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Supporting our Local Sisters • Rogue Heart Media

When Rogue Heart is faced with rare free time or unclaimed capacity, we pour that available energy into our nonprofit partners. These opportunities are joyful, spontaneous, and fit right in with our values of leveraging for good, living adventurously, and celebrating people. At the tail end of a tough, slow, and COVID-rattled winter, we had such an opportunity arise in February 2021, to lift up a vibrant and collaborative community effort that addresses basic needs for women experiencing homelessness: namely, collecting menstrual and hygiene products, as well as undergarments for simple self-care.

Building Better Government: Residents define accessibility in services

Services may be unique, but delivery isn’t For the last five years, Sarah Rodriguez analyzed the way local and federal governments deliver services. How they’re funded, staffed, designed, advertised, policy implications, what technology is used, and how these factors intertwine and define how a service is delivered. As a community organizer, a planner, and finally, a designer, she studied these factors in an attempt to bridge the gap between systems and individuals. And while governments offer

Student art project ties historic Steam Plant facility to breast cancer awareness

The Steam Plant has become a regular exhibit spot for students. The connection between the iconic downtown building and the students of East Farms Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Magnet School goes back five years. On Friday, students will celebrate their newest installation, a piece that honors those affected by breast cancer. The Steam Plant’s twin stacks were first adorned in pink by LED lights to draw attention to breast cancer in October 2014. Inch by inch, 415 dra
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Spokane couple enjoy their baby girl only two years after health scare

In the corner of Thomas and Noel Rademacher’s living room, their Weimaraner, Mackenzie, noses the ornaments on the Christmas tree. Five-month-old Charlotte giggles and wiggles her fingers and toes in an electronic rocking chair, squealing occasionally as the couple reflects on their journey over hot tea. Sitting here, as parents celebrating baby’s first Christmas, proves a happy ending in a race against time set in an arduous journey. The couple’s love sparked from a shared sense of humor...

Cycling? There's a (M)ap for That

Among other functions, San Francisco's  BikeMapper lets cyclists plan routes that avoid (or take on!) San Francisco's gnarly hills while simultaneously checking out the street view for any point along the route.  BikeMapper lets you choose your routes for errands, business or leisure, with an option to avoid busy streets, and choose the fastest or most bike friendly route. The route breaks down total distance traveled, the time duration, pounds of CO2 saved, and calories burned. Green bike lines

Navy's Steps to Demolish Its Last Coal Plant Lead to Energy Efficiencies

The demolition of the Goddard coal-fired power plant will save NSF $7.5 million each year, and more than 50 billion pounds of carbon emissions will be reduced annually. Constructed in 1957, the Goddard Power Plant generated steam, compressed air and approximately 67 percent of the electric power used at NSF Indian Head. With most plants having a service expectancy of 25 years, the Goddard Power Plant was past its due date, ultimately requiring frequent repair and maintenance that is costly and
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Anti-Coal Hearings Fuel Concerns for Oregon’s Future - The Planet

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality takes comments about coal export proposal: Anti-coal activists take concerns directly to Gov. Kitzhaber in "people's hearing" Six coal terminals have been proposed by coal companies in Oregon and Washington. Three have already been shelved by public outcry. On Tuesday, July 9, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hosted twelve-hour hearings at the Portland Convention Center and in Hermiston, Oregon, on a draft air permit for the controversial

Dump the Pump – Take Transit to Beat Big Oil

By Michael Marx, Beyond Oil Campaign Director Just as we plant trees on Arbor Day and light fireworks on Fourth of July, Dump the Pump Day marks America's commitment to reduce our dependence on oil, keep carbon pollution out of the atmosphere, and invigorate our local economies. Across the country on June 20 Americans will leave the car at home and climb onto a bus or train. For the past eight years, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has sponsored Dump the Pump Day to highl

SpokAnnie: Central Food serves up local food, spotlights neighborhood's underdog spirit

Space is shared, which is deliberate, to invite cooks, waitresses and customers to enjoy meals together. “Every choice that we made was pragmatic,” Blaine said. The 2-inch-thick walnut tabletops are wiped with mineral oil once a week, which prohibits water stains. “They will last forever,” Blaine said. Giving off no sense of pretentiousness, Central Food attracts a desire to go and eat, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but not to dine, which makes the experience casual but no less enjoyable.

Graduating artists make their mark

Notably, this exhibit is the first time Rauch has shown his work in public. This intimate setting was celebrated by an artist reception at Jundt last Thursday and shared with friends and families. Some onlookers studied the artwork up close to scan the minute details, while others looked on a few steps back from the wall, as if not wanting to impose on the work before them. “It’s about the students,” professor Bob Gilmore said during the reception. “They participate in all aspects of this exhib

SpokAnnie: 'Half the Sky' upholds girls' education worldwide

With the cache of the New York Times backing Kristof and WuDunn, these journalists’ relentless spirits unveil the truths of moral dilemmas regarding our era. “I’m really thrilled that journalists like Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn have taken on this role,” said Dr. Laura Brunell, chair of Gonzaga’s political science department who also teaches women’s and gender studies classes. “It’s a different kind of thing to be journalists but to kind of use journalism as a springboard as some kind of act
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