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Down To Earth archive for Jan. 1, 2010

THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2010

Day 3 Paul: Curb Your Schmolsonian 

Good news: I’m still in. Bad news: So is Schmolson. He’s like Nicolas Cage at his Cagiest though. Slumming. The Jar-Jar Binks of the group. Everything about him is shameless. Look up “shameless” in the dictionary. Schmolson embodies every one of its synonyms: brazen, indecent,...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010

Ride on Valley

The wheels continue to turn on the Spokane Valley's ambitions to develop a Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan. We first got word of this plan in January (thanks OutThere Monthly) when they announced they were working to develop a public outreach program to ensure that...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010

Locavore Day 1 Bart:  

Eating healthy for being healthy? Sounds about right. You know that saying about money burning a hole in your pocket, well, that's what it was like sitting on this $15 coupon for Main Market co-op. It broke down like this - $5 off your purchase,...

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Tuesday Video

It's Bill Gates' world, we're just living in it (with apologies to Steve Jobs, President Obama, and The Goracle).But seriously - the man is as unique of a leader as the world has ever seen. And make no mistake about it, he is a leader....

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Day 1 Paul: Off to the races

And we already have one fallen soldier ladies and gentlemen! The Spovegan is out! Phew. Who’s next? I’m betting on Remi Schmolson. In the spirit of subtly continuing to fan the flames of my blogger war with my nemesis, the mispronunciation of his last name...

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MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2010

Local news briefs

It's busy around the 'ol DTE "office" this time of year. Here are some news briefs we left out of our Another Green Monday.Spokane - meet Summer Parkways. You've been hearing about, you're probably a fan of it on Facebook, and now the cat is...

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Another Green Monday: Spokavore 

This week is a bit different for DTE. To coincide with the grand opening of the Main Market Co-op, we’re taking part in another competition: Spokavore. Different in the sense, we’ll be writing in first-person as per the usual custom in tracking our individual progress....

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SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2010

Share the love this Valentine's Day

Who says advocacy work isn't fun.After you share the love with those closest to you this day, send a little to the Spokane County Commissioners. Sure, it might sound weird, but they need to know how much you care about.... no, not about them, about...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2010

Friday Quote - Love your planet edition 

"If you're in love with the world, fall in love with trying to save it."Sure, not groundbreaking by any means, but this particular line is the article tag line on a brilliantly-written piece by Derrick Jensen in the latest Orion Magazine. Plus it has love...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2010

Senske and Sensibility

“Even while Washington is in desperate financial condition,” Senske wrote, “your legislature is spending time to control your life even more and cost you money while ignoring scientific facts.”Sound familiar? No, it’s not one of our resident climate skeptics but from Chris Senske, the President...

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Au revoir global warming

If you follow us closely you know that one thing we pride ourselves in is not buying in to what consumer culture and the capitalist mindset has tried to cram down our throats the last decade, this notion that anyone can substitute acts of personal...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010


Is it the end of the road for the cul-de-sac? Perhaps. From a city and regional planning perspective, the timeworn layouts might become a distant memory as a few governments are just saying no. From Sarah Goodyear:Early last year, the state of Virginia became the...

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The Sustainable Olympics

Though our current climate doesn't inspire such, it's time to get excited about the Winter Olympics - now just two days away. Why are we excited about the Olympics you might be wondering, well, they aren't calling these the "Sustainable Olympics" for nothing. Ah, if...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2010

Tuesday Video

For today's Tuesday Video we're returning to a favorite topic of ours - garbage. But not just any garbage, the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" - that endless floating waste of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean that is said to be twice the size of...

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DTE geeks out on “Metropolis”

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is an unbelievable creation--- a 1927 silent German film with weirdly original special effects that still cause excitement today. The plot: A big city is divided into two halves. You have spoiled citizens on the surface and the slaving workers underground who...

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Party crashers

Call the Green Police! DTE will be heading to Spokane's very own monthly Green Drinks tonight to enjoy some Northern Lights beer and take a tour of the Dry Fly Distillery. Stop by to meet the Inland Northwest Land Trust staff and get the latest...

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MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2010

Another Green Monday 

In the last few weeks, President Obama has been touting strong interest in nuclear energy, clean coal, and off-shore drilling for oil in gas - and he hasn't let a big speech go by in which he hasn't done so. First it was during his...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 2010

Sunday Funnies

Because today is a fun day - here are some photos to start it off right.Thanks to our friends on Google Reader for sharing these - we wouldn't have found them without you.The first photo comes from a very funny blog called "Unhappy Hipsters". The...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 6, 2010

Press Release: Working for Clean Water

“Working for Clean Water” Bill Solves Water Pollution Problem While Creating JobsBill is shared priority for environmental groups, labor, and local governments *Note that this press release was written yesterday*OLYMPIA, Wash. – Today, Rep. Timm Ormsby (Spokane) and Sen. Ed Murray (Seattle) will introduce an...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2010


As another competition looms, the always reliable brain-trust at Spokane Food Blog launched a cool new site that is your go-to source for foods produced in the city, the aptly titled “This is an early incarnation of the site which eventually, we hope, will...

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Friday Quote

"The race is definitely on, and we're not in first place." - our friend and colleague Jesse Jenkins of the Breakthrough Institute and one of our favorite blogs, WattHead, speaking to ABC's Diane Sawyer earlier this week. Sawyer interviewed Jenkins via Skype for her segment...

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