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February 11, 2015 at 7:32 PM

Navy crew that rushed to Oso landslide honored in Olympia

OLYMPIA – A crew of Navy helicopter pilots and firefighters were honored Wednesday at the Capitol for saving lives in a search-and-rescue effort in the immediate aftermath of the Oso landslide that killed 43 people last March. Backed by a Navy musical ensemble in the Capitol’s rotunda, Gov. Jay Inslee, former Secretary of State Ralph Munro and current…


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May 5, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Snohomish County backs off ban on building in landslide zones

The Snohomish County Council is backing away from a moratorium on new home construction in landslide-prone areas. Council Chair Dave Somers had floated the emergency ban within a half mile of hills known to be landslide hazards, as a reaction to the deadly March 22 Oso mudslide. But at a meeting this morning, Somers withdrew that…


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April 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Lands Commissioner Goldmark refuses to talk about logging above Oso slope

By Seattle Times staff reporter Mike Baker Washington state Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark refused to answer questions today about how his agency managed logging near a slope that collapsed near Oso in Snohomish County. Reached on his cell phone about 5:40 p.m., Goldmark also declined to answer questions about what the agency was doing to review…


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