HR 1526 Great Name Bad Idea

Recently, the US House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 1526, the “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act” introduced by Rep. Hastings (R-WA)- who is also conveniently the Chairman of the Committee. This bill is similar to Rep. Raul Labrador’s “Self Sufficient Community Lands Act” that was introduced last session and died in committee. HR 1526 provides a temporary solution to the expiration of the more »

Environmental Education and Climate Change: Everybody is a Student

Environmental Education and Climate Change: Everybody is a Student

I have been a science teacher with the Coeur d’Alene School District for five years now, and my interactions with Kootenai Environmental Alliance both in and out of the classroom have been overwhelmingly positive for my students and me.  From impromptu phone calls to the KEA office during class to answer student questions about the Selkirk Caribou habitat designation, to stormwater drain stenciling in the more »

An Opportunity to Halt Logging of Farragut Shoreline

An Opportunity to Halt Logging of Farragut Shoreline

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR) Board will meet on Tuesday, July 30, 8 AM at the Coeur d’Alene Inn located at Highway 95 and Appleway. This is an important, and perhaps the last, opportunity to voice your objection to the proposed logging of the beautiful shoreline trail at Farragut State Park. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, with the approval of more »

Community Roots Gathering Garden

Community Roots Gathering Garden

It has been a busy couple of months at the Community Roots Gathering Garden located on the NIC education corridor on the east side of Hubbard Street.  A core group of volunteers, in partnership with young adults from Work Ready, have been busy transforming this neglected old mill site into an example of Permaculture principles and techniques. Community Roots seeks to connect the community with the more »

ULUC Hearing Rescheduled due to Crowd

The first in a series of Kootenai County(KC) Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) hearings was held by the KC Planning Commission last night at the Courthouse.  Arriving a few minutes early got me on the speakers list but left me standing in the hallway. The room was packed with hundreds of people, many of whom were very worried about this plan but not specifically sure more »

KEA’s Comments on ULUC Draft

The Kootenai County Planning Commission is currently accepting comments on the newest draft of the Kootenai County Unified Land Use Code (ULUC).  Written comments will be accepted now through June 17th, which is when the Public Hearings will begin. Please consider submitting comments of your own or speaking at the public hearing on June 18th. Following are the comments submitted by Kootenai Environmental Alliance. Kootenai more »

Coast Guard Expidites Permitting for “Race the Joe!”

We are disappointed and concerned with the announcement that the US Coast Guard has changed its tune and issued a permit for the 1st Annual Race the Joe! jet boat race scheduled for May 17-19 on the St. Joe River. Before political interference from Idaho’s congressional delegation and Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, the agency had indicated that it was required by law to review the more »

Kootenai River Under Threat

By Evelyn Donald The Kootenai River was recently ranked as the 9th most endangered river in the United States. According to the 2013 American Rivers report, the Kootenai, which runs through North Idaho and Montana is under threat from Canadian Coal mining company, Tek Coal Ltd. Runoff and waste from their large-scale open pit mining operations on the Elk river in British Columbia is endangering water quality downstream more »

The Art of Nature

The Art of Nature

 By Carol Muzik A small wren builds her nest under the eaves of our shed in the same place she’s been coming to for years, while a song sparrow belts out his song with power and strength from the top of our apple tree. From the lake, grebes and Canada geese call to each other.  Nearby, busy hummingbirds zip back and forth defending their territory. more »

Land Use Code Draft Open for Public Comment

 A few weeks ago the Kootenai County Unified Land Use Code (ULUC) Technical Committee wrapped up their review of the initial draft and made their final recommendations to consultants Kendig Keast and the Kootenai County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The technical committee members must be applauded for all of the time and detailed attention they have poured into the editing of this document. This more »