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Disasters (general)

Day 33 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was verified Wednesday, April 23. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.

Date: 04/23/2014 | Local News


Costs of Wanapum Dam crack pegged at $61 million

EPHRATA — Dealing with that cracked dam on the Columbia River is going to cost about $61 million.That’s the estimate given Tuesday to the Grant County Public Utility District.

Date: 04/22/2014 | Northwest


2 more mudslide victims identified

EVERETT — Two more victims of the Oso mudslide have been identified, and the missing list is down to two.

Date: 04/22/2014 | Local News


Day 32 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was verified Tuesday, April 22. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/22/2014 | Local News


Plight of child-abuse suspect tugs at public’s heart

PHOENIX — Depending on the point of view, Shanesha Taylor is either a negligent mom who deserves being charged with child abuse or an overwhelmed single mom who made a mistake while trying to provide for her children.

Date: 04/22/2014 | Nation & World


United Way gives out additional relief funds to slide efforts

EVERETT — The United Way of Snohomish County has sent out an additional $400,000 in relief money to benefit two social services groups on the front lines of providing aid to families affected by the Oso mudslide.The United Way is...

Date: 04/22/2014 | Local News


Presidential past

Obama, 5 others have visited Snohomish County

Date: 04/22/2014 | Local News


Death toll in ferry sinking tops 100

JINDO, South Korea — One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week...

Date: 04/21/2014 | Nation & World


Preparations under way for president's visit

EVERETT — President Barack Obama will visit the site of the Oso mudslide today, marking one month since the disaster that took at least 41 lives and destroyed a state highway.The president will meet with victims’ families, survivors and...

Date: 04/21/2014 | Local News


Day 31 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was verified Monday, April 21. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.

Date: 04/21/2014 | Local News


Mudslide death toll rises by 2 to 41

EVERETT — The death toll from the mudslide that hit the town of Oso has risen to 41.

Date: 04/21/2014 | Local News


Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

KATMANDU, Nepal — Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain’s history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official said Monday.

Date: 04/21/2014 | Nation & World


Soldier who may have killed Pat Tillman haunted by remorse

Ten years after Pat Tillman’s death by friendly fire, it’s still not certain who shot the NFL player-turned-Army-corporal in Afghanistan. But one of the three Army Rangers who opened fire says he can’t shake the fact that he might be at fault.

Date: 04/21/2014 | Nation & World


Landslide threatens survival of fire districts in Oso, Darrington

OSO — The mudslide that claimed more than three dozen lives also could threaten the financial survival of the Oso and Darrington fire districts.While the fire districts expect to be reimbursed for the initial emergency response, the March 22 slide also destroyed some...

Date: 04/21/2014 | Local News


Day 30 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was verified Friday, April 18. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.

Date: 04/21/2014 | Local News


Landslide costs mount to $65 million a month after disaster

OLYMPIA — The economic toll of the deadly March 22 mudslide has risen rapidly since President Barack Obama declared it a major disaster.

Date: 04/21/2014 | Local News


Muddy wasteland awaits Obama’s visit to Oso slide

OSO — The floodwaters that covered the dead have been drained. Whirring excavators scoop shattered timber and deep muck. Outside each cab, a sentry studies the overturned debris for any sign of the last missing victims.

Date: 04/21/2014 | Local News


Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

JINDO, South Korea — Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside a sunken South Korean ferry Monday, securing a new entryway into the wreck, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing. The...

Date: 04/20/2014 | Nation & World


Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help

PERTH, Australia — As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing early Monday after one of its tires burst on takeoff.

Date: 04/20/2014 | Nation & World


Financial help

Viewpoints: Ways to lighten slide victims' burden

Date: 04/20/2014 | Commentary


Saved from the rubble

Love and humor help slide survivors bear their losses

Date: 04/20/2014 | Local News


Day 29 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was verified Friday, April 18. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/20/2014 | Local News


Coast guard rescues sailor near Port Townsend

PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a sailor whose boat capsized six miles north of Port Townsend.Coast Guard spokesman Nathan Littlejohn says a response boat arrived on the scene Saturday afternoon to find that the sailor had managed to right the overturned boat.

