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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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0 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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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: National Guard, Oso mudslide

March 28, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Snoqualmie Tribe makes big donation to relief efforts

Snoqualmie tribal member Toby Strotz and his son Trevor spent time earlier this week on the frontlines of the rescue effort, pushing through debris fields that had claimed the lives of men, women and children. When he got back to his Arlington home that evening, Strotz talked with tribal leaders and sounded the alarm that help —…

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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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0 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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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: dead, mudslide, Oso mudslide

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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0 Comments | Topics: Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Operation Deep Freeze

June 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Army cutting a Stryker brigade at JBLM

The Army will cut one of the three Stryker combat brigades at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of an upcoming change in its force structure Army-wide, according to Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, who was informed of the action on Tuesday The loss of the brigade will be accompanied by other cuts that would reduce the Army…

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June 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Military sexual assault bill includes provisions from Patty Murray

Several provisions of a bill to combat military sexual assault introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa and Sen. Kelly Ayotte R-NH, have been included in legislation under consideration by the Senate Armed Services Committee. They include a measure to provide victims of sexual assault with a special victims counsel — a military lawyer who would assist…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government, Military | Topics: Patty Murray; sexual assault

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