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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 19, May 7, 2006, Article 23

WASHINGTON STATE CHOOSES LEAPING SALMON DESIGN FOR QUARTER

"Gov. Chris Gregoire stuck with the people's choice for the
flip side of Washington state's commemorative quarter on
Thursday, but the selection left the state's famed apple
growers feeling a bit bruised.

Gregoire unveiled an oversized version of the design - a
lively looking salmon leaping in front of a conifer-trimmed
Mount Rainier - to a chorus of "Ohhhhhh" and applause from
students at Olympia's Centennial Elementary School.

The first-term Democrat said she felt the image, also the
favorite in an online opinion poll, was the best showcase
for two of the state's most notable symbols. It also
incorporates "The Evergreen State" as a slogan.

"I think it's important that we have something natural.
We are really a state that thinks much of our natural heritage,"
Gregoire said."

"Symbolic issues aside, the winning choice also avoided being
too "busy," a fate that has befallen some other state quarters
that tried to cram too many symbols onto a small surface,
Gregoire said."

"The leaping salmon design won the second round of voting with
45 percent of the tally, while about 40 percent favored the
images of apples, Mount Rainier and a salmon within an outline
of the state. The third choice was an Indian-style drawing of
a killer whale."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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