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TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2008

Spokane freeway revised 

Ah, the North Spokane Corridor. Originally proposed in 1946, this thing has had more delays than “Chinese Democracy.” Zing! (Last time, we promise.) And you’re kidding yourself if you think both are worth the wait. Richard Roesler of the S-R reports lawmakers are now proposing...

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Obama gets to know Hanford 

It was what some consider a rare gaffe during a campaign stop in Pendleton months ago but at least he was honest about the unfamiliarity: Barack Obama didn’t know what Hanford was. (Watch Q and A clip here.) The Tri-City Herald reports---in an unusually subjective...

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Did you know? President Bush has pushed 53 “midnight regulations” through the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the last three weeks. True to last-minute wrangling form, many of the federal changes involve the environment, national parks and public lands in the West. Veronique...

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MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2008

Another Green Monday Quick Hits from the S-R 

What to do with the downtown YMCA building? There is a quagmire of a situation brewing in Riverfront Park over what to do with the old YMCA building. County commissioners have to decide whether to use property taxes collected through the Conservation Futures program to...

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Downtown Seattle revised 

And now for something completely different: Seattle news. For those familiar with the waterfront, and the controversial elevated highway known as “the viaduct,“ house Speaker Frank Chopp presented two replacement scenarios that would drastically alter downtown even though one proposal is another elevated highway (but...

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NBC Greenwash week

Greenwash alert! NBC just got busted. Currently, they’re doing another “Green is Universal” week and in the middle of touting their greeness decided to cut the Weather Channel’s Environmental Unit. Wow. That’s how you send a convincing message, while promoting “Law & Order SUV” or...

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"What's Water Really Worth?"

Water has always been a commodity. We received an email from Ken Kingery at the University of Idaho regarding a new project to assist the state with water usage by gauging user input with hopes of devising a sound environmental and economic plan. "What’s Water...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 22, 2008

Destination Unknown

It’s a question readers might not ponder: What happens to something after it’s recycled? In the case of electronics, the answer could be more damaging to the environment than helpful. Accurate figures are difficult to find but last year the AP reported 50 to 80...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 21, 2008

Friday Quote

"Interacting with nature (at least when compared to a hectic urban landscape) dramatically improves the cognitive function. In particular, being in natural settings restores our ability to exercise directed attention and working memory, which are crucial mental talents. The basic idea is that nature, unlike...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2008

Is your morning feeling a little empty? 

When we started Down To Earth way back in May of 2007 the first thing we implemented was a Daily Tip for green living with the goal being to help our readers learn better methods of conservation, sustainability, money saving and an increased consciousness of...

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Daily Tip contest  

Do you like coffee, tote bags and DTE? We are still accepting user submitted entries to add for the Green Tip Widget and tomorrow is the last day for our contest--- out of the 10 best tips received, contributors will win a Down to Earth...

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Photo of the day

Google is now hosting millions of photographs from LIFE magazine, stretching from the 1750s to today. Warning: If you geek out on pictures like we do, then this should keep you busy. The majority were never published before and are seeing the light of day...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2008

Wastewater treatment plant update

Spokane County has decided to delay their decision on the proposed wastewater treatment plant. Last night, citizens raised questions about committing to a $142 million contract for construction before obtaining the necessary discharge permits. According to the S-R, Rachael Paschal Osborn, from the Sierra Club,...

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Long slow goodbye

Sen. Ted Stevens in his Incredible Hulk tie. AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke On his 85th birthday, the longest serving Republican in U.S. history, Sen. Ted Stevens, barely lost his re-election bid yesterday. This is a major shift in Alaska: Stevens began his political involvement before...

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U.S. hunger rising

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a startling new report: 50 percent more children in this country went hungry last year, and almost one in eight Americans struggled to feed themselves adequately. And this was before the economy tanked, so those numbers are expected...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2008

Earth Matters Now

Every Tuesday, from noon to 12:30, tune in for KYRS’s radio show Earth Matters Now. You can turn your radios to 92.3 FM or 89.9 FM or stream the show online at Hosted by Mike Petersen, Executive Director of the Lands Council, and Argyle...

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Tuesday Video-- Whale Wars 

Think the environment is boring? For sissies? Guess again. Check out Whale Wars, airing on Fridays, at 9pm e/p on Animal Planet. The show highlights Captain Paul Watson’s love for marine life and how far he and his crew go to protect the environment. What’s...

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Take a Bow Hypermiling

But now good luck escaping the word paparazzi. Hypermiling – the act of maximizing one’s gas mileage, often exceeding EPA ratings for miles per gallon, by making fuel-conserving adjustments to one's car and one's driving techniques, has just been named 2008 “Word of the Year...

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Stagnant air advisory continues

It sounds ominous. As we posted below, the cold weather and outdoor burning has caused air quality to deteriorate. In the S-R, Ron Edgar of the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency said air quality in Spokane nearly climbed into the unhealthful level for sensitive persons...

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MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2008

Another Green Monday

Looking alright at Midnite. Last week the EPA issued a unilateral administrative order to mining company Newmont USA Limited and its subsidiary Dawn Mining Company, LLC, to continue treating contaminated water at the Midnite Mine Superfund Site just northwest of Spokane on the Spokane Indian...

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