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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Edison, WA: Small population, but a surplus of creativity

How a tiny, one-intersection WA town attracts and sustains an artistic, friendly community.

MY NORTHWEST

Toxic sludge in Oso threatens emergency crews

Sewage, propane, and household solvents are among the toxins officials worry about during cleanup efforts.

REUTERS

Natural gas plant on Columbia River explodes, injuring 5

Witnesses describe huge blast, 30-50 foot plume of flames, and black smoke. Storage tank gouged by shrapnel has a leak, and a two-mile zone is at the risk of further explosion.

TRI-CITY HERALD (KENNEWICK)

Today is the last day of the rainiest March ever

Rainfall records across Western Washington were broken this month, including at SeaTac, where there hasn't been this much rain since the late 19th century.

KPLU-FM

"Everybody needs dessert."

Sultan chocolatier Kathryne Paz shares her sweets with as many as possible, including those struggling in her community.

HERALD (EVERETT)

Mudslide missing jumps from 18 to 108

Drastic rise in officials' estimates of number missing in devastating Oso slide.

KPLU-FM

At least 18 missing, 3 dead in mudslide

The governor has declared a disaster area as rescuers try to stay safe in dangeous conditions.

HERALD (EVERETT)

Animal shelter to auction note and cash left by Barefoot Bandit

While on the run, Colton Harris Moore left cash and a note for a Pacific County animal shelter, which the shelter is auctioning to raise funds.

KING5.COM

More jobs in Wash. now than before the recession

The state jobless rate dropped to 6.4 percent, with 3,800 new jobs added between December and January. 

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Landslides, avalanche reported as a result of rain

The 5-foot avalanche on Stevens Pass spilled fresh powder across all four lanes. WSDOT expects the pass to be closed until 1 p.m. Wednesday. 

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)
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