Date: 04/19/2014 | Northwest


Boy hiker, 12, killed by falling tree in the Olympics

LILLIWAUP — A Mason County sheriff’s spokesman says a 12-year-old boy was struck and killed by a falling tree while hiking in the Olympic National Forest.

Date: 04/19/2014 | Northwest


Proposed timber sale near mudslide is deferred

OLYMPIA — A proposed timber sale near the site of last month’s deadly mudslide has been deferred.

Date: 04/18/2014 | Local News


Day 28 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was verified Friday, April 18. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/18/2014 | Local News


Detective describes frantic first moments after mudslide

DARRINGTON — Terry Haldeman was in his gym shorts when the neighbors called.A flood had carried a house onto Highway 530.Haldeman's youngest son had been up sick the night before. For the first time in months, he'd missed his Saturday morning...

Date: 04/18/2014 | Local News


Water rising with 4 still missing

EVERETT — As water rose in the North Fork Stillaguamish River, county officials on Thursday said they had identified all 39 bodies recovered so far from the debris field of the March 22 mudslide near Oso.The...

Date: 04/17/2014 | Local News


Day 27 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Thursday, April 17. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.

Date: 04/17/2014 | Local News


Man’s body found in canal near Benton City

BENTON CITY — The Benton County sheriff’s office suspects a man had been drinking and accidentally fell into an irrigation canal near Benton City.His body was found Wednesday on a weed screen at a Bureau of Reclamation power station.

Date: 04/17/2014 | Northwest


Fish ladder working at Wanapum Dam

BEVERLY — The modified fish ladders are working at the damaged Wanapum Dam, but wildlife officials are still catching and transporting some salmon and steelhead around the structure in trucks.

Date: 04/17/2014 | Northwest


Highway 530 solution seen as crucial — and complicated

ARLINGTON — A handwritten note on a flip chart in the Stillaguamish Senior Center summed up some of the frustrations people have with the closure of Highway 530 since the March 22 mudslide:"6 a.m. not early enough — school employees, some start at 6:30 a.m. in...

Date: 04/17/2014 | Local News


3 more mudslide victims identified; 39 dead, 4 missing

EVERETT — Authorities have identified three more bodies pulled from the debris of the mudslide near the town of Oso last month, leaving four names on the list of the missing.

Date: 04/17/2014 | Local News


County's volunteer rescue teams raising money

EVERETT — Working the Oso mudslide has brought Snohomish County's volunteer helicopter rescue crews into the public eye, just as the team has been struggling to stay financially afloat.The team previously had relied on revenue from a federal timber tax that expired.

Date: 04/17/2014 | Local News


Day 26 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Wednesday, April 16. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/16/2014 | Local News


Mudslide cost could hit $20M, county says

OSO — For Snohomish County government alone, the cost of the Oso mudslide could reach $20 million, an official said Wednesday.The county expects to be reimbursed for 75 percent of its expenses responding to the disaster. The process requires extensive documentation,...

Date: 04/16/2014 | Local News


Confirmed mudslide death toll rises to 39

EVERETT — The death toll from the mudslide that hit the town of Oso has risen to 39.

Date: 04/16/2014 | Local News


Day 25 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Tuesday, April 15. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.

