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May 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

State strengthens standards for logging near dangerous landslide areas

Timber companies that want to harvest near potentially dangerous landslide areas will now have to conduct geologic reviews before getting a logging permit from the state, officials said Friday. Under the new procedures announced by Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, the state will require a geotechnical report when there’s a potential risk to public safety…

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March 8, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Overnight rains to boost chance of floods, mudslides

Another 2 to 4 inches of rain expected in the Cascade Mountains overnight will raise the chance of lowland flooding and mudslides, according to the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Johnny Burg said freezing levels of about 7,500 feet in the Central Cascades and 6,000 feet in the North Cascades will add to the flooding potential, “because…

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January 15, 2014 at 8:13 AM

RR tracks north of Seattle OK for passenger trains

The Associated Press Burlington Northern Santa Fe says railroad tracks north of Seattle are safe for passenger trains. Amtrak and Sound Transit Sounder commuter trains were put on a 48-hour safety moratorium after slides covered the tracks Sunday at two places near Everett and Mukilteo. Passengers were bused. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says crews have cleaned out ditches,…

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January 13, 2014 at 5:23 AM

Train service near Auburn back on track after derailment

The Associated Press Crews with a crane and other heavy equipment reopened the Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks near Auburn Monday evening, after a freight train derailed earlier in the day.   Spokesman Gus Melonas said the freight train derailed about 1 a.m. Monday just south of Auburn, blocking freight and passenger trains. Melonas said two rail cars carrying…

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January 6, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Passenger trains running again north of Seattle

The Associated Press Passenger train service is up and running again north of Seattle, following two mudslides that hit the tracks last week. BNSF spokesman Gus Melonas says the tracks opened for passenger service at about 4 a.m. Sunday. The mudslides struck near Mukilteo, one on Thursday and another on Friday. Freight service resumed after the tracks were…

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January 2, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Passenger train travel OK’d north of Seattle

UPDATE 7:30 P.M.| Actually, Sound Transit says Sounder Northline service will resume Thursday morning. Passengers could experience delays of at least 15 minutes as maintenance continues on the route’s train tracks. Before you spring to the station tomorrow, check for updates on the route’s schedule and alerts on the Sound Transit website. The Associated Press Passenger…

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December 26, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Sounder train service Everett to Seattle canceled, again.

Sounder train service between Everett and Seattle is canceled through tomorrow because all the rain has made the slopes next to the tracks unstable. The earliest service could be up and running is Friday, say transit officials. Regularly scheduled bus service through ST Express and Community Transit are available travel options for commuters. The trains south of Seattle…

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December 25, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Sounder North service canceled through at least Wednesday a.m.

Sounder North train service, which runs between Everett and Seattle, is canceled through Wednesday morning because of what Sound Transit describes as “slope instability.” Service for Wednesday afternoon and beyond will be decided Wednesday morning as more definitive information becomes available. Passenger train traffic between Seattle and Everett has been shut down for several days because of  mudslides north of Seatttle. For Amtrak…

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December 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Second mudslide hits BNSF tracks in W. Washington

The Associated Press EVERETT — Heavy rains and winds caused two mudslides Monday on Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks in Western Washington. The first at 1:30 a.m. covered tracks with mud, rocks and trees in the Nisqually area north of Olympia, said spokesman Gus Melonas. The second at 11:30 a.m. covered slide-prone tracks in Everett where monitors were…

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December 3, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Northline Sounder service set to resume Tuesday morning

The Northline Sounder train service between Everett and Seattle is scheduled to be back on its regular schedule starting Tuesday morning. Mudslides have prompted several service cancellations since Thanksgiving week. However, because of a forecast for heavy rainfall, Sound Transit still advises passengers to check its website for updates before heading for the train…

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