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PostSat Feb 08, 2020 5:52 am 
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https://www.dailyrecordnews.com/news/house-bill-in-committee-proposing-the-ellensburg-blue-agate-be/article_2172387c-b7b5-5e18-bc43-931b1aabbcd2.html

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PostSat Feb 08, 2020 7:38 am 
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Well, there is a governors mansion in Ellensgurg.  Why not this.........

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PostSat Feb 08, 2020 8:08 am 
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It's pretty easy to find low grade Ellensburg Blue, most of it is really boring.  I've never found the good stuff, that must be where the "rare" designation comes in.

Anyone found any good stuff?  Show us pictures, I promise not to ask where it came from!

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PostSat Feb 08, 2020 9:03 am 
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Aren't there some more important issues for the legislature to address?
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PostSat Feb 08, 2020 1:52 pm 
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Snipped from the story:

"2020 House Bill 2757, as proposed, is to designate the Ellensburg Blue Agate as the state gem, and to move petrified wood to a designation as the state vegetative fossil."

I could say something about "state vegetative fossil[s]" but political commentary is frowned upon in these parts.
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PostSat Feb 08, 2020 3:21 pm 
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@Joey: no need for further comment; applies to other states, too.
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PostSat Feb 08, 2020 5:15 pm 
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I like the idea of Ellensburg blue being the new state gem.      Though Iíd like more to find some....

So what if itís not important.   There are worse things to do.

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PostSun Feb 09, 2020 7:56 am 
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Brushwork wrote:
Though Iíd like more to find some....

If you hike the top of Umtanum Ridge you can find them.  Look for areas of lithosol, you have to venture off the road.  All the ones up there that I found were somewhat milky and the color was much closer to gray with just a hint of blue.  Yard rocks, but it is still cool to find agates in basalt.

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PostSun Feb 09, 2020 10:34 am 
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I'm on board.  I love Ellensburg blues.

And while we're at it, let's make the razor clam the state clam:
https://www.myclallamcounty.com/2020/02/06/does-washington-need-a-state-clam-these-representatives-say-we-do/

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PostSun Feb 09, 2020 8:47 pm 
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Thank you Sculpin!   I did once find a pretty nice small EBlue, but sadly lost it.   I didnít know you could find some on Umtanum ridge, thanks!

I also found a nice small peridot in the Yakima river, thought it was glass, it was so green.   Lovely to find treasures!

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PostTue Feb 11, 2020 9:33 am 
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Only ever found two (maybe, you can spend all day holding those super light blue pieces up to the light hoping they will pass the bar) sad little blues for dozens of hours of scouring those hills. Did find two nice arrowheads on two separate trips though, both of them while exploring the hills under the power lines north of the Vantage Highway (N of I90, NE of town). I recall finding them in little 'dells' nestled right at the base of the foothills, and being curious about exploring the little 'dells' because they seemed like unusual features compared to the normal canyons and ravines around there. It's certainly possible that the people who dropped those arrowheads thought the same thing when they stopped to check them out, and decided to camp a while - when you see something that makes you curious, check it out! You may be rewarded.
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