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Snoqualmie Casino holds Grand Opening on November 6, 2008.

At 10:00 p.m. on the Thursday evening, November 6, 2008, the Snoqualmie Casino holds its Grand Opening event. Located 30 miles east of downtown Seattle, the 170,000-square-foot facility features a 51,...

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Sea-Tac International Airport's third runway opens on November 20, 2008.

On November 20, 2008, the new third runway at Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport opens to scheduled air traffic when an Alaska Airlines flight takes off for Denver following a dedication c...

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Qualco Energy turns on its anaerobic digester and begins operations in December 2008.

In December 2008, Qualco Energy, a nonprofit organization located in Monroe, Washington, activates its anaerobic digester and begins operations. Established by representatives from the Tulalip Tribes,...

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Kenneth Milette of Newport is sentenced in federal court on December 17, 2008, for illegally possessing and selling Indian artifacts.

On December 17, 2008, Kenneth L. Milette of Newport in Pend Oreille County is sentenced in federal court in Spokane for illegally possessing and selling Indian and historic artifacts he has taken from...

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Two weeks of wicked winter weather whack Washington beginning on December 17, 2008.

On December 17, 2008, record cold temperatures and snowfalls east of the Cascade Mountains kick off what will become nearly two weeks of wild weather that eventually impacts most of the state. Spokane...

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Seattle's Duwamish Tribe celebrates new Longhouse and Cultural Center on January 3, 2009.

On January 3, 2009, members and descendants of Seattle's First People, the Duwamish Tribe, held a Grand Opening ceremony at their beautiful new Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center (4705 West Margin...

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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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