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Junkyard’s Application to Bonner County PRC Withdrawn, Illegal End Run of Code Enforcement Avoided

We've been tracking the Bonner County Property Rights Council for some time. Lately, we were following the PRC application on behalf of Lawrence and Nels Heidekker, owners of a problematic junkyard near Priest River. The junkyard, currently subject to a code enforcement action by Bonner County, appeared to be attempting to avoid the enforcement action [...]

By |2012-05-07T13:23:44-07:00May 7th, 2012|Land Use|0 Comments

KEA Files Lawsuit Over Bonner County Public Records

If all goes according to schedule today tomorrow, KEA is filing a lawsuit in a Bonner County court regarding Idaho Public Records Act violations by Bonner County officials. KEA had made a simple request for emails regarding the activities of the Bonner County Property Rights Council, which the County denied. Recall that in February, KEA [...]

By |2012-04-12T17:48:45-07:00April 12th, 2012|Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Land Use|2 Comments

Bonner County Notes Sunshine Week By Hiding Public Records

Sunshine week is an annual awareness campaign organized by the American Association of News Editors and sponsored by dozens of impressive organizations interested in open and transparent government. The week is intended to draw attention to open records laws and open meetings laws that can be used in the public interest. Indeed, open government is [...]

By |2012-03-18T17:38:04-07:00March 17th, 2012|Land Use, Water|1 Comment

Property Rights Council Votes Against Drinking Water Protection

As Bonner County Property Rights Council member Tom Cleveland explained, the whole idea behind drinking water protection in Bonner County was "with the blessing of the EPA" which he called a "Gestapo agency" and "out of control." He followed with an ominous non-sequitur, warning that "people should start thinking about where their food is coming [...]

By |2012-03-13T21:19:34-07:00March 13th, 2012|Land Use, Water|19 Comments

Bonner County PRC Officially Opposes Everything – Including Clean Drinking Water

The bizarre Bonner County Property Rights Council (PRC) has issued its first draft “decision” in which they conclude that a simple common sense watershed protection ordinance is “unreasonable, unnecessary, and arbitrary.” How do they come to this conclusion? They simply presume ALL proposed ordinances are “unreasonable, unnecessary, and arbitrary.” Furthermore, as made clear from the [...]

By |2012-03-07T15:24:35-08:00March 7th, 2012|Water|0 Comments

Seriously? Bonner County PRC Is “A Major New Weapon in the Fight Against the U.N.”

The paranoid silliness of the Bonner County Property Rights Council has evidently gone national. A far-right website (in their Homeland Security section, of course) has picked up on the establishment of the Property Rights Council and is promoting it as a heroic development in a battle against the forces of the United Nations and their [...]

By |2012-02-08T12:40:34-08:00February 8th, 2012|Land Use|4 Comments

Idaho Rural Water Association Explains Drinking Water Protection to Bonner County PRC

As the Bonner County Property Rights Council (PRC) continues its crusade against common sense, the Idaho Rural Water Association has weighed in with a thorough and devastating letter explaining to the PRC why clean drinking water is something actually worth protecting. The IRWA represents small water and wastewater systems in Idaho typically serving populations of [...]

By |2012-02-09T11:53:59-08:00February 6th, 2012|Water|0 Comments

Property Rights Council Takes Aim at Drinking Water Protection

In its first substantive effort since being formed, the Bonner County Property Rights Council (PRC) is taking aim at a proposed watershed protection ordinance.  In documents obtained by KEA, it appears that the Council is taking a comically theoretical approach in their continuing attack on common sense. The watershed ordinance (a pdf of the original [...]

By |2012-01-18T21:46:36-08:00January 14th, 2012|Water|3 Comments

Christmas Week in Bonner County Brings Challenges to Drinking Water Protection and Caribou Habitat

'Twas the week before Christmas and all through Bonner County, a lot of creatures were stirring… because, well, both the Bonner County Commissioners and the Property Rights Council were both still holding meetings. Indeed, this week, the Bonner County Commissioners have an attack on caribou habitat scheduled, and the Property Rights Council will be discussing [...]

By |2011-12-29T15:54:53-08:00December 17th, 2011|Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Land Use, Wildlife|3 Comments