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  • Go to any of Washington’s four corners and you’ll see stunning beauty. In the northeastern part of the state, many of those gorgeous views are dominated by the mighty Columbia River. The Columbia’s appearance has changed over the years. This 1928 shot of Kettle Falls’ Lower Falls shows how the Columbia looked before dams altered the landscape. Kettle Falls was an ancient and important salmon fishing and trading site for Native Americans. The falls were flooded in 1940 when the...

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  • Washington voters turned out in droves for the first running of the state Presidential Primary in eight years. Election Night results included 1.2 million votes for Democratic and Republican candidates for the White House, more than 28 percent of the state’s registered voters. Those numbers will swell as more returns are counted this week. Secretary of State Kim Wyman, the state’s chief elections officer, called the turnout “particularly amazing and gratifying, given the lateness of the primary on the national...

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  • Secretary of State Kim Wyman calls the robust turnout for the Washington Presidential Primary a “big win for the voters.”  Here is her statement: “We are delighted with the robust turnout for the Washington Presidential Primary. It is a big win for the voters, who continue to embrace this inclusive and broad-based way to have their voices heard. “The turnout, already 1.2 million strong and more than 28 percent of the 4.1 million ballots issued, will continue to grow as...

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  • Minutes after Filing Week ends May 20, State Elections Director Lori Augino (left) and Elections Division staff do a lot draw to determine the order candidates will appear on the ballot.  (Photo courtesy of Patrick McDonald) Washington’s 2016 election cycle is officially under way, with Filing Week completed and Secretary of State Kim Wyman certifying candidate lists to the 39 counties this week. Candidates also are preparing Voters’ Pamphlet statements, including photo, bio, statement and campaign contact information. Online deadline...

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  • Letters About Literature state champions (from left) Emily Maxfield, Joe Jacobsen and Grace Rivkis with Deputy Secretary of State Greg Lane after receiving their certificates during the awards ceremony at the Capitol.  Three Washington students showed how inspiration can be passed forward. The three state champions in this year’s Letters About Literature contest inspired a large audience at the Capitol Friday as they shared life lessons that they learned from authors who inspired them. The Office of Secretary of State...

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