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20 years of dams, Hanford and abortion. New book out on Hastings

During the first of their 20 years in Washington, D.C., Doc and Claire Hastings held quiet holiday parties, serving wines from their home state for staff members of the congressman.

They were happy occasions, and it was the kind of thing that contributed to the reputation of Hastings’ office as a busy but congenial shop.

Eventually, though, the parties moved to restaurants.

Tri-Cities author C. Mark Smith risks a historian’s opinion in his new Hastings biography as to why the shift in locales: Doc’s home had snow white carpeting. Even Washington red wines were a risky delight.

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New book chronicles Doc Hastings’ service to our country and our region

Richard (Doc) Hastings proudly represented his Eastern Washington district in Congress from 1994 to 2014. Before serving during one of the most tumultuous time periods in history, Doc rose from humble beginnings to greatly impact the state of Washington and the country through-out the course of his career. Doc was raised to trust in the power of hard work and personal responsibility. His father saw a need in Pasco for a janitorial supply company, and with know-how and perseverance he founded Columbia Basin Paper and Supply. This choice not only sparked an entrepreneurial interest in Doc, but also relocated him and his family from Spokane to Pasco, where he would spend his childhood and graduate from Pasco High School in 1959.

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New book chronicles Doc Hasting’s service to our country and our region

Hanford’s key roll in historical world events detailed in the Tri-Citian’s new book

A new look at the history of the Hanford nuclear reservation is being released by two well-known Tri-Citians.

“Something Extraordinary — A Short History of the Manhattan Project, Hanford and the B Reactor” is the result of the collaboration between Robert Ferguson and C. Mark Smith.

Ferguson, of Richland, brought firsthand knowledge to the book. He was a physicist based at Hanford reactors starting in 1957, the beginning of a 60-year career in the nuclear industry that included serving as deputy assistant secretary for nuclear programs for the Department of Energy.

Mark receives THS Award

Mark receives THS Award

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