From Our Corner Blog Posts

  • Our Legacy Washington program is getting set to launch its latest exhibit, “Who are we?” It features historic photos and compelling life stories about a diverse group of Washingtonians who have overcome obstacles to leave positive marks on our state. The exhibit’s official launch is Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. in the State Reception Room on the third floor of the Capitol in Olympia. Secretary of State Kim Wyman will emcee the event, which is open to the public. Dancers...

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  • Mount Rainier from Plummer Peak. (Photos courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives) As weather-watchers know, it’s supposed to get hot this weekend in Western Washington. As in the 90s. For people wanting to beat the heat, there usually are two options: head for the water or head into the mountains. If the latter sounds like your thing, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place than Mount Rainier National Park, home of our state’s tallest peak at well over 14,000...

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  • Do you know a Washington corporation or business that does give back to your community? It could be donating money or supplies, providing volunteer help on projects, or something else that makes a difference. If such a company comes to mind, help give it the recognition it deserves by nominating it for our state’s highest civics award. Time is running out to offer nominations for a 2016 Corporations for Communities Award. The nomination deadline is Aug. 31. Nomination forms can...

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  • Francisco Díaz, WTBBL’s first Spanish audio book narrator. (Photo courtesy of WTBBL) The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library provides comprehensive services to Washington residents unable to read standard print materials. There are many Washingtonians for whom English is not their first language and who may also be unable to read print due to blindness, visual impairment, physical disability, or a reading disability. WTBBL has more than 150 patrons borrowing Spanish language audio books, but the 2014 U.S. Census Bureau...

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  • Secretary of State Kim Wyman has announced the appointment of Shannon Cortez as the new deputy director of elections. Cortez will take her new role on Monday after 18 years of experience in elections administration, both with Pierce County and King County, where she has been deputy elections director. In Pierce, she worked with Auditors Cathy Pearsall-Stipek, Pat McCarthy, Jan Shabro and Julie Anderson, and in King, she assisted Julie Wise. Cortez succeeds Allyson Ruppenthal, who has joined Thurston County...

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