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.
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.”
As of Friday, April 11, the official death toll of the Oso mudslide included 36 victims in the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office, all of whom were identified:
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.
ARLINGTON — As of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, the official death toll of the Oso mudslide included 28 victims in the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office, of whom 22 had been identified and six had not, while another victim's body was found in the debris during the day, but had not been added to the official count, because the body had not been retrieved and sent to the ME's office.
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.
The list of those missing or unaccounted for after the March 22 Oso mudslide has been lowered from 90 to 30.
ARLINGTON — The official death toll of the March 22 Oso mudslide is holding steady at 17 as of March 28, according to county officials who took the time to explain exactly how those death tolls are determined.
Search and rescue crews are continuing their efforts in the wake Oso mudslide on March 22, and officials have revised the number of people still missing from 176 to 90. Officials said that there are 16 confirmed dead and believe they have located, but not yet recovered, an additional nine victims.
ARLINGTON — "I've seen so many wonderful things these last few days, and the things that I've seen, the love and support for this community, will sustain me for many years to come," Snohomish County Executive John Lovick said, as he opened county officials' second and final press conference of the day on Tuesday, March 25, to discuss the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of the Oso landslide on Saturday, March 22.
Snohomish County Executive John Lovick described Monday, March 24, as "a day of progress and sadness," as six more were confirmed dead as a result of the Oso landslide on Saturday, March 22, bringing the disaster's total death toll to 14, and reports of missing and unaccounted for persons in the area escalated from 108 at the start of the day to 176 by the time county officials conducted their third and final press conference of the day, outside of the Arlington Police Station.