The book documents all 456 of the surveyors associated with the Washington Surveyor General's Office in the Contract Era, 1851-1910. Included are biographies, photos, work assignments and internment data. Most of these surveyors were private contractors operating in a political patronage system, with a broad range of expertise and ethics.

Mike Odren, Landscape Architect and Land Use Planner, for Olson Engineering, Inc. was recently appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to a two year term on the Clark County Development Engineering Advisory Board (DEAB). DEAB was formed by the Board of Clark County Commissioners to serve as a procedural step in reviewing new policy and code changes and to work with Public Works and Community Development on issues related to process improvement, technical issues and proposed fee adjustments.