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The Importance of Bats in Our Lives

Particularly during the Halloween season, images of bats are common in decorations and costumes designed to frighten us.  Unfortunately, this theme of fear and revulsion extends throughout the year in the minds of many adults and too often continues to be passed on to our children.  Bats, the only animals other than birds that can truly fly, are masters of the night sky, not easily more »

Community Roots 2.0

As they might say in Game of Thrones “winter is coming”, normally those words would strike fear into any farmer or gardener. The growing season is coming to a close with winter approaching and this is somewhat of a disappointment given that North Idaho already has a short growing season! Sometimes, however, Mother Nature can be delayed and crops can keep growing for a few more »

Downtown Recycling Initiative

Downtown Coeur d’Alene is a beautiful place, and it is hard to deny that. As our downtown continues to grow and become more modern, shouldn’t our waste management practices follow suit? Our residential areas within Hayden, Coeur d’Alene and Dalton Gardens all enjoy the wonderful single stream recycling carts. Yet, maybe to your surprise, downtown Coeur d’Alene does not have this similar recycling setup. At more »

Green Living: Lawn Fertilization

Green Living: Lawn Fertilization

  With cooler temperatures, more moisture, and plenty of sunshine the soil is still warm enough to germinate seeds, but the cool air invites grass to grow a strong root system. This is why Fall is the best time for seeding and feeding your lawn. It will look great in the spring, and will be better able to resist weeds and summer stresses. Lawns and more »

North Idaho Water Rights Adjudication

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the North Idaho water rights adjudication process, even though the process for the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River Basin technically began in the spring of 2009.  The Adjudication process is simply the State of Idaho’s review and compilation of all the claims to water rights in the state. All water rights users in the St. Joe, St. Maries more »

Fish and Wildlife Service Plays Politics with Wolverine Survival

Fish and Wildlife Service Plays Politics with Wolverine Survival

Bowing to political pressure, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally withdrew its proposal to list wolverines under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), despite the species’ small population and serious threats to its continued existence. Only 250 to 300 wolverines call the contiguous U.S. home, living in small populations scattered across the West. Scientists unanimously acknowledge the greatest threat to the species’ survival in the more »

Farm Bill

Farm Bill

Earlier this year, President Obama signed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, also known as the Farm Bill.  The Farm Bill isn’t new, but is updated and reauthorized every five years to serve as the government’s main policy tool for agriculture, food safety and nutritional programs. This 900 plus page bill is vast and daunting; while some of the provisions are helpful to support more »

Fernan Lake Blue-Green Algae Bloom Comes Early

Fernan Lake Blue-Green Algae Bloom Comes Early

A health advisory was issued today for Fernan Lake by the Panhandle Health District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ). Water samples confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins harmful to humans and animals. KEA members sent us pictures of the onset of the bloom earlier last week – which we then reported to IDEQ. The density of blue-green algae more »

Ways to Start Going Green this Spring

at Organic Locally Grown Foods There are so many benefits of organic food, both to our environment and our health.  From preventing the emergence of superbugs, reducing the carbon cost of food miles, increasing the health of our top soil or the nutrients in our food, to preventing harmful pesticides in our bodies, making healthy food choices is obviously a global effort with far-reaching impacts. more »

Clean-Up Progress in the Coeur d'Alene Basin

Clean-Up Progress in the Coeur d’Alene Basin

Spring has started out with a warm sunny bang, which has consequently begun melting the 254 inches of powder that the Coeur d’Alene basin received over the winter season. All that snowmelt and spring rain has created the usual high flows and flooding events we see this time each year. In some towns like Mullan, their streets turn to creeks; and all that moving water more »