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The decisions behind naming Washington places

The decisions behind naming Washington places

Have you ever wondered why there’s a place called “Humptulips”? What about “Medical Lake”? If you’ve ever speculated why certain places in Washington are named the way they are, you’ll probably be interested in knowing more about the Washington Committee on Geographic Names and the role the Washington State Library plays on that committee. The Committee on Geographic Names reviews proposals submitted by the public to name geographic features in Washington State. It also works to standardize and clarify naming…

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Understanding the February Special Election

Understanding the February Special Election

Did you know there’s an election coming up on Tuesday, February 13th? Springtime special elections sometimes get overlooked, especially when it feels like the recent November election is so fresh in mind. But in the February 2018 special election, 65 percent of Washington’s registered voters are eligible to participate — that’s 2,753,553 people. Voters from all but two counties have issues and/or races on the February ballot. San Juan and Skamania are the exceptions, but not all other counties have…

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Making the Season Bright

Making the Season Bright

It’s the giving season and the Holiday Kids’ Tree symbolizes it in the best way. Each year, the Association of Washington Business (AWB) hosts the Holiday Kids’ Tree lighting marking the end of their Holiday Kids’ Tree Project of that year.  The project collects donations and funds to be given to children and families in need in rural areas. According to the AWB website, more than $390,000 in cash donations and thousands of gifts since the project started in 1989….

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Wyman: Tips for voters affected by wildfires

Wyman: Tips for voters affected by wildfires

A wildfire rages near Malott in Okanogan County. (Photo courtesy of Omak-Okanogan Chronicle) As crews continue battling the largest wildfires in Washington history, Secretary of State Kim Wyman is offering assistance to affected counties and voters as the state’s Aug. 5 Primary Election voting period is underway. Wyman said Friday that counties in the wildlife zones of north-central and northeastern Washington, particularly Okanogan and Ferry counties, are dealing admirably administering the Primary Election under adverse circumstances, including lack of electricity,…

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An Unusual Town Produces an Unusual Egg

An Unusual Town Produces an Unusual Egg

From the desk of Steve Willis, Central Library Services Program Manager of the Washington State Library: This item was found in The Chesaw News, July 5, 1912:   A FREAK EGG  An Egg Within An Egg, Both Perfect, At Baker Ranch.  “Mrs. Stanton Baker is among the many who have turned their attention to poultry raising on a little larger scale than usual this season, having invested in blooded stock from a well known outside breeder of leghorns. While the season is…

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SecReed’s NE Washington trip: Ferry County

SecReed’s NE Washington trip: Ferry County

As part of his goal to visit all 39 counties in 2012, Secretary of State Reed is spending this week in Northeastern Washington, where he is visiting Okanogan, Ferry and Stevens counties before heading south to meet with people in Lincoln and Adams counties. Reed is  shown here meeting with Ferry County Auditor Diana Galvin (far left) and Ferry County Commissioners Brad Miller,  Brian Dansel and Robert Heath on Monday.   Please follow and like us:

From Your Corner: Okanogan County’s name

From Your Corner: Okanogan County’s name

Photo courtesy of Okanogan County Tourism Council Located along the Canadian border in north-central Washington, Okanogan is the largest county geographically in our state with nearly 5,300 square miles. The county is home to the picturesque Methow Valley, which includes tourist attraction Winthrop and the popular Sun Mountain Lodge, located above town to the south. The county is also where the scenic North Cascades Highway ventures east after crossing Washington Pass, at 5,477 feet the second-highest pass in the state….

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