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British Columbia will no longer log in key Skagit headwaters

SEATTLE – British Columbia’s government announced Wednesday amid an international dispute that it will no longer allow timber sales in the Skagit River’s headwaters. The decision could intensify pressure over Canadian mining company Imperial Metals’ pending permit to start exploratory mining in the area, the Seattle Times reported, which conservationists see as a larger threat to the river’s ecology.

Skagit County seeks help with Skagit River flooding

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners is seeking help from the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent further erosion along the Skagit River after it reached its highest level since 2006.

Officials: I-5 bridge collapse caused by regulatory failures

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says that insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in the Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle last year.

Hits on Skagit River bridge noted over decades

OLYMPIA — Starting in the 1970s, Washington state bridge inspectors made note of evidence that large loads were clipping the Interstate 5 span that recently collapsed into the Skagit River. By the middle of last year, an inspector identified eight different points on the bridge that had high-load damage, including some portions in which components were deformed by the impact. Then, last fall, inspectors encountered perhaps the worst damage yet: A tall vehicle traveling northbound had struck the overhead bridge structure, ripping a 3-inch gash in the steel, causing three portions to distort and tearing off surrounding paint, according to images and documents obtained by The Associated Press under public records law.

Wash. I-5 bridge collapse caused by oversize load

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A truck carrying an oversize load struck a bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River below, though all three occupants suffered only minor injuries. It happened about 7 p.m. Thursday on the four-lane Interstate 5 bridge near Mount Vernon, about 60 miles north of Seattle, and disrupted travel in both directions.