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AG lets go of lawyer who OK’d email deletion by Oso experts

A longtime employee of the Washington Attorney General’s Office has been let go after it came to light that he knew the state’s expert witnesses in litigation over the deadly Oso landslide were deleting emails that should have been preserved.

Washington timber board seeks advice on moratorium

OLYMPIA – The agency that manages state forest lands will ask if it’s legal to declare a moratorium on timber harvests near landslide areas in an effort to prevent tragedies like the March 22 slide that killed more than 40 people. The Forest Practices Board, which sets rules for harvesting timber, voted unanimously Tuesday to emphasize public safety as it reviews timber rules for areas near slides and locations where water is absorbed into the ground and recharges aquifers.

Washington state board meets on landslide threat

OLYMPIA – Washington needs to identify all potential landslide areas in the state quickly and ban logging near them until it can come up with better rules to avoid fatal mudslides like the one that devastated Oso, an environmental lawyer told the board that sets forest policy. “Oso was a wake-up call,” Peter Goldman, director of the Washington Forest Law Center, told the state Forest Practices Board on Monday. The state doesn’t even know where all the landslide formations are, he said.

Obama will visit Oso mudslide area

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. He plans to meet with families, first responders and recovery workers.