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Congratulations, Mount Rainier National Park — 116 and Going Strong! — Dave’s Diary

In 1899, Mount Rainier National Park was created. Who here among us hasn't marveled at that awesome mountain on a sunny day?  What a great icon of the Pacific Northwest.

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Category: History, Northwest News
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YVCC to Offer Unique Spring Biology Course

Yakima Valley Community College will offer the course "Plants and Wildlife of Washington' during its spring quarter starting March 30.

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Journey Through Oscar History With This Gallery of All 86 Best Picture Winners

This Sunday’s Oscars will be the 87th annual Academy Awards. In nearly a century of honoring Hollywood’s best, the Academy has sometimes has made some bold choices, and some dumb choices. This gallery has them all; the complete history of nine decades of Best Picture winners in pictures. Some are classics, still watched to this day. A few are almost totally forgotten to history. (Cavalcade, anyone?) But they all won. Even Crash, somehow.

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Category: History, Internet, News
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Washington Celebrates 125 Years as a State Today! [VIDEO]

Washington became the 42nd state in the union on this day in 1889.

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Lewis & Clark Makes History –False Alarm — Dave’s Diary

Lewis and Clark are to the Northwest as cheese is to cheeseburgers.  They are part of our history and everywhere in our present. (Lewis & Clark, not cheese)  On this day in history their diary records them saying "Ocean in view!"

Not so fast.  It was just the estuary -- 20 miles short of the Pacific and bad weather would pin them down for a few days more.

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Category: History, Human Interest
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Heritage To Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Heritage University is celebrating the traditions and culture of Native Americans with Native American Heritage Month, a series of events in November highlighting Native American accomplishments, contributions and talents

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Day of the Dead Celebration to be Held in Tieton on Sunday

 

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 26 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Mighty Tieton Warehouse in Tieton.

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Happy Birthday To The Pledge of Allegiance — Dave’s Diary

This Day in History was a coming-out party for the  "The Pledge of Allegiance," written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy to honor the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in America. The Pledge first appeared in The Youth's Companion children’s magazine with Bellamy hoping that the pledge would be used by citizens in any country.

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Category: History, Human Interest
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Good Idea-May Is Volcano Preparedness Month — Dave’s Diary

I heard May was Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington State--gee, given the events of May 18th 1980 it’s no wonder why!   This year, Volcano Preparedness Month takes on new meaning with a recent scientific study confirming that Mount St. Helens remains an active volcano which is all the more reason to insure residents an opportunity to become more familiar with volcanic risk in their communities and learn about steps they can take to reduce potential impacts. 

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Celebrating 50 Years of Civil Rights And Equality — Dave’s Diary

The President, who was supposed to put an end to troubled race relations in this country once and for all, today presides over a nation more divided by race than in decades. Racial tensions are very much alive as President Obama makes note of a milestone anniversary of the nation’s Civil Rights Act.

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