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July 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Pilot dies after helicopter crashes near Wenatchee

A pilot died after he crashed a helicopter in the Wenatchee area, according to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office. Undersheriff John Wisemore said the pilot was the only one aboard the helicopter. The crash occurred after 2 p.m. Wednesday in Wenatchee for unknown reasons, said Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton. The aircraft, a Bell…

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July 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

PSE outages in Renton and Redmond affect more than 3,000

Puget Sound Energy crews have been dealing with outages since about 8 a.m. this morning, when approximately 1,200 Redmond customers lost power. Before crews could completely fix that equipment problem, a new outage popped up in Renton around 12:30 p.m. and cut power to 2,245 customers, said PSE spokesman Ray Lane. Lane said the second outage might be…

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July 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Sarah Palin cited for speeding in Alaska hometown

The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla. The former Alaska governor was pulled over July 16 and cited for driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit. The penalty includes a $144 fine and $10 police training surcharge. An attorney for Palin said he…

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July 23, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Rain, rain and more rain, for now anyway

Heading out the door to work? Ditch those cute sandals and grab your umbrella because the Seattle gloom is back … for now. The National Weather Service said to expect a day of rain and thunderstorms in Western Washington, with temperatures in just the upper 60s. The showers will taper to a drizzle before disappearing Thursday…

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July 23, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Moses Lake couple sentenced for mistreating son, 2

EPHRATA, Grant County  (AP) — A Moses Lake couple whose malnourished 2-year-old son suffered a heart attack while they followed their belief in alternative medicine were sentenced to six months in jail. The Grant County Superior Court judge said yesterday that Robert and Michelle Staats could serve the sentences on home detention, and Robert Staats is…

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July 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Seattle’s minimum-wage law won’t face referendum vote

Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law won’t face a referendum in the fall. King County Elections today said two referendum attempts failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. One, brought by business group Forward Seattle, submitted 18,929 signatures, but only 14,818 were found to be valid. The other referendum, by Save Our Choice,  submitted…

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July 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Sheriff: Found body is that of final mudslide victim

Update at 1:04 p.m.: Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary has confirmed searchers have likely found the body of Molly Kristine “Kris” Regelbrugge at the site of the Oso mudslide. He said her body will be recovered sometime today. Her remains were found about 100 yards from where the body of her husband was recovered, the sheriff said. Trenary…

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July 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM

As many as 50 personal items recovered each day from Oso mudslide

RIKKI KING
The Daily Herald

OSO  (AP) — Hundreds of pieces of personal property have been recovered from the site of the March 22 mudslide near Oso.

Books. Photos. Rings.

Guns. Flags. Computers.

Cars. Cameras. Wills.

As many as 50 items are still being recovered each day as workers search and sift through debris, said Gary Haakenson, the Snohomish County manager overseeing the slide recovery efforts.

Officials have been working to clean and restore the items and return them to families in a careful and respectful way, Haakenson said.

Some of the recovered items belonged to the 43 people who were killed in the slide. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said today a body believed to be that of  Molly Kristine “Kris” Regelbrugge, the last unfound victim of the slide, has been located.

The items are stored in a reunification center at an undisclosed location.

Many of the recovered items were muddy but not seriously damaged, Haakenson said. The property is laid out on tables and shelving units. Families are given private time to look.

Local experts have helped, including those specially trained in finding owner information inside computers, or in restoring photos, Haakenson said.

“There’s just a whole lot of work that’s going on behind the scenes,” he said.

Searchers have kept a covered space set aside at the debris field where found property is taken and initially cleaned before being sent to the reunification center.

Each family who has lost loved ones or property has been invited to the center, Haakenson said.

“Some have chosen not to. It’s just too painful,” he said. “Some have said, ‘We’ll do it later.’”

Some have made several visits.

“It’s a very, very difficult process for families to go through, to walk in there and see some of the belongings of their loved ones,” Haakenson said.

Many items have been returned to their owners. Some folks don’t want the property back, Haakenson said. Other families have expressed interest in donating mementos to a memorial.

Auto insurance companies have been involved because of recovered vehicles.

There are still questions left to sort out, such as what happens to property that is not claimed.

Sensitive items, such as tax records, firearms and wills, are being kept secure by the county sheriff’s office.

Work also continues to restore private land that was damaged or otherwise affected by rescue and recovery efforts, particularly lots along Highway 530, Haakenson said.

Some 200,000 cubic yards of dirt and debris are still being sifted. In some areas, the mud was 25 feet deep.

Crews with heavy equipment are expected to be working 10-hour days in the slide area through September, primarily for searching and removing debris.

The damaged highway is open to two-way traffic, with “substantial completion” of permanent repairs anticipated before the rainy season begins in the fall.

Officials have repeatedly asked the public to be respectful while driving past the site, to stay in their cars, to not steal anything, and to not wander around in an area considered by many to be hallowed ground.

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July 22, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Scientists to release finding in deadly Oso slide

The Associated Press A team of scientists examining the deadly March 22 landslide in Washington state is planning to release its report Tuesday. The geologists and geotechnical engineers spent four days collecting data at the site of the mudslide that killed 43 people and devastated a community of Oso about 55 miles northeast of Seattle. The team is…

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July 22, 2014 at 6:10 AM

Thunderstorms forecast Wednesday in Washington

The Associated Press Forecasters say a stormy day Wednesday could bring heavy rain to Western Washington and thunderstorms to Eastern Washington where lightning could spark new wildfires and flash floods could sweep debris down freshly burned hills. The National Weather Service says an inch-and-a-half of rain could fall in Western Washington breaking records for July 23. The…

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