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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Huntington Park gets a facelift

Have you noticed all the construction below the southern side of the Monroe St bridge and up to City Hall? Avista and the City of Spokane are working on a new public plaza that will replace the parking lot immediately north of City Hall. That...

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THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013

12 states leading in solar energy

A new report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center titled "Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States" does a pretty fantastic job highlighting the solar energy boom across the country. Here are the top 12 solar states...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

Tuesday Video: Freeing the Elwha

Last week's event about dam removal on the Elwha River had me digging up this incredible video. It's a lapse video for removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River from September 14th through November 4th, 2011. The largest dam removal project in...

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Summer burn ban on all DNR land

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced there will be a statewide burn ban on all DNR-protected lands through September 30, 2013. The burn ban will apply to all forestlands in Washington under DNR fire protection, which does not include federally owned lands....

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MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

Urban Farming open house for Spokane

In response to increasing local interest in Urban Farming, the City Council and Planning and Development Services Department are leading an effort to research, evaluate and develop a system to better support and provide regulations for Urban Farming. Image courtesy of Project Hope Spokane, one...

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FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

Friday Quote: "How'd the present get so tense?"

We wake up to our phones. On Twitter, respected news organizations scramble for civilian breadcrumbs from the latest scandal, retweeting and blogging without pausing to check sources. Meanwhile, on Facebook, one friend “likes” Walmart, another shares a Sandy Hook conspiracy theory, and a third sneers...

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THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013


MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013

"Elwha: A River Reborn" presentation tomorrow

Tomorrow evening, join Save Our Wild Salmon and Spokane Falls Trout Unlimited in welcoming journalist Lynda Mapes for a presentation on the restoration of the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula. With Seattle Times photographer Steve Ringman, Lynda recently completed Elwha: A River Reborn, documenting...

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THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013

KYRS music fest is this Saturday

Get ready for the sun-splashed and solar-powered KYRS Music Fest this Saturday from from noon until 11PM in Glover Field, Peaceful Valley. The Northwest's only solar-powered music festival is family friendly and features a great line-up of local and regional bands, Ninkasi beer garden, food...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013


MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013

Summer tips for the lawn and garden

Since the heat is on, it's time revist some environmentally friendly lawn care. The goal is to not water too much but the EPA has some helpful tips. (Although no mention of the lawn bicycle pictured above, courtesy of Psystenance.) Longer is Better. Make sure...

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TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013

MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013

SRTC looks to improve public outreach

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council wants to hear from you on, well, how to better hear from you. Their Public Involvement Policy (PIP) has recently been updated with additional strategies for outreach to members of the public, particulary for minorities and low income populations. The...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

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