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September 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Polar icebreaker Healy back in Seattle after research mission

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy returned to its homeport in Seattle Thursday after a 130 days of operations and scientific research in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean. Through the course of the voyage, the 420-foot long polar icebreaker hosted researchers involved in three separate scientific missions. Stanford University scientists used plankton and zooplankton nets,…

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June 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Families of dead climbers meet with National Park Service and climbing guide service officials

On Sunday morning at Longmire west of Mount Rainier, family members of the six climbers met with National Park Service and Alpine Ascents officials. “They are devastated and are in a taking care of themselves mode,” said Patti Wold, a National Park Service spokeswoman. The Park Service said this morning that it was going to release the…

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April 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Options to prevent flooding at slide site being studied

The Army Corps of Engineers has been meeting with Snohomish County officials to come up with a plan to  help deal with high water expected to flow through the debris-laden stretch of Stillaguamish River left behind by the March 22 mudslide. One option would involve building a temporary berm to protect state Highway 530 from flooding by the North…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

April 1, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Search crews find more remains at mudslide site

DARRINGTON –  An increasingly high-tech search effort is under way for human remains within the massive deposits of mud, logs and other debris left behind by the March 22 collapse of a hillside along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. Search teams are using a long-arm excavator to help probe through mud that reaches depths of up to 70…

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March 29, 2014 at 1:27 PM

National Guard units work alongside volunteers

Master Sgt. Thomas Siegel serves in a Washington Air National Guard unit based out of Spokane that specializes in search-and-rescue missions. He has deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan under his belt, but has spent the past few days much closer to home: in the muck of the Oso-area mudslide. Siegel is leading a recovery team making its way through the debris…

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March 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Therapy dogs give comfort, raise spirits in aftermath of mudslide

Pongo is a 9-year-old black Labrador retriever with graying eyebrows who favors belly rubs He was going to be a guide dog but never quite made it through the program, ending up as a therapy and crisis-response dog. Through these awful days in Darrington, the town east of the slide, Pongo has been doing a standout…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: comfort, mudslide, Oso mudslide

March 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Mudslide search hindered by wind, rain

The strongest rains of the week are expected to soak the mudslide zone today. “The biggest challenges that they are facing right now with the heavy water is, first off, the crews are extremely wet. It’s cold there. It’s windy up there. There’s no shelter” said Tom Cooper, deputy chief of the Arlington Fire Department during a…

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July 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM

JBLM 446th Airlift Wing reservists named outstanding unit

Some 2,200 men and women of the 446th Airlift Wing of Joint Base Lewis-McChord recently received the Air Force Outstanding Unit award for a two-year period of accomplishments ending in September 2012.

Their accomplishments included deploying more than 100 medical specialists to Southwest Asia and moving more than 1,200 sick and wounded patients.

In 2012, the 446th flew about 5,200 passengers and more than 6 million pounds of cargo in Operation Deep Freeze, which services National Science Foundation research activities in Antarctica.

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