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Where WA gained a little, where it gained a lot


Washington gets a new congressional district, upping its population in the U.S. House of Representatives from nine to 10, Census Bureau officials announced today.

Politicians all over the state, from  Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, to Luke Esser, state Republican Party chairman, are thrilled. And why not? It will create a whole new congressional race in 2012.

“At a critical time in our nation’s history, not only do I welcome the additional representation in our nation’s Capitol, I am pleased Washington state’s share of federal funding to support critical programs like Medicaid and education will also increase,” Gregoire said.

Esser had a slightly different take: “An additional congressional seat gives our state the opportunity to send another voice to Congress to advocate for limited and fiscally conservative federal government. This year our state helped to fire Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House…

Washington state does well in photo finish

Images of Washington state show up in three of the 11 finalists for a National Park Service photo contest, including the top spot, which went to the photo above of Mount Rainier.

That photo, of the mountain in the morning, was shot by Matthew Bell of Olympia and took first place. In the honorable mentions were a shot of the schooner Adventuress in the Seattle harbor and another of the Columbia River. All the photos can be seen here.

Happy V Day, Happy B Day

Veterans Day is 91 years old or 56 years old today, depending on how you want to count it.

Washington state is 121 years old, and there’s no two ways to count it.

Veterans Day started as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919. It marked the one year anniversary of the end of World War I, which was in those days was know as “The Great War” because people didn’t have to foresight to number their world wars. The Armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. After we’d had another world war, plus a contained war in Korea, President Eisenhower decided to honor all veterans in 1954 and rename the holiday Veterans Day.

For information about Veterans Day events around Spokane, click here.

Washington went from being a state to a territory on this day in 1889, when President Benjamin Harrison signed the law at 5:27 p.m. A copy of the telegram from Harrison to territorial Elisha Ferry can be seen here.


State develops one-stop for outdoor resources

Washington may spread its outdoor responsibilities among many departments, but it has gathered them into one place on the web for people who want to use them.

So if you’re planning on going camping for a week, need a fishing license and a hunting license, and wonder what sort of events are happening near the campsite, you could reserve a site, buy your licenses and check out a calendar, all starting from the same page.

You can also find out about air quality, water pollution, salmon recovery, shellfish seasons, burning permits and dozens of other things connected to the environment, natural resources, public lands, fish, wildlife and parks.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark announced the site today. A test drive reveals it to be practical, not particularly glitzy but practical and easy to use. The “How do I?…” feature is particularly good.

Get a cake with 120 candles

Everyone join in, please:

Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear

Washington Staaaate.

Happy Birthday to you.

Washington as a state turns 120 today. Don’t feel bad if you forgot to send a card. Once you get passed 100, birthdays aren’t that big a deal until you hit the really big milestones. So mark your calendar for Nov. 11, 2014, because that’ll be 125, and you’ll probably need to send a gift, too.

Want to see an image of the telegram announcing statehood? It’s on the Secretary of State’s Web site, just click here.

Why you can’t confuse WA and SC

The differences between Washington state and South Carolina:

One is in the Northwest, the other is in the Southeast.

One has mountain ranges that still have snow at the top, the other doesn’t.

When Gov. Chris Gregoire disappears from sight for a few days, she goes to Iraq to visit the Guard.

When Gov. Mark Sanford disappears from sight for a few days, he goes to Argentina to kanoodle with his e-mail love interest.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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