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August 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Agencies raised $9 million for Oso mudslide recovery

The Associated Press EVERETT — More than $9 million has been raised to help recovery efforts in the five months since a mudslide wiped out a neighborhood in Oso and blocked the highway to Darrington. The Daily Herald reports United Way of Snohomish County and the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation together have raised more than $4.5 million….

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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 10, 2014 at 5:43 PM

STEM project to help Darrington students

A raft trip on the Sauk River near Darrington on Friday will highlight the creation of an effort to help Darrington students explore science-based avenues of study that could lead to careers in outdoor recreation or resource management. Oak Rankin, leader of the pilot project for the Darrington Youth Outdoor STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)…

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May 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Saturday Memo: 520 bridge closed … Inslee lunches with billionaire … It’s Darrington Day

National Weather Service forecast Traffic: The Highway 520 bridge is closed until 5 a.m.  Monday.  Lots of summer roadwork and traffic tie-ups are ahead. Here’s a guide to the gridlock. Which billionaire did Inslee invite for lunch? California billionaire Tom Steyer, a major political ally in Gov. Jay Inslee’s efforts to pass…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Casey Kasem, Darrington, Gov. Jay Inslee

May 26, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Family confirms ID of long-missing mudslide victim

The Associated Press The family of a man missing since the March 22 landslide near Oso says the latest remains discovered were his. Steven Hadaway was installing a satellite television dish at a home when the slide struck. The 53-year-old’s brother confirmed to KIRO-TV on Monday that the remains found last Thursday were Steven Hadaway’s. The remains…

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May 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM

$25,000 state grant will help Darrington rodeo

Gov. Jay Inslee today approved $25,000 in state aid to help this year’s Darrington Timberbowl Rodeo, June 21-22, part of the Inslee administration’s efforts to boost tourism to the mudslide-stricken area this year. Today’s grant is in addition to a $150,000 allocation the governor recently for a publicity and marketing campaign to tout the North Fork…

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May 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Saturday Memo: Police send message to new chief … Wooing tourists post-mudslide … Sounders play tonight

Weather: Nice, with increasing chance for showers later today. Upper 60s. Chance for rain increases Sunday. National Weather Service forecast Traffic: In Seattle, the right lane of the southbound Alaskan Way Viaduct and the South Atlantic Street offramp are closed until 5 p.m. today — a couple of hours before the Sounders…

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May 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Mount Vernon PR firm to tout Stillaguamish Valley

BrandQuery, a marketing firm based in Mount Vernon, has been awarded a $150,000 contract to boost tourism in communities hit by the March 22 Highway 530 mudslide. The contract awarded today will be financed by an allocation Gov. Jay Inslee authorized last week from the state Department of Commerce’s strategic reserve fund. The campaign is expected to…

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May 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Travelers to Darrington events may use SR530 mudslide bypass

State Transportation (WSDOT) officials today loosened restrictions on use of a one-lane road that bypasses the Highway 530 mudslide, saying that people headed to community events in the highway corridor may travel the route. “We’re thrilled,” said Martha Rasmussen, an organizer of Darrington Day on May 31.  “Without that road we would have been sunk.” The decision will also help visitors headed to…

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