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Down To Earth archive for Jan. 1, 2010

MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

Down To Earth radio turns one 

Here come the terrible twos. But can you believe Bart Mihailovich and I have been doing our radio show on KYRS for one year? It's been a real rewarding experience to bring you local environmental news and perspectives every week on Spokane's community radio station....

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SUNDAY, DEC. 5, 2010

Weekend Listening: Alessi Brothers

Where did this beautiful song come from? The Alessi Brothers were one-hit wonders but after discovering "Seabird," recently covered by LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip at the Apollo Theater, I had to dig deeper. You should too.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 2010

Sun People Dry Goods grand opening today!

The opening grand celebration is today! The locally-owned store will carry eco-smart products for everyday living, from traditional hardware to local and ecologically-conscious gifts – many made in our region by folks who haven’t had a market in Spokane. Doors open for at 9:00am and...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1, 2010

Ecology Director's Message on Rule Moratorium

As Kramer said, without rules, there's chaos. You may recall my skeptical post on Gov. Gregoire's vague ban on rulemaking which could shape up to not be the predicted "big fat nothingburger." Now is your chance to submit comments regarding the ban and state environmental...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Senate Passes Historic Food Safety Bill

Good news amidst all the partisan bickering: This morning, the U.S. Senate put all that aside and passed historic legislation to protect consumers from preventable food-borne illness. The victory was a 3-1 margin. Now it's on to the House. Elizabeth Hitchcock from PIRG said “according...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 28, 2010

Weekend Listening: Fela Kuti

Are you cold Spokane? I’ve got the cure. And no, it’s not "In Between Days." Fela Kuti, the Nigerian multi-instrumentalist and father of Afrobeat, will warm you up via the dancing that should commence in front of your computer. First, I want to talk about...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

What does the turkey contribute to society? Much more than just a Thanksgiving meal. The Huffington Post has a collection on the alternative uses for the birds - writing "from cancer research to alternative energy sources, it's time to be thankful for turkeys, beyond Thanksgiving."...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

Seattle gets a "c" for congratulations

Once again, Seattle deals with Snowpocalypse. In 2008 during the last storm, the snow probably cost Mayor Greg Nickels his re-election big after he gave the city a “B+” for its response. Why do they struggle so much with snow? Does it make sense to...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

Keep updated on snow removal

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. This morning the City Of Spokane called a Stage 1 Snow Emergency. What exactly does this mean? Well, parked cars are to be moved from all arterials and STA fixed bus routes. Under the City’s snow...

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Tuesday Video: Buy Nothing Day

Adbusters is gearing up, ironically, for a day of inaction with Buy Nothing Day on Friday, November 26th. Check Craig Goodwin's excellent post over at Year Of Plenty. After the jump is the message from Adbusters and you can find a map of jams in...

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Only a week left to play the transportation game

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Play this game! This online survey tool that will help pinpoint the goals and priorities of the region’s transportation infrastructure will only be available for one more week. “A Thousand Visions” – A Transportation Planning Game,...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 21, 2010

Weekend Listening: Joy Division or New Order?

I’m not sure what band I prefer, Joy Division or New Order, but it's a pointless argument. They're both amazing. Hailing from gloomy industrial Manchester, Joy Division had such a great promise but met a tragic end when frontman Ian Curtis hung himself at age...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 20, 2010

FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010


Friday Quote: Arnold Schwarzenegger

When the Copenhagen summit on climate change failed to reach agreement last December, many thought it was the beginning of the end for the fight against global warming. But I can report nearly a year later that the Green Revolution is alive and robust in...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

We're all Republicans now

At first, that seems to be the message with Gov. Gregoire’s executive order declaring a moratorium on new rules and regulations in order to conserve resources and help small businesses. Sightline calls it a “big fat nothingburger” and you should check their post on the...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010


County Commissioner Bonnie Mager concedes 

The nail biter is over. Last night County Commissioner Bonnie Mager conceded to former Spokane City Councilman Al French. In yesterday's ballot counting, French opened ahead with 2, 752 votes, making one of the most contested local races a done deal. Below is a statement...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

Sun People Dry Goods opens December 4th

The opening grand celebration is upon us but be sure to save the date as more details come forth.I'm very excited for Sun People Dry Goods to open. The locally-owned store will carry eco-smart products for everyday living, from traditional hardware to local and ecologically-conscious...

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