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 »

Again, Regarding Oil Spills and Mining Messes

Seems the Yellowstone River will be dealing with what the Gulf of Mexico has been dealing with for more than a year now. And we are again reminded that that cleaning things up is so much harder than not making the mess in the first place. This time, the still-high Yellowstone River flows are illustrating how pollutants are transported far downstream making a mess on more »

Take Action for Clean Water

Just a very quick mini-update, but our local Waterkeeper friends – Spokane Riverkeeper and Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper — are justifiably concerned about a new Congressional attack on the federal Clean Water Act.  We’ll publish more information on this soon, but you can get a head start now — read more and take action here.

Cougar Bay “No Wake Zone” Buoys Installed

This morning, Kootenai County Department of Parks and Waterways Director Nick Snyder forwarded a couple of photos of the 13 brand new “No Wake Zone” buoys just installed across the mouth of Cougar Bay last week. Snyder added: “In the next two weeks, we will have LED navigational lights affixed to the buoys. The buoys will help recreational boaters and marine law enforcement identify the more »

BREAKING NEWS: Hemlock Hills Subdivision Rejected by Kootenai County Commissioners

Faced with a subdivision proposal on a steep hillside above Hayden Lake, the Kootenai County Commissioners struggled today with the County’s subdivision ordinances and denied the request. The subdivision would have placed some 34 homes on steep slopes and erodible soils just above Hayden Lake – not far from where East Hayden Lake Road washed out in the recent spring rains. The Commissioners wrestled with more »