Date: 04/15/2014 | Local News


Machinists chip in for gas cards

In a blog post here last week, I highlighted some of the contributions to relief efforts for the Oso mudslide made by the

Date: 04/14/2014 | Aerospace Blog


Day 24 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Monday, April 14. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed dead: 36

Date: 04/14/2014 | Local News


A place for prayer, comfort

Area residents find both at Oso Community Chapel

Date: 04/13/2014 | Local News


Day 23 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Sunday, April 13. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed dead: 36

Date: 04/13/2014 | Local News


Where they lived

Steelhead Drive was a community of neighbors

Date: 04/13/2014 | Local News


6 days in disaster zone

Firefighter finds Darrington has unshakable will

Date: 04/13/2014 | Local News


Day 22 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Saturday, April 12. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/12/2014 | Local News


State Patrol: Mudslide area not for tourists

ARLINGTON — Three weeks after the deadly Oso mudslide, the Washington State Patrol wants drivers to know the slide area is “not a tourist attraction.”

Date: 04/12/2014 | Northwest


Wanapum Dam crack forces $7M in fish-ladder work

WENATCHEE — A crack in the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River and the ensuing reduction of water levels have prompted crews to carry out about $7 million worth of work on fish ladders for chinook salmon.

Date: 04/12/2014 | Northwest


Family of fatally shot hostage tries to understand

SEATTLE — Relatives of an aspiring television producer from Washington state who was mistakenly killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies are remembering John Winkler as “a kind, funny, smart young man,” and say they’re trying to understand why he died “in such a tragic way.”

Date: 04/12/2014 | Northwest


Slowly moving forward

‘It’s the little things that are going to hold us together'

Date: 04/12/2014 | Local News


Inslee seeks farm disaster aid for Oso mudslide

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the federal government to declare Snohomish County as a farm disaster area so farmers and ranchers affected by the deadly Oso mudslide could seek financial and other help.

Date: 04/11/2014 | Local News


Day 21 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Friday, April 11. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/11/2014 | Local News


From shoelaces to penny drives, students find ways to honor victims

ARLINGTON — The shoelaces are yellow. It was his favorite color.A memorial service is planned this weekend for Oso mudslide victim Jovon "Jojo" Mangual, 13.His classmates from Post Middle School plan to wear yellow shoelaces to remember him.More...

Date: 04/11/2014 | Local News


Machinists, Boeing chip in for Oso slide

Machinists union members working at the Boeing Co. have pitched in to raise money for people affected by the Oso mudslide.

Date: 04/10/2014 | Aerospace Blog


Day 20 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Thursday, April 10. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/10/2014 | Local News


Dozens evacuated in Wyoming as ground slips

Associated PressJACKSON, Wyo. — Dozens of Jackson, Wyo., residents who were evacuated after land began shifting on a hillside in the resort town are waiting to find out if and when they can return home.

Date: 04/10/2014 | Nation & World


Help for recovery

Berm will help searchers examine a flooded area

Date: 04/09/2014 | Local News


Mudslide survivor's story

'I did not let that baby go for one second,' Oso woman says

Date: 04/09/2014 | Local News


Day 19 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Wednesday, April 9. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.

Date: 04/09/2014 | Local News


Mobilized behind the scenes

Majority of Red Cross workers are volunteers

Date: 04/09/2014 | Local News


N.C. town with deep kinship to hold fundraiser

Mountain Faith has played the Darrington Bluegrass Festival. On Friday, the band will take the stage at an outdoor...

Date: 04/09/2014 | Local News


President to visit

Obama to come to Oso mudslide site April 22

Date: 04/08/2014 | Local News


Day 18 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Tuesday, April 8. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed dead: 35

Date: 04/08/2014 | Local News


Mother, son loved living on Steelhead Drive

OSO — Adam Farnes quickly took a liking to his new neighborhood.It was one of those places where people knew each other. And that was familiar to the Farnes family.

Date: 04/07/2014 | Local News


Federal aid not just for victims of mudslide

As recovery crews continue the backbreaking work of searching through the Oso mudslide for signs of the missing, the aftereffects of the disaster are starting to be tallied.For disasters like the mudslide, Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, the road to longer-term...

