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Christine Gregoire wins nation's closest-ever governor's race after recounts and a court battle while Washington voters re-elect Senator Patty Murray and favor John Kerry for president on November 2, 2004.

On November 2, 2004, Washington voters produce the closest governor's race in United States history as they split virtually evenly between Democratic Attorney General Christine Gregoire (b. 1947) and ...

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Historical court clears Chief Leschi's name on December 10, 2004.

On December 10, 2004, a special state historical court clears Nisqually Chief Leschi (1808-1858) of murder charges. Chief Leschi was hanged in 1858 for allegedly murdering Col. A. Benton Moses. At the...

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Allen Institute for Brain Science launches its Brain Atlas on December 13, 2004.

On December 13, 2004, the Allen Institute for Brain Science launches its Allen Brain Atlas, an online resource available to the public. The first batch of released data maps the location of nearly 2,0...

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WSDOT abandons Hood Canal bridge graving dock project located on site of Klallam Indian village and cemetery on December 21, 2004.

On December 21, 2004, Washington Secretary of Transportation Doug MacDonald and Governor Gary Locke announce that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is ending construction of a ...

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Puyallup Tribe's New Emerald Queen Casino opens in Fife on December 29, 2004.

On December 29, 2004, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians' new Emerald Queen Casino opens in Fife in northern Pierce County, following reduction in road access to the original paddlewheel riverboat casino l...

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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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