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2009-06-18 13:29:00

License includes new measures to protect and enhance resources SPOKANE, Wash., June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Avista (NYSE: AVA) reached an important milestone today with the issuance of a new 50-year operating license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the five hydroelectric developments that make up its Spokane River Project, (FERC Project No. 2545). The five hydroelectric developments include Post Falls, located in Idaho, and the Upper Falls, Monroe Street, Nine...

2008-09-15 03:00:15

By Anonymous Regulators announced that cities in northern Idaho have been discharging too much treated sewage into the Spokane River, after it was discovered the Environmental Protection Agency made an error in calculating how much of the phosphorous-laden material could be released into the waterway. Treated sewage from about 500,000 residents flows into the river, which runs about 111 miles from Lake Coeur d'Alene to the Columbia River in Washington, the Seattle Times reports on...

2008-07-24 15:00:39

By Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 24--Here's how to catch a crawdad. Lean over the water so your shadow falls across it, cutting the glare from the sun. Look for flashes of orange. When you spot a crawdad, grasp it firmly behind the pinchers. The crawdad will brandish its claws in a show of menace, but it can't reach back far enough to pinch you. Joben Jones, 21, recently demonstrated this technique at People's Park in Spokane's Peaceful Valley...

2008-07-21 12:00:44

By Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 21--Armed with a clipboard and "How to Skin a Fish" handouts, Sean Hackett approached a woman and her baby daughter as they played on a sandy beach at Peoples Park. Hackett, an intern for The Lands Council, introduced himself, and started asking questions. How often did the woman come to the Spokane River? Was she familiar with PCBs? Did she ever eat fish from the river? The woman was friendly, but slightly wary of the...

2008-07-15 12:00:00

By Erica F. Curless, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 15--North Idaho residents with questions about the controversial process of sorting out who owns what water rights are invited to a series of town hall meetings next week. The state Department of Water Resources will have seven meetings in Kootenai, Benewah and Shoshone counties, starting Monday in Wallace and wrapping up July 24 in Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls. "These meetings provide an opportunity for people to learn...

2008-07-09 12:00:24

By Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 9--Avista Corp. should do more to protect the Spokane River in return for harnessing its water for hydropower generation, two environmental groups say. The Sierra Club and the Center for Environmental Law and Policy filed an appeal Tuesday with Washington's Pollution Control Hearings Board, saying the state was too lax in issuing conditions for operation of four Avista dams on the Washington side of the 111-mile river. Avista...

2008-07-06 18:00:15

By Jonathan Brunt, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 6--Spokane likes green lawns. And to keep them that way, the average Spokane County resident uses twice the amount of water as the average person statewide. To change that trend, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, following the lead of Post Falls, has proposed watering regulations that would come with fines up to $125. "This is really intended to save large-quantity consumption of water," Verner said. The ordinance would outlaw...

2006-12-31 12:00:14

By Doug Clark, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Dec. 31--Greetings and salivations, my gleeful monkeys. Today, we salute the area's most memorable dubious achievers of 2006 with the 20th running of the Budnick Awards. This event is not to be confused with the Budnick Awards' 20th anniversary. That will take place 12 months from now, provided I'm still employed or haven't been Tasered by a county cop to a medium rare. The Budnicks began on Dec. 31, 1987. The first award went to...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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