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Category: Environment
April 8, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Mount Rainier’s Longmire-Paradise gate to stay open at night

The gate between Longmire and Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park will remain open overnight starting Thursday, though overnight closures may still occur during inclement weather, the park said Tuesday. During winter, the road from Longmire to Paradise typically closes in the late afternoon and reopens the next morning. All vehicles entering the park are required to…


0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Longmire, Mount Rainier National Park

April 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM

New aerial map shows Oso slide in a different light

New aerial images of the Oso landslide show the topography of the debris field in unprecedented detail. The images were commissioned by the Washington State Department of Transportation and are based on a laser-surveying technique called lidar — light detection and ranging. In the survey, a plane equipped with a laser scanner flew over the area,…


0 Comments | More in Environment, General news, Homepage | Topics: image, lidar, map

April 1, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Scientists to hunt for cause of Oso landslide

A national team of scientists and engineers, led by a University of Washington professor, will visit the Oso landslide next week to search for clues to the disaster’s cause. The six-person team from the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association hopes to examine the area next week, said UW geotechnical engineer Joseph Wartman. “The purpose is…


0 Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: landslide, landslide causes, mudslide

March 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

USGS: Quake didn’t trigger Oso mudslide

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed this morning that a tiny quake 12 days before Saturday’s Oso mudslide could not have triggered the disaster. “Seismograph readings show no indication of an earthquake in association with the landslide,” said a statement from the agency. However, recordings from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network based at the University of Washington show…


0 Comments | More in Environment, General news, The Blotter | Topics: earthquake, landslide, Oso mudslide

March 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

State agency accepting donations to help landslide victims

A state agency that typically collects charitable donations from state employees is now accepting donations from the public to help those stricken by last weekend’s Oso landslide. The American Red Cross, Snohomish County Search & Rescue and the state Transportation Department’s Memorial Foundation are among the entities that will benefit from donations made through the Washington State…


0 Comments | Topics: Oso mudslide, Red Cross

March 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

WSDOT: Water surge could weaken bridge supports

UPDATE, Sunday, 9 a.m. | WSDOT officials say they’ll have “hours” to close bridges (I-5, SR9, SR530) if the debris dam breaks. ORIGINAL POST | Besides the threat of a surge of debris damaging bridges, state transportation officials are preparing for the chances that bridge supports could be scoured and weakened by heavy water flow. One of…


0 Comments | More in Environment, General news, The Blotter | Topics: bridge, Oso mudslide, surge

March 17, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Full Metro bus pass you by? Tell us.

Crowded buses so full they sometimes have to pass by would-be riders. That’s been one manifestation of King County Metro Transit ridership growing back to pre-recession levels. Next month, King County voters will decide whether to authorize a $60 car-tab fee and a tenth-of-a-cent sales-tax increase for roads and buses. Proposition 1, on the April 22 ballot, would…


0 Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government | Topics: bus, Metro

March 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

500 trees along I-5 will be removed for cameras

TACOMA  (AP) — Around 500 trees along Interstate 5 between Lakewood and Lacey will be removed to improve sight lines of new state traffic cameras. The Tacoma News Tribune reports Sunday that seven closed-circuit TV cameras will be installed along 14 miles of I-5. The trees will be removed starting March 24 and continue…


0 Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: better vision, cut down, i-5

March 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Crystal Mountain to sell chairs from avalanche

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN (AP) — Within hours of an intentionally-set avalanche wiping out a chairlift at Crystal Mountain, the resort at Mount Rainier started hearing from people who wanted to buy the damaged chairs. The Washington state resort plans to replace the chairlift this summer and it routinely sells off decommissioned chairs, but it’s still dealing with…


0 Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: avalanche, chairs, Crystal Mountain

March 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

DOE to investigate whistleblower firing

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has asked its Office of Inspector General to investigate the recent firing of Hanford whistleblower Donna Busche. Energy officials told a Senate committee on Tuesday that they were not asked to and did not approve the firing of Busche, who had raised safety concerns on the Hanford…


0 Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government | Topics: DOE, Hanford, investigation

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