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Issue 380 In This Issue May 31st, 2014

Editors Corner

Imagine cruising along the highway in your vehicle, never needing to stop for refueling or recharging. Imagine a road that never gets iced up and can tell you if there is traffic congestion, or an obstruction ahead (like and animal on the road). Well Scott Brusaw has a solution to our current road system that promises to do all this and a lot more. Click here

Speaking of innovations, imagine if you had access to an unlimited supply of water to irrigate your plants with, without drilling a well. Edward Linacre has come up with an invention that collects water from the surrounding air, without needing power, for just that purpose. Click here

While we're on the subject of water, did you know that dozens of towns in Texas estimate that they have less then a 90-day supply of water? Click here. I bet Edwards invention would come in really handy there right about now.

Growing your own food is much easier when you have enough water. Compost also helps a lot with a garden. This week we have a wonderful article on how to make the "Perfect Compost". Click here

Well, there's more but I will leave the rest for you to discover and enjoy.
Have a wonderful week.

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Don’t Miss it! Phoenix Rising School 3rd Annual Auction

If Disneyland tickets, a Holland America cruise or a mystery Seahawks fan package interests you, check out the 3rd annual Phoenix Rising School auction coming up on Saturday, June 7th. Held in the historic Campbell and Campbell Building in Tenino, the event will feature both live and silent auctions, a memorable emcee in local actor Jamie Honey, and a delicious meal prepared by Occasions Catering. All proceeds will go to support The Phoenix Rising School, providing the community with affordable, quality private education.   Tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased online at or by calling the office at (360)446-1500. This event is 21 and over. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Food Watch

New Jersey Trying to Legalize Selling Homemade Food
Aside from getting away with food creations for a bake sale, charity event and sometimes farmers markets - selling home baked goods is just now starting to come back in legal style. Federal code practically banished the idea, but with the recession and job losses, new state laws are slowly peeling back the red tape to increase local economies. These became known as "cottage food laws." Before, a person selling baked goods from home was treated like and punished as a commercial establishment. A California man was becoming locally famous for his baked bread. When it reached a newspaper feature, he and the stores selling his bread were descended upon by the health department. This treatment eventually led to the California Homemade Food Act in January 2013. Since then, over 1,200 homemade businesses were launched in California.

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Earth Watch

West Texas rapidly running out of water - less than 90-day supply remaining in dozens of towns
At least 33 communities in Texas could soon be completely out of water, some within three short months. Others say they could go dry in just 45 days. Pebble Beach, a town northwest of San Antonio, has had their request approved for a $350,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to dig new, deeper wells. Bandera County, an area located on the Edwards Plateau, said they intend to match $90,000 in order to acquire property so they can build a 30,000-gal. ground storage tank for the community. Resident Joe Mooneyham told KHOU-TV that he hasn't been able to water his lawn since last September. "Everything was just emerald green," said Mooneyham. He told the local news that he misses the green landscape, deer and the normal water levels that once existed in Lake Medina. The lake behind the Pebble Beach resident's home has receded more than one and a quarter mile away. "Every day I go on and check the level," Mooneyham said.

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How the melting Arctic could spread invasive species far and wide
After 300 years of fruitless (and sometimes deadly) attempts to find the fabled Northwest Passage, a sea route to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Arctic, global warming’s shown up all those hard-man sailors by suddenly making the journey easy. In 2007, higher temperatures had melted enough of that pesky Arctic ice to open the passage up to non-icebreaking vessels for the very first time, and since then the ice has only continued to melt — meaning more and more shippers will be using this efficient trade route. But what’s good news for shippers is not necessarily good news for the rest of us: More vessels taking the northern course is also projected to spread harmful invasive species. “What’s happening now is that ships move between oceans by going through the Panama or Suez [canals], but that means ships from higher latitudes have to divert south into tropical and subtropical waters,” says Whitman Miller, who recently wrote about the issue in a commentary in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Technology Watch

Solar FREAKIN' Roadways!

Turning air into water

This wind turbine will power your apartment without keeping you up at night
The nautilus shell took time off from fitness-namesake duty to inspire The Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine, which we are renaming The Not-So-Little Turbine That Could. Dutch firm The Archimedes designed the swirl-shaped windmill to be way quieter and more efficient than others (plus, it’s blue!). The firm says the turbine can generate 80 percent of the maximum possible energy yield, a big jump from the typical 25 to 50 percent. Hot damn. PSFK thinks it’ll be great for your apartment, but at five feet wide, it might not exactly fit on your Brooklyn fire escape. At least the noise won’t wake you up in the middle of the night, which is one of the big drawbacks of most residential wind turbines/randy apartment neighbors.

Here are the Liam’s specs:
The Liam F1 generates an average of 1,500 kilowatt-hours of energy [per year] at a wind-speed of 5 m/s [16.4 ft/s], which resembles half of the power consumption of a common household.

