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Avista Utilities, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy work out a dam-relicensing agreement to restore full-time flows to Spokane's Spokane Falls on May 6, 2009.

On May 6, 2009, Avista Utilities, the Sierra Club and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy work out a dam-relicensing agreement that restores full-time flows to the Spokane Falls in downtown Spok...

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A bigger Burien Library opens, in a new building shared with City Hall, on June 13, 2009.

On June 13, 2009, a new Burien Library officially opens as part of Burien Town Square, a public-private development intended to revitalize the city's downtown core. The library shares a three-story bu...

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Historic Seattle heat wave peaks at a record 103 degrees on July 29, 2009.

On July 29, 2009, a scorching weeklong heat wave across the Pacific Northwest peaked with record high temperatures being set in various area towns. Seattle reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit for the first...

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Citizens commemorate centennial of 1909 courthouse fire and rededicate the refurbished Snohomish County Courthouse on August 2, 2009.

On Sunday, August 2, 2009, Everett citizens celebrate the renewal of the 1911 Snohomish County courthouse with a tour of the facility, a display and program about its history, and a ribbon-cutting cer...

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Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels loses in the primary, Susan Hutchison leads for King County Executive, and city voters defeat a shopping bag fee on August 18, 2009.

On August 18, 2009, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (b. 1955) finishes third in the primary election and loses his seat after two influential terms in which he built a national reputation as an environment...

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Jesse Higman, Speight Jenkins, Artist Trust, Northwest Tap Connection, and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on September 4, 2009.

On September 4, 2009, visual artist Jesse Higman; Seattle Opera director Speight Jenkins (b. 1937); Artist Trust, a nonprofit providing support to individual artists; Northwest Tap Connection, an urba...

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Seattle's historic Paramount Theatre installs new marquee on October 7, 2009.

On October 7, 2009, workers install a sparkling new vertical marquee on the historic Paramount Theatre at 9th Avenue and Pine Street in Seattle. The marquee, fabricated by The Sign Factory of Kirklan...

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Massive landslide in the Nile Valley (Yakima County) blocks State Route 410 and redirects the flow of the Naches River on October 11, 2009.

On October 11, 2009, at 6 a.m., a massive landslide in the Nile Valley demolishes a half-mile of State Route 410 and redirects the flow of the Naches River. This is one of the largest landslides in th...

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Antinuclear peace activists break into Bangor nuclear-submarine base on November 2, 2009.

On November 2, 2009, five antinuclear peace activists break into Naval Base Kitsap -- Bangor, a nuclear-submarine base on Hood Canal northwest of Bremerton. Their Disarm Now Plowshares protest is a sy...

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Washington voters support domestic partnerships, reject tax limits, and fill local offices on November 3, 2009.

On November 3, 2009, Washington voters become the first in the nation to ratify a legislative measure recognizing "domestic partnerships" for same-sex couples and older unmarried heterosexual couples,...

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Redmond Ridge Library Express, King County Library System's first unstaffed limited-service library, opens on November 7, 2009.

On November 7, 2009, the King County Library System's first unstaffed, automated "library express" opens at Redmond Ridge, with a special sneak-preview celebration. Redmond Ridge is not within the cit...

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Wacky Ivar's restaurant-related hoax is debunked on November 12, 2009.

On Thursday, November 12, 2009, The Seattle Times reports the debunking of a marketing hoax that had both bemused and mystified locals since it was launched in mid-September. At that time news account...

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