When you’re picking classes, how much do you base your decisions off of what textbooks for certain courses will cost you? It’s a shame that any of us have to take this into account at all, but the unfortunate truth is that textbook cost is very often, well, ridiculous. Perhaps you’ve even tried to get through a class sans-textbook, relying on notes and friendly classmates who are willing to lend you theirs from time to time (I sound a little too familiar with this practice don’t I?). According to one study, college textbook prices have risen at four times the rate of inflation over the past twenty years. Continue reading
Late snowfall this year has delayed the usual feeding session of Rocky Mountain Elk, which is currently taking place in the L.T. Murray wildlife area located west of Ellensburg. The feeding program is usually scheduled for December, but the delayed nature of this year’s snowfall has pushed it all the way into March. Check out these awesome photos of the elk herd’s arrival, which will make you envious of wildlife photographers.
Vitamin D is important. It can improve your bone health, help you shake off depression, and keep colds from infiltrating your system. It’s estimated that at least 30% of Americans are actually deficient in Vitamin D. The most well-known source of Vitamin D is sunlight, but it isn’t something we can always access, even when it is available. There are many opportunities to up your Vitamin D through fortified foods and beverages, like cereal, milk, and orange juice. If you want to pursue Vitamin D the natural way, though, there are a few ways you can go about it that don’t involve how tan you get. Continue reading
Alpacas are not an uncommon sight for a pair of eyes gazing across the Pacific Northwest countryside; Washington and Oregon have the second and third largest alpaca population in the country behind Ohio. Alpacas are a South American species that belong to the biological family of camelid, and are easily confused with llamas. In recent years, alpaca farming has experienced a significant boost due to the selling of fleece, but as evidenced by the numerous emaciated alpacas now under treatment in Oregon State University’s animal hospital, this rise led to certain farm owners not paying enough attention to their alpacas. Continue reading
If you’re a four-wheeled commuter looking to dive into the world of biking, or you’re an experienced pedlar looking to surround yourself with a group of like-minded people, you could try checking out the Seattle Bike Expo this weekend, being held this year in the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91. The event will feature presentations tailored to those interested in biking more often as well as guest speakers, bicycle acrobats(!), and opportunities to turn bike parts into art. For a full list of what’s going down, you can find the event schedule here.
Lawmakers in California are currently trying to pass a statewide ban on plastic bags-you know, those things that you see drifting through the streets from time to time on the whim of the wind, kind of like urban tumbleweeds? Thin plastic bags have been banned in Seattle since July 1st, 2012, yet they still seem to exist here and there, and thicker, more durable versions are available in grocery stores. The argument against plastic bags is a strong one given their tendency to end up in landfills or amongst the feet of sidewalk travelers after a singe use, and of course, it would be nice if we could cut down on the very production of plastic.. Those who protest the movement against plastic bags cite their potential to be reused on the next trip to the store or reused as trash bags, saving the consumer from needing to purchase the latter. Continue reading
When we aren’t sure about an item’s ability to be recycled, it might be a good idea for us to investigate first before tossing it into the trash. Just check out the following four things that can actually be recycled despite what your instincts might tell you: Continue reading