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California Legal Foundation Asks: Are Caribou Really Endangered?

The short answer is: yes, in Idaho, of course they are -- there were a grand total of four of them spotted this winter. But according to an industry and developer-funded California legal organization looking for loopholes, it isn't that simple. The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), a California-based law firm with a take-no-prisoners property rights ideology, [...]

By |2012-05-22T11:47:09-07:00May 22nd, 2012|Wildlife|0 Comments

Junkyard’s Application to Bonner County PRC Withdrawn, Illegal End Run of Code Enforcement Avoided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

What Are Property Rights?

We've been looking for a good primer on "property rights" to help people understand the debate when it comes to re-writing our land use codes in Kootenai County. And lo and behold, there's a superb piece on the website dedicated to the project. We re-publish it here in hopes that more people read it and [...]

By |2012-04-28T11:17:24-07:00April 28th, 2012|Land Use|0 Comments

Breaking News: Court Rejects Corps of Engineers Arguments in Sacramento Levee Trees Case

Late today, we were forwarded a copy of issued by a U.S. District Court in California denying the Army Corps of Engineers motion to dismiss a case over levee vegetation in Sacramento. The Court rejected each of the Corps of Engineers arguments to dismiss the case outright. Indeed, the order constitutes a complete rejection of [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:49:51-07:00April 27th, 2012|Community|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

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

[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 |2019-07-25T10:49:50-07:00March 12th, 2012|Community|2 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

Monitoring Flight Finds Selkirk Caribou in Idaho

We had heard through the grapevine that reporter Becky Kramer had taken a trip with our colleagues at Selkirk Conservation Alliance in their aerial caribou monitoring flight earlier in February. The result is a comprehensive look at the caribou issue in this past Sunday's Spokesman-Review. An excellent explainer, her story also broke the significant news [...]

By |2012-02-26T13:22:38-08:00February 26th, 2012|Wildlife|1 Comment

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