The Predictable Backlash from the Chronically Misinformed

Just as Kootenai County gets on with the long-overdue business of re-writing the dysfunctional land use codes, the chronic malcontents have indeed crawled out from under their rocks to wail about their property rights and to attempt to derail an important process. Unfortunately, their lack of concern for everyone else’s property rights illustrates how misguided they actually are. In a hysterical email that was widely more »

Send Korrine to Camp!

Korrine Kreilkamp, our Community Roots founder, organizer, and local-food all-around all-star has been invited to the prestigious Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists Conference this fall at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The invitation-only conference is an extraordinary training opportunity for young grassroots organizers from across the country, and we’re incredibly proud that Korrine got an invitation. Patagonia – the great outdoors retailer, wonderful corporate citizen, and a more »

Mary Lou Reed on the Dike Road Trees

Just a quick note upon return from the mini-vacation, but if you haven’t seen this wonderful column by the wonderful Mary Lou Reed, it deserves a click and a few minutes of your time.  Our great friend, loyal member and KEA founder has captured the dike road trees issue perfectly for the Inlander’s readership: As many as 500 trees growing along scenic Rosenberry Dike Road more »

Unhealthy Obsession in Congress

As the economic crisis in Europe gets closer to the brink of disaster, as the housing and mortgage mess shows no sign of resolution, as political gridlock messes with the country’s credit rating, this is what we get from leadership in Congress:!/MikeSimpson4ID/status/105672986652184576 Which is, of course, nonsense. Indeed, the rhetoric about EPA regulation from our Idaho representation is increasingly over the top. (Really, Senator more »

History Repeating Itself on Levee Trees?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demands the removal of hundreds of trees along a levee mainly because regulations require it.  Local government tells anguished citizens that there is no choice but to comply, otherwise there will be no relief funds in case of a flood. But, the Corps failed to account for the presence of endangered species. The Corps runs afoul of the Idaho more »

Camp Easton to be Sold?

Our many friends and neighbors on the east side of Coeur d’Alene Lake alerted us to the disturbing report that the venerable Camp Easton, a Boy Scout Camp for some 90 years, is in the process of being sold to a developer. Indeed, an offer from Discovery Land Company exists for the 383 acre camp, along with a “significant proposal that would fully fund building more »

My Private Property Rights. And Yours.

Idaho’s tradition of fierce protection of private property rights is well known and well established. The State of Idaho has legislated layers and layers of protection for the wide majority of Idahoans who particularly value the rights that accompany the ownership of land. However, as the Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld – property rights are not absolute. The right to own property is not the more »

Kootenai County and BNSF Adjust Conditions for Refueling Operations

BNSF and Kootenai County appear to have resolved differences over conditions of operation at the poorly located railroad refueling station over the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer near Hauser. Recall that BNSF objected to tougher new conditions the County proposed last year, and ran immediately to the courthouse. Now, scheduled for a hearing before a hearing examiner September 1st, are a new set of conditions that BNSF more »

Need A Dike Road Trees Petition?

Rosenberry Trees Petition By popular demand: download a copy here, circulate it to friends and neighbors, and return it to us at KEA! UPDATE: Here’s the online version. Link to it, email it, post it to your facebook friends!  

Intern Attends IdaH2O Program Through Budget-Threatened U of I Extension

Intern Kayla  Baker reports on the excellent IdaH2O Master Water Steward program she attended last month. Programs like these (including forestry and master gardening) at the University of Idaho Extension could be threatened in the Kootenai County budget process. The IdaH2O Master Water Steward Program, offered by the University of Idaho Extension, is only a year old but shows promise in educating North Idaho citizens more »