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Oso Slide
5:15 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Inslee Happy With Federal Aid For Landslide, But Says It Won't 'Make People Whole'

Searchers work with heavy equipment near the edge of a deadly mudslide, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Gov. Jay Inslee says he's pleased with the federal disaster relief flowing to the state for last month's deadly landslide in Snohomish County. But during an interview with public radio Wednesday, Inslee said the arrival of the Federal Emergency Management Agency aid does not replace private charity.

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Oso Slide
2:01 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Slide Survivor Haunted By Memories Of 'Horrible, Rumbling, Wet' Sound, Guilt

Washington mudslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc, left, talks to the media with her partner Ty Suddarth at Harborview Medical Center, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Seattl
AP Photo/The Herald, Dan Bates, Pool

Amanda Skorjanc was sitting in her kitchen with her baby son, Duke, when she heard “what sounded like a truck off a rumble strip.”

“And then it continued, and I thought, ‘Oh, maybe it’s an earthquake.’ And then the light started to shake. The light started to blink,” said the 25-year-old mother.

Skorjanc looked out the side door of her Oso home, and saw nothing. Then she looked out the front door.

“It was like a movie. Houses were exploding,” she said, fighting back tears. “The next thing I see is the neighbor’s chimney coming in through our front door. And I turned and I held Duke, and I did not let him go.”

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Oso Slide
9:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 35

Workers move debris at the scene of a deadly mudslide, torn off from the hill at upper left almost two weeks earlier, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says one more person has been added to the list of people killed in the Washington state mudslide.

Authorities said Tuesday afternoon that at least 35 people have died, but officials are still working to identify four of them.

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Oso Slide
8:41 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Obama To Visit Site Of Deadly Mudslide, Meet Families And Emergency Responders

A soccer ball sits adjacent to the Whitehorse Trail near where it landed after a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash
AP Photo

Pres. Barack Obama will visit the site of the deadly mudslide in Snohomish County and meet with family members of victims and first responders, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday.

The governor said the president will visit the community of Oso later this month, during the week of April 21.  His visit will come approximately one month after the disaster.

"This will give the president the opportunity to see firsthand the devastation wrought by the slide as well as the incredible community spirit flourishing in Oso, Arlington and Darrington," Inslee said in a statement. 

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Oso Slide
9:32 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Death Toll In Mudslide Rises To 33

A demolished recreational vehicle lies in a debris field at the scene of a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 33.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says it has received three more victims than previously reported. Of those, 30 have been identified.

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Oso Slide
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

In Wake Of Deadly Slide, Chaplains Responding To Emotional Emergencies

Based at the Darrington fire station, Reverend Owen Couch greets first responders when they come in from long days searching in the muck.
Rae Ellen Bichell KPLU

As the weeks go by after the deadly mudslide in Oso, the number of volunteers helping to clean up the muddy mess is dwindling. But there’s another team working on an invisible mess — the emotional one. They’re volunteer, emergency response chaplains. Long after the funerals are over and the debris has been disposed of, their work will continue. 

Steve Schertzinger, Owen Couch, and Suzanne and Ray Thompson were some of the first volunteers to arrive after the mudslide in Oso. The chaplains will likely be some of the last to leave. 

Since they retired as a nurse and a firefighter, Suzanne and Ray Thompson have bounced from disaster to disaster.

"Tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, ice storms," Ray Thompson recalled. "I've kind of lost count."

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Oso Slide
1:02 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Survivors Wonder: Why Are We Alive?

A demolished recreational vehicle lies near the edge of a debris field at the scene of a deadly mudslide, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

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

LoAnna Langton ran out of her house with her baby boy in her arms. Confused about what had just happened, she shouted for her children and their friends. She knew she needed to have her all her babies close at hand.

"Larry, Larry, did you see those trees? There's a hundred trees that just went down," she screamed to her neighbor, Larry Taylor, who opened his door and poked his head out.

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Oso Slide
1:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Oso Mudslide Victims Can Postpone Taxes Until Oct. 15

Tayler Drayton, 16, finishes painting words of support on a bus stop for those affected by a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Internal Revenue Service says victims of the Oso mudslide in Washington don't have to worry about the April 15 deadline. They will have until Oct. 15 to file their income tax returns.

The tax relief follows this week's federal disaster declaration.

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Oso Slide
4:09 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Lands Commissioner: Logging Factor In Oso Slide 'Entirely Speculative'

Trees tower above a now-barren hillside at the scene of a deadly mudslide that hit over a week before, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Speaking for the first time since the Oso landslide hit Snohomish County, Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark suggested anti-logging interests want to use the disaster to advance their cause.

In an exclusive interview, the two-term Democrat said he is indignant in the wake of news reports that have focused on past logging on the plateau above the slide.

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Oso Slide
11:59 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Universities, Bank Offer Financial Relief For Victims As Slide Death Toll Rises To 30

Emergency workers walk at the scene of a deadly mudslide that happened over a week earlier, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Washington State University will waive next year's tuition and fees for students who live near the site of the deadly March 22 mudslide in Snohomish County, school leaders announced this week.

The slide "was such an obvious tragedy for our state and for the folks in that area that the troops rallied early and discussions started about how WSU could help," said university spokesperson Kathy Barnard.

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Oso Slide
9:20 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Audio Slideshow: After A Devastating Mudslide, Moving Forward

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Oso Slide
10:24 am
Wed April 2, 2014

In Oso, The Grim Accounting Continues As United Way Prepares To Distribute Relief

Workers carrying hand tools and shovels walk past a U.S. flag Tuesday, April 1, 2014, near Darrington, Wash., in the debris field of the deadly mudslide that hit the community of Oso,Wash. on March 22, 2014.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Searchers painstakingly combing through mud and debris have confirmed the deaths of 29 people, though more have been found than the official tally reflects. Twenty people are listed as missing.

Father Tim Sauer, pastor of Catholic churches in communities on either side of the slide, said the first funerals are expected within the next several days.

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Oso Slide
9:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Death Toll From Oso Slide Climbs To 27

A searcher walks through a channel of water as a flag flies in the debris field Monday, March 31, 2014, near Darrington, Wash., at the site of the massive mudslide that hit the nearby community of Oso,Wash. on March 22, 2014.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The official death toll from Washington state's mudslide has increased to 27, with the Snohomish County medical examiner's office saying 19 victims have been positively identified. That's up from 24 dead with 18 identified on Monday.

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Oso Slide
3:23 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Slide Death Toll Rises To 24, Number Of Missing Drops to 22

Footprints from searchers remain in mud at the edge of a deadly mudslide Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Authorities say the official death toll from the deadly Washington state mudslide has increased to 24, and the number of missing has dropped from 30 to 22.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Monday that it has received a total of 24 victims, and 17 of them have been positively identified.

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Oso Slide
12:52 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Inslee Asks For Federal Disaster Declaration

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is asking President Barack Obama for a major disaster declaration in Snohomish County to make programs available to help individuals, households and businesses impacted by the massive Oso landslide on March 22.

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