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Island near La Conner is newest state park

Associated Press - July 14, 2010 1:15 PM ET

KIKET ISLAND, Wash. (AP) - A 96-acre island near La Conner is the newest Washington state park.

The Seattle Times report Kiket (KICK'-et) Island is a largely undeveloped with more than two miles of beaches.

The island was purchased last month with $14 million in state and federal grants and money from the The Trust for Public Land.

The island is co-owned by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. The island lies within the reservation, but passed out of tribal ownership in 1929 when it was sold by individual tribal members.

At one time 40 years ago is was owned by the city of Seattle, which planned to build a nuclear power plant on it.

Kiket Island park will be open for limited public use as soon as the state and tribe improve access.

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