The state Department of Natural Resources released its review on Tuesday, nine months after the deadliest landslide in U.S. history killed 43 people and devastated a community about 60 miles northeast of Seattle. In the aftermath of the disaster, questions were raised about logging in a 7-acre area at the top of the slope nearly a decade earlier.
"They would have been starting school this fall, and it's really, really difficult," said the boys' grandmother, Karen Psonka. "The strength and the courage. It's the things that we teach the kids that come here."
Zimbabwe's opposition MDC has expelled its treasurer and two senior party members for calling for leader Morgan Tsvangirai to quit, underscoring the rifts in the party in the wake of last year's landslide election defeat to President Robert Mugabe.
"We have to, at some point, expect the worst," a county official says. The remains of the massive landslide are seen on Monday, March 24. The first Washington State Patrol trooper arrives on the scene on March 22, according to the patrol's Twitter feed.
Sanoah Violet Huestis was with her grandmother, Christina Jefferds, on Saturday when the mudslide hit this community of several dozen homes on Steelhead Drive. Despite the wreckage and destruction, the air that blows across the site is fresh and cold, with the smell of the river and rain in it.
Hundreds of rescue workers spent a sixth day searching the aftermath of the landslide in Washington state, navigating treacherous conditions as officials clung to fading hopes that there may be survivors left in the carnage. The slide area spans a square mile, with the debris field itself posing significant challenges to the workers trying to locate bodies.
Buddy, the McPherson family's chocolate Labrador retriever, was found buried in the rubble after a landslide swallowed the family farm, according to HLN. At least 14 people have been found dead and over 100 were still missing this week, including the McPhersons' sister, Linda.
Dale Petersen said Thursday he and other family members "were told that it was her." The girl's grandmother, 45-year-old Christina A. Jefferds of Arlington, Wash., died in the slide. The mudslide hit the small town of Oso about 55 miles northeast of Seattle.