OSO — President Barack Obama's visit to the area on Tuesday, April 22, culminated in a press conference in the Oso Fire Station that afternoon, after he'd had a chance to survey the damage done by the March 22 Oso mudslide, as well as to speak with the slide's first responders and the families of the slide's victims.
ARLINGTON — Although they weren’t able to move past the Pacific Northwest District Championships in Portland, Ore., on Friday, April 11, the Arlington High School NeoBots FIRST Robotics Team 2903 ultimately achieved its most successful season in its six years of competing against other schools in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
As of Tuesday, April 22, the official death toll of the Oso mudslide included 41 victims in the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office, all of whom were identified:
Snohomish County Elections has released the preliminary results for the April 22 Special Election.
ARLINGTON — As of Tuesday, April 8, the Arlington Community Food Bank marked a full week of operation and customer service in its new location, which volunteers reported was hectic even without the addition of clients from Oso and Darrington, but the Food Bank continued to receive donations from members of those communities, and has been able to serve all of its clients with a new and improved customer service layout.
SMOKEY POINT — Snohomish County and Washington State Department of Transportation officials answered questions and responded to the concerns of citizens during a Wednesday, April 16, community meeting on how their agencies plan to deal with the wake of the Oso mudslide.
MARYSVILLE — On the holiest day in the calendar of the Sikh faith, the members of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Marysville demonstrated one of the central tenets of their religion — that of charity toward others, regardless of their backgrounds — by raising $4,100 and presenting it to Snohomish County Executive John Lovick on Sunday, April 13, the Marysville temple’s observance of Vaisakhi, so that Lovick could deliver that check to the United Way of Snohomish County in turn.
Ballots have already been mailed to residents of the cities of Arlington and Marysville, and the Lakewood School District, for the Snohomish County Special Election on Tuesday, April 22.
ARLINGTON — Concerns about setting precedents were raised by Arlington City Council members who nonetheless wished to support their sister community of Oso, during the Council's discussions on Monday, April 7, of whether to reduce cemetery fees for the victims of the Oso mudslide.
OSO — The Oso mudslide recovery effort received some welcome news on Wednesday, April 2, when President Obama approved a major disaster declaration for not only Snohomish County, but also the Stillaguamish, Tulalip and Sauk-Suiattle tribes. However, its progress continues to be measured at an incremental pace, two weeks after the disaster which swept across State Route 530 and the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River.
OSO — Another week of steady incremental progress in recovery work at the site of the Oso mudslide was highlighted by President Barack Obama confirming reports from Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and U.S. senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell that he will visit the scene of the mudslide on April 22.
SMOKEY POINT — Snohomish County Council member Ken Klein had planned on addressing the Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 8, about his first few months in office, but as the Arlington native noted, “All our lives were radically changed by what happened in Oso.”
ARLINGTON — Shortly before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, the Arlington Police Department was dispatched to a residence in the 6800 block of 188th Street NE, for reports of an assault with a weapon. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 26-year-old Arlington woman with a gunshot wound to the head, and requested immediate medical attention by the Arlington Fire Department. The victim was transported by Arlington Fire personnel to the Arlington Municipal Airport, for airlift to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle by an awaiting Airlift Northwest helicopter.
President Barack Obama has confirmed reports from Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and U.S. senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell that he will visit the scene of the Oso mudslide on April 22.
MARYSVILLE — The Snohomish County Regional Veterans’ Job and Resource Fair was unable to return to the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Marysville on Thursday, April 3, due to the ongoing response to the Oso mudslide, so the Totem Recreation Center at the Naval Support Complex, just a block east, played host to the event’s 50 on-site employers and hundreds of visitors.
Residents of the 10th Legislative District will have the opportunity to take part in an hour-long “telephone town hall” with state Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, on Wednesday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m.
TULALIP — As Tulalip Tribal Board Chair Mel Sheldon Jr. and Vice Chair Deborah Parker extended their thoughts and prayers to those who have been hit by the impact of the Oso mudslide on March 22, they recalled how their own Native American ancestors suffered similar disasters in that same Camano Head area, as recently as the 1800s.
Naval Station Everett Fleet and Family Support Center will host a biannual Veterans Job Fair Thursday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their Smokey Point Totem Recreation Center (13922 45th Ave, Marysville). All veterans and their family members are welcome to attend.
The Employment Security Department has activated a special unemployment-benefits phone line for people affected by the Oso mudslide.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office has released the names of 17 victims of the March 22 Oso mudslide that it has positively identified.