She knows Oregon by the book

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Keizer’s Julie Yamaka holds both the newest and oldest versions of the Oregon Blue Book, an Oregon almanac that dates back to 1911. Yamaka is managing editor of the publication. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Keizer’s Julie Yamaka holds both the newest and oldest versions of the Oregon Blue Book, an Oregon almanac that dates back to 1911. Yamaka is managing editor of the publication. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Quick: what is the state bird of Oregon?

How about the state crustacean?

Better yet, what is the state soil of Oregon?

You may not know the answers to all those questions (and more), but Keizer’s Julie Yamaka does.

For the past 10 years, Yamaka has been managing editor of the Oregon Blue Book almanac and fact book, which comes out every other year. The 2013-14 print edition was released last month; the latest online edition went up Feb. 14 – Oregon’s birthday.

“I look at it as we have this snapshot in time,” Yamaka said of the print version, which is produced in lower quantities now – 6,000 versus the 20,000 printed years ago. “These have historical value.”


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