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Gov. Brown's 'environmental justice' tour of southeast L.A. shows growing influence of polluted neighborhoods 24.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Gov. Jerry Brown slipped quietly into southeast Los Angeles County on Tuesday to tour some of California’s most polluted neighborhoods and meet with activists who have criticized his administration for doing too little to protect the health of the people living there.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia...

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Who killed Winnie Harris? Friends, family, police want to know 24.5.2017 News
Police have no leads. Now friends and family are trying to get the word out to find the person who fatally shot the beloved West Philly community activist in her Powelton home.
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Colorado Master Gardeners: Junior Master Gardeners in Routt County 24.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Summer 2017 will mark the third season of the Junior Master Gardner program. In collaboration with Routt County Master Gardeners and the Yampa River Botanic Park, four Junior Master Gardening workshops will be offered for third- through fifth-graders. CSU Master Gardeners are available to answer questions each from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays at the Extension Office. Stop by 136 Sixth Street, call 970-870-5241 or email The Junior Master Gardener program was developed by Texas A&M Agri Life Extension Service. It is modeled after the successful Master Gardener program and offers horticultural and environmental science education through fun and creative activities. The program is committed to helping young people become good gardeners and good citizens so they can make a positive contribution to their community, school and family. Participation in all Junior Master Gardener sessions — eight, total — with a community service component qualifies a student to become a certified ...
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10 Great trees for small yards 23.5.2017 TreeHugger
Even small yards and gardens can be home to a variety of trees, without crowding out everything else, and provide fruit, shade, wildlife habitat, or all three.
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Gardens and fields and Filipino food 20.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

We’re more than halfway through May, as crazy as it sounds, and thus well into Food Bowl, our month-long food festival. Hope you’ve been enjoying it! It’s been a good month to celebrate this town’s dining scene, which we’ve continued to do this past week, particularly the farmers and the gardeners...

Bands, brews and a buckwheat burrito? It’s a weekend in Fort Collins 20.5.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
FORT COLLINS –  Over the years, Fort Collins has been little more than an I-25 potty stop for us. Beyond the rest area at exit 268, Colorado’s fourth largest city remained largely terra incognita.
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In the dirt with Ron Finley, the Gangsta Gardener 19.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Ron Finley is standing in the deep end of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The pool is empty, has been empty for years, the water long ago replaced by an elaborate garden. The garden overflows the geometry of the pool, growing up the sides, in and out of buckets and boxes and pails, around brightly...

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"Clean This Place, Don't Displace": Activists Battle for Environmental Justice in Washington, DC 19.5.2017
April 25, 2016, protest of soccer stadium groundbreaking residents from Syphax Gardens, Q St. Corridor and Greenleaf. (Photo: Kari Fulton) Following the People's Climate March, Washington, DC residents have redoubled their fight for better air quality and to protect public housing in their gentrifying city. In particular, residents of Buzzard Point, a majority low-income African American community, are organizing to confront the proliferation of toxins from construction projects, such as the DC United Soccer Stadium. Buzzard Point in southwest DC is at risk of riverine and coastal flooding due to climate change. Of the ward's 84,000 residents, 93.3 percent are people of color. A series of development projects like the DC United Soccer Stadium, while at face value a boon for economic growth, unearth decades of toxicity in Buzzard Point, exposing community members to harmful substances while at the same time threatening to push out low- and middle-income residents. April 25, 2016, protest of soccer stadium ...
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How to lure the bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your Colorado garden 19.5.2017 Denver Post: Lifestyles
Pollinator habitats aren’t built in a day. But you can make some real headway in a gardening season and continue to add to your vision as the years go on.
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TOW PTA receives $10,000 grant toward garden 19.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Top of the World PTA received a financial windfall this week that figures to aid a goal of more bountiful harvests from the Laguna Beach school’s garden.

The school’s garden program was one of 20 community and school gardens nationwide to receive a $10,000 grant from Seeds of Change, a company...

Vertical gardening: 11 to get your vegetables to grow up 17.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

So it’s nearly summer and you’re itching to plant a garden, but your “estate” is little more than a balcony.

Don’t despair, vertical gardening can fit almost any pocket book or sunny nook.

Kelsey Forster, manager of the Long Beach Office of Sustainability’s Civic Center Edible Garden, particularly...

