BREAKING: Salads Supplied by Roots CSA

Big milestones were reached this past week with our wonderful Roots CSA  in Dalton Gardens. First, after a late start to the growing season, the CSA team delivered a first round of produce to regular and low-income subscribers: bitter greens (bagged), Asian greens, kale, mustard greens (twine bundle), broccoli, bunching onions, lettuce, spinach, salad greens mixed assortments, cabbage, raddish, and red leaf lettuce. As a more »

Saving the Dike Road Trees

An incompetent Corps of Engineers and an inflexible FEMA are about to destroy a Coeur d’Alene treasure unnecessarily. The out-of-town and out-of-control federal agencies are blindly calling for the City of Coeur d’Alene to remove hundreds of mature trees from the dike that follows the lake and riverfront around City Park and North Idaho College. (News coverage here, here, here, and here.) Built by the more »

Idaho Fish and Game Proposes Unsupportable Hunting and Trapping Seasons for Wolves

Often, our job seems like an exercise in futility. Today, KEA sent yet another set of comments regarding wolf management to Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game.  Shielded from lawsuits (maybe), the Department is free to push the state’s wolf management balance back toward extinction. On the table at the quarterly meeting of the Fish and Game Commission’s meeting in Salmon this week, are hunting more »

What We’re Reading – Busy Summer Edition

Always busy at KEA, it seems even busier lately.  Some things going on that we care about: The megaloads controversy remains as muddled as ever. Idaho has given a go-ahead to trips up Highway 95 from Lewiston, through Moscow and Coeur d’Alene, and then along I-90 through Montana to Canada’s tar sands.  Two were permitted, but only one smaller load has traveled through town. The more »

Kootenai County Codewriting Begins

With a whirlwind week of committee meetings, focus groups, and “Citizen Congress” town hall gatherings, Kootenai County is finally getting on with the business of re-writing its out-dated land use laws. The initial meetings this week will set the stage for an 18-month process in which the laws that govern everything development-related in the county — from subdivisions to signage, from hearing procedures to shoreline more »

Interns!

The best part about summers at KEA? Probably the nice weather in North Idaho. Second best? Interns! Meet Kayla Baker and Trevor Frank — this summer’s interns in the office at KEA. Kayla joins us from North Idaho College where she is currently studying zoology with an eye toward a career in wildlife conservation. Now, though, she’s helping us with pretty much anything and everything that more »

Wheelchairs on Tubbs Hill

More about all of this soon enough, but yesterday afternoon we were pleased to take part in a unique event. KEA has been invited to participate in a City of Coeur d’Alene committee reviewing accessibility and other issues on Tubbs Hill. Yesterday, the committee got a first hand experience with accessibility concerns on a brief field trip to the east side of the Hill — more »

Again with the Wolves in Idaho

Idaho”s Department of Fish and Game has proposed an aggressive wolf hunting season to start August 30 and run through March of next year.  In addition, the agency is also proposing a trapping season (to allow both snare and foothold traps) from December 1 through February 15 through much of North Idaho.  The agency is not proposing “harvest limits” in the Panhandle, Lolo, Selway and more »

County Announces Kick-Off Meetings for Long-Awaited Land Use Code Project

Earlier this morning, we received this notice from Kootenai County’s Community Development Department.  And we would echo their call for marking your calendar and attending the event in your part of the county. “CITIZENS  CONGRESS  MEETINGS” KOOTENAI  COUNTY  PROJECT  KICK-OFF  FOR DEVELOPMENT OF  THE  NEW  “UNIFIED  LAND  USE  CODE” As part of the public participation and outreach program for the development of the new “Unified more »

Congress’s Dirty Water Act

We meant to get back to our brief mention of potential Congressional action to destroy the Clean Water Act. The cynically named “Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act,” HB 2018, turns the long-standing successful structure of the Clean Water Act on its head, stripping EPA oversight over water quality programs in the states. The Clean Water Act has been a prime example of “cooperative federalism” common more »