman; effects of logging

This aerial photo, taken after Saturday’s landslide, shows part of the plateau that has been logged over the decades. Right above where the hill fell away is a 7½-acre patch, shaped like a triangle, that was clear-cut about nine years ago. (Photo from The Associated Press).

Risks known

Several years ago this same hill slid, and altered the course of the river. The Army Corps of Engineers did a lot of work on the site, but they knew it was unstable [“Risk of slide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades,” Local News, March 24].

My daughter lived on Steelhead Drive, and I tried to convince her it wasn’t a good place to live. She and her neighbors liked it there, and now they’re gone. Perhaps more could have been done to relocate them. Not sure they would have listened, but we allow too many homes to be built in slide areas.

I’m heartbroken.

Pete Bellomo, Bellevue

Editor’s note: Pete Bellomo’s daughter has been confirmed missing, according to news reports.

Effects of logging

Robin Youngblood, whose home was destroyed in the mudslide in Snohomish County, said on CBC’s “As It Happens”’ Monday night: “There was clear cutting up there. … There was nothing left to hold the

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August 10, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Cherry Point coal terminal faces opposition

Lummi letter is admirable Witnesses at a Lummi Tribe press conference at Cherry Point in 2012 were asked to stand between the fire and the water as a symbolic check was burned, expressing the tribe’s opposition to coal trains and development at these ancestral grounds. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.] The Lummi’s July 30 letter to…

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June 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Army Corps of Engineers has narrow scope for coal review

Carbon emissions must be considered One hundred twenty-five cars long, this train being loaded at the Spring Creek mine in southeastern Montana is headed west through Washington State to British Columbia and shipped to plants in the Far East, especially, energy poor countries including South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. [Alan Berner, The Seattle Times.] My faith in…

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June 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Review of coal impact will focus solely on Northwest

Full scope of consequences of coal must be considered A coal train rolls through SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Friday, April 26, 2013, in Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.] I agree with Lance Dickie regarding the Army Corps of Engineers’ recent decision not to perform a comprehensive review of a proposal that would dramatically increase the number…

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June 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Coal impact will be measured in Pacific Northwest alone

Coal is bad for families A long train carrying coal heads north along the Seattle waterfront en-route to Vancouver, BC. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.] The indifference of the Army Corps of Engineers to the continued destructive global and regional effects resulting form the mining, shipping and burning of coal is also gross indifference to the health…

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June 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Coal impact will be measured in Pacific Northwest alone

Governor must do what Army Corps failed to A coal train rolls through SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Friday, April 26, 2013, in Seattle. [Ken Lambert, The Seattle Times.] After months of thought, the Army Corps of Engineers has decided not to do a comprehensive study of the impacts of proposed coal trains. [“Corps review won’t weigh…

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May 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Northwest coal exports

More extensive study needed It is extremely disappointing that the Army Corps of Engineers is intending to do only a limited study of the impacts of coal terminals in Oregon and Washington [“Group asks for big picture in Northwest coal-ports decision,” News, May 25]. Thousands of people gave their input on this very subject last November…

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