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Preserved for future generations

Secretary of State Sam Reed on Thursday announced that state technicians, acting quickly, were able to save Gov. Gary Locke’s internet website from extinction when Locke left office Jan. 12.

The data was was captured by the state’s digital archiving team. Among the saves: 1,605 press releases, 536 speeches and 162 media events.

“One hundred years from now,” Reed said, “our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will have access to the legacy of the Locke administration.”

Determined to foil the dustbin of history, we at the Spokesman-Review’s Olympia bureau have also archived some of the same documents (by tacking them to the office wall).

Among them:
-“Gov. Gary Locke Urges Citizens to vote on Election Day” (press release, Nov. 1, 2002)
-“Gov. Locke’s statement supporting Pledge of Allegiance” (June 26, 2002)
-and “Gov. Gary Locke Proclaims October Clean Water Month” (press release, Oct. 18, 2002)

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