Replace and Repeal

Replace and Repeal

One more thing on the unenlightened ULUC opposition.  Opponents need to recognize that being against the new code has the same effect as being for the old one. Until a new code is passed, the old one is still in effect.  The purported “property rights” issues in the ULUC already exist — in the current code. But much worse. The reality is that Idaho state more »

Roots Local Food Share Kicks Off Season Six

Roots Local Food Share Kicks Off Season Six

The Community Roots Local Food Share, a program of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance, is entering its sixth year distributing surplus produce from backyard gardeners and farmers to numerous local food assistance facilities. With thousands of people seeking aid each month, the Coeur d’Alene Food Bank struggles to meet the increasing demands for food assistance. In 2011, Kootenai County was the one metropolitan area in the more »

How the U.N.’s Agenda 21 Affects Kootenai County, Idaho

Spoiler alert: it doesn’t. But thanks to the efforts of the Larry Spencer wing of the local Republican Party, a long-overdue overhaul of local land use codes is in jeopardy because of irrational fear of an obscure and utterly irrelevant international document. First, some background. For the 85% of Americans who will have no idea what this uproar is about, Agenda 21 is a 20-year-old more »

The Unprincipled Opposition to Kootenai County’s ULUC

Wow. I leave town and two weeks later, crazy takes over. From relentlessly sunny Southern California, I noted the recent and growing uproar over Kootenai County’s land use code re-write. And from here, where the sprawl goes on and on and on for miles, the growing opposition to Kootenai County’s Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) project appears to be either pointlessly obstructionist or appallingly uninformed. more »

Gerry House

Sad news from Hayden Lake. Long-time KEA member and a great friend of clean water has passed away. The unfortunate details from facebook: Hayden Lake native Gerald “Gerry” House, 73, died at the North Idaho Hospice House on June 30 after a courageous six-year battle with multiple myeloma. Gerry’s friends are invited to a gathering at the Avondale Golf Club from 4 p.m. to 6:30 more »

Summer Job at KEA!

Hey kids! Still looking for something interesting to do this summer? We’ve got a summer job for you. Our project grant for the summer just arrived and we need one or two summer students to do some specific research on one of the most important water quality concerns in our region. Now that our funding is here, we are hiring ASAP.  Although we’re not paying more »

California Legal Foundation Asks: Are Caribou Really Endangered?

California Legal Foundation Asks: Are Caribou Really Endangered?

The short answer is: yes, in Idaho, of course they are — there were a grand total of four of them spotted this winter. But according to an industry and developer-funded California legal organization looking for loopholes, it isn’t that simple. The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a California-based law firm with a take-no-prisoners property rights ideology, has filed a petition on behalf of Idaho snowmobile groups more »

Lead Poisoning Concerns Continue

Just this past week, in a move that was not unexpected expected and long-overdue, the Centers for Disease Control lowered the “level of concern” for the amount of lead in a child’s bloodstream.  This new CDC policy expands significantly the number of children that should be considered for lead poisoning interventions. The level of concern had been previously established at 10 µg/dl (micrograms for a more »

Summer Legal Internship at KEA

Hey law students! Still looking for something interesting to do this summer? We’ve got a job for you. We were just awarded a project grant for the summer and we need one or two law students to do some specific research and writing for the project. It is, of course, related to our never-ending efforts to protect North Idaho’s environment. Although we’re not paying very more »

Kootenai County Shoreline Protection Still TBD

Yesterday, the CDA Press reported that the Kootenai County Commissioners were “scrapping a proposal to expand shoreline protection requirements” in the re-writing of the zoning and development codes.  And, in one sense, it is true that the Commissioners and the consultant and the Advisory Committee panel have gone back to the drawing board. But rather than this being some political victory for property rights, or more »