Date: 04/07/2014 | Local News


Day 17 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Monday, April 7. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/07/2014 | Local News


William Welsh remembered as 'a very giving man'

ARLINGTON — William E. "Bill" Welsh was by all accounts a generous man.A trained electrician, he never hesitated to help friends and acquaintances who needed his skills.That's what Welsh was doing March 22 — helping install a water heater in a home on...

Date: 04/07/2014 | Local News


Farewell to 4 more victims; work on berm begins

EVERETT — There was the formal military goodbye: the playing of taps, the firing of three volleys of shots, and folded American flags given to family members.There also were tearful farewells as an estimated 350 people turned out Sunday morning at the Everett Holiday...

Date: 04/06/2014 | Local News


Mudslide survivors wonder: Why are we alive?

It was a sound like a jet engine. Then a forest of trees collapsed. And all was quiet except for the calls for help.

Date: 04/06/2014 | Local News


Homeland Security, FEMA chiefs visit mudslide

EVERETT — Leaders of two federal agencies responding to the Oso mudslide visited the debris field on Sunday.

Date: 04/06/2014 | Local News


Day 16 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Sunday, April 6. The names were released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/06/2014 | Local News


Help for recovery effort comes from miles away

Joan Grogan remembers just one disaster in Dillon, Mont., where she and her husband own a store on South Montana Street. Their 3-D Gift Shop bills itself as the “biggest little store” in town.

Date: 04/06/2014 | Local News


Overwhelming sight

Helicopter rescuers describe what they first saw in Oso

Date: 04/05/2014 | Local News


Day 15 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Saturday, April 5. The information was verified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/05/2014 | Local News


Top forestry official says clear-cut blame is 'speculative'

OSO — The state's top forestry official on Friday said a 2005 timber harvest is not the cause of the fatal Oso mudslide.A clear-cut area on the hill above the Steelhead Haven neighborhood has led to finger-pointing about the role it may have played in the March 22...

Date: 04/05/2014 | Local News


United Way donation offers new resource for victims

ARLINGTON — People who have been directly affected by the mudslide have a new resource for help, thanks to a donation from the United Way.Earlier this week, the United Way of Snohomish County announced

Date: 04/05/2014 | Local News


Numbers updated: 30 dead, 29 identified, 13 missing

EVERETT — Officials have made rapid progress this week identifying bodies recovered from the March 22 Oso mudslide.

Date: 04/04/2014 | Local News


Day 14 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Friday, April 4. The information was verified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/04/2014 | Local News


No serious toxicity detected at mudslide

OSO — A muddy mattress lies crumpled to one side. A flowery couch cushion pokes out of the debris. Tires lie stacked on the ground.Pieces of people’s shattered lives can be seen everywhere at the landslide that devastated a rural neighborhood just two weeks...

Date: 04/04/2014 | Local News


Searchers anticipate rain this weekend

Update, 10 a.m., April 4: Officials dropped the list of missing to 15 on Friday morning.-----------------------OSO — As two more names were added to the list of Oso mudslide victims...

Date: 04/03/2014 | Local News


Baby boy dies at Entiat home while taking nap

WENATCHEE — The Chelan County sheriff’s office says a 5-month-old boy died while taking a nap Wednesday evening in the same bed with a 2-year-old and an adult man.He told deputies when he woke up he found the baby unconscious and not breathing. The baby could not be revived.

Date: 04/03/2014 | Northwest


Day 13 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Thursday, April 3. The information was verified either by Snohomish County officials or family members. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/03/2014 | Local News


Catholic church to help with funeral, burial costs

ARLINGTON — Grieving families have asked, and a Catholic priest here has answered. People who lost loved ones in the Oso mudslide will not be burdened by funeral and burial costs."People have drifted in here and asked for help with funeral services. None have...

Date: 04/03/2014 | Local News


State law delayed firefighters' response to mudslide

OSO — Eric Andrews knew it was futile, but he had to try.Andrews, the Gold Bar fire chief, is in charge of requesting the statewide fire mobilization for this part of Washington.When a big wildfire strikes in Snohomish County, that tool is ready to be used...

