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  • Coal Trains Coming
  • Coal Trains Coming

    The Environmental Protection Agency weighs in on coal dust. Plus, a peace protest turns into pandemonium in Colville.
      The Environmental Protection Agency weighs in on coal dust. Plus, a peace protest turns into pandemonium in Colville.
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  • Of Nuclear Proportions
  • Of Nuclear Proportions

    Federal scientists allege catastrophic mismanagement of the costliest environmental cleanup in the world
      Razor wire surrounds Hanfordâeuro;™s makeshift borders while tattered signs warn of potential contamination and fines for those daring enough to trespass. This vast stretch of high desert plains is rural Washington at its most serene. And it is, by all accounts, a nuclear wasteland.
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  • Here They Come
  • Here They Come

    Spokane's mayor green-lights megaloads on city streets. Environmentalists cry foul.
      Oil spokesman Jon Hardin says trucks may only move through the neighborhood between 11 pm and 5 am. So far, about 10 of the 250 loads, which weigh 200,000 pounds and are over 16 feet tall, have come through town, escorted by the Washington State Patrol, Harding says.
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  • A Mightier Wind
  • A Mightier Wind

    The Palouse wind project begins. Plus, an apology from the Spokane police.
      Whitten claimed that industrial wind turbines close to residences would harm human health and destroy his property value. In the four years since the project was introduced, Whitten has filed appeals each time the county issued a new permit..
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  • Downplayed
  • Downplayed

    Ten stories the mainstream media ignored in the past year, according to Project Censored
      The rundown of stories Project Censored calls attention to this year serves as a reminder that mainstream media outlets favoring the superficial over the substantive don’t give us all the information we need.
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  • Fighting Wind, Still
  • Fighting Wind, Still

    A local man's fight against a wind farm gets blowback.
      Last week, a local judge added Palouse Wind, a company pursuing a wind farm project near Oakesdale, Wash., as a defendant in Whitten’s case against Whitman County.
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  • Mighty Wind
  • Mighty Wind

    How wind power is reshaping the Palouse and giving at least one dying town a second chance.
      Driving into Oakesdale, Wash., is like going back in time and finding no one there. Cottonwood seeds float through the air, past the empty library and the abandoned restaurant. The streets are quiet,
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  • Fracking Idaho
  • Fracking Idaho

    Idaho's first commercial natural gas wells come to life, raising questions about a controversial mining technique.
      Hayes, program director of the Idaho Conservation League, had just asked members of the Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to prohibit the carcinogenic chemicals involved in the controversial natural gas extraction technique known as “fracking.
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  • Robots and Rate Hikes
  • Robots and Rate Hikes

    A candidate aims for the geek demographic. Plus, Avista wants more.
      Not sure what that means, but Waite will need all the help he can get. His previous political campaigns have always come up short. He recently moved downtown — almost right above his store — and is running in a new district, District 1 in northeast Spokane.
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  • Roadblock
  • Roadblock

    The Idaho House says you need to pony up to sue over megaloads.
      The lawsuits don’t seem so frivolous to residents of central Idaho, who only found out about the transport of 264 proposed megaloads by accident — when power lines were being raised — even though oil companies had been discussing the issue with the state for the better part of two years.
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  • Munson's Legacy
  • Munson's Legacy

    Remembering a Founding Father of Spokane Valley. Plus, a trip to the White House.
      “He leaves the legacy of the city,” says Bill Gothmann, a friend and fellow council member, who adds that Munson and the other founders “worked day and night establishing ordinances and putting together the city. It was unbelievable how hard they worked.
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  • Who Will Blink?
  • Who Will Blink?

    Time's running out to decide whether to allow Big Oil to ship mega equipment along a scenic highway.
      This is a big week in the world of megaloads. OK, we know that “megaload” is a made-up word, but it works nicely to describe the enormous cargo shipments — the size of small office b
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