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MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2008

Another Green Monday 

In vino veritas. “In wine is truth.” Our Latin pretty much stops cold there. But one familiar story that always catches our attention and turns us sideways: The relationship between climate change and wine growth in Washington. Our state is second to California in premium-wine...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2008

Calm before the storm

We’re in for some serious weather in the Inland Northwest this week. A foot of snow and maybe even 10 below? Bring it on. Actually, please don’t. Be safe. In case you missed it in the S-R, public agencies have been getting the word out...

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Friday Quote

“The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our fore fathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.” --- Mahatma Gandhi

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THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2008

Photo of the day

Outside a laboratory, a toy wagon is used to carry radioactive material at Hanford Atomic Energy plant in 1955. Photo by Nat Farbman, from the amazing LIFE/Google archive.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2008


Uh-oh: Year-end lists

The wild year that was 2008 is coming to its uncertain conclusion, and now is the time media publications let loose a flood of year-end lists. (Presumably so some journalists can take vacations.) Time Magazine has one such list: 10 Green Stories. While we don’t...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2008

Spokesman-Review story roundup

Photo courtesy of Greater Spokane. STA budget dilemma might include raising fares. The Spokane Transit Authority has a problem: While ridership has increased, revenue is falling since more than 70 percent of their funding comes from sales taxes. According to the S-R, the $79 million...

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Tuesday Video-- Transition talk update

Perhaps readers were unsure of what we were talking about in yesterday's edition of Another Green Monday with the “new New Deal.” In his weekly address at Change.gov, President-elect Obama promised the first part of his plan would “launch a massive effort to make public...

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MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2008

Another Green Monday

EWU Rec Center awarded LEED gold certification In what seems like forever ago (2005), Down To Earth voted in a special election as students at Eastern Washington University to approve student funding for a state of the art recreation center. Little did we know back...

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Conservation Northwest plans for next year

Thinking ahead, Conservation Northwest has named it’s top priorities for 2009, hoping to connect and protect old growth and other wild areas across the state. Without further adieu: ---We will introduce and pass a management plan including wilderness designation for the Colville National Forest in...

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Saved by the blog

What happens when a group of misfit local bloggers get together? They produce the ultimate pocketbook and tie a ribbon through it for display on a tin Christmas tree. (Almost like “Festivus.”) They screen the cheesy time-capsule “Hackers.” Freed from their secure digital veil, they...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2008

U of I Fish Study

DTE received an email from the University of Idaho regarding a group of scientists at the school who studied young fish transportation programs as a means to bypass dams during migration. They learned salmon and steelhead trout along the Columbia and Snake rivers, had lower...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2008

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2008


Planet in Peril: Part Deux

Pow. Anderson Cooper is back. As a follow up to last year’s “Planet in Peril,” an investigative report on global environmental issues, you should get ready for more action because on December 11th, at 9pm EST, “Planet in Peril: Battle Lines” will premiere on CNN...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2008

Spokesman-Review story roundup

Former Oregon governor on the list for Secretary of Interior. "Removing the four Lower Snake River dams is, at least for the Snake River salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act, the single most beneficial action we can take. If we can move beyond the...

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Tuesday Video

Alan Durning has a lot on his mind. The executive director of one of DTE’s favorite sites, Sightline, talks about new climate policies and re-evaluating the economic crisis as an opportunity for green-collar jobs and alternative energy. Video excerpts include: ---"It’s a time of extraordinary...

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MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2008

Another Green Monday

Local ski area aren't impressing The Ski Area Citizens' Coalition. Last week we wrote about 49 Degrees North and Mt. Spokane ski areas endorsing the National Ski Area Association’s (NSSA) Sustainable Slopes initiative, “a framework for improving the environmental performance of the ski industry." Then...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 28, 2008

Photo of the day 

Courtesy of Inland Rail That image looks familiar. Like someplace we know very well. But it’s off: It could be Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane with an electric light rail system. Maybe even in five years. Last month, the Washington State University’s Social and Economic...

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Friday Quote

Always with an instinct for the outsider, and trying to break out of the consistently genetic pattern of his family, check out Robert Kennedy’s first major campaign speech, on the Gross National Product (listen to audio stream HERE), delivered at the conservative University of Kansas,...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2008

Greensumption

(Site note: We’re on the road for the holiday. One half is headed to Butte, Montana, and the other half to Indianola, Washington. We’ll return posting Friday morning. In the meantime, look for the DTE Turkey on these pages. Happy Thanksgiving!) "There is a sufficiency...

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