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In brief: Searchers still looking for Tacoma hiker

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. – Crews are still looking for a 64-year-old Tacoma man who went missing while hiking Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail last weekend.

National Park Service spokeswoman Casey Broom said there was still no sign of Edwin Birch as rescuers wrapped up their efforts Wednesday in the rugged, snow-covered terrain east and southeast of the mountain. They planned to resume looking today in a new area, near the headwaters of Ohanapecosh River.

Birch was last seen by his son Saturday as they hiked the popular, 93-mile Wonderland Trail, which loops Mount Rainier. They were doing a 19-mile day hike between Box Canyon and White River, starting from opposite ends.

The son saw his father at the midpoint, but when the son got back to their vehicle and went to pick up his father late Saturday night, he couldn’t find him.

Oso neighbors complain of trespassers

OSO, Wash. – The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office is reminding people to keep out of the area devastated by the Oso landslide, after neighbors complained of trespassers.

The March 22 slide killed 43 people and covered a square mile in dirt and debris. The area is private property, and sheriff’s officials say walking onto the site is considered trespassing. The unauthorized removal of items from the area is considered theft.

Cleanup efforts are still underway, and workers have permission to be there. Authorities are also asking drivers not to stop on the highway or pull off the roadway.

No damage reported from coastal quake

BANDON, Ore. – A magnitude-4.5 earthquake was recorded Wednesday morning in the Pacific Ocean about 125 miles west of Bandon on the south Oregon Coast.

The Bandon police department said there were no immediate reports of shaking or damage.

The quake was at 8:30 a.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey website said it was at a depth of more than 6 miles.

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