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Kootenai County Preparing To Surplus Chilco Falls Park?

We got word from some dedicated ice climbers that Kootenai County Parks and Waterways is considering the sale or disposal of Chilco Falls Park, one of the best ice-climbing spots in the entire inland northwest. Difficult to find, difficult to access, and with no park amenities whatsoever, the property is being considered for surplus, with the [...]

By | 2012-05-19T14:01:02+00:00 April 30th, 2012|Community, Land Use|1 Comment

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

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

FAQ Answer: Go ahead and sign the petition

After more than 1700 online signatures, and about the same number of signatures on paper, the most frequent hesitation to our Save the Dike Road Trees petition has been of the “I don’t live in Coeur d'Alene” variety. Our response is: go ahead and sign. We want all the signatures we can get, of course, [...]

By | 2012-01-10T10:11:48+00:00 September 20th, 2011|blog, Dike Road Trees, KEA|0 Comments

What Makes For A Great City? Definitely NOT Plenty of Cheap Parking

There's simply not a travel destination in the world where the most memorable feature is plenty of free parking.  A vast expanse of pavement is usually not where you want to be, rather it's an unfortunate and forgettable layover separating you from your real destination.  Indeed, increasingly, the lack of parking or very expensive parking [...]

By | 2011-12-22T10:52:31+00:00 September 13th, 2011|blog|0 Comments

Thursday Briefing on Dike Road Trees

This Thursday, noon, at the Iron Horse, we’ll have an update briefing on the Corps of Engineers death sentence for the dike road trees. Coeur d'Alene City Councilman John Bruning will give an update from the City’s perspective, including a discussion of a new ad hoc committee being formed.  And Terry Harris from KEA will [...]

By | 2012-01-10T10:12:11+00:00 September 12th, 2011|blog, Dike Road Trees, KEA|0 Comments

Coeur d’Alene City Council Signals Stronger Stand on Dike Road Trees

At their regular meeting Tuesday night, the Coeur d'Alene City Council indicated that they will be taking a significantly tougher stand to protect the dike road trees. Recall that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has told the City that it's flood control dike protecting the Fort Grounds and the North Idaho College campus cannot [...]

By | 2012-01-10T10:12:39+00:00 September 6th, 2011|blog, Dike Road Trees|3 Comments

Mary Lou Reed on the Dike Road Trees

Just a quick note upon return from the mini-vacation, but if you haven't seen this wonderful column by the wonderful Mary Lou Reed, it deserves a click and a few minutes of your time.  Our great friend, loyal member and KEA founder has captured the dike road trees issue perfectly for the Inlander's readership: As [...]

By | 2012-01-10T10:13:18+00:00 August 29th, 2011|blog, Dike Road Trees|1 Comment