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The Monday, April 20 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Mary and Steve Ullrich, board members of the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition. Mary and Steve discuss the latest updates and current status of the Idaho Transportation Department proposal, federal review, and regional opposition to U.S. Highway 95 realignment and expansion between Thorn Creek Road and Moscow. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Fight against state’s route for wider road south of Moscow reaching critical point
About 50 people attending the annual meeting of the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition on Thursday night focused on how to stop the Idaho Transportation Department from carrying out its preferred plan to realign and widen U.S. Highway 95 south of Moscow to Thorncreek Road.
The coalition is vehemently opposed to the plan that would use a 6 1/2-mile route referred to as “E-2.”
Several key members of the coalition set up displays in a meeting room of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse in Moscow, and fielded questions about topics such as recreation, area history, and numerous environmental characteristics of the location.
Coalition member Steve Flint talked about safety issues in areas surrounding E-2 that don’t seem to be adequately addressed: potential for more collisions with big game, weather-related accidents because of heavier snowfall in that area, and continued accidents on the portion of U.S. 95 that would become a county road.
“ITD claims E-2 would be safer,” he said. “That’s not the case.”
The project could reach the decision phase by or during the fall. Notice in the Federal Register of release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and the 30-day review period would come a month ahead of the decision.
“We’ll be watching for it,” said Al Poplawsky, a member of the coalition.
He and other members easily recited a long list of their concerns about what could happen as a result of ITD’s presumed choice of E-2. Conditions on Reisenauer Hill won’t be resolved, water and other environmental problems could arise, more people would be displaced, and there would be additional noise and pollution affecting those who remain near the favored new route.
The U.S. Department of Interior stated in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement that E-2 “would have the greatest impact to the Palouse Prairie, a nationally recognized, critically endangered ecosystem.”
The coalition prefers a route referred to as “C-3,” further west yet still east of the existing highway. Members said other government agencies have said during earlier planning phases they prefer this route, including the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“What would it take to influence ITD?” Pat Rathmann asked.
Poplawsky anticipates the final choice will be E-2. And Diane Baumgart, also part of the group, said the next major hope for finding a way to stop the presumed route is finding a good legal argument based on flaws in the final document, such as poor responses to written questions about the plan.
“What’s going to happen to water in the area?” asked Bill Goesling. “Water’s a big issue. There’s potential for water pollution.”
It was also a meeting for the coalition to add new members. Public awareness about the plan and efforts to persuade more people, groups, and even government officials to consider an alternative other than E-2 also is important right now, as the project reaches a critical point, Baumgart said.
The coalition will host a guided wildflower hike on Paradise Ridge at 1:30 pm on May 31. Only members of the coalition are invited.
For details about the coalition, visit http://paradise-ridge-defense.org/.
(By Terri Harber, Moscow-Pullman Daily News staff writer)
Filed under: Highway 95 Re-Route
The Monday, April 13, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will discuss upcoming events, a southwest Idaho fractivist lawsuit, indigenous resistance to fossil fuels, direct actions against Arctic oil drilling, and Northwest regional scrutiny of coal, oil, and tar sands trains, among other topics. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Residents of the Palouse Prairie and region,
Will the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) sacrifice the last one percent of original Palouse Prairie? Could ITD choose a safe, environmentally sound re-route of U.S. Highway 95 south of Moscow? ITD and the Federal Highway Administration could issue the final U.S. 95 Thorncreek Road to Moscow Project Environmental Impact Statement, a 30-day review period, and a Record of Decision in summer and fall 2015 [1, 2]. With this final decision and its announcement imminent, you can help make a difference!
As one of five organizational members of the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition (PRDC), Wild Idaho Rising Tide joins PRDC in inviting you to bring your friends and family and participate in the first PRDC Annual Meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, April 16 [3-5]. Among refreshments and concerned citizens gathered around exhibit tables and assembled for brief talks by PRDC board members, you will receive printed and mapped information and learn the most current updates on three Highway 95 realignments proposed by ITD. Please circulate the attached event flyer, come to the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse lower floor at Second and Van Buren streets (behind the 1912 Center in Moscow), and sign-up as a supporting member of PRDC for as little as $5.
For further event and issue information or if you cannot attend, please respond with your questions, suggestions, and/or intentions to become a PRDC member, by e-mailing PRDC board members Mary Ullrich at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Diana Armstrong at email@example.com, or by mailing your donation to the enclosed address. Your PRDC membership can greatly assist in supporting an environmentally responsible decision on the Highway 95 realignment south of Moscow. We hope to see you at this important meeting during a crucial time in the long process of determining a reasonable re-routing of U.S. Highway 95.
Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition
P.O. Box 8804, Moscow Idaho 83843
 U.S. 95 Thorncreek Road to Moscow Project (Idaho Transportation Department)
 U.S. 95 Thorncreek Road to Moscow Project Schedule (Idaho Transportation Department)
 Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition website (Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition)
 Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition facebook page (Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition)
 Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition Annual Meeting (Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition)
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The Monday, April 6, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will discuss recent and upcoming events, seismic oil and gas exploration and dropped fractivist charges in southwest Idaho, a direct action and article about western Washington climate activists, coal and oil train and terminal issue developments, and another oil drilling disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. During the second hour of the show, we will air the performance of Navajo dark country musician Pete Sands of Blackkiss and a speech describing the successes and highlights of 2014-15 WIRT initiatives, both at the Fourth Annual Celebration of WIRT in Moscow, Idaho, on March 28. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) extends our gratitude to everyone who organized and participated in our successful Fourth Annual Celebration of WIRT on Saturday, March 28, at the 1912 Center Great Room in Moscow, Idaho [1, 2]. We heartily thank Tom Bennett, who coordinated musical performers and created facebook event notices; Pat Monger, who printed and posted color event flyers throughout Moscow; Leigh Robartes, who produced a KRFP Radio Free Moscow announcement promoting the occasion ; Rob Briggs, who served as a bartender, beer supplier, and event materials hauler and arranger; Sharon Cousins, David Hall, and Jacki Vorhees, who stored and provided beverages and potluck food, loaned a vehicle for silent auction item retrieval, and prepared the 1912 Center Great Room; and several volunteers who diligently cleared dishes, tablecloths, tables, and chairs, and assisted other arrangements.
We greatly appreciate the talented musicians who drove hundreds of miles to exuberantly offer event participants an inspiring, invigorating, live benefit concert free of charge. Tom Bennett, the folk/blues, one-man band from north Georgia and Utah, stopped in Moscow during his Northwest tour and opened the evening show with his rowdy, refreshing, real music, after playing at the WIRT fundraising party at The Attic in mid-November 2014 . Pete Sands of Blackkiss ventured a long round trip from northern Utah to offer his amazing performance – delayed for Sapaatk’ayn Native American Film Festival attendees – of unique, soul-stirring, Navajo dark country music that participants are still complimenting . When acoustic rock, punk, and blues musician Eugeine Grey could not travel from Chicago to Moscow, core WIRT activist Fiddlin’ Big Al Chidester stepped in to conclude the concert with his rousing, eclectic, traditional, and original folk tunes . Through a background WIRT slide show and intermission talk, WIRT organizer Helen Yost described the successes of our grassroots climate activist collective, including industry-impacting resistance to tar sands, shale oil, natural gas, and coal extraction and transportation .
We especially thank the Wine Company of Moscow, for donating beer, wine, and a liquor service permit, and these 14 Moscow and Pullman community members and businesses, who generously provided silent auction items together valued at hundreds of dollars.
B&L Bicycles: A bicycle pump
Brused Books: One gift certificate
Cowgirl Chocolates: Eight assorted chocolate bars
Fiddlin’ Big Al: Two KRFP T-shirts and one Fiddlin’ Big Al T-shirt
Glassphemy: Incense and a holder and a hemp wick lighter
Howard Hughes Video: Two movie rental gift certificates
Hyperspud Sports: A Leatherman-like multi-tool and a Hyperspud Sports “Chico” bag
Moscow Brewing Company: A beer growler and one gift certificate
Nectar: Dinner for two gift certificate
One World Café: One gift card and a One World Café T-shirt
Paradise Creek Bicycles: A bike rental coupon and a Paradise Creek Bicycles glass
Patty’s Mexican Kitchen: Two gift certificates
Rico’s Pub: Two gift certificates
Tye Dye Everything: A tye-dye T-shirt and a WIRT contribution
WIRT activists are most grateful for each of our 25-plus guests of this yearly fundraising party commemorating WIRT’s fourth anniversary as a direct action collective, who filled the lively gathering with priceless conversation, dancing, merry making, and ideas and donations to Wild Idaho Rising Tide. You graciously contributed to our community spirit and, via voluntary admission donations and beer, wine, and auction item purchases, raised about $390 for our regional climate activism collective, after venue, musician gas, and printing fees. Your generosity offsets the costs of our direct action and outreach work, protest travel and materials expenses, and legal and court fees arising from non-violent civil disobedience.
Congratulations and thanks to each of you for a robust fourth year of shared, courageous, climate and tribal activism and ongoing support of WIRT, as we together challenge the government and corporate sources of climate chaos! If you missed the festivities and would like to help WIRT sustain our formidable resistance to extreme energy projects like tar sands equipment transports, Northwest coal, shale oil, and tar sands trains and terminals, oil and gas exploration, extraction, and production in Idaho, Highway 95 mis-alignment south of Moscow, and a growing plethora of climate-wrecking corporate schemes, please consider contributing what you can physically through upcoming WIRT events and/or fiscally via donations mailed to the enclosed address or through WIRT’s online giving platform .
