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TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 2013

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Time is running out to cast your vote and under half the ballots have been returned in Spokane County. Some of the local races could be close so VOTE! But you have until 8 p.m. tonight to turn in your ballot and please remember under...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 27, 2013

Tuesday Video: Climate name change

I have a friend named Andrew. When we were younger, he would swing his arms like a windmill yelling "here comes Hurricane Andrew!" and I would run away from his flying fists. This certainly impacted his development as years later, he would drink excessively and...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011

How many jobs would solar create? 

Here's something to debunk the myth that green job investments are a job killer. Stronger solar policies could create over 100,000 jobs rather quickly, according to the above infographic from One Block Off the Grid. Thinking longer term, over ten years, if state legislators instituted...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011

THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011

Fourth grader takes on KFC

In second grade, Cole was assigned a project to be an environmental activist. He researched environmental causes around him and found that McDonald’s was buying paper that destroyed endangered forests in his home state. .

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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2011

Can we learn from a small town in Maine?

Chrys Ostrander, the manager at p.e.a.c.h. Community Farm at Pine Meadow, sent an update on an exciting new food ordinance in Sedgwick, Maine. They have become the first town in the nation, to exempt direct farm sales of food, fresh and processed, and foods made...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 17, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

G.O.P's "Pledge To America" 

Brace yourself. The House Republicans released "A Pledge To America," their gameplan for taking over the 112th Congress. Unsurprisingly, it was written by former Exxon lobbyist Brian Wild and Republicans claim their document is "one in which the people have the most say and the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010

Who's to blame for obesity? 

From Stephen McDaniel at Freaklytics. Here's an alternative take. You’re looking at the correlation between subsidies and federal nutrition guidelines. In the next chart, McDaniel changes the numbers to display how the federal government would have to change agricultural subsidy spending to connect with federal...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2010

Transportation Benefit District in Spokane?

One of the best blogs in the region is the SRTC blog. Seriously. It’s your daily source for great transportation news, operated by SRTC staff members Staci Lehman, the Public Education/Information coordinator and Jeff Selle, the Manager of Government Relations. It’s fun, well-written and very...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2009

FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2009

Friday Quote: Teddy Kennedy 

Much of the mainstream media noise followed the same path: Sen. Edward Kennedy was a tragic historic figure because his political success was overwhelmed by loss. There’s a truth to that, of course (and many of our generation were comically introduced to him through Mayor...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2009

Balance in the forest

Last Friday, DTE had the pleasure of covering a listening session on different interests finding common ground in the Colville National Forest, hosted by Sen. Maria Cantwell and U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris-Rodgers. Much credit to keeping a sustainable forest management system is due to the...

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009

Another Green Monday

When it comes to events, could every month in Spokane be April? While we're bursting with energy from upcoming bike activities, Earth Day festivities, and, yes, DTE events, last Friday marked the kickoff of the 11th Annual GetLit! It’s hard to believe that five years...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009

You say you want a revolution...

Members of congress carry around “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” Colleges now require students to read “Fast Food Nation.” Most tellingly, the new Secretary of Agriculture took a jackhammer to a patch of pavement outside his headquarters to create an organic “people’s garden.” With the Obama Administration,...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009

Calling all volunteers: Clean Energy Corps

The House voted to create Clean Energy Corps, part of a larger bill to dramatically expand volunteer national service with 175,000 new positions. President Obama issued a statement on the bill which he pushed for: "We know that government alone is not the answer to...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009

The Seattle P-I: “Too many posers"

As a parting shot, check out a recent editorial in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about problematic policymaking in Washington state: “We thought the state's progressives and moderates had made up their minds to be leaders in addressing climate change. But it seems that many Democrats in...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2009

Mt. Spokane to close? Maybe.

It’s on the list, another potential victim of the state budget. Park and Recreation officials will meet today in Olympia and figure a way to deal with a $23 million budget cut over the next two years which includes temporarily closing, or worse, Mt. Spokane...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2009

Friday Quote II: Dirty Harry

Don’t get too excited. It’s not a quote from the 135 year-old actor/director who some felt was snubbed with his last effort, “Get Off My Lawn: The Movie.” Believe it or not, we’re actually referring to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. One of the finest...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

Blago lives!

“He’s well-suited to run a system like that,” said Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda. “And he’s looking for work.”When Kretz publicly discussed Gov. Chris Gregoire’s “cap and trade” plan, he called it “cap and extort,” and followed with the above money quote that former Illinois Gov....

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

Canada vs. America

Obama will make his first international visit as president to Canada, a critical moment for the future of clean energy as Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to discuss the controversial tar sands oil development. Alberta alone represents the second-largest oil reserve in the world, after...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

Dear Science: The George Will edition

This post begins a new media watchdog category addressing an environmental enigma: The climate skeptic. Like John Wayne fighting in the “Alamo,” this individual is holding out despite overwhelming odds. The Doobie Brothers “What A Fool Believes?” It fits here pretty well too. Today’s mark:...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009

Laugh hard it's a long way to the bank

One would hope this is a day of reckoning for the nation’s top bank executives when they testify before a House committee. Most likely though, it will be a toothless dressing-down, where executives squirm their way out of accountability, and rationalize symbolic sacrificial gestures like...

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