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THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010

Chris Gregoire vs. Mike McGinn 

I find it ironic Gov. Chris Gregoire doesn’t speak to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn because he “demeaned the office of Mayor.” The Seattle PI reported she hasn’t spoken to McGinn in nearly two months and that when she has to discuss Seattle issues, she contacts...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

Seattle gets a "c" for congratulations

Once again, Seattle deals with Snowpocalypse. In 2008 during the last storm, the snow probably cost Mayor Greg Nickels his re-election big after he gave the city a “B+” for its response. Why do they struggle so much with snow? Does it make sense to...

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FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010

Potholes: Spokane v Seattle

It’s like the snobs versus the slobs, right? Hardly. Potholes are a big deal in Spokane. We even have a popular Facebook page dedicated to the subject. However, Seattle makes us look like a bunch of wusses for complaining as the rain eats the pavement....

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TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2009

Tuesday Video: Collapse

We prefer to stay local but there are some rumblings in Seattle too strange to ignore. The Washington State Department of Transportation is under scrutiny for an alarming video that shows a simulation of the Alaskan Way Viaduct collapsing in an earthquake. The video didn’t...

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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009

The 15 Most Sustainable Cities. (Really?)  

We love lists because they give us something to argue about. This one is no different. In fact, it’s almost schizophrenic. A study by Smarter Cities looks at the efforts of larger sustainable cities in the nation that are making progress. The winner: Seattle. With...

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Looking back, moving forward

A century ago, it was the most efficient way to travel the streets of Spokane. Walking near Manito you can see the tracks embedded in brick where the pavement is open, the final remaining physical evidence of an electric trolley car system. Although it began...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2009

Kicking the no sodium diet 

While we here on the east side of the state continue to dig ourselves out of Snopocalypse - people on the westside continue to debate - to salt or not to salt. And Seattle's "green" Mayor Greg Nickels has found himself answering to a resounding...

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MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2008

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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TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2008

Calling All Youth

Re-Energize the Northwest A regional youth climate summit in Seattle, November 14-16! This is a great opportunity for youth to hear from knowledgeable organizers on how we can make the Northwest fossil fuel free (No coal, No LNG) and how we can best get involved...

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