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[Stuff] The Corps of Engineers Says

This is breaking news, and we are still absorbing the just-received document, but today the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers answered the complaint we filed in federal court to protect the dike road trees. The Corps of Engineers' Answer to Plaintiff's Complaint (pdf) is a detailed and formalistic response which will be used primarily to frame [...]

By | 2012-03-12T16:47:48+00:00 March 12th, 2012|Dike Road Trees|2 Comments

Dike Road Trees Petition Gets Non-Reponse From U.S. Army

We just received the lamest of lame responses from the U.S. Army in response to our petitions. Taking cover behind "pending litigation," U.S. Army Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy barely acknowledges our community's outpouring of support for the dike road trees with a hugely disappointing "I cannot comment further at this time" letter. [...]

By | 2012-02-14T16:46:26+00:00 February 14th, 2012|Dike Road Trees|1 Comment

Tubbs Hill Accessible Trail Up For Preliminary Approval

  After several months of study and discussion, tonight (Monday) the City of Coeur d'Alene's Parks and Recreation Commission will officially consider a consensus recommendation to retrofit a Tubbs Hill trail to accommodate wheelchair accessibility. Last spring, the City Council separated Tubbs Hill from the McEuen Park project and formed a task force to take [...]

By | 2012-01-25T11:04:36+00:00 January 23rd, 2012|Community|2 Comments

KEA Files Lawsuit To Protect Dike Road Trees

Today, Kootenai Environmental Alliance filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mandate to remove the trees along the Rosenberry Drive (“The Dike Road”) in Coeur d'Alene.  The lawsuit alleges that the Corps failed to perform an adequate environmental analysis, and that the Corps is attempting to enforce a memorandum [...]

By | 2012-01-10T10:09:22+00:00 December 7th, 2011|blog, Dike Road Trees, KEA|3 Comments

Rep. Labrador’s Office to Deliver Dike Road Trees Petition

With the generous assistance of our local Congressman, the dike road tree petitions are on their way to Washington DC. This morning, Adrienne and I delivered the stack of signatures to Rep. Raul Labrador’s Coeur d'Alene office. The Congerssman’s staff says they will take it from here. Our petition is directed at Hon. Jo-Ellen Darcy, [...]

By | 2012-01-10T10:09:52+00:00 November 29th, 2011|blog, Dike Road Trees, KEA|1 Comment

California Department of Fish and Game Moves to Join Environmentalists’ Lawsuit on Levee Vegetation

KEA obtained a press release announcing that California's Department of Fish and Game will be joining a lawsuit brought by environmental groups fighting the Corps of Engineers' policy requiring vegetation removal from levees. The lawsuit alleges that the Corps failed to perform a proper NEPA analysis on the levee vegetation policy and that the policy [...]

By | 2012-01-10T10:11:06+00:00 November 11th, 2011|blog, Dike Road Trees|1 Comment

This Week: Mayor Bloem to Speak to KEA

As Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro III notoriously said of being Mayor, "You come in in the morning and they bring you a big plate of [crap] to eat. So you grit your teeth and just when you get finished ... they're at the door with a bigger plate of [crap]." Coeur d'Alene is decidedly not [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:22:44+00:00 November 1st, 2011|blog, KEA|0 Comments

Coeur d’Alene Appoints Dike Road Trees Committee

We got the phone call the other day and an email confirmation yesterday, and we’re pleased to say that KEA will be represented on the City of Coeur d'Alene’s new ad hoc committee to deal with the dike road trees. An initial meeting will be scheduled for mid-November. Recall that a Corps of Engineers inspection [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:22:44+00:00 October 21st, 2011|blog|1 Comment

CDA City Council Forum Thursday

KEA candidate forums are a tradition as long as our 39-year run of noon meetings at the Iron Horse. We continue the tradition this coming Thursday with a forum for Coeur d'Alene City Council candidates.   Sure, the City Council is not exactly the federal EPA, but their local decision-making authority can have a significant [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:52:30+00:00 September 30th, 2011|blog, Community|0 Comments

The Misguided CDA Press on the Misunderstood Impacts of the Spokane River Cleanup

“Take all the acronyms, the scientific formulas, the political agendas at cross purposes and the bitter cross-state line disputes. Flush it all down the toilet.” Or so the ever-helpful CDA Press editorialized this past Sunday.  The paper is evidently calling for some sort of misguided citizen uprising against yet-to-be-determined sewage rate increases caused by yet-to-be-permitted [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:52:30+00:00 September 26th, 2011|blog, Water|0 Comments