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1970-1979 :: The South grandstands of wooden football stadium at Rogers Field were burned by an arsonist and Butch VI, the last living Cougar mascot, retired. Henry Rono set four world track records in distance running events and football player Jack Thompson’s jersey number 14 was retired in recognition of his passing record. Enrollment at WSU reached a high of 18,160 and the 50,000th student graduated.

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WSDA Selects Dr. Joe Baker as New State Veterinarian |

Categories: 1970s | Featured

WSDA names new state veterinarian

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has selected a veterinarian with almost 40 years experience in veterinary medicine as the new state veterinarian.

Dr. Joe Baker, who is married and has two grown sons, has held positions with the New Mexico Livestock Board since 2006. He has headed New Mexico’s Food Safety, Meat and Poultry Inspection Division, worked as a field veterinarian and served for a time as interim state veterinarian. He completed his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in veterinary medicine at Washington State University and also completed an equine reproduction residency at the University of California at Davis.

Dr. Baker will start with WSDA on Nov. 3.

“Dr. Baker comes to us with the experience and background to be a great state veterinarian,” WSDA Director Bud Hover said. “He has many years in private practice but also has a deep understanding of regulatory medicine and policy, both of which will help him work successfully with the livestock industry.”

Dr. Paul Kohrs has been Washington’s acting state veterinarian.

“While performing as acting state veterinarian, Paul and his staff went through some trying times, including the mudslide disaster in Snohomish County and a bovine tuberculosis quarantine case in 2013,” Hover said. “I am glad that Paul will remain with us and continue to share his expertise.”

As the new state veterinarian, Baker will manage WSDA’s Animal Health Program, working with field veterinarians. The broad goals of the program are to protect and enhance animal health and animal well being, promote the economic vitality of the livestock industry, and safeguard Washington residents by identifying and limiting exposure to zoonotic diseases that could affect humans.

Washington’s livestock industry is a major component of the state’s diverse agriculture. Milk is Washington’s third ranking agricultural commodity and cattle and calves rank sixth. Combined, the two sectors’ value exceeds $1.7 billion. In addition, Washington’s poultry industry generates more than $150 million, counting fryers and egg layers.

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In memoriam: Bob Blane |

Categories: 1970s | Death/In Memoriam | Featured

Robert “Bob” Blane

March 30, 1951 – September 1, 2014

Bob Blane '74

Bob Blane ’74

Robert “Bob” Blane ’74 was called home to be with the Lord on September 1, 2014, with his family at his bedside.  He was born in Wenatchee March 30, 1951, to James and Jean Blane.  Bob was raised in the valley and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1969. Some of his fondest memories were road trips with the Wenatchee Youth Circus, Three years he served as ring master. Bob forged many friendships that have lasted a lifetime. During his high school years he also enjoyed his time in Demolay, which eventually led him to the love of his life Terri. Bob graduated from the WSU College of Pharmacy in 1974. During his time at WSU he was a member of the marching band, where his love of Cougar football was forever cemented. Two years after he graduated, Bob and Terri were married in Wenatchee on July 24th 1976 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The Lord then blessed Bob with three amazing children.

Bob was dedicated to his community. He volunteered with the Apple Blossom parades for 36 years. He was a 40 year member of William H. Jett Lodge #285, where he passionately served his fraternal brothers. In addition, Bob was a faithful member of Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church where he sang in the choir, and served as an elder. Our loving husband, father, son, and friend will be missed by all. GO COUGS!

Bob was preceded in death by his father James B. Blane.  He is survived by his mother Jean Blane, wife Terri Blane, children Janelle (Grant) Eastland, Tiffany (Heath) Leroue, and Jared “Subway” Blane.

A celebration of his life will be held at Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 3:00pm. Arrangements are by Telford’s Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church Music Ministry.

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Alumnus Awarded Patent for Work with Cable Injection |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor | Engineering and Architecture | Professional or career event

Norm Keitges (’78 Mech. Eng.) won a patent for his cable-injection process. This patent was given by Novinium, a cable rejuvenation technology solutions provider stationed in Auburn, WA.

Keitges’ patent at work. Courtesy of B2B Marketing Solutions LLC.

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Dr. Michael Greenlee named Nevada State Veterinarian |

Categories: 1970s

After a lengthy career with USDA-APHIS, Veterinary Services where he served as an epidemiologist and Area Veterinarian-in-Charge, Dr. Greenlee has been selected as the State Veterinarian for the Nevada Department of Agriculture.


Dan Berentson as Public Works Director |

Categories: 1970s | Award or honor | Professional or career event

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners recently announced the appointment of Dan Berentson (’77) as Public Works Director.

Berentson has worked for Skagit County more than 12 years, previously serving as Natural Resources Division Manager from 2009-2014, and Communications Director/Community Liaison from 2001-2009.

A graduate of Burlington-Edison High School and Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Berentson spent more than 20 years in the newspaper industry prior to working for Skagit County. He served as Burlington City Council member in 1980s and has held leadership positions with several non-profit organizations in Skagit County.

Berentson’s father, the late Duane Berentson, served as Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Secretary from 1981 to 1993 following 18 years of services as a state legislator.

Berentson and his wife Susan (Steinmetz; WSU ’77) have three grown children and one grandchild.

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My Story authors from the 1970s

Last name First name Year graduated Major
staff My Story 2012
Greenlee Michael 1976 Veterinary Medicine
Alumni Education 2011
Larsen Thomas 1979 Social Studies/Education
Gustafson Sid 1979 Veterinary Medicine
Lincoln James 1979 Veterinary Science
Leedy Pat 1975 Education
Warren Neil 1976 Marketing
Wildesen Leslie 1973 Anthropology
Johnson Bruce 1974 Communications (Broadcast Journalism)