Why Arlington's hometown newspaper coverage will be preserved

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by HEATHER GRAF / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 2 at 6:21 AM

This week near Oso, history has played out in the headlines of local newspapers covering the landslide.  For many, the articles served as much more than a source of information.  That's why efforts are already being made to preserve them.

Arlington resident Linda Taylor told KING 5 she has personally clipped and saved every article that's appeared in The Arlington Times and The Daily Herald, out of Everett.

"It was important to save them each day," she said.  "It's just an important lifeline.  It's gut wrenching.  I don't know any other way to put it."

Others will save the obituaries now being printed about their friends and neighbors lost in the landslide.

At the Arlington Public Library, the staff has saved every copy of The Arlington Times, dating back to the 1960s.

They recognize saving the current coverage will be even more important to preserve.

"For a small town, this is a connection point," said library supervisor Debbie Adriance.  "This is probably the biggest thing that has ever happened around here."

She knows that future generations will one day come to the library, and ask questions about the landslide 

"People will look back for this," she said.  "This is a tough time for people."

The hope is that the preserved articles will help provide those people with answers about their community's history, while reminding them not to ever forget what happened on the morning of March 22nd, 2014.

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