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A Bellingham climber and skier is one of two people who died in an avalanche Tuesday, Feb. 11, on Wallowa Mountain in northeast Oregon, according to the Baker County Sheriff's Office.

On Thursday the local sheriff's office identified 23-year-old Jake…

Nancy Holt, a pioneering artist who could create monumental Land Art masterpieces and 6-minute videos with equal aplomb, died on Feb. 8 in New York at the age of 75. 

“She was the nicest, kindest, warmest person imaginable,” said critic and curator Phyllis Tuchman…

Artist Nancy Holt, who in the past four years had begun to receive a renewed wave of institutional recognition, died on February 8 due to unknown causes. She was 75. Primarily known for her Land Art works, the most famous of which are her “Sun Tunnels,” Holt was a prolific artist who also worked…

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has directed that, in honor of U.S. Air Force Captain Christopher Stover, 28, of Vancouver, Wash., Washington state and U.S. flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Sunday, Feb. 9. Stover died Jan. 7 during a training flight along the English…

University of Washington Tacoma Chancellor Debra Friedman died Sunday following treatment for lung cancer.

Friedman, 58, had announced in early January that she would cut back on her duties while she underwent radiation treatment and chemotherapy. She later decided on full medical leave…

Gov. Jay Inslee, in honor of USMC Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, of Spokane, has directed that Washington state and U.S. flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff in his memory Monday, Jan. 13. Hess died Jan. 1 in Afghanistan of injuries sustained while supporting combat operations…

Maurice Schwartz, a longtime professor of geology at Western Washington University, passed away on Dec. 31.

He was born Sept. 27, 1925, to Bertha and Simon Schwartz in Fort Worth, Texas.

He served as a motor mechanic in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and after he left…

[ Editor's note: This obituary is modified slightly from a version that appeared on the website of Westford Funeral Home. ]

Herbert L. Baird Jr., son of the late Herbert L. Baird Sr. and Jennie Cleghorn Baird, died peacefully of heart failure in his sleep Monday, Dec. 23, 2013,…

I first enrolled at what was then called Western Washington State College in 1969, well into the nation's protest years. Western had its share of marches and rallies but remained free of the major rampages that trashed other universities and resulted in injuries and even deaths, notably at…

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of President Emeritus Charles J. “Jerry” Flora, who served as Western's president from 1967 to 1975. After a decade as a faculty member in the Biology department, President Flora not only led Western…

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