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Book cover of The Cascade Killer
Winter 2022

The Cascade Killer: A Luke McCain Novel

Book cover of The Cascade Killer

Rob Phillips ’78 Comm.

Latah Books: 2020

 

A father and son snag a black bear near Chinook Pass during their first hunt of the season and come across human remains⁠—an ear among the animal’s stomach contents. Luke McCain, a Yakima-based Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife officer who also just happens to be a WSU alum, is called to the scene along with his trusty sidekick.

Jack, a yellow Labrador retriever, leads McCain and a crew of sheriff’s deputies … » More …

Fall 2022

Help pets of Ukrainian refugees

The flow of refugees from the invasion and conflict in Ukraine isn’t just a human crisis.

Dogs, cats, and other pets often make the journey with their people, and they have their own needs. Pets endure the stress of travel, unknown places and faces, and dangerous situations.

In turn, though, they give comfort to Ukrainians forced to flee their homes.

“When your world is turned upside down, but you have the unconditional love of a pet, that is going to be what helps. That bond is unbreakable,” says Marty Becker (’80 DVM).

Becker and others are helping with pets of Ukrainian refugees in Romania, Poland, … » More …

Margaret France
Fall 2022

Q&A with Margaret France

Margaret France (’02 MA English) wrote the book on Bob’s Burgers.

Here, she talks about the show’s beloved characters, her favorite season, her top ten reasons to love Bob’s Burgers, and more.

 

What are your top 10 reasons to love Bob’s Burgers?

Its characters are weird and sad, but the show posits that they are still worthy of love, a message I appreciate hearing on a regular basis.
Routinely excellent original songs.
The shifting dynamic between family as employees and family as family.
A fancy toilet speaks like Jon Hamm.
The siblings act like siblings.
Young … » More …

Blanca Blanco WSU interview session
Summer 2022

Q&A with Blanca Blanco

Actress and model Blanca Blanco (’03 Psych.) recently released Breaking the Mold, a memoir she wrote during the pandemic lockdown.

And, at the end of April, Blanco was the keynote speaker at La Alianza de WSU Alumni Weekend and Gala in Pullman.

Here, she talks about growing up in Chelan, breaking into the TV and movie industry, escaping the 2018 Woolsey Fire, and more…

 

You were born in California, moved to Mexico at a young age, then returned to the US, arriving in Washington state at age 9. What are some of your earliest memories of growing up in Chelan? It was … » More …