Kim Heacox – The National Parks: An Illustrated History


National Geographic Books’ ‘The National Parks’
Commemorates Centennial of U.S. National Park Service

The National Parks Illustrated History_edited-1Kim HeacoxSince its establishment under President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, the U.S. National Park Service has protected the astonishing beauty and priceless treasures of America’s national parks. In THE NATIONAL PARKS: An Illustrated, Kim Heacox, award-winning author and former ranger in Alaska’s Denali National Park, takes readers on a journey through America’s rich natural and cultural heritage to celebrate next year’s 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Did you know?? The National Park Service currently oversees 407 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • The growth and evolution of the National Park Service from an organization that simply protected “scenery” to one that advocated for cultural and natural preservation and conservation
  • Fascinating stories, such as the first female park ranger, an amateur scuba expedition that unearthed a Civil War treasure trove, and much more.
  • The diverse properties across the National Park Service from glorious glaciers and pristine coral reefs to towering forests and historic sites
  • Various historic properties showcasing important battlefields, historic sites, shores and and recreation areas preserved over a century of dedicated conservation.
  • What citizens can do to support their parks as the National Park Service embarks on its second century of preserving America’s public lands.

The power of the national parks and the ideas they represent are essential to the fabric of our nation. They are more than just pretty places. They have the power to change people.”

— Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, writes in the introduction

BIO:  Kim Heacox is the award-winning author of a dozen books, including the widely acclaimed memoirs “The Only Kayak” and “Rhythm of the Wild” and the lyrical novel “Jimmy Bluefeather.” A former park ranger, he lives with his wife in Gustavus, Alaska, near Glacier Bay National Park.

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Victoria Aveyard – The Red Queen

Combining the Supernatural Abilities of X-Men, the Political Intrigue of Game of Thrones, and the Imbalanced Society of The Hunger Games

Victoria Aveyard brings us

With foreign rights sold in 21 territories and film rights already snatched up by Universal Pictures, RED QUEEN is the first book in an original Young Adult fantasy-adventure trilogy that is sure to win scores of fans worldwide.

The Red QueenVictoria AveyardAs an intern for a Hollywood agency after graduating from USC, Victoria spent her time combing through self-published books in the hopes of finding one in which to acquire the rights. After a time of doing this, she decided to give writing a novel a go – and to great success. Buzz is building for the book – already named an Indies Introduce pick – along with Victoria, who is only 24.  The film rights have been sold to Universal with Gennifer Hutchinson (Breaking Bad) set to pen the script.

The Story
In the world of Victoria Aveyard’s RED QUEEN, the world is divided by blood. Those with Red blood are commoners and serve the Silver-blooded elite who have been gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is scraping by as a thief until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court where she discovers she has an ability all her own – even though her blood is Red. To avoid revolt, the royal family forces Mare into an elaborate cover-up scheme, where she plays the role of a lost Silver princess betrothed to a prince. Soon Mare finds herself and her heart entrenched in both the Silver world and a growing Red rebellion. An upheaval is coming, and Mare is ready to fight. But one wrong move can lead to her death, and the only certainty in this dangerous game is betrayal.

About the Author
Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California, and stayed there despite the lack of seasons. She is currently an author and screenwriter, using her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. She has sold several television pilots and feature-length screenplays. RED QUEEN is her first novel.  Additionally, Victoria has sold a screenplay, Eternal, which will be melded with a story written by Stan Lee for Sony. <>

You can visit Victoria Aveyard online at

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01 31 13 Mike Elston DHS Class of 1965 for TDWHS alumni associationMike Elston of The Dalles High School Class of 1965 stopped by the studios to tell us about a fundraising effort the class had made in order to provide tablets to a match class so they could download textbooks rather than spending all the money for expensive textbooks that would be completely outmoded in a few years. They raised $4,000 in just a few months and then an anonymous giver donated a matching amount, which allowed them to equip another class.

Now the DHS class of 1965 is challenging all other former classes of both The Dalles and Wahtonka to match or beat their gift.

And they’re looking to form an alumni organization. Check out the interview below.

You can reach Mike at (503) 753-7932 or at


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By his own admission, Mike Smith serves on 21 boards and commissions, and in today’s Talk of The Gorge program, we talk about three of them: his role as a Sherman County Commissioner, his role as chair of the Mid-Columbia Council of Governments and his role as representative to the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization.