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Royal Alley-Barnes becomes executive director of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center on January 7, 2009.

On January 7, 2009, Royal Alley-Barnes (b. 1946), a veteran administrator with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, becomes executive director of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center ...

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Hearst Corporation puts the Seattle Post-Intelligencer up for sale on January 9, 2009.

On January 9, 2009, the Hearst Corporation, owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, announces that the newspaper is up for sale. The P-I's parent company states that unless a buyer is found within 60...

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Fire severely damages the landmark Alki Homestead restaurant on January 16, 2009.

Early Friday morning on January 16, 2009, a fire breaks out at the Alki Homestead restaurant in West Seattle. The Seattle Fire Department responds quickly to a report of smoke coming from the buildin...

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King County Library System's Carnation Library officially opens on January 31, 2009.

On January 31, 2009, the King County Library System (KCLS) and the City of Carnation dedicate the new $3.7 million Carnation Library, built on the site of its previous building at 4804 Tolt Avenue in ...

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Schooner Wawona is towed to breaking yard on March 4, 2009.

On March 4, 2009, the the lumber-carrying and cod-fishing schooner Wawona, her masts cut to stumps and name board askew on the crumbling stern, is towed from her longtime berth in Waterway 4 in South ...

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer publishes its final edition on March 17, 2009.

On March 17, 2009, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer publishes its final edition, bringing an end to a history that began 146 years earlier, on a hand-cranked wooden press in a frontier town of only a fe...

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Sounders FC makes Major League Soccer debut on March 19, 2009.

On March 19, 2009, Sounders FC makes its Major League Soccer debut, beating the New York Red Bulls 3-0 before a capacity crowd at Qwest Field. It is a rousing start for an expansion team, and not only...

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James Hakel ends his tenure as official Historylink director of libations on April 23, 2009.

On April 23, 2009, bartender James Hakel (b. 1981) ends his tenure as official director of libations for Historylink.org. Hakel, who has overseen Historylink's weekly staff meetings at the Red Lion Ho...

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Avista Utilities, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy work out a dam-relicensing agreement to restore full-time flows to Spokane's Spokane Falls on May 6, 2009.

On May 6, 2009, Avista Utilities, the Sierra Club and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy work out a dam-relicensing agreement that restores full-time flows to the Spokane Falls in downtown Spok...

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A bigger Burien Library opens, in a new building shared with City Hall, on June 13, 2009.

On June 13, 2009, a new Burien Library officially opens as part of Burien Town Square, a public-private development intended to revitalize the city's downtown core. The library shares a three-story bu...

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Historic Seattle heat wave peaks at a record 103 degrees on July 29, 2009.

On July 29, 2009, a scorching weeklong heat wave across the Pacific Northwest peaked with record high temperatures being set in various area towns. Seattle reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit for the first...

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Citizens commemorate centennial of 1909 courthouse fire and rededicate the refurbished Snohomish County Courthouse on August 2, 2009.

On Sunday, August 2, 2009, Everett citizens celebrate the renewal of the 1911 Snohomish County courthouse with a tour of the facility, a display and program about its history, and a ribbon-cutting cer...

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