CDA City Council Forum Thursday

KEA candidate forums are a tradition as long as our 39-year run of noon meetings at the Iron Horse. We continue the tradition this coming Thursday with a forum for Coeur d’Alene City Council candidates.   Sure, the City Council is not exactly the federal EPA, but their local decision-making authority can have a significant impact on the environment. And local environmental issues have a more »

The Misguided CDA Press on the Misunderstood Impacts of the Spokane River Cleanup

“Take all the acronyms, the scientific formulas, the political agendas at cross purposes and the bitter cross-state line disputes. Flush it all down the toilet.” Or so the ever-helpful CDA Press editorialized this past Sunday.  The paper is evidently calling for some sort of misguided citizen uprising against yet-to-be-determined sewage rate increases caused by yet-to-be-permitted sewage treatment upgrades. Wildly missing the mark though, the CDA more »

How Many Grizzlies?

To understate it a bit, grizzly bears have certainly been in the news a lot this summer in North Idaho. Two widely publicized incidents have left two grizzlies dead, one hunter dead, and more white-hot debate over the very rare large carnivore. If there’s a universal lesson about anything this summer, it might be that human-grizzly interactions are dangerous for humans and grizzlies alike. After more »

New Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper

KEA is surrounded by great Waterkeeper activism, and we are partners with keepers in a lot of clean water efforts in North Idaho and the Spokane River. In an email we received yesterday, Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper, our water quality neighbors to the north, announced the appointment of a new waterkeeper, replacing founding keeper Jennifer Ekstrom who is moving on to new adventures. Shannon Williamson more »

FAQ Answer: Go ahead and sign the petition

After more than 1700 online signatures, and about the same number of signatures on paper, the most frequent hesitation to our Save the Dike Road Trees petition has been of the “I don’t live in Coeur d’Alene” variety. Our response is: go ahead and sign. We want all the signatures we can get, of course, but our response is not without some rationale. First, the more »

Financing Secure Rural Schools With No Money

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing on at least one bill to address the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools Act (SRS), which supplies rural counties with federal cash to counterbalance declining forest products revenues. As it turns out, the federal government is out of money. The imminent end of SRS is of some serious concern to North Idaho counties more »

Working Computers – We Need Them

I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading this blog post, you’re doing so with a reasonably operable computer. (Or you know someone with a reasonably operable computer who prints out the KEA Blog posts for you.) You can probably also guess that we are also using computers to write these posts and place them on the internets for your perusal. What you might not know, more »

Bonner County Planning Commissioners Reject Proposed Gravel Mine Near Athol

We were pleased to hear this morning from neighborhood residents near Athol that the Bonner County Planning Commission unanimously rejected a proposal to site a gravel mine just across the Kootenai County line. Residents, worried about noise, truck traffic, dust, property values, and the applicant’s history of environmental problems, convinced the Commissioners that it was a bad idea.  (We were unable to attend the hearing, more »

What Makes For A Great City? Definitely NOT Plenty of Cheap Parking

There’s simply not a travel destination in the world where the most memorable feature is plenty of free parking.  A vast expanse of pavement is usually not where you want to be, rather it’s an unfortunate and forgettable layover separating you from your real destination.  Indeed, increasingly, the lack of parking or very expensive parking are considered a reliable indicator that you’re in a great more »

Thursday Briefing on Dike Road Trees

This Thursday, noon, at the Iron Horse, we’ll have an update briefing on the Corps of Engineers death sentence for the dike road trees. Coeur d’Alene City Councilman John Bruning will give an update from the City’s perspective, including a discussion of a new ad hoc committee being formed.  And Terry Harris from KEA will give an update on what is becoming an extraordinary campaign more »