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Mudslide communities getting tourism money

OLYMPIA — Areas near the Oso mudslide will get some state money to boost tourism this summer as a way to help their economies.

Gov. Jay Inslee approved a $150,000 request from the state Commerce Department to supplement local business and government spending on promoting Darrington and the Stillaguamish Valley as a destination for summer travelers, helping to combat public perception that getting to the region is difficult.

It will promote businesses and attractions accessible by Highway 20 and summer events like the Darrington Timberbowl Rodeo, Summer Meltdown and Bluegrass Festival, targeting potential travelers in the Puget Sound and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Obama to tour mudslide April 22

(Editor's note: This is an update of the short story that first appeared this morning on the newspaper's website. It generated more than 100 comments there, and you can join the conversation by clicking here.)

OLYMPIA — President Obama will make a stop in Washington later this month to visit parts of Snohomish County devastated by the March 22 mudslide.

Obama will visit on April 22 to get a first-hand look at the devastation and the communities’ reaction in Oso, Arlington and Darrington, the White House announced Tuesday morning. He plans to meet with families, first responders and recovery workers. . . 

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FEMA gives Oso mudslide emergency declaration

OLYMPIA — The Federal Emergency Management Administration issued a verbal declaration that makes the area around the Snohomish County mudslide eligible for immediate assistance.

Gov. Jay Inslee received assurance from FEMA this morning that it will issue a limited emergency declaration for the mudslide area which will include an Incident Management Assistance Team and other federal personnel. The notice “means we will receive immediate assistance from specialists and clears the way for more aid in search and rescue, recovery and rebuilding,” Inslee said in a press release.

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