Breaking News: U.S. Forest Service Issues Draft of Long-Awaited Planning Rule

In yet another attempt to update regulations for planning on National Forests, today, the U.S. Forest Service released a draft planning rule for public comment. The current regulations for forest planning date back to 1982. Attempts at revision have been delayed, scuttled, or struck down by courts. The new rule would apply nationally to some 155 National Forests, including our own Idaho Panhandle National Forest. more »

McEuen Park, the Ball Fields, and the Boat Launch

We are in the process of developing our detailed comments to Team McEuen regarding the proposals for McEuen Park. Over the next few days, we’ll roll out some of our thoughts and concerns relating to the proposal here on the blog. Today: the ball fields and the boat launch. Other than parking, the loss of the boat launch and the ball fields are the largest more »

McEuen Park and Parking

We are in the process of developing our detailed comments to Team McEuen regarding the proposals for McEuen Park. Over the next few days, we’ll roll out some of our thoughts and concerns relating to the proposal here on the blog. Today: Parking. Team McEuen’s approach to parking is quite literal in its adherence to the city-prescribed design principle to “ensure the replacement of any more »

McEuen Park and Tubbs Hill

We are in the process of developing our detailed comments to Team McEuen regarding the proposals for McEuen Park. Over the next few days, we’ll roll out some of our thoughts and concerns relating to the proposal here on the blog. Today: Tubbs Hill. Indeed, one of the more controversial aspects of the Team McEuen design is that a number of proposed features impact Tubbs more »

Roots CSA 2011 Season Gets Early Start

As if they just knew that the groundhog would be calling for an early spring, KEA’s Roots CSA scheduled their meeting for last night at the ever-supportive Art Spirit Gallery to begin preparations for the new growing season.  With a few of last year’s shareholders and some new CSA team members, the meeting kicked off the planning for what we hope will be another successful more »

KEA Supports Winter Closure of Forest Service Road to Benefit Ski and Snowshoe Recreation

We just sent our letter off to the U.S. Forest Service calling for a winter closure of a road on 4th of July Pass so that quiet ski and snowshoe hiking can continue without motorized disruptions. We submitted a letter to support a Special Use Permit proposal from Panhandle Nordic Ski Club which calls for the Forest Service to close roads 614 and 918 to more »

Mega-Load Shipments Start Tonight

We got word from our friends and colleagues in the Lochsa corridor that the first of the permitted mega-load shipments by Conoco-Phillips are indeed scheduled for tonight, running from the port of Lewiston to mile marker 38.8. Local folks are expected to be along the highway as observers, but organizers are urging that the shipments not be disrupted. The shipment, of course, represents a lost more »

McEuen Park as a Place for Placemaking

In his remarks that prefaced the January 6th design presentation on McEuen Park, Coeur d’Alene Parks Director Doug Eastwood declared the city’s intent to make McEuen a “placemaking park for Coeur d’Alene.”   His use of the term “placemaking” is significant, and it helps to understand the reasoning behind some of the design choices proposed by Team McEuen. Those in attendance at the overflow meeting saw more »

For Settlement with KEA and ICL, FHWA Improved Fernan Road Construction Project

Although construction on the Fernan Road reconstruction project was completed this past fall, the paperwork was wrapped up just recently.  Recall that KEA and Idaho Conservation League had threatened a Clean Water Act lawsuit regarding numerous violations at the construction site.  An agreement was finalized recently with the Federal Highway Administration, the agency responsible for the project, to resolve the claims. At KEA, we were more »

McEuen Park the Focus of Thursday’s Noon Meeting

Those in attendance at an overflow meeting January 6th saw an impressive presentation of how the venerable McEuen Park in downtown Coeur d’Alene could be transformed. Under preliminary plans, the current park’s boat launch, baseball fields, and parking lot would be eliminated and replaced by a plaza, gardens, water features, and a range of new amenities. Although we have serious concerns with the proposal’s approach more »