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Michael Etnier, an Anthropology research associate at Western Washington University, has received $126,000 in research funds through a Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service to study archaeological samples and climate change in southwest Alaska.

Etnier will study…

A gold rush of local election-season advertising is pouring into Seattle media outlets, raising questions in some cases about who is trying to influence voters.

Nearly $40 million in political advertising has been reserved or bought in the Seattle television market…

In seven of those races, the Republican candidates hold modest-to-comfortable-to-double-digit leads. The three uber-toss ups are Nevada, Illinois and Washington. Not only is Washington the last of those to close, with polls shuttering at 11 p.m. ET, the state's voting rules and reputation…

Such "soft money" spending is hard to track. It's even more difficult to determine who is behind it.

"You can't just go to the Federal Elections Commission to easily find where they're spending the money," said Todd Donovan, a Western Washington…

Sister Julia Shideler had no idea what to expect as Afina, one of her students in East Timor, led her on a four-hour walk to her home village in the mountains. When they got there, many of Afina’s relatives and neighbors were happily surprised that Shideler had walked all the way to visit them.…

Michael Dashiell is the new editor of the Sequim Gazette, newspaper managers announced this week.

Dashiell, 34, is a graduate of Western Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism degree in 2001.

Dashiell…

There’s no doubt the national concern about the economy is “going to cream some incumbents,” said Todd Donovan, a political science professor at Western Washington University.

But he said Democrats could do better than they did in the primary, when GOP turnout was likely boosted by a…

Western Libraries’ Special Collections opened in its new digs -- a spacious and modern set of rooms on the sixth floor of Wilson Library -- back in February.

The new area features climate-controlled storage areas, a huge research space, separate offices for the three Special…

The U.S. divorce rate has held steady at 45 percent since 1981.

Jay Teachman, a sociology professor at Western Washington University, said age (older than 26) and education (a bachelor's degree) are far more important predictors of marital success than cohabitation, which he believes…

Ira Hyman, a professor of Psychology at Western Washington University, will present “Unicycling Clowns, Train Wrecks, and Pilots Forgetting to Land: Adventures in Inattentional Blindness” at WWU’s Turning Points Faculty Lecture series at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, in…

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