Category Archives: Patterns and Connections

Observations that link two or more issues together.

Save the fish — waste electricity

The normal environmental mantra calls for saving electricity. Conservation is key to forming an environmentally sustainable social and industrial infrastructure. Over the long term, that is no doubt true, but at the moment in the U.S. Pacific Northwest corner of … Continue reading

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63 years ago, a terrible flood left 18,000 homeless

63 years ago, a terrible flood left 18,000 homeless and changed priorities at Grand Coulee Dam. : Oregon History Project http://ow.ly/55bdp

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Spills killing thousands of fish in Columbia

Still working at getting the USBR’s side of this, since by the time I was able to call yesterday, no one was available. I’l update the story at The Star Online as I get more info. Still, the story is … Continue reading

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Agencies managing coming torrent

As local areas brace for flooding, Lake Roosevelt is a buffer for communities downstream. Even so, Portland is showing a few signs of minor flooding along its swanky waterfront area, where high water is lapping at sidewalks. After a long, … Continue reading

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Why buy local?

“Buy Local,” is becoming a national movement, but its benefits need to be pointed out in the face of huge and tempting competition for cheap goods. Here’s a nice infographic on the subject. Keep in mind, that, while made with … Continue reading

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Powerline discussion to continue

USBR, BPA to hold public meeting on options in Environmental Assessment report on moving powerlines to the surface The Bonneville Power Administration will call a public meeting in Coulee Dam May 18 to gather public reaction to its findings on … Continue reading

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Freedom, fear and the Bieber-ization of the plastic egg culture

It was as if I had dropped by from a foreign land, or Mars, here to observe a cultural tradition in the midst of transition, as all “traditions” surely must be. With the privilege today of accompanying our grandchildren to … Continue reading

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Extensive Outsourcing Leads to Trouble

Prevailing wisdom since Reagan has been that private enterprise can do everything more efficiently than government. There is much to recommend the premise, but it has illogically spilled over into the arena of private enterprise policing itself. A new report … Continue reading

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Old hospital is going, going …

The old is making way for the new. The old Coulee Community Hospital is all but gone, but for a few loads of rubble. A salvage crew was budy busting concrete foundations and loading shreds of aluminum roofing onto a … Continue reading

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EWU will unveil its collection of Hu Blonk photos

EWU will unveil its collection of Hu Blonk photos of the construction of Grand Coulee Dam. http://ht.ly/4gWQr

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