We’re Invited After All!

After worrying yesterday that we were being excluded from a “Community Development Forum” sponsored by the County Commissioners, we are pleased to say that got our invite emailed to us this morning.  Evidently, a posting at Huckleberries Online alerted the County to its unfortunate oversight.  We look forward to being an official participant.

Commissioners to Sponsor Forum for Developers about Development

We didn’t receive our invitation by the County Commissioners “to the County’s development and construction communities” to attend a “Community Development Forum” on Monday evening

An Eye-Opening McEuen Park Workshop

As Mayor Bloem put it, “this isn’t the first time [McEuen Field and park] has been talked about and it won’t be the last.” But it was an impressive show last night at the open workshop sponsored by the City of Coeur d’Alene on design possibilities for the treasured downtown park.  The Mayor emphasized that there is no set plan for McEuen Park at this point, “There’s been more »

What We’re Reading

Basketball, basketball, basketball, and this stuff: We look forward to this local 3-minute film festival — City of Coeur d’Alene Prescribed burns would cut wildfire carbon footprint — Yale Environment 360 The Idaho legislature plays fast and loose with the Panhandle Health District’s aquifer protection rules. But maybe a stronger DEQ role would help?  – Spokesman Review Speaking of septics rules and water quality … the complex Spokane River more »

Commissioners deny variance not governed by county code

This case should signal to the Commissioners that they really need to get on with the business of fixing the outmoded county codes.

Glimmer of Progress on Comp Plan

The Kootenai County Commissioners still have a LONG way to go, but at this morning’s deliberation of the draft comprehensive plan, some actual glimmers of progress were detected. Today, the Commissioners largely completed deliberations on “planned communities,” one of the more difficult and controversial parts of the draft plan.  The Commissioners have been struggling for several meetings with the concepts of “planned communities” and “rural more »

Let the McEuen Park Discussions Begin

In any event, let the discussions begin! We look forward to participating in the conversations about McEuen Field and the immediate surroundings. We’re confident that our great downtown park can be even greater.

Protect Critical Habitat for Bull Trout

There’s still  time to support critical habitat protections for bull trout. According to Idaho Rivers United, almost 10,000 miles of rivers and 200,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs across Idaho are at stake. Here are some more details to help craft your comments.

What We’re Reading

Winter never arrived but spring to be delayed this week? While we’re waiting here’s what we’re reading: Obama to create new National Monuments?  Here’s a list of possibilities. — New West Scientific fact: ”conservation funding and reform-minded zoning decrease per capita open space loss.” — PloSOne Idaho facing anniversary of a big fire in a summer of big fire? — Idaho Statesman Backcountry logging won’t solve more »

“Gentlemen, we have not accomplished a lot today.”

Today, Board of County Commissioners Chairman Rick Currie lashed back at the increasing wave of criticism over the long slow failure to make progress on Kootenai County’s comprehensive plan. Prior to the start of today’s meeting, Currie complained about “misinformation” being spread by “the powers that be.” In response to a particularly toughly-worded opinion piece by former Planning Commissioner Kathlene Kolts complaining about a lack more »