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April 6, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Berm planned near mudslide to steer water away from Highway 530

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin building a berm in the Oso mudslide debris Monday morning to help steer backed-up Stillaguamish River waters away from Highway 530. The hope is that, if placed in the right spot, the temporary rock-and-gravel berm will help keep water out of saturated areas that crews haven’’t been able…


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March 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Crews search debris exposed by receding water levels

Search crews sifted through new parts of mudslide wreckage Thursday after receding water levels on the east side of the slide area uncovered debris that previously had been inaccessible. Flood waters from the backed-up Stillaguamish River had made it difficult or impossible for crews to spot the pancaked homes and crushed cars they found Thursday. ““This side…


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March 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Darrington volunteers join ‘aggressive rescue effort’

DARRINGTON – Police threatened to arrest Forrest Thompson, 18, on Sunday after he and a group of friends repeatedly disobeyed orders to stay away from the Oso mudslide site. But this morning, under new standing orders for search-and-rescue volunteers desperate to find loved ones, people like Thompson and his group were allowed to go back to the site…


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March 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Officials: 8 now confirmed dead in mudslide

DARRINGTON – Emergency officials announced this evening that eight people are now confirmed dead following Saturday’s mudslide near Oso, Snohomish County. The announcement ment was by incident management team members during a community meeting in Darrington. The death toll is now double what was announced this afternoon during a media briefing outside Arlington City Hall. Three people were confirmed…


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March 23, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Oso man believes aunt, uncle among the dead

DARRINGTON – Cory Kuntz, 43, fears his aunt and uncle are among the dead. Their house, along with his own next door, were wiped out in Saturday’s slide near Oso. He says he and his wife and 15-year-old son could have met the same fate if not for his son’s high school baseball in Tacoma Saturday morning. His house had been in his…


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March 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Rescue workers told to mark bodies, look for survivors

DARRINGTON – Before a Darrington search-and-rescue team of about 20 people headed back to the slide area at 10:30 this morning, Fire District 24 Chief Dennis Fenstermaker advised them of their priorities: Workers were asked to mark dead bodies if they saw any, then keep on looking for survivors. He advised them that a helicopter would be observing…


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March 23, 2014 at 10:08 AM

‘When the slide hit the river, it was like a tsunami’

DARRINGTON – Search-and-rescue workers emerged from a debriefing meeting Sunday morning at Darrington’s Sno-Skagit Fire District 24 station dispirited and bleary-eyed. One volunteer firefighter who stopped working around 11:30 last night said many tragic stories have yet to be told. He watched one rescuer find his own front door, but nothing else — not his home, his…


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March 17, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Seattle City Council OKs Lyft, uberX and Sidecar driver caps

Seattle on Monday became the first city to limit the number of drivers for so-called rideshare companies such as Lyft, uberX and Sidecar. The regulations, approved unanimously by the City Council, will limit each company to 150 drivers on the road at the same time, collectively limiting them to 450. UberX, Lyft and Sidecar — which…


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February 27, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Seattle City Council members approve driver cap on rideshare services

A majority of Seattle City Council members approved a driver cap on Lyft, uberX and Sidecar at a taxi committee meeting Thursday night, but not the kind they had discussed before. Five members–Sally Clark, Tim Burgess, Tom Rasmussen, Sally Bagshaw and Jean Godden–voted in favor of a proposal that would limit the number of drivers who…


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