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THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2013

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 2013

Applicants needed for Transportation Benefit District board

​Interested in helping maintain the City’s streets and sidewalks? The City of Spokane’s Transportation Benefit District (TBD) Board is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the citizen advisory board that helps determine priorities for TBD funding. The Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB) is seeking...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

MONDAY, OCT. 21, 2013

FRIDAY, OCT. 18, 2013

Friday Quote: Charles Ascher

There is no dearth of land on the fringes of most cities. Land appears to be available in large tracts, easily assembled, at reasonable prices. There is no cost for tearing down old structures. There are often fewer controls in the outlying townships, no building...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2013

Joint Transportation Open House tonight

I realize this is short notice - hey, I was on vacation! - but tonight there's an important joint open house hosted by the Spokane Regional Transportation Council, Spokane Transit and the City of Spokane. This multi-agency open house on the future of regional transportation...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9, 2013

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2, 2013

Federal Government Shutdown and WIC

We keep finding more of the very dangerous direct impacts from the government shutdown but here's an update on one that hits close to home: Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program announced that there are...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 1, 2013

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013

How mercury ends up on your plate

Check out this report about fish and mercury from the Blue Ocean Institute. The conclusion: "The answer isn’t to avoid seafood, it’s to avoid mercury. Particularly for pregnant or nursing women, as well as young children, the risks of mercury are significant enough to cut...

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Spokane River Cleanup is this Saturday!

The 11th Annual Spokane River Clean Up is this Saturday, September 28th. One of my favorite events, this is your chance to join 800 to 1000 Spokane River lovers to help cart out the trash that accumulates annually. Although registration is now closed, you can...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 2013

FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 2013

Friday Quote: 2 Chainz

The cookbook "#Meal Time" from 2 Chainz just makes me love him even more. To wit: -First step of sautéed asparagus: “Drape yourself in an Adidas sweatsuit, chainz n thangs.” -First step of garlic mashed potatoes: “If wearing a four-finger ring, carefully place it on...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2013

TUESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2013

MONDAY, SEPT. 16, 2013

FRIDAY, SEPT. 13, 2013

Friday Quote: "The President and The Pipeline"

On the day of his second Inauguration, in January, Barack Obama delivered an address of unabashed liberal ambition and promise. As recently as early April, before the realities of the world and the House of Representatives made themselves painfully evident, the President retained the confidence...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2013

TUESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2013

Tuesday Video: "One Got Fat"

It's time to pull up a classic DTE video as school is back in session and I've seen a lot of students riding around town without helmets and lights. Let's revisit some safety rules. The Bicycle Alliance Of Washington is an extensive resource. But there's...

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Sightline's "Jobs Per $1 Million Investment" 

As part of their ongoing coverage of Northwest coal exports, Sightline broke down where investments matter in terms of job production. Coal doesn't fair to well. Here are some more thoughts on the matter of jobs: Peabody Energy, SSA Marine and Goldman Sachs want to...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 9, 2013

Food Forests are Coming to Your Neighborhood

Good news from Philip Small at Spokane Permaculture: It’s no longer a question of if, but when, a community food forest will be established in Spokane. The Inland Northwest Food Forest Council is working with the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department to locate...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 5, 2013

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2013

Remix your street

Given some of the discussion on turning Main Ave in downtown Spokane into a two-way street, this new tool called Streetmix is perfectly timed. Consider it a practive for what you want your built environment, streetscapes, and elements for drivers, bikers, and pedestrians to look...

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