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Plastic bits in steelhead’s gut worries angler

FISHING — Somebody's trashing our fisheries. Something to think about next time you're tempted to buy bottled water or vote on a plastic bag law.

B.C. angler snags steelhead, finds guts filled with plastic
A British Columbia man who caught a steelhead last week on the Vedder River found several pieces of plastic inside the fish when he cut it open, and he put out the call to see if other anglers had similar experiences. Dr. Peter Ross, director of the ocean pollution research program at the Vancouver Aquarium, said it's likely the steelhead ingested the plastic in the ocean.
—Calgary Herald

Saturday’s highlights

T.J. Williams Jr., the director of photography, frames up a shot with a digital movie camera in Fairfield, on Wednesday, while shooting a feature film assisted by North By Northwest. At right is Adam Miller, the first assistant camera operator. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley

Oh, it's Monday again. Pardon me while I shake off the weekend cobwebs. As we start the work week there are some Saturday Valley Voice highlights to greet us, as always. Reporter Lisa Leinberger has a report on the safety of Mountain View Middle School in the East Valley School District. Building and fire inspectors recently toured the building to make sure it was safe after parents raised concerns about the partially boarded up building.

The small town of Fairfield hosted a movie crew from North by Northwest last week. Portions of the movie "West of Redemption" starring Billy Zane were filmed there while grain trucks lumbered by on their way from the nearby grain elevators.

Lisa stopped by University High School during the morning on the first day of school when freshmen had the run of the buliding. The school had a special program that morning to help the students acclimate to the school and get to know each other.

The City of Spokane Valley and Spokane County had a joint meeting last week to discuss solid waste options under a new regional plan. The city would like to own the Valley transfer station, but County Commissioners seem to favor a plan that has the County owning and running the facility.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department is considering spending a budget surplus on remodeling several fire stations, two of which are decades old. Problems include leaking roofs, failing floors and kitchen cabinets in disrepair.

Trashing Lake Coeur d’Alene

The pile of trash mounted at the Third Street boat launch near the base of Tubbs Hill had passersby marveling in disgust. Some would stop and frown, some whistled to show they were impressed, yet others just shook their heads as they hoofed by to the hiking trails. All of them, though, noticed. Soda cans, beer cans - lots of beer cans - a grill, a shoe sole, glass bottles and, well, more beer cans - the collection came from the bottom of Lake Coeur d'Alene. "People just don't understand what they do when they throw things in the lake," Brian Meehan said as he stopped to take in the heaping sight. "I'm sure that's just a tiny, tiny portion of it, unfortunately." Meehan's right, it's just a sample, pulled out by 10 good-willed scuba divers Sunday on an underwater trash collection trip organized by the diving business, Tom's Diving Adventures/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: 2 young brothers admire scuba divers Matt Hebener, bottom left, and Paul Schwartz, bottom right, as they prepare to go underwater)

Question: How do you react when you see someone litter?

Follow the trash with the director of “Waste Land”


One of the best films last year: The Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land. The central figures are Brazilian-born, Brooklyn-based artist Vik Muniz and the crew of catadores — garbage pickers — at the world's largest landfill, Rio de Janeiro's Jardim Gramacho.

Director Lucy Walker spent months filming the stories of garbage pickers for her documentary. After her Waste Land experience, Lucy set out to learn what happens to Los Angeles' garbage with social innovators Max Lugavere and Jason Silva.

Check the video after the jump. It's a reminder of how aware we need to be about what we're really throwing away- and we should also be donating used items instead of throwing them in the trash, so that they can go on to have another life. Who knows? They might become art.

Turning rubbish to rainbows



Liz Jones is a Melbourne-based artist and jeweler who specializes in turning trash into these gorgeous rainbows. I think her art is beautiful. Unfortunately it takes a quick jaunt on a nearby beach and river to collect the supplies needed for just one rainbow.

She calls them Rubbish Rainbows

Keep trash cans free of snow berms

The City of Spokane Solid Waste Management Department is asking residents for assistance during these snowy days. Residential customers are asked to place their garbage carts and recycling bins in front of snow berms and clear of other obstacles. Commercial customers are asked to remove show from around dumpsters and the access areas for those receptacles.  Sanding icy areas next to dumpsters also would be helpful.
Meanwhile, some customers in the Five Mile area were missed by recycling trucks today, Wednesday, Dec. 1, because these lighter trucks had difficulty maneuvering in the area.  Customers who were missed are asked to place their recycling bins out at the curb again on Thursday, Dec. 2.  A recycling crew will pick up the items then.
“The Solid Waste Department is committed to providing safe and reliable collection to our customers at all times of the year,” says Scott Windsor, the department’s director.  “We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate the help of our customers as we work to get this important job done.”
If you have additional questions about your garbage service or curbside recycling, please call the Solid Waste Department at (509) 625-7878 or visit www.spokanesolidwaste.com.

Via e-mail from the city of Spokane

Help the garbage crews

The City of Spokane Solid Waste Management Department is asking residents for assistance during these snowy days. Residential customers are asked to place their garbage carts and recycling bins in front of snow berms and clear of other obstacles. Commercial customers are asked to remove show from around dumpsters and the access areas for those receptacles.  Sanding icy areas next to dumpsters also would be helpful.
Meanwhile, some customers in the Five Mile area were missed by recycling trucks today, Wednesday, Dec. 1, because these lighter trucks had difficulty maneuvering in the area.  Customers who were missed are asked to place their recycling bins out at the curb again on Thursday, Dec. 2.  A recycling crew will pick up the items then.
“The Solid Waste Department is committed to providing safe and reliable collection to our customers at all times of the year,” says Scott Windsor, the department’s director.  “We apologize for any inconvenience, and we appreciate the help of our customers as we work to get this important job done.”
If you have additional questions about your garbage service or curbside recycling, please call the Solid Waste Department at (509) 625-7878 or visit www.spokanesolidwaste.com.

Via e-mail from the city of Spokane