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MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2008

Another Green Monday

A canary in the coal mine. Becky Kramer of The Spokesman-Review reported last week about the plight of redband trout in the Spokane River whose numbers have decreased as much as 75% since 1980 in some areas on the river. Biologists from the Washington Department...

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Dress for Success 

Daily Tip #351 Get those creative juices flowing - it's Halloween. Don't be a sucker and drop 50 bones on the "cool" costumes at the those Halloween mega stores, pull out some old clothes and accessories from your closet and improvise. And if you have...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 24, 2008

Friday Quote 

Photo of Thomas Edison with electric car "I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait till oil and coal run out before we tackle that." - Thomas Edison We thought that...

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Going for Goldmark

Photo courtesy of the Washington Conservation Voters The race for Public Lands Commissioner in Washington State is a clear-cut good versus bad contest for environmentally concerned citizens. Peter Goldmark (D-Omak) against incumbent Doug Southerland (R-Tacoma). Goldmark: Endorsements by the Washington Conservation Voters and the Sierra...

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The man from Plains 

Daily Tip # 350 The day is February 2nd, 1977. The newly-inaugurated president appeared on television dressed in a cardigan and asked his fellow Americans to take an easy step to save energy: Turn down the thermostat and put on a sweater. He wore cardigans...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2008

Working class heroes

A new chart from the Sightline Institute displays the rising costs of oil addiction, compared to 1970, demonstrating a full day of work with low wages won’t fill a single tank while an average CEO can sit behind a desk for 36 seconds to pay...

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Spokane "smart routes"

Tonight at 7pm on CityCable 5, Spokane City Council Member Richard Rush hosts an hour-long program titled “Smart Routes: Creating a First-Class Walking and Biking Community.” We’re excited since you’ll get to see key players in the local environmental scene: Joining Council Member Rush as...

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Home water filters 11 

Daily Tip # 349 We’re not sure what you’ve heard about DTE but we love water. Love to swim. Love to gaze at. Love Aquaman. Love to conserve. And we love to drink water…especially from the faucet!!! Wait. No. They’re crazy, you say. Here’s the...

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So Goes the Sierra Club

Feeling a little voter trepidation? As we’ve expressed in our looks at the race for Governor in Washington and the presidential race, the stakes couldn’t be higher. DTE is here to help you confidently get your ballot in the mail (if you haven’t already). Our...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2008

Barack Obama and John McCain 

You can almost hear the clankity, clank, clank of the finish line - starting as a small clamor and erupting into a deafening roar, “And down the stretch they come!” In two weeks the mud will cease, exit polls will explode with speculative news and...

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Bats in the Belfry

Daily Tip #348 There are an estimated 46 million under-insulated American homes. Cold drafts are a coming and insulating your attic is probably the most effective step you can take to reduce you home energy use. Give it a shot. Research the project, learn what's...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2008

Another Tuesday Video 

We just can’t help ourselves---a double bill is always exciting. Tonight, be sure to check your local listings and watch Heat, a PBS Frontline two-hour documentary about the politics of climate change. And it’s tougher than the De Niro/Pacino thriller of the same name, taking...

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Tuesday Video - Bioneers Edition

It’s a strange feeling being completely floored before 10 a.m. on a Saturday. While many people were rising to the start of a relaxing weekend, DTE had the pleasure of participating in the annual Bioneers conference at Spokane Falls Community College – a carnival of...

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Clean Sweap

Daily Tip # 347 If you're like us you love the changing seasons. And chances are you spend some of your between season time cleaning. So as you head out for one last round of yard work and exterior cleaning - grab a broom instead...

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Columbia Highlands presentation at REI

Tonight from 7-8pm, check out a presentation co-sponsored by Conservation Northwest at the Spokane REI Community Room, 1125. Author Craig Romano, an avid hiker, will discuss his book “Columbia Highlands: Exploring Washington’s Last Frontier,” highlighting the beautiful landscape, the flora and fauna, the people of...

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MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2008

Another Green Monday

“We all have a lot to look forward to” – The Spovangelist. As announced in the Downtown Spokane Partnership’s “Street Talk” newsletter, much anticipated Main Market Coop has begun its membership drive and has proudly announced a permanant retail location for its operations - the...

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Joe the Plumber's godfather - Cup of Joe

Daily Tip # 346 In our plummeting economy $4 lattes aren't flying through coffee shop windows like they used to be. Instead everyone is back to the home brew approach. Make sure you are using a washable mug at your workplace as opposed to styrofoam...

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Take a walk with Mayor Verner - TODAY

Show Support For Non-Motorized Transportation Improvements at Oct. 20 Rally Do you want more area walking trails, bike lanes, and better access to transit? If you answered 'yes,' join us at the SmartRoutes Community Rally TODAY to raise awareness and support the need for improved...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2008

Friday Quote

“You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get pissed off and then you’ll go out and act on it,” - how a girl described Bioneers on an introductory DVD. “No conference on Earth celebrates more fully the possibilities of creating a world that is conducive to life....

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Life after death

Daily Tip #345 How much time do you spend in front of your computer? Are you really a PC? With the kind of investment we put into our computers today, their demise should be painless. That said, electronic waste is a dangerous culprit---75% of obsolete...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2008

Cantwell can do

Washington Senator Maria Cantwell has been busy bouncing around the state talking about the alternative energy provisions (aka pork) added to the $700 billion federal bailout plan. Though she voted against the bailout, “she believes the expansion of green technology is imperative to steer the...

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Wrap it up

Daily Tip # 344 At home, what do you wrap your food in? Aluminum, plastic, or waxed paper? And what’s the healthiest and most ecological option? The answer: 100 % Recycled aluminum foil. Foil is not made from petroleum while wax and plastic are, and...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2008

Gregoire vs. Rossi-- the rematch

You can almost hear the clankity, clank, clank of the finish line - starting as a small clamor and erupting into a deafening roar, “And down the stretch they come!” In three short weeks the mud will cease, exit polls will explode with speculative news...

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Slow Ride

Daily Tip # 343 Attention speed demons: Driving 10 miles per hour slower makes a difference on efficiency, increasing fuel economy by roughly 4 mpg, an amount that remains pretty constant regardless of vehicle. Or a gallon of gas will increase $.54 for every 10...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2008

Expo '74 Video

Get ready for a blast from the past: Expo ’74, Spokane’s environmentally themed World’s Fair. Somebody just snickered. But once you get over the bellbottom shots and cheesy music, there’s something of merit with this footage, especially for young punks like us who weren’t there....

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