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  • A Few of My Favorite Things
  • A Few of My Favorite Things

    Coal trains, river cleanings and occupiers.
      In a twist of economic irony, this year Washington officially set a date to shut down the state’s last coal-fired power plant while at the same proposing to build two new coal export terminals to ship the stuff out of the country. To get the coal — which comes from the nation’s interior — to these terminals, it will need to go through Spokane.
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  • When a Pipeline Breaks
  • When a Pipeline Breaks

    A recent drop in pressure in a pipe that carries diesel has locals scrambling.
      When pressure drops in a gasoline and diesel pipeline, located in wilderness of North Idaho, does anyone hear it? Yes, as was the case when the Yellowstone Pipeline lost pressure last week, la
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  • River Wars
  • River Wars

    The Sierra Club steps into the fight to clean the Spokane River.
      In particular, the Sierra Club and the Center for Environmental Law and Policy are looking for action on PCBs — chemicals widely used in industrial construction and banned more than 30 years ago, but which are still prevalent in the environment. Rainfall and storm water now wash the cancer-causing toxins from the ground and into the river.
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  • Oil and Water
  • Oil and Water

    A network of pipelines threatens Spokane's drinking water.
      At least 42,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the Yellowstone River near Billings, Mont., two weeks ago after an ExxonMobil pipeline burst. The rupture reportedly has the potential to release 7 million gallons into the river, but the company says the spill was an accident and is contained.
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  • Blue Blazers
  • Blue Blazers

    Inside a fundraiser for the Spokane River with a famous set of initials.
      The draw, of course, is the broad sweep of the Spokane River on the afternoon it reaches flood stage. Thundering, it fills its channel to the brim with a winter’s worth of snowmelt and rain as it churns in white-capped glory towards the downtown waterfall.
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  • Whitewater Wreck
  • Whitewater Wreck

    State pulls funding for kayak park; counselors keep their jobs.
      A half-million dollar grant to help develop a whitewater park in the Spokane River gorge has been cut off for “lack of substantial progress on the project,” a spokeswoman for the state Recreation and Conservation Office, or RCO, told The Inlander on Tuesday.
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  • The Pollution Sidestep
  • The Pollution Sidestep

    The Cowles' paper mill tries to get around new pollution limits through a budgetary footnote.
      The company, one of the seven permitted wastewater dischargers into the Spokane River, told Washington state legislators and representatives of local environmental groups that it intended to attach a proviso to an upcoming budget bill that would force the Department of Ecology to issue the company discharge permits for phosphorus.
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  • A Call to Action
  • A Call to Action

    A march for racial justice in Spokane this weekend. Plus, help for Japan and a fine from the EPA.
      Apparently, Sterling Savings employees really love jeans. In exchange for being allowed to wear jeans at work, 700 Sterling Savings employees raised $10,000 for the Red Cross. Before that, the Inland Northwest Red Cross chapter received $20,000 in donations for Japan, including $575 from a HUB Sports Center jump-shot contest.
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  • Ten Grand and Phosphorus
  • Ten Grand and Phosphorus

    A cyclist forgiven, dirty lawns and a big speech.
      Cyclist’s Fines Forgiven When a local television station last week did a reprise of our story on parking ticket scofflaws (“Time Bandits,” Aug. 20, 2009), it was a shock to see Mat
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  • Legislative Liaisons
  • Legislative Liaisons

    Nationally and on the state level, politicians are coming together in unexpected ways. Plus, an effort to ban phosphorous lawn care products.
      President Barack Obama has been loudly criticized — coherently and incoherently, rightly or wrongly — for the massive increase in the budget deficit. For multiple reasons, this year’
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  • Tomorrow, Tomorrow
  • Tomorrow, Tomorrow

    Bad budgets may mean a delay in cleaning up the Spokane River.
      A quip from Gov. Christine Gregoire about suspending environmental cleanup of the Spokane River until the economy improves has created ripples of confusion. “She asked us how would we feel abo
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  • Balance the Load
  • Balance the Load

    It’s time to move forward with plans to clean up the Spokane River.
      A series of meetings began Aug. 23 to discuss how to put into action the water quality improvement plan for the Spokane River and Lake Spokane.
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