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Matter of Opinion archive for May 21, 2008


Initiative 297 (Hanford clean-up) tossed

UPDATE: Here is the S-R story.Back in 2004, we noted the possibility that this voter-approved measure to intervene in the clean-up of Hanford would be rejected by federal courts.That's what happened today, when the 9th Circuit said federal law pre-empts this one. Oh well, lots...

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Spokane River: Can the dams stop it?

S-R photo by Jesse TinsleyThat's the question I asked Bruce Howard, knower of all things dams for Avista Corp., and one of our River Dialogues experts.He e-mailed me some good information:The dams don't all hold water back. Only Post Falls and Long Lake actually "store"...

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Wednesday's Loose Thread

The local morning news shows were swamped with flood coverage. Watched for more than 30 minutes before they finally waded into elections results. You remember the election, right? Anyway, the reporters looked happy to do their out-in-the-elements reports.However, standing in a foot of water just...

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