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The Columbia Basin Project


The Columbia Basin Project and proposed expansion. Read more in “Water to the Promised Land,” Fall 2013 Washington State Magazine.

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The Columbia Basin Project

As an aquifer declines, farmers on the Columbia Basin hope for water promised 80 years ago.

From “Water to the Promised Land,” WSM Fall 2013.

Map data source: Reclamation: Managing Water in the West. A final feasibility-level special study report, Odessa Subarea Special Study, Columbia Basin Project, Washington. A joint publication by the U.S. Department of the Interior/Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Tori Lantern. Photo by Zach Mazur
Sculptures on the WSU Pullman campus


A brief tour of some of the large-scale sculptures around the Pullman campus of Washington State University.

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Golden Distillery in Bow, Washington. Photo by Robert Hubner
Craft distilleries in Washington


Craft distilleries are popping up all over Washington state, offering everything from gin and whiskey to the rarer absinthe and shochu.

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The Hassan II Mosque is the 7th largest mosque in the world, and is one of two mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslims.
A Journey to Morocco


WSU journalism and French language student Katie Gillespie blogs about her first overseas excursion, a study abroad program in Meknes, Morocco.

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Everett's Grand Avenue Park. Photo Joe Lambert
Everett: City Snapshots


Everett is a port town with its own lively downtown and community college neighborhoods. We have collected images from around the city to give you a taste of what is there.

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Wildfire near Yellowstone. Courtesy National Park Service
Historic wildfires of the Pacific Northwest


Wildfires have been part of the Pacific Northwest for centuries. This map shows some of the historic fires from the 1850s to 2000.

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Wine grapes. By Chris Anderson
Coug wineries in Washington state


Wineries in Washington state owned by Cougs or with a Washington State University connection, and articles on Washington wines in past issues of Washington State Magazine. (List courtesy of Wine by Cougars)

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Tulips and more in the Skagit Valley :: Hannelore Sudermann


At the height of tulip season, thousands of visitors trek to the Skagit Valley for the amazing color. There are even more crops and flowers throughout the year in the region.

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Cleaning toxic soil in Nigeria :: Margrit von Braun PhD 89


Lead contamination as a byproduct of gold mining has killed over 400 children, and left many others sick, in Nigeria's Zamfara State over the past year. Margrit von Braun and others are working to remediate the soil.

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Scott McMurtrey
A Run Across Idaho :: Scott McMurtrey '06


At the end of last August, Scott McMurtrey ('06, English) ran across Idaho, from Montana to Washington, in a single day. He was training and raising money for the Atacama Desert Crossing endurance race in Chile.

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Chevre from the Skagit Valley
In Season :: A geographic calendar of Washington


Any time of year, Washington is a wonderful place to eat. Washington State Magazine has explored the food, flowers, and farms of Washington state since 2005.

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A visit to poultry farms in Northwest Washington


A tour of small poultry farms in Skagit and Whatcom Counties by Karen Hills, a Washington State University graduate student in Mt. Vernon.

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Cougs Helping Haiti


After a massive earthquake on January 12, 2010 hit Haiti, Washington State University Athletics team physician Ed Tingstad headed to the disaster site when a friend called.

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Bolivia :: The World's Most Dangerous Road


Derren Patterson '07 leads mountain biking tours on Bolivia's Yungas Road, labeled the "World's Most Dangerous Road" and "The Death Road.

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Cougs Abroad :: Photo contest for WSU students studying overseas


Every year, Washington State University's Study Abroad program holds a photo contest for students studying overseas. See a sample of the photos from the 2009 contest, with winners marked by a golden camera.

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Capt. Michael Unruh
Afghanistan :: Airborne Sharpshooter


Capt. Michael Unruh '04 serves on an F-15E Strike Eagle team supporting U.S. and coalition troops out of Bagram Air Force Base. In his role providing air support to servicemembers in Afghanistan, Unruh says "I've had no greater feeling of satisfaction than when I've completed combat mission and I know that I've helped save American and coalition lives that day."

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Bench gossip - by Jenny Goeres
Bolivia :: Helping street children in Cochabamba


by Jenny (Brown) Goeres ('78 Elem. Ed.)

Bill Goeres ('77 Agriculture) and Jenny (Brown) Goeres ('78 Elem. Ed.) volunteered for Amanacer, which provides a home and a new beginning for the abandoned, abused, and orphaned street children of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

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The Prays in Vladivostok
Vladivostok :: A Russian City in Asia


By Birgitta Ingemanson, professor of Foreign Languages and Cultures, WSU.

Eleanor Lord Pray was an American who lived in Vladivostok, Russia from 1894 to 1930 and wrote diary-like letters to friends and family virtually every day. Birgitta Ingemanson wrote her own diaries chronicling her experiences studying Pray's letters and work.

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Two boys in Ethiopia
Ethiopia :: Love at first sight


By Laureen Haydock Lund '82.

Laureen Lund '82 traveled to Ethiopia for three weeks to participate in Ethiopia's National Polio Immunization Day in 2008. What she saw and the people she met changed her life.

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Fishing on the Tacoma Waterfront
On the waterfront

A photographic tour of Tacoma's waterfront

Washington State Magazine, Winter 2008/09

By Hannelore Sudermann. Photos by Ingrid Barrentine.

"Twenty years ago, the City Club of Tacoma approached the city with a plan to unify the waterfront and build a walking path from the Tacoma Dome to Point Defiance. The painstakingly researched report urged that the entire waterfront be redesigned as a people place. Lara Hermann '95 was thrilled when a city hall worker handed her the document. 'It was like a present just lands in your lap,' she says."

Read more in the Winter 2008/09 issue of Washington State Magazine.

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