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Garden Watch

6 Steps to Perfect Compost
Left with an abundance of yard/garden waste and food scraps? Environmentally minded? In need of some free fertilizer for your lawn, garden or houseplants? Then it’s time to get decaying… or rather composting. It’s the perfect time to learn — in fact, May 29th is “Learn How to Compost Day.” Compost is a gardener’s best friend. As you build your own compost pile, bin, or tumbler, you’ll learn to love this nutrient-rich pile of possibility. The “dirt” and humus that are created from your scraps do more than just reduce unnecessary additions to the landfill. They are also essential to revitalizing your garden and providing your household and garden plants with the nutrients they need to thrive. Thankfully, building your own basic compost pile is simple to do. All you need is green (nitrogen-rich) and brown (carbon-rich) material from your yard waste and household food scraps, and a good place to put it. I’ll cover the different methods of composting in a later post but for now, no matter what techniques you use, it’s hard to misstep.

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In The News

Chevron and BP are pulling out of wind and solar
Beyond Petroleum? More like Bake the Planet. BP and Chevron, two of the corporations that are doing the most to toast the climate, bleat at us in costly advertisements about their meager efforts to harness renewable energy. But now even their modest renewables programs are being quietly dismantled. “Renewable energy is vital to our planet,” Chevron helpfully reminded us in one of its insincere “We Agree” ads. “At Chevron, we’re investing millions in solar and biofuel technologies.” (Millions! From a company that made $21.4 billion in profits last year.) Beyond the marketing hype, here’s an injection of reality from Bloomberg’s Businessweek:

In January, employees of Chevron’s renewable power group, whose mission was to launch large, profitable clean-energy projects, dined at San Francisco’s trendy Sens restaurant as managers applauded them for nearly doubling their projected profit in 2013, the group’s first full year of operations.

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History Watch

Makhunik: 5,000-Year-Old City Of The Dwarfs Discovered
Welcome to the city of Makhunik, the home of the Little People or as it has now been called the City of the Dwarf. The story of Makhunik brings to mind the image of 'Liliput City (Court of Lilliput)' described in Jonathan Swift's famous novel, Gulliver's Travels or perhaps even the world of Hobbits in J. R. R. Tolkien's book and movie Lord of the Rings. However, this story is not a fantasy. It is a real fascinating archaeological discovery. Makhunik is an an ancient Iranian city unearthed in Shahdad, Kerman province, where dwarfs lived 5,000 years ago. It is known as Shahr-e Kotouleha (City of Dwarfs). According to Iran Daily, "nobody thought an ancient civilization could exist in this desert until 1946. However, following studies conducted by the Geography Faculty of Tehran University in 1946, potteries were discovered in Shahdad as evidence of a civilization that flourished in Lut Desert. Given the importance of the issue, a group of archeologists visited the area and conducted studies that led to the discovery of civilizations belonging to prehistoric times (end of 4th millennium BC and beginning of 3rd millennium BC).

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Something Worth Knowing

4 Unusual Ways Music Can Tune Up the Brain
Music shapes the brain in many ways — it can alter brain structures in musicians, and enhance cognitive skills in children and adults alike, research shows. Still, scientists are continuing to learn much about the way the brain responds to music. Here is a look at four ways that music is known to affect the brain.

Unearthing patients' lost memories
Music has the power to bring back memories, leading some researchers to say that music could be used as a treatment for people with memory problems. In one recent study, researchers found that music could bring back old-age memories in people who had memory problems after sustaining traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In fact, the musical treatment, which involved playing hit songs from different periods in people's lives, was better than an interview at eliciting past memories, according to the study published in the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation in 2013.

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Triad Theater
Calendar of Events

Tuesday June 3rd @ 7pm: Miracles & Inspiration
Host Scott Mowry discusses profound issues relating to our world and ourselves.
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Tickets $10 at the door

June 4th @ 7 pm: Mysteries of Mt. Rainier
National Park Superintendent Randy King and Deputy Tracy Swartout will present information about our closest national treasure! Part of our continuing educational series by Alpha Centauri.
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Suggested donation $5

June 18th @ 7pm: The Wisdom Tree
We bring you an exclusive screening of an indie film!
In a meditative sci-fi journey, eastern spirituality, ethereal music, sublime art mingle mystically with neuroscience and quantum physics; entwining three lives, deepening a timeless mystery.
Struggling to decipher a mysterious car accident, a quantum physicist, a neuroscientist and an FBI agent are drawn into an ever-deepening mystery. What follows is a meditative transformative journey through a maze of subliminal artworks, baffling scientific discoveries, introspective eastern mysticism and a series of puzzling events. Not in their wildest dreams could they have foreseen what lay ahead -- and neither will viewers.
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Tickets $8 at the door

June 19th @ 7pm: ‘Round the Poets Fire
Our monthly get together for poets! Bring your original poems and share with the world! This event is gaining in momentum. Even if you are not a poet, come enjoy this unique creative event! A wonderful way to spend the evening. For ages 21 and over please.
Tickets $5 at the door

June 20th @ 7pm: Big House Band Dance Night
This is one of our regularly scheduled events! We bring you live music! Come dance the night away!
Tickets $10 at the door

Summerstruck - Annie Meets the Monsters
STANDING ROOM ONLY announces Summerstruck theater program for youth ages 8-18!
This is a three week theater arts performance class in singing, dancing and acting. Culminating in the musical production of “Annie Meets the Monsters”. Directed by Nancy Tribush Hillman.
Class registration began May 9th. Classes begin June 23rd.
Early registration for ages 8-12: $125
Early registration for ages 13-18: $100
After June 17th fees are: $150/$125
Limited scholarships and payment plans are available.
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Phone: (360) 250-6591 or (360) 446-2188

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