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Snohomish County Fire District absorbs Mountlake Terrace Fire Department on January 1, 2005.

On January 1, 2005, the Snohomish County Fire District takes over the operation and management of the Mountlake Terrace Fire Department, formally ending the existence of a fire department that was nea...

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Committee adopts new district maps for downsized King County Council on January 15, 2005.

On January 15, 2005, the bipartisan King County Districting Committee adopts a map of nine districts for the Metropolitan King County Council to replace the existing 13-district map. The redistrictin...

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Port of Tacoma's huge new Pierce County Terminal celebrates grand opening on January 28, 2005.

On January 28, 2005, the Port of Tacoma's new $210 million Pierce County Terminal on the Blair Waterway opens officially to wide acclaim. The 171-acre container terminal is the largest in the Port's 8...

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Greenwood Branch, The Seattle Public Library, opens on January 29, 2005.

On January 29, 2005, the new Greenwood Branch, The Seattle Public Library, opens at 8016 Greenwood Avenue N. This is the 13th project opened as part of Libraries For All, a $196.4 million bond issue ...

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Rat City Rollergirls stage their first official bout on March 26, 2005.

On March 26, 2005, the Rat City Rollergirls, Seattle's pioneering female roller derby league, stages its first official bout. The scene is Southgate Roller Rink in White City. The crowd is unexpectedl...

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Fremont Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after renovations on April 16, 2005.

On April 16, 2005, the Fremont Branch, The Seattle Public Library, reopens after a $749,267 renovation. It is the 14th project completed as part of Libraries For All, a $196.4 million bond issue pass...

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Governor Christine Gregoire signs law renaming King County in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 19, 2005.

On April 19, 2005, King County is officially renamed in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) when Governor Christine Gregoire (b. 1947) signs into law Senate Bill 5332. The sig...

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Legislature approves $8.5 billion transportation tax package, which will survive subsequent ballot challenge, on April 24, 2005.

On April 24, 2005, hours before the State Legislature adjourns for the year, a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives approves a 16-year, $8.5 billion transportation revenue package, the ...

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Lao Highland Community Center opens in Southeast Seattle on May 14, 2005.

On May 14, 2005, the Lao Highland Community Center, a project of the Lao Highland Association, opens in southeast Seattle near the Othello Playground. The community center, located at 3925 S Bozeman S...

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Ballard Branch, The Seattle Public Library, opens on May 14, 2005.

On May 14, 2005, the new Ballard Branch, The Seattle Public Library, opens at 5614 22nd Avenue NW. The library's sloping roof has 17 solar panels at its peak and is covered with low-water-use native ...

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Cascade Land Conservancy outlines 100-year Cascade Agenda conservation plan in May 2005.

In May 2005, the Cascade Land Conservancy (later renamed Forterra) outlines the Cascade Agenda, a 100-year conservation plan to protect 1.3 million acres of forest, farms, and other Puget Sound land. ...

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Judge upholds election of Christine Gregoire in contested governor's race on June 6, 2005.

On June 6, 2005, Chelan County Superior Court Judge John E. Bridges concludes the closest and most contested governor's race in state history by rejecting numerous Republican challenges and upholding ...

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