This Week: Mayor Bloem to Speak to KEA

As Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III notoriously said of being Mayor, “You come in in the morning and they bring you a big plate of [crap] to eat. So you grit your teeth and just when you get finished … they’re at the door with a bigger plate of [crap].” Coeur d’Alene is decidedly not Baltimore of the late 1960s, but still, being Mayor is more »

Scouts Should Say No Now To Camp Easton Deal

I felt bad for the boy scout dutifully selling popcorn at the Spokane Albertsons Saturday. It’s a tough job. He was sitting there with his father and what looked like his younger sister raising money for the scouts to go to camp. They were probably there for hours. Although, I’m sure the scout’s troop would put the hard-earned fundraising dollars to good use, I’m less more »

Bonner County Property Rights Council Gets Defensive

With increasingly critical attention being paid to Bonner County’s new “Property Rights Council,” the Council is getting defensive. Although paying little attention to actually publishing timely meeting minutes and agendas, the Council has published a new link on its website dedicated to “Media Errors & Omissions.” First, the Property Rights Council takes issue with a widely published AP story noting the hiring of tea party favorite more »

Coeur d’Alene Appoints Dike Road Trees Committee

We got the phone call the other day and an email confirmation yesterday, and we’re pleased to say that KEA will be represented on the City of Coeur d’Alene’s new ad hoc committee to deal with the dike road trees. An initial meeting will be scheduled for mid-November. Recall that a Corps of Engineers inspection is calling for removal of the 500 mature trees along more »

Sackett Lawyers are NOT Happy With KEA Blog

Well, it seems we’ve touched a nerve over at the Sacramento-based Pacific Legal Foundation. They are NOT pleased with our recent blog posting about the Priest Lake wetland case. Pacific Legal Foundation represents the Sacketts in their procedural fight with the EPA. Of course, the “PLF Liberty Blog” doesn’t really take issue with our analysis. Mostly they are critical of our lack of outrage over more »

What The Priest Lake Wetland Case Is Actually About

If you only read what is coming out of congressional offices and only watched Fox News, you’d certainly think that local heroes Mike and Chantelle Sackett from Priest Lake are about to go to the Supreme Court and bring down the whole EPA.  Finally, they say, the overreaching federal agency and their wetland tyranny will be shut down once and for all. Instead, at most, more »

Having a Say in Superfund: The Lower Basin Collaborative

Superfund cleanup isn’t limited to the Silver Valley. The Coeur d’Alene River, the chain lakes and wetlands from Cataldo to Harrison are contaminated with heavy metals from the last century of mining upstream. Every flood season, another layer of contamination is deposited throughout the drainage. The EPA, charged with the cleanup responsibilities, is in the process of finalizing a controversial plan for the upper basin, but more »

Gas Spill? Or Not? Conoco-Phillips Still Without Answers

It’s been a week since Conoco-Phillips says they noticed a “drop in pressure” in their gasoline pipeline between Billings and Spokane. And we’re still waiting for an explanation. Booms are in the Coeur d’Alene River. Workers in hard hats and pickup trucks are thick in the Enaville to Cataldo stretch of pipeline in question. Promises of testing and inspection and results have been issued, but more »

New “Property Rights Council” Brings Messy Ideological Extremism to Bonner County Government

Unelected bureaucrats, creating rules and regulations, running an extreme agenda in a government agency on the taxpayer’s dime. We’re talking the Tea Party’s view of EPA, right?  Nope. We’re talking about the Tea Party itself in Bonner County. Bonner County’s “Property Rights Council” is meeting tonight (a lengthy pdf agenda here) in Sandpoint. It is a new creature of Bonner County government with big plans more »

Update from EPA on Pipeline Problems

From an update we received this morning, it seems they still haven’t found a spill but still haven’t found the problem in the pipeline yet either. According to this EPA update, there are some 3000 barrels of oil in the suspect section of pipeline. CURRENT STATUS:   At this time, no loss of pipeline integrity has been discovered, to date.  The crews have completed surface and more »