Misdirected Pressure Building on Building and Planning

The CDA Press recently reported and editorialized about the recent development forum, which focussed attention on frustrations with County approval and enforcement processes in the Kootenai County Building and Planning Department.  As perhaps the ardent environmentalists referred to in this CDA Press editorial, we would only say that not all of the blame can be laid in the Department. A huge problem is the failure of the Commissioners more »

Environmental Law Clinics Under Attack

The Environmental Law Clinic at Gonzaga’s Law School represents Kootenai Environmental Alliance on Clean Water Act issues — currently including our efforts to clean up after the mess made by the Fernan Lake road project, and our efforts on behalf of the Spokane River.  While this is a relatively new development for KEA, and while this clinic is a new incarnation at Gonzaga Law, environmental more »

KEA to Launch Roots CSA

This posting from KEA’s local food hero, Korrine Kreilkamp: After several successful years of collecting and distributing over 16,000 lbs. of fresh produce to feed the hungry, the Community Roots program of the Kootenai Environmental Alliance is creating a new way to further strengthen our local food system.  Starting this spring, the program plans to build a charitable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in Dalton more »

What We’re Reading — Spokane River Edition

Clean water wonks and TMDL nerds should spend some time reading the documents collected at Spokane River Forum relating to the Spokane River “dispute resolution” proceedings before Washington’s Department of Ecology.  KEA’s comments are posted there (and at our website), along with a lot other legal mumbo jumbo filed by a number of interested parties.    Some breaking news there, perhaps:  In a letter  to Idaho’s Congressional delegation, EPA more »

Currie Explains “Community Development Forum” Invitations

We were simply happy with our invitation to the County Commissioner’s “Community Development Forum” scheduled for Monday.  But at a regularly scheduled deliberation meeting at the Board of County Commissioners this morning, Chairman Rick Currie took some time to explain “the purposes and intent” of the now-controversial meeting.  Reading from a prepared statement, Chairman Currie explained that it is, of course, the job of County Commissioners to more »

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.