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TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

MONDAY, DEC. 2, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 29, 2013


It’s a strange thing when you find something from the past that’s every bit as relevant now as it was when it originated - it really makes you put time into perspective. 2007 seems like ages ago, and our world today is certainly a lot...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

MONDAY, NOV. 25, 2013

How oil by rail is changing our railroads

As part of Sightline's study on crude oil trains titled "The Northwest's Pipeline On Rails," check out the latest post which demonstrates the increasing rate. From Eric de Place: Oil-by-rail schemes are popping up across the Northwest and beyond, raising serious questions about public safety...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

THURSDAY, NOV. 21, 2013

TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 15, 2013

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013

NEWTECH Skill Center gets EnviroStars certification

Good news from the Spokane River Forum: The first school in Spokane County to do so, NEWTECH Skill Center has earned an environmental certification typically given to businesses. EnviroStars certifies businesses whose practices and policies reduce and properly manage hazardous waste and conserve resources. Because...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013

I'm not McRibbin' you 

I wish the "frozen pig sponge" was a joke. Thank you Gothamist: The approaching winter can mean only one thing: the return of McRib season at McDonald's! And just in time for this most sacred of food observances, a redditor shared the above photo of...

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MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 8, 2013

THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

Celebrating America Recycles Day, Spokane-style

The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System has kicked off their 17th annual recycling campaign, dubbed “I Want to be Recycled...”. Designed to promote the benefits of recycling and buying recycled products, several events have been planned to celebrate America Recycles Day, Friday, Nov. 15. “America...

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Project Hope announces Executive Director position

Are you looking for a sweet gig? Project Hope, one of our best examples of urban farming, is hiring an executive director. The non-profit creates opportunities for youth enrichment in Spokane’s West Central and Emerson Garfield neighborhoods through community engagement, job training, and education. Here...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 2013

Idaho’s greenest hotel opens

​Follow the green carpet to see the hotel that is the first built to LEED standards in Idaho. SpringHill by Marriot just opened up on Seltice way in Coeur d’Alene and represents the highest standards of environmental technology. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council,...

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Time is running out to cast your vote and under half the ballots have been returned in Spokane County. Some of the local races could be close so VOTE! But you have until 8 p.m. tonight to turn in your ballot and please remember under...

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MONDAY, NOV. 4, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 1, 2013

This is what a murmuration looks like

This video is hard to explain but it cerainly has some exquisite choreography. Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith experience one of nature's greatest and most fleeting phenomena, a "murmuration" on Ireland's Shannon River. The pair created a short film about their amazing row and...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013

"GMO labeling: Trick or treat"

Here's a great piece from Grist just in time for the season on I-522. Nathanael Johnson interviews himself about the pesky initiative that is getting mired in the Attorney General's office due to the naysayers illegal money dumping. To wit: Labeling GM food fails to...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30, 2013

So long Sriracha?

​ I love Sriracha - with almost everything. Apparently it's burning more than just mouths as residents of Irwindale, California — where Huy Fong Foods produces the hot sauce — claim they've been experiencing headaches and burning sensations in their eyes and throats because of...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 29, 2013

MONDAY, OCT. 28, 2013

E-Cycle Washington reaches 200 million pound mark

​ Good news from the Department Of Ecology: Washington’s nationally recognized E-Cycle Washington program has achieved a milestone by collecting 200 million pounds of TVs, computers and monitors for free recycling. Two-hundred million pounds equals the weight of 361 fully loaded Boeing 787 Dreamliners. It...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 2013

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