Ride to Remember Oso on March 19

The communities of Arlington and Darrington are hosting a bicycle ride and community event on March 19 to commemorate the third anniversary of  the Oso slide.

Sign up for the bicycle ride to remember Oso on March 19, 2017.

The ride will “remember those who were lost and affected by the slide, recognize how far our communities have come, by celebrating our resilience and the completion of Arlington and Darrington’s America’s Best Communities projects,” said Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert and Darrington Mayor Dan Rankin.

The towns have been competing in the America’s Best Communities program. As quarter finalists, they received $50,000 to develop a community revitalization plan.

Twelve economic revitalization projects were borne out of that plan and as the communities advanced to the finals, they received $100,000 to begin implementing them. To date this has included, place making improvements, community wi-fi hot spots and development of a youth council.

On April 19, the towns will find out if they have been awarded the grand prize of up to $3 million for first place, $2 million for second, or $1 million for third.

Congratulations, Arlington and Darrington on your success with this grant program and on coming together to rebuild after the tragic events of March 22, 2014.

 

 

 

 

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PSRC approves $5 million for Darrington, Oso and Arlington area

The Puget Sound Regional Council’s Executive Board unanimously gave final approval of $5 million in federal transportation funds to support the economic recovery of the Stillaguamish valley communities impacted by the Oso landslide.

The Executive Board unanimously gave final approval of $5 million in federal transportation funds to support the economic recovery of the Stillaguamish valley communities impacted by the Oso landslide.

The Executive Board approved $5 million in federal transportation funds to support the economic recovery of the Stillaguamish valley communities impacted by the Oso landslide.

The PSRC funding will be made available to Snohomish County, which will work with local communities to make transportation investments which will best support local economic recovery.

“As we in Snohomish County have been responding to the tragic events of the Oso landslide disaster, it is apparent that the Town of Darrington will need ongoing support for its economic recovery in the months and years to come.  This funding award will be an important first step,” said Snohomish County Executive John Lovick.

“With this action, we have an opportunity to meet real needs in the Town of Darrington at this time and to set the stage for its economic recovery,” said Snohomish County Councilmember Dave Somers.

“This tragedy has impacted the entire Arlington, Oso and Darrington area and this assistance is important,” Snohomish Councilmember Ken Klein told the board.   “It helps toward building the economy of Darrington and surrounding communities.  We are very grateful.”

Read more about what happened at the Executive Board meeting here.


PSRC recommends $5 million for Darrington, Oso, Arlington area recovery

Responding to the landslide tragedy in the Oso area, the Puget Sound Regional Council’s Transportation Policy Board today unanimously recommended an emergency funding action to provide $5 million of PSRC’s federal transportation funds to Snohomish County.

PSRC's transportation board today unanimously recommended $5 million in emergency funding to help economic recovery of Darrington, Oso and Arlington areas.

PSRC’s transportation board unanimously recommended $5 million in emergency funding to help economic recovery in areas affected by the Oso landslide.

“As we in Snohomish County have been responding to the tragic events of the Oso landslide disaster, it is apparent that the Town of Darrington will need ongoing support for its economic recovery in the months and years to come.  This funding award will be an important first step,” said Snohomish County Executive John Lovick.

These funds will be awarded to Snohomish County’s North Road, SR 524 – 164th Street SW project for immediate use.  In turn, Snohomish County will use an equal amount of county funding for key transportation projects in the Town of Darrington and its vicinity to support the economic recovery of the valley.

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Regional leaders to consider $5 million for Darrington area economic recovery

The Oso Landslide has prompted an emergency request to the Puget Sound Regional Council for $5 million in federal transportation funds to be used to help with economic recovery within the Town of Darrington and vicinity.

Photo of National Guard at Oso landslide

Members of the National Guard assist with search and rescue. (Photo credit: Snohomish County)

A request  from County Executive John Lovick and County Council Chair Dave Somers will be considered by the transportation board tomorrow.

Final action on the request is expected by the PSRC’s Executive Board on April 24th.

Executive Lovick and Councilmembers Somers write:

“We have an opportunity to meet real needs in the Town of Darrington at this time and to set the stage for its economic recovery.”

The request would have no impact on other current projects within the region, and would help the region close an anticipated $15 million gap in overall project delivery.

“Our region has never experienced a tragedy quite like this,” said PSRC’s Executive Director Josh Brown.  “But in my experience, when our communities face challenges, our region comes together.”

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Arlington Airport Boulevard Opens

Arlington just celebrated the opening of the new Arlington Airport Boulevard.

Bob Drewel and Mayor Barb Tolbert cutting the ribbon on the new Airport Boulevard on November 8 in Arlington.

Bob Drewel and Mayor Barb Tolbert cutting the ribbon on the new Airport Boulevard on November 8 in Arlington.

PSRC provided $2.3 million for the construction phases of the project.

The new road has three lanes, along with sidewalks, trails, and a rain garden.

It also helps increase employment opportunities in Arlington by improving access to the future Airport Business Park.

The business park will have about 124,000 square feet of buildings for research and development, technical support offices, manufacturing and aviation — one of the key industry clusters in the Regional Economic Strategy.

 

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