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  • Pearl Harbor turns seventy-five Only five men are still alive that experienced the Japanese attack on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. All five are in their mid-nineties. One of them, 96-year-old Lauren Bruner, lives in Washington State. Yesterday all but one gathered in Hawaii to celebrate Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Moments before 8 a.m. on […]

  • Each year December 1 is designated World AIDS Day. Beginning in 1988 World AIDS Day has raised awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. AIDS.gov reports there are 36.7 million individuals worldwide living with HIV/AIDS. 1.8 million are children who were infected by their HIV mothers during pregnancy, child birth […]

  • The Sea Runners: A Novel. By Ivan Doig. (New York: Atheneum, 1982. 279 pp. Map.) Recommendation submitted by: Will Stuivenga, Cooperative Projects Manager, Washington State Library, Tumwater, WA. There exists an actual letter-to-the-editor published in the Oregon Weekly Times, mentioning three Scandinavians who had managed to travel by canoe from Russian Alaska to Shoalwater (now named Willapa) […]

  • Key Federal Agencies Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Department of the Interior (DOI). Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Department of Justice (DOJ). Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). Washington State Agencies Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs. Portals and Search Engines […]

  • From the desk of Jean Baker – Library Associate, Washington State Penitentiary I was sitting in the office yesterday and someone pointed to the hallway and said, “Look at all of the puppies”.  I went out in the hallway and found about a dozen puppies spilling out of a basket and climbing over each other.  Standing […]

  • No matter what type of library you work in or what your role, we all have something in common.  We care about the people we serve, we care about providing excellent resources and we care about connecting those two things.  Library Development is the branch of the state library which administers federal (LSTA) funds.  We […]

  • Green River Killer: A True Detective Story. By Jeff Jensen; Illustrated by Jonathan Case; Lettering by Nake Piekos. (Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Books, 2011. 233 pp. Illustrations, map.) Recommendation by PNW & Special Collections This graphic novel provides an often neglected perspective to the Green River Killer investigation by recounting the ordeal that his father, King County Detective Tom […]

  • Información en español Need assistance finding information? Why don’t you Ask WA? “Ask WA,” you say. Ask-WA is a cooperative of more than 60 libraries throughout Washington State, both public and academic, that provide online reference services through chat, email, and instant messaging (IM). This statewide network is tied to a global network that provides […]

  • COLUMBIA Magazine contributor Lionel Youst recently contacted us to identify a ca. 1901-1905 photo of a covered wagon (at right). The wagon is depicted aboard the Columbia River steamboat Charles R. Spencer. This badly-faded albumen print is from the Stevenson Community Library’s Skamania County Heritage digital collection (click image to see full record). Despite the […]

  • From the desk of Jeff Martin The river of the west: life and adventure in the Rocky Mountains and Oregon By: Frances Fuller Victor, 1826-1902 Hartford, Conn: Columbian Book Company Publication Date: 1870 “Mr. Meek was born in Washington Co., Virginia, in 1810, one year before the settlement of Astoria, and at a period when […]

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