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Tuesday Video: Bill McKibben vs Stephen Colbert

Upon news that President Obama was putting the brakes on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Stephen Colbert invited one of the ringleaders of the movement to end this dirty proposal, Bill McKibben, on his show for the usual verbal judo.

Colbert constantly tries to ploy McKibben. It doesn't work. McKibben sets him straight on how many net jobs the project would create, and how much damage it would do to the planet. You can see that he knows how to handle his bombast very well.

However, I do appreciate Colbert's optimism. He believes with the tar sands, the climate would be half full - of carbon, that is.

Video after the jump.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr on Colbert about mountaintop removal mining

When Robert F. Kennedy Jr came to Spokane several weeks ago, he talked a lot about the mountaintop removal mining disaster. Now he's on the Colbert Report to discuss his new film, "The Last Mountain." If you've seen the effects of MTR,  the landscape looks like it was bombed - because that is exactly what happens.  According to a NASA Report, in February 2010, a team of scientists published a review of research on mountaintop mining and valley fills in the journal Science. The scientists concluded that the impacts on stream and groundwater quality, biodiversity, and forest productivity were “pervasive and irreversible” and that current strategies for mitigation and restoration were not compensating for the degradation. Video after the jump.

Child rapist now living in Colbert

A child rapist recently released from prison has registered at an address in Colbert.

 Devin K. Porter, 27, will be living in the 17900 block of North West Trial, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office announced today.

Porter served 12 months in custody for third-degree rape of a child in February 2010 after being sentenced to 18 months.. His victim was a 14-year-old girl.

Porter is a level 3 sex offender, the classification considered most likely to reoffend. He is being supervised by the state Department of Corrections.

Porter is not wanted by law enforcement, but the Sheriff's Office wants people to be aware of his presence.

A database of all sex offenders in Spokane County is available here.

Helping Owners Deal With Pet Deaths

Dmitri Zaslavsky of Family Pet Memorial Crematory and Cemetery in Colbert takes time to adjust a display of flowers left by a family at their pets' graves Friday. The Zaslavsky family has operated the business since 1967. Pia Hallenberg reports on the pet cemetery in Colbert here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Question: How do you dispose of a beloved pet's remains?

Fresh and Local

In theory, I love the idea of a garden. In reality, I hate the work. For me, the next best thing is a Farmer’s Market like this one: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/may/26/colbert-farmers-market-thrives/

Tell us about your favorite Farmer’s Market.

Why Stephen Colbert belongs in Coeur d’Alene…

Photobucket The eagle has landed. Lake Coeur d’Alene is experiencing an influx of bald eagles, hungry for spawning kokanee salmon. The Spokesman-Review reports “a weekly winter survey found 127 eagles in the bay on Monday, up from 88 last week and 59 the week after Thanksgiving.”