History and Culture

Hanford Time Capsule
6:37 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Time Capsule From The 50s Found At Hanford

Demolition workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation found a time capsule from the 50s in late February. It was stuffed with newspapers and a note with three names. Hanford workers are trying to locate the people who put it in the wall near the reactor a
Washington Closure Hanford and MSA

Hanford Nuclear Reservation managers are trying to figure out who left a time capsule in the wall of a building there nearly 60 years ago. Demolition workers found a coffee can recently while they were tearing down a building near a reactor at the southeast Washington site.

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Kennewick Man's Secrets Revealed
5:11 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Some Of Kennewick Man’s Secrets Revealed Soon By Top Researcher

Kennewick Man is coming back into the news. A new book includes some of the key findings about the 9,000-year-old skeleton found on the banks of the Columbia River in 1996. And next month, the book’s author and the lead researcher on Kennewick Man plans to share the results of years of study.

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Mt. Baker Climb Reenactment
5:01 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Climbers To Reenact First Ascent Of Mt. Baker

An illustration from a 1869 Harper's Magazine article showing the planting of a flag on the summit of Mt. Baker.
Harper's New Monthly Magazine

This Sunday, a group of mountain climbers, students and Lummi tribal members will embark on an expedition to re-create the first ascent of Washington’s second tallest peak. That's Mount Baker. The modern-day expedition includes historical touches along with some concessions to practicality.

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Northwest Indian Canoe Journey
4:54 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Flotilla Landing Ends 2012 Tribal Canoe Journey On Sunday

An audience of thousands is expected at the port of Olympia this Sunday to witness the conclusion of the annual Northwest Indian canoe journey.

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Hair Braiding Licensing Rule
5:07 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

African-American Hair Braiders Want Easing Of State Licensing Rules

Some African-American hair stylists are objecting to an Oregon licensing rule that means they can't braid hair without taking a two-year course. And they’re asking state lawmakers to take up the cause.

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Oregon WWII Memorial
5:54 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Oregon Breaks Ground On New WWII Memorial

Officials break ground for a World War II memorial in Salem.
Photo credit: Virginia Alvino Northwest News Network

Wednesday, state officials and veterans broke out the shovels in Willson Park on the grounds of the state capitol in Salem.

Once completed, the privately funded memorial will feature a 33 foot high granite obelisk engraved with the names of the nearly 4,000 Oregon WWII service members who were killed in action.

Former Oregon Legislator and World War II vet Bill Markham says it’s about time.

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Washington Floods Book
5:31 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Northwest Author Focuses New Book On The Northern Reaches Of Missoula Floods

A new book “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches” is out, it details how geologic features in the Northwest were formed, like the Dry Falls in Washington, shown here.
Photo credit: Bruce Bjornstad

A new book details how a dramatic series of Ice Age Floods transformed the landscape of the inland Northwest.

The new book called, “On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches,” details what happened when floods whooshed into the Northwest and created the channeled scablands. Bruce Bjornstad spent five years researching and writing his geologic guidebook. One fact in the book: It might have been as many as a thousand floods that shaped the region, not just two or three big events. Bjornstad says he mostly loves unearthing the clues of the Ice Age Floods, but also:

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Highschool Mascot Controversy
4:24 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Oregon School District Digs In Its Heels On Native Mascot

The school's mascot has come under fire for its stereotypical depiction of Native Americans.
Photo courtesy of Lebanon High School

An Oregon School District is digging in its heels against a proposed state ban on Native American mascots. The School Board in the Willamette Valley farm town of Lebanon will consider a resolution Thursday to reject the ban.

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Washingtonian Hunts for Earhardt
4:43 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Wash. Forensic Analyst Aids Search For Amelia Earhart

A forensic imaging specialist from Woodinville, Washington is lending his analytic skills to the latest search for the pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart. This analyst discovered a possible upturned landing gear in a historic photo of a tropical atoll. A two million dollar expedition to that South Pacific location takes place this summer.

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1940 Census
5:13 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Northwesterners Look For Details Among 1940 Census Data

Excerpt of a 1940 Census Poster
Image source: U.S. Census Bureau

Americans are pouring over the newly released data from the 1940 Census. Demand was so high Monday that the National Archives website crashed. But as correspondent Chris Lehman reports, many people in the Northwest have an extra challenge in finding information about their relatives.

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