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Steamboat briefs: Optimist Club of Steamboat selects Teens of the Month 17.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs honored Steamboat Springs High School seniors McKenyon King as March Teen of the Month and Isabel Feldmann as Teen of the Month for April. McKenyon is active in school and community activities. He’s a member of the track and field team and served as captain of the basketball team. He also is a member of the Link Crew and Student Council. Outside of sports and school, McKenyon enjoys golfing, fishing, skiing and running. He also serves as a High Altitude Basketball coach and referee. McKenyon plans to graduate from a four-year college and pursue a career in either firefighting or education. Feldmann has a 4.1 grade point average and is active in speech and debate, karate, swing dance, National Honor Society and FBLA. She is also a member of the Sailors cross country and track and field teams and the drama troupe. Active in the community, Feldmann has volunteered at LiftUp of Routt County and Boys and Girls Club. She also loves to travel, having visited 14 countries ...
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Routt County's newest Master Gardener likes a challenge 14.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Do not tell Richard "Festus" Hagins something is impossible, because he will prove you wrong. After buying his house in Hayden 24 years ago and building a garden, he wanted to grow corn, but everyone told him it was not possible with the 79-day growing season in Hayden. “I took it as a challenge,” Hagins said. It took 16 years, but Hagins finally was able to grow a crop of Northern Extra Sweet Corn that took top honors at the Routt County Fair. He planted seeds four weeks ago in his greenhouse and already has some corn in the ground. His crop consistently produces ears of corn 9 inches long. Hagins wanted to share his gardening knowledge with others and was recently certified as a Master Gardener by the Routt County Colorado State University Extension Office. “I did it, because I wanted to help people garden,” Hagins said. “It kind of gives you a little more credibility.” Hagins is one of about 45 Master Gardeners, but he is the only one within Hayden town limits. Routt County Extension Agent Todd ...
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Steamboat briefs: Quilters guild slated to host special trunk show Thursday 14.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
The Delectable Mountain Quilters Guild is hosting a special trunk show of quilts by Dana Jones at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. These quilts are from the Caohagan Island in the Philippines. Jones is a former editor of Quilters Newsletter magazine who lives in Rollinsville.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Cen$ible Energy rebates for 2017 to close June 1 Following the third year of successful electric-side energy efficiency funding in the Yampa Valley, Cen$ible Energy rebates for residential and small business customers will close for 2017 Thursday, June 1. All rebate applications and electric-side residential energy audit requests should be submitted by the end of the day June 1. So far this year, the Cen$ible Energy program has funded 182 efficiency upgrade rebates for member customers across the Yampa Valley Electric Association territory and helped fund 60 free residential energy assessments by local professional auditors. Rebates are available for four types of ...
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Community Connections: LiftUp serves community 21 years 13.5.2017 Steamboat Pilot
Did you know that when you visit LiftUp to drop off your gently used items in the donation center or shop in the thrift store, you are helping to serve almost 10 percent of Routt County’s residents? LiftUp is dedicated to meeting basic human needs while promoting personal growth and self-sufficiency. LiftUp’s community support programs strive to stabilize community members who are in crisis and to support people who are motivated to move out of poverty. LiftUp’s philosophy is to serve clients in a nonjudgmental atmosphere and demonstrate compassionate care, respecting the dignity of every person. LiftUp’s Community Support Programs include the following. • Food assistance: LiftUp distributes more than 100 tons of food annually to 2,000 low-income residents through its food banks in Hayden, Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek. • Community garden: LiftUp is developing a community garden in conjunction with local growers, Colorado State University Extension Master Gardeners and clients to teach those who wish ...
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Alaska counters lack of fresh veggies with greenhouse guide 12.5.2017 AP Business
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Cold-climate greenhouses have long been an option for increasing the limited growing season in Alaska, where fresh produce is a rarity in a harsh environment. But for many remote communities that rely on costly imported diesel fuel for their power source, they're too expensive to operate....
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Alaska counters lack of fresh veggies with greenhouse guide 12.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Cold-climate greenhouses have long been an option for increasing the limited growing season in Alaska, where fresh produce is a rarity in a harsh environment. But for many remote communities that rely on costly imported diesel fuel for their power source, they’re too expensive to operate. Now, the state has released […]
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Mother’s Day 2017: 21 things to do with mom in the Seattle area this weekend 11.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

Activities include a U2 concert, the Pike Place Market Flower Festival and more.
Peat moss: Good for plants but bad for the planet? 11.5.2017 Washington Post
Peat moss: Good for plants but bad for the planet?
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Aerospace peppers and astronaut robots: A town’s transformation reveals China's ambitions in space 11.5.2017 LA Times: Commentary

If you follow China’s bold ambition to join the great space powers, it will eventually lead you here, to the neglected eastern edge of steamy Hainan island, in a speck of a village that doesn’t appear on most maps.

Rocket replicas and signs for Wi-Fi welcome visitors past coconut trees and peppers...

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