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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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Four 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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BlackPast.org is launched on February 1, 2007.

On February 1, 2007, the BlackPast.org website is launched. BlackPast.org is an online reference and encyclopedia of African American history that includes biographies of both famous and lesser-known ...

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For heroic acts in the 1965 battle of Ia Drang, Bruce P. Crandall receives the Medal of Honor on February 26, 2007.

On February 26, 2007, President George W. Bush (b. 1946) presents retired Lieutenant Colonel Bruce P. Crandall (b. 1933) of Manchester, Kitsap County, with the Medal of Honor. The ceremony in the East...

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Remodeled Southwest Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopens on March 10, 2007.

On March 10, 2007, the Southwest Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopens after a $6.25 million remodel and expansion. The original 1961 building now features 15,000 square feet of space, 32 compu...

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Rebecca Griego is killed on the University of Washington campus on April 2, 2007.

On the morning of Monday, April 2, 2007, the deranged ex-boyfriend of University of Washington employee Rebecca Jane Griego (1981-2007) kills her at the UW's Gould Hall before fatally shooting himself...

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Walla Walla sweet onions become Washington's official state vegetable on April 20, 2007.

On April 20, 2007, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signs House bill No. 1556 designating Walla Walla sweet onions the state's official vegetable. Passed unanimously by the House and by a 42-3 ...

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Communications Department faculty open 50-year-old time capsule and find bawdy items at University of Washington in Seattle on April 26, 2007.

On April 26, 2007, faculty members of the University of Washington Department of Communications open a time capsule that was sealed within the walls of the Communication Building in 1957. Attendees at...

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Seattle newspapers settle legal dispute, extending their Joint Operating Agreement, on April 15, 2007.

On April 15, 2007, The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer settle a four-year-old legal dispute and agree to extend their Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) for at least nine years. The sett...

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Elizabeth Sandvig is announced as recipient of the Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement on June 22, 2007.

On June 22, 2007, the Artist Trust announces that Elizabeth Sandvig (b. 1937) has been selected as a recipient of the Twining Humber Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. The award is given annuall...

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