From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • Charles Z. Smith (Photo courtesy of Legacy Washington) Our office was saddened to hear about the recent passing of Charles Z. Smith, the state’s first African-American Superior Court judge and state Supreme Court justice. He was 89. In 2009, our Legacy Washington team produced a profile on Smith and his ground-breaking judicial career.  You can read it here. The profile, written by John C. Hughes, includes photos of Smith, as well as his biography and audio clips. From the profile:...

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  • We’re still aglow from last week’s launch of the “Who are we?” exhibit created by our terrific Legacy Washington team. At the launch, we were thrilled to hear moving speeches by three of the Washingtonians featured in the exhibit. Here are excerpts: “We are in an era in which it’s almost sinful to defend government. And that is a real shame, because government is a necessary institution in a free society in order for it to work. And government will...

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  • Former U.S. Rep. Jolene Unsoeld (left) and Secretary Wyman share a laugh during speech by Bill Ruckelshaus. A new exhibit has opened at the State Capitol honoring Bill Ruckelshaus, Jolene Unsoeld and other extraordinary Washingtonians. “Who are we?” launched in ceremonies Thursday. It features historic photos and compelling life stories of newsmakers who’ve overcome long odds and influenced the state. The exhibit, created by the office’s Legacy Washington program and printed with private dollars, will be on display at the...

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  •   Ringo Starr fishes from his hotel room window as other Beatles watch during their stay at the Edgewater Inn on Seattle’s waterfront. (Photo courtesy Seattle P-I)    For Northwest baby-boomers, this might be a tough pill to swallow. It was 50 years ago tonight that the Beatles played their final concert in Seattle. The Fab Four appeared at the old Seattle Center Coliseum for two shows on Aug. 25, 1966. One was in the afternoon, the other in the...

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  • Climbers going up Mount Rainier’s Muir Snowfield. (Photo courtesy Brian Zylstra) If you go to one of Washington’s three national parks tomorrow through Sunday, you’re in for a treat – the National Parks Service is offering free admission in honor of the Park Service’s centennial Thursday! If you’re looking for things to do at Mount Rainier, North Cascades or Olympic National Park to celebrate the big anniversary, check out this story by News Tribune outdoor writer Craig Hill. Hurricane Ridge,...

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