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Helping the earth, an hour at a time

March 27, 2008 | 12:00 a.m. CDT
Monta Welch, president of the Columbia Climate Change Coalition, prepares to give a speech to the media and to other members of the community about Earth Hour. The Earth Hour was approved by Mayor Darwin Hindman to take place Saturday from 8 to 9 p.m. The idea behind the event is to make the community more aware of its energy usage in homes and around town. Welch said that her hopes for this year's observance are to get community members involved and thinking about energy conservation. City councilwoman Barbara Hoppe said that she will be participating at home Saturday night but will also be riding her bike all day Friday.

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