Bellamy Pailthorp

U.S.
12:29 am
Thu March 19, 2015

One Year After Mudslide, First Responders Tackle Emotional Damage

A sign memorializes the devastating mudslide that killed 43 people in Oso, Wash., one year ago.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:21 pm

One year ago, a mudslide wreaked havoc on Oso, a small community in Washington state. It took just a few minutes to topple dozens of homes, leaving 43 people dead. Volunteers and first responders rushed to the scene to save trapped residents. Yet, remarkably, none of them were hurt, at least not physically.

In the weeks and months following the landslide, thousands of people from the outlying areas formed teams. Loggers brought in heavy equipment; Red Cross and other groups organized volunteers and protected families from the throngs of media.

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Logging Regs After Oso
7:07 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Wash. State Mulling New Logging Regs After Deadly Oso Slide

The state’s Forest Practices Board is in the process of updating permitting guidelines to help prevent unsafe logging. Scientists did not specifically implicate logging in the Oso slide.
Credit Snohomish County / Flickr

How to prevent unsafe logging on steep slopes that could cause future landslides will be at the center of discussions tomorrow in Olympia.

In the wake of the Oso tragedy, the state’s Forest Practices Board is in the process of updating permitting guidelines. The board is rewriting the section of its manual that deals with unstable slopes, based on the latest and best advice from a panel of geologists. State Forester Aaron Everett says while the guidelines are not binding, they should make it harder for companies seeking to log in unsafe areas.

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Around the Nation
1:32 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Hiking Trail From Mexico To Canada More Popular Than Ever

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 7:09 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

The Pacific Crest Trail is one of the nation's iconic hiking routes. It stretches more than 2,600 miles between Mexico and Canada and this year a record number of people are hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. In fact, as many as 500 are expected to finish the entire trek. From member station KPLU in Seattle, Bellamy Pailthorp reports on how the experience is changing as more people do it.

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