Oso Washington

City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

The Oso Mudslides: Lessons For Oregon

Meeting Date: July 11, 2014

Air Date: July 14, 2014

Landslides are intrinsic to the geology of the Pacific Northwest. Many natural features of this region resulted from slides triggered by weather or seismic activity. Less than 4 months ago, about 350 miles from Eugene, a massive landslide was hard to miss.

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Washington Landslide
6:45 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Darrington Rodeo: Young Woman Lets Go Of Oso Landslide On The Back Of A Fast Horse

Alexis Blakey, 20, of Oso, Wash., helped rescue horses and search for survivors and the dead after the landslide earlier this year. She says running barrels with her horse Tax helps her hit the pause button on memories of the landslide for a few brief moments.
Credit Anna King

Now we’re going to take you to a small timber-town rodeo in Washington. In the town of Darrington, the Timberbowl Rodeo saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal up a bit from this year's nearby terrible Oso landslide. Correspondent Anna King was there, and has this profile of a young rodeo cowgirl.

Alexis Blakey knows nearly everyone here. She’s 20, and today is her hometown rodeo. She’s working on achieving her pro-rodeo status for barrel racing. And Alexis wants this win.

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Natural Disaster
11:19 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Highway 530 Closure Has Deep Impacts On Community

It’s been three weeks now since the landslide hit the tiny community of Oso. Those residents and people from the nearby towns of Darrington and Arlington are still grieving and still trying to pick up the pieces. And one huge impediment is highway 530: parts of it are still closed. That’s the main thoroughfare there. For Darrington residents, not having that road is a big problem. Mayor Dan Rankin says his town is kind of a disaster within a disaster.

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Washington Landslide
8:30 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Landslide Death Toll Rises, Number Of Missing Drops

Diners at the Bluebird Café in downtown Arlington, Washington observe a moment of silence to mark one week since the landslide disaster.
Credit Chris Lehman

The death toll has risen to 18 following the devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. One bright spot: The number of people missing has fallen dramatically. It's now down to 30.

Searchers are still pulling bodies from the debris…sometimes in pieces. Steve Schertzinger is a chaplain  with the nearby Marysville Police Department. He describes what it was like to deliver bad news to a grieving family member.

Steve Schertzinger: "We sat down and I just said well, the waiting is over. And then I cried. I cried."

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Environment
9:48 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Logging The Edge Of Oso Slide's No-logging Zone

Washington Department of Natural Resources image shows 2005 clearcut extending into no-logging zone at site of Oso landslide.
Credit Washington Department of Natural Resources

Washington State officials say they didn't approve clearcutting inside a no-logging zone directly above Saturday's deadly landslide in the town of Oso. But aerial photos show a clearcut extending into the zone where a loss of trees would heighten the risk of landslides.

Removing forest cover can increase the amount of rain water that finds its way underground. Geologists say the extra groundwater can destabilize the already unstable soils deep beneath landslide zones.

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Environment
9:26 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Would Oregon Forestry Rules Have Stopped Logging Above The Oso Landslide?

Credit Washington State Patrol

After heavy rains triggered fatal landslides in 1996, Oregon rewrote its rules on where logging can happen in landslide-prone areas.

Oregon law now clearly states that you can't log in areas with where logging could trigger a public safety risk from a certain type of landslide.

That is -- the type of landslide that sends a thin layer of soil washing down a slope and taking everything on the surface along with it. Removing trees from steep slopes can raise the risk of that kind of landslide. John Seward's job with the Oregon Department of Forestry is to avoid that risk.

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Land Use Planning/Disasters
8:43 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Landslide Science Not Connecting With County Planning Decisions

Bonnie Brown's cabin in Oso, Washington before the March 22 landslide.
Credit Bonnie Brown

The Northwest is a region prone to landslides. That, of course, is on many people’s minds as the town of Oso, Washington recovers from the tragic slide that happened there this past weekend. There is a lot of scientific data and maps showing where landslides have occurred in the past. The question is whether or not it’s getting used.

Bonnie Brown sent me a picture of the cabin her parents built on the Stillaguamish River in the 70s.

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