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    If you mention “May 18, 1980” to an older Washingtonian, you’ll likely get a knowing response: It’s the day Mount St. Helens erupted. It was on a sunny morning 37 years ago today that the eruption blew off the top 1,300 feet from its once cone-like summit, killing 57 people and thousands of animals, and destroying or flattening thousands of acres of timber. The eruption occurred when the mountain’s north face collapsed due to an earthquake, resulting in the largest…

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    Three Washington students showed that the emotional power and inspiration of the written word is as strong as ever. The three state champions in this year’s Letters About Literature contest read aloud their winning entries before a large audience in the Capitol Friday, sharing life lessons they learned from authors who inspired them. Sponsored by the Washington State Library – a division of the Office of Secretary of State – and the Library of Congress, the competition encourages students to…

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    Many candidates already have been running for weeks or months, but the official start to campaign season in Washington – Candidate Filing Week – is next week, May 15-19. Nearly all of the 3,100-plus offices open for this election this year are local offices, such as city council, school district, fire district, port district and other races, including Seattle mayor. There are eight legislative races (see which district you’re in here), two Court of Appeals elections in King County, one…

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      (Photo courtesy of Adam Noble) This time of year, you’ll see a wide range of beautiful flowers blooming throughout the Capitol Campus. The rhodies (Washington’s state flower!) in this photo can be found on the north side of the Temple of Justice. Thanks to OSOS employee Adam Noble for submitting this colorful shot. We invite you to e-mail your photos and stories to us as part of an ongoing feature called “From Your Corner of Washington” – we want…

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    We know we don’t have to tell Washington’s fishing community, but Saturday marks the opening weekend of trout fishing in many lowland lakes. To help celebrate the big opening, and to help get folks in the mood to grab their poles and tackle boxes, we’re sharing a few of the classic fishing photos found in the State Digital Archives website. The top photo shows a man in waders fishing in an unidentified river with mountains in the background.  The photo…

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