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Thousands march streets of Seattle and Yakima in support of immigrants' rights on May 1, 2006.

On May 1, 2006, thousands of people march the streets of Seattle and Yakima in support of immigrants' rights in some of the largest marches in recent history. The march, characterized as "the day with...

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The exhibit Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A Mid-Career Survey opens at Tacoma Art Museum on May 27, 2006.

On May 27, 2006, a major exhibit of work by ceramics artist Akio Takamori (1950-2017) opens at the Tacoma Art Museum. Titled Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A Mid-Career Survey, it includes w...

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U.S. government shields loggers from the Endangered Species Act if they comply with the Habitat Conservation Plan on June 5, 2006.

On June 5, 2006, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service approve Washington's Habitat Conservation Plan enacted by the State Legislature in 1999. Under the plan, p...

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Intiman Theatre Artistic Director Bartlett Sher and Managing Director Laura Penn accept the 2006 Regional Theatre Tony Award on June 11, 2006.

On June 11, 2006, Intiman Theatre Artistic Director Bartlett Sher (b. 1959) and Managing Director Laura Penn (b. 1961) accept the 2006 Regional Theatre Tony Award at Radio City Music Hall in New York ...

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Port of Tacoma demolishes landmark Kaiser smokestack on July 2, 2006.

On July 2, 2006, the 500-foot Kaiser Aluminum smokestack -- 38-year fixture on the Tacoma waterfront -- is demolished to make room for Port of Tacoma expansion of marine terminals along the Blair Wate...

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Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and City of Seattle sign settlement agreement, resolving lawsuit over city's plans for Cedar River Watershed, on July 6, 2006.

On July 6, 2006, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and the City of Seattle sign the Muckleshoot Settlement Agreement. The agreement resolves the issues raised in a 2003 lawsuit challenging the city's Cedar...

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Officials break ground for Seattle's South Lake Union Streetcar on July 7, 2006.

On July 7, 2006, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels (b. 1955) ceremonially welds the first rail of the planned South Lake Union Streetcar line between downtown Seattle and Lake Union. U.S. Senator Patty Murra...

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Northgate Branch of The Seattle Public Library opens on July 15, 2006.

On July 15, 2006, the Northgate Branch of The Seattle Public Library opens its doors to patrons. The $6.7 million building is the first branch for the Northgate neighborhood and was built with funds f...

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Police arrest Conner M. Schierman for the murder of two women and two children in Kirkland on July 17, 2006.

In the early morning hours of July 17, 2006, Conner M. Schierman, age 24, breaks into the home of the Milkin family and stabs to death Olga Milkin, age 28, her two sons, Justin, 5 and Andrew, 3, and h...

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Historic 1918 carousel opens at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo on July 22, 2006.

On July 22, 2006, Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo officially opens a 1918 wooden carousel with hand-carved horses donated by Seattleites Tom and Linda Allen of the Alleniana Foundation in December 2000. ...

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Old Cascade Lumber Company mill in Yakima closes after 103 years on August 5, 2006.

On August 5, 2006, the old Cascade Lumber Company mill in Yakima is closed by Yakima Resources, Inc. after 103 years of operation. The mill first opened in 1903 to cut lumber floated down the Teanaway...

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U.S. Army Rangers from Fort Lewis rob the Bank of America branch in South Tacoma on August 7, 2006.

On August 7, 2006, four men brandishing weapons rob the Bank of America branch in South Tacoma of $54,011. An alert bystander sees the bandits exit from an automobile wearing balaclavas and carrying h...

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New Montlake Branch of The Seattle Public Library opens on August 12, 2006.

On August 12, 2006, the new Montlake Branch of The Seattle Public Library opens at 2401 24th Avenue E. The $5.24 million branch can hold more than 18,000 books and other items.

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Reggie Watts, Gerard Schwarz, Michael Spafford, Elizabeth Sandvig, Spike Mafford, the Seattle Children's Theatre and Linda Hartzell, Northwest Folklife and Michael J. Herschensohn, and the Rainier Vista Cambodian Youth Program receive Seattle Mayor's Arts Awards on September 1, 2006.

On Friday, September 1, 2006, Mayor Greg Nickels presents the 4th annual Mayor's Arts Awards as part of Bumbershoot's opening ceremonies. The awards ceremony takes place at Seattle Center's Northwest ...

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South Park Branch of The Seattle Public Library opens on September 9, 2006.

On September 9, 2006, the new South Park Branch of The Seattle Public Library opens. This is the first branch to serve the South Park neighborhood since it was annexed to Seattle in 1907. The $2.94 mi...

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Doc Maynard Chapter 54-40 of E Clampus Vitus is officially chartered on September 9, 2006.

On September 9, 2006, Doc Maynard Chapter 54-40 of E Clampus Vitus receives its charter on Whidbey Island. This is the first official chapter of E Clampus Vitus, an all-men fraternal order, in the Pac...

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Douglass-Truth Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopens after remodel and expansion on October 14, 2006.

On October 14, 2006, the Douglass-Truth Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopens after a $6.8 million remodel and expansion. The branch remains the largest of what will be 27 branches in the Seatt...

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Washington voters re-elect incumbents to Congress and reject property-rights and anti-estate-tax initiatives on November 7, 2006.

On November 7, 2006, Washington voters re-elect U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (b. 1958) and all nine of the state's incumbent United States Representatives. Three incumbent state Supreme Court justices...

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Collapse of a 210-foot construction crane in Bellevue kills one person on November 16, 2006.

On Thursday night, November 16, 2006, a 210-foot tower crane, used in building construction, collapses in downtown Bellevue, damaging three buildings and killing Matthew Ammon in his top-floor apartme...

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Last coal mine in Washington closes on November 27, 2006, near Centralia.

On November 27, 2006, the TransAlta open-pit coal mine near Centralia, the last coal mine in Washington, ceases operation. Approximately 550 people are laid off, with their pay and benefits continued ...

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Hanukkah Eve Wind Storm ravages Western Washington beginning on December 14, 2006.

From the night of Thursday, December 14, through Friday, December 15, 2006, a gale-force windstorm ravages Washington, leaving millions of state residents without electric power. Fourteen people will ...

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the opening of the Edmonds Center for the Arts on January 4, 2007.

On January 4, 2007, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception is one of several events whose purpose is to formally dedicate the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Previous events -- beginning with a Cascade...

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Claudia Kauffman is sworn in to the Washington State Senate on January 8, 2007.

On January 8, 2007, Claudia Kauffman (b. 1959) takes the oath of office as a state senator representing the 47th District. She is the first Native American woman to serve in the Washington State Senat...

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Seattle Art Museum opens its Olympic Sculpture Park with a two-day celebration beginning on January 20, 2007.

On January 20 and 21, 2007, the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park opens to the public with a community-wide free celebration. Located on land formerly used by Unocal (Union Oil of California...

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