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TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2008

Time of the season

A judge has ordered Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi to give a deposition before Election Day stemming from a lawsuit alleging illegal campaign spending by his biggest contributor, the Building Industry Association of Washington. Citing that public interest demands Rossi answer before, not after, the...

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...And out come the wolves

"This doesn't address the fundamental problem of removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in the Northern Rockies," said Louisa Willcox, Senior Wildlife Advocate for Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the 11 groups that sued to stop the delisting, in the Idaho Statesmen. "The...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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FRIDAY, OCT. 10, 2008

Friday Quote

“Addressing greenhouse gases and addressing the economy are all part of the same problem,” said Wiley Barbour, founder of the American Carbon Registry, talking about the effect that the financial crisis will have on climate change. “This is absolutely a top priority. It can’t be...

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Coldplay! Daily Tip #340

No, not the band. They suck. But it was noticeably chillier in Spokane this week and for every degree you lower the heat, you can save 3 percent in energy costs. But once it gets really, really cold we advise if you’re home you can...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2008

Thursday Quick Bytes

Governors Gregoire and Richardson in Spokane for Obama Spend a late lunch campaigning with Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson at a rally support for Senator Obama. The Change Rally takes place this afternoon at 1:30 at the Carpenters Union Hall....

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MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2008

Spokane River Cleanup

Syringes, sex toys and several sets of Scrabble letters – it may be a bizarre alliteration to you but to us it was another Saturday spent servicing Spokane’s finest natural resource, the Spokane River. DTE stepped out from behind the digital veil over the weekend...

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