Monday, April 21, 2014

A presidential visit

Obama is going to be visiting the landslide area just up the road from my farm on 4-22-2014.  They've already indicated that they're going to close the road for his convoy; they're already restricting parking along the likely route.

The landslide area is turning into a huge public works project.  600 people are working there every day; and just about everyone who owns an excavator or a bulldozer or a big rock truck has equipment up there.   There's a lot of local companies that are seeing this landslide as a blank-check venture.  There's no budget an there's no saying no.

The road from town to the landslide is dotted with signs - "oso strong" and "we love you oso" and "thank you" - the last aimed at the workers.  The community does appreciate the responders.  But I'm hoping with the presidents visit that we can return to something that seems a little more normal.

The biggest problem right now is that the town of darrington is being economically strangled because what used to be a 30 minute drive is now over 2 hours -- the sawmill that is the biggest employer is losing $500,000 a month in extra transport costs.

I think concentrating on releasing the landslide area and allowing the road crews in to fix the road will make the biggest short-term difference to the most people.

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