Date: 04/03/2014 | Local News


Day 12 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Wednesday, April 2. The information was verified either by Snohomish County officials or family members. Unless otherwise noted, the hometown is Oso.Officially confirmed...

Date: 04/02/2014 | Local News


Memorial garden to honor slide victims

When Marla Skaglund walks by Japanese maples on her property, she thinks of her husband. He died in 2005. She tends flowering shrubs on her 10 acres near Darrington in honor of her mother, who died in 2004. Skaglund lost her dad in 1991. Big trees on the land remind her of him.

Date: 04/01/2014 | Local News


Day 11 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Tuesday, April 1. The information was verified either by Snohomish County officials or family members. The most recently identified victims are listed first. Unless otherwise noted, the...

Date: 04/01/2014 | Local News


Day 10 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Monday, March 31. The information was verified either by Snohomish County officials or family members. The most recently identified victims are listed first. Unless otherwise noted, the...

Date: 03/31/2014 | Local News


Officials update death count; 30 still missing

ARLINGTON — As search crews comb through the Oso landslide debris field looking for victims, they are also bagging personal items to be returned to survivors.Snohomish County is still working out the process...

Date: 03/30/2014 | Local News


‘I wanted to be a good mom, like my mom’

ARLINGTON — Natasha Huestis will always be grateful for a gift from her mother. That gift was time — the chance for Huestis to spend every day of her baby girl’s life as a stay-home mom.Now the young woman has lost them both, her mother and her child.

Date: 03/30/2014 | Local News


Day 9 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Sunday, March 30. The information was verified either by Snohomish County officials or family members. The most recently identified victims are listed first. Unless otherwise noted, the...

Date: 03/30/2014 | Local News


Inslee: Plans in works for housing, roads

ARLINGTON — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee took another tour of the site of the massive Oso landslide by helicopter Sunday, saying the scene is considerably different than last week.

Date: 03/30/2014 | Local News


Search dogs take break from mudslide recovery

DARRINGTON — Families coping with the loss of friends, neighbors and normalcy sought comfort in church services Sunday as crews worked to recover more victims from the soggy pile of mud that buried a small mountainside community near Oso eight days ago.

Date: 03/30/2014 | Local News


Baby rescued from Oso mudslide recovering

SEATTLE — The 5-month-old baby rescued from the Oso landslide is listed in serious condition and improving at Harborview Medical Center.The hospital said Sunday that Duke Suddarth remains in the intensive care unit.

Date: 03/30/2014 | Local News


No national system to track landslide hazards

SEATTLE — People living in the path of the deadly Oso landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn’t even know the hillside could give way at any...

Date: 03/30/2014 | Local News


Darrington's grit and heart

Amidst marathon of recovery, community is a family, as it has been for generations

Date: 03/30/2014 | Local News


Landslide terrain widespread

30,000 live in potential hazard zones in county, but finding degree of risk is complicated

Date: 03/30/2014 | Local News


In covering a disaster, The Herald relies on trust to get it right

Daily Herald reporters have written tens of thousands of stories and Herald photographers have published almost as many photos from 1213 California St. in Everett, the newspaper's home since 1959.On Monday, the staff will unpack and resume work from a new office at 41st...

Date: 03/30/2014 | Here at The Herald


List of missing now at 30

18th victim identified; searchers battle through heavy rain in debris field

Date: 03/29/2014 | Local News


Day 8 list of mudslide victims

The following people are confirmed dead in the March 22 mudslide near Oso. This list was updated Saturday, March 29. The information was verified either by Snohomish County officials or family members. The most recently identified victims are listed first. Unless otherwise noted, the...

Date: 03/29/2014 | Local News


A pause for those lost

Work stops briefly in Oso and across the state to remember slide victims

Date: 03/29/2014 | Local News




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