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Tacoma Pinball Show
9:49 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Pinball In America - From A New York Ban To Northwest Fans

A Pac-Man arcade cabinet, made by Midway in 1980.
Credit Max Bartlett

When you first walk in to the annual Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show in Tacoma, you’re greeted by a wall of sound. It’s the loud rocket-engine hum of hundreds of people, pinball machines and arcade cabinets.

Get up close and you’ll pick up some familiar sounds – Ken’s cries of “Shoryuken!” in Street Fighter, Shao Khan’s laughter in Mortal Kombat, Mario’s famous jump and even the “wakka wakka wakka” of Pac-Man devouring pellets. And of course the sounds of flippers flipping, spinners spinning, and silver balls hitting bells.

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Washington Holocaust Museum
7:36 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Washington State's First Holocaust Museum To Be Unveiled In Downtown Seattle

The nation’s newest Holocaust museum is about to be unveiled in downtown Seattle. The Holocaust Center for Humanity will host artifacts and testimony from local survivors, and provide resources for students and teachers. Executive Director Dee Simon says it will also draw connections between the Holocaust and other dark chapters of history a little closer to home.

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Native American History
7:31 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Gathering The Stories Of Northwest People "Left Out" Of History

Author LLyn De Danaan at home in Mason County, Washington.
Credit Mary Randlett

It started with the discovery of long-forgotten gravestones in a thicket of bramble and alder. That set one author on the faint trail of a feisty Native American woman and oyster farmer who lived in 19th century western Washington. The biographer is using the resulting book to inspire other Northwesterners - particularly tribal members. She wants to bring out the stories of people who, in her words, have been "left out of our histories." Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Oyster Bay in Mason County, Washington.

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Washington State Archives Flood
6:01 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Flood At Washington State Archives; County Birth and Death Records Wet

Blue tarps protect historic records from flood waters dripping down from above at the Washington State Archives in Olympia.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Cleanup efforts are underway at the Washington State Archives in Olympia after a newly installed kitchen sink line caused a flood overnight. 

Among the historic records that got wet: marriage and birth records from the late 1800s. But the damage could have been much worse. 

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Oregon Trail Damaged
6:21 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Treasure Hunters Destroy Idaho’s Historic Oregon Trail Ruts

The Oregon Trail passed through Idaho for hundreds of miles a century and a half ago. In some places you can still see the ruts from the wagons that brought people west. Now vandals have damaged a section of the trail in Idaho.

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Historical Preservation
8:14 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Senator Murray Still Pressing For Historic Preservation Of Hanford Sites

Exterior view of the B Reactor in Hanford, Washington.
Credit notpsion

Senator Patty Murray is pressing legislation in the U.S. Senate that would make some historic sites at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington part of the national parks system. The Democrat toured the historic site of Hanford High School Thursday. The building was part of the town that was forcibly vacated to make way for the secretive Manhattan Project during World War II. Now, the remains of the building sit amid the brush near the Columbia River. Murray says she wants these sites preserved and available for public visits along with the more famous “B” Reactor.

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NW Historic Site
7:33 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Historic Site, Rock Art Cave Delay Transmission Line

Four human-like figures were painted here hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. BPA says it’s committed to preserving culturally sensitive spots and agreed to move the power tower 20 feet away from its original spot when the Yakama Nation brought up concerns over drilling near the cave.
Credit Mike Taylor / CultureWatch Northwest

Northwest history is colliding with the need to upgrade the region’s electric transmission grid. It’s happening on a windblown patch of riverfront property at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.

The Bonneville Power Administration is trying to build a new transmission line across that land. But conflicts over historical preservation have increased the cost of the project to $185 million and stalled progress for more than a year. Colin Fogarty begins our story in Wishram, Washington.

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Museum Of Clean
6:11 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Idaho's 'Museum Of Clean' Built As Monument To Way Of Life

Don Aslett, founder of the Museum of Clean in Pocatello, Idaho.
Jessica Robinson

There's a museum tucked away in a corner of the Northwest dedicated solely to the idea of “clean.” In fact, it's called the Museum of Clean, housed in an old brick warehouse in Pocatello, Idaho. Our correspondent Jessica Robinson discovered it's a monument to one man's lifelong campaign to improve the world – one scrub brush at a time.

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Titanic Anniversary
6:35 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Seattle Woman’s Great Aunt Faced Tough Decision On The Titanic

A postcard image of the Titanic.
Credit Photo courtesy George Behe's collection

This past year has marked some big milestones. The 150th anniversary of the University of Washington, the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. Charles Dickens would have been 200. 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. A majority of the people who boarded the luxury ocean liner didn’t survive the trip. For some, the only thing separating survival and drowning was a split-second decision. Now, a century after the tragedy, a Seattle woman wonders what she would do if she had been in her relative’s shoes on the night of the sinking. Sarah Waller has the story.

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Remembering Oregon Shooting
7:10 am
Mon December 17, 2012

School Shooting Brings Back Vivid Memories For One Oregon Educator

The tragedy in Connecticut has brought back memories of May 21st 1998, the day of Oregon’s deadliest school shooting. KLCC’s Angela Kellner reports.

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