As WIRT starts our fifth year on March 31, after an unusually quiet annual celebration where rumors questioning our perseverance circulated, let us re-affirm our intentions. Despite the FBI trying to intimidate us and potential members, long-assisted allies shunning us, the continent-wide media criminalizing us, WIRT Activists House landlords ejecting us, facebook erasing four years of shared outreach on our pre-page profile, and support programs attempting to divert us to other work, all since early October, WE WILL NOT RELENT! Thanks to the hard-core WIRT activists and allies across the state and region (you know who you are as sure as your hearts beat), we stand against climate chaos perpetrators because you so effectively and passionately stand.
Please participate in every chance to join WIRT dirty energy resisters in action, as we push onward! We welcome everyone to visit the WIRT facebook and website pages and contact WIRT often, for current information and opportunities to confront the root causes of the climate crisis, by asserting direct actions and promoting locally organized solutions, in solidarity with frontline communities of resistance and an international, volunteer, grassroots network of activists.
 Fourth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide (March 20, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide website)
 Fourth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide (March 20, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide facebook page)
 KRFP Promo for WIRT Fourth Celebration (March 26, 2015 KRFP and Wild Idaho Rising Tide)
 Sharecropper’s Blues (September 3, 2014 Logan Crannell)
 I Can Still Make Cheyenne (Cover) – Blackkiss (March 21, 2015 Pete Sands)
 Fiddlin’ Big Al (March 26, 2015 Fiddlin’ Big Al)
 Helen Yost Speech at Fourth Annual Celebration of WIRT (March 31, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)
 Support WIRT (Wild Idaho Rising Tide website page)
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The Monday, March 30, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Bill Moyer, a co-founder and executive director of Backbone Campaign at Vashon Island, Washington. Bill discusses Solutionary Rail, a bold, thoughtful, and effective vision for transforming the Northern Transcon section of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad between Chicago and the U.S. Northwest into an environmentally sound, electrified rail corridor that could sustain communities, commerce, and alternative energy. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
The fourth year of relentless Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activism has manifested plenty to celebrate! We invite and welcome everyone to the Fourth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide, commemorating our anniversary as a direct action collective and reinvigorating our members, friends, and supporters for another year of dedicated commitment and involvement in the passionate climate justice movement. This yearly fundraising party supports WIRT activists, who confront the root causes and perpetrators of climate change by asserting direct actions and promoting locally organized solutions, in solidarity with frontline communities of resistance and an international, volunteer, grassroots network of activists. We eagerly anticipate hosting another lively, evening gathering, enjoying shared camaraderie, live music and dancing, and exuberant fun.
Between 7 pm and 12 midnight on Saturday, March 28, revel in a benefit concert provided by three bands, along with a home-cooked, potluck dinner and desert, beer and wine for purchase, and dozens of raffle prizes donated by community members and businesses. To savor our successes, hundreds of selected photos of our demonstrations and initiatives will cycle through a background slide show. Please join dirty energy resisters at the 1912 Center Great Room, 412 East Third Street in Moscow, Idaho, for a well-deserved wild time full of spirited conversation and inspiring music played by remarkable, visiting songwriters and performers.
Do not miss this upcoming opportunity to support the robust activism of Idaho’s courageous challengers of the government, corporate, and industrial sources of climate chaos, for voluntary admission contributions of only $5 or greater. WIRT offers our hearty thanks to Tom Bennett of Sweet Salt Records in Salt Lake City, Utah, for co-coordinating the multiple entertainment aspects of this event and arranging live performances by musicians traveling to Moscow from Chicago and Salt Lake City. For further information and/or to assist with preparing and staging WIRT’s big night, please visit the WIRT website and facebook pages, contact WIRT at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-301-8039, and print and post the color Fourth Annual Celebration of WIRT Flyer.
Pete Sands, the Navajo dark country singer and musical artist of Blackkiss, was born and raised on the Navajo Indian Reservation. While a young child, his family experienced a major catastrophic tragedy that sent him to live with his grandmother, who taught him the ancient, traditional ways of his people, deep in the heart of the reservation. Many years attending Navajo ceremonies, hearing the mythologies, and listening to elders sing the old songs and tell related stories painted amazing, grand pictures in his imagination. At an early age, Pete already had an ear for the Man in Black, Johnny Cash, whose voice and style reminded him of the elders’ storytelling singing.
Bringing the sounds of the desert to Salt Lake City, Blackkiss came into fruition in late 2006, when a good friend bought Pete an Epiphone guitar, and he wrote his first song called Burning, about a dream waking up in the middle of Armageddon. The group initially started as a heavy metal band, after Pete recorded and distributed his first demo, which drew a Japanese friend to join. They met other musicians as they played, but eventually went their separate ways. Blackkiss continued as a band and a solo act, during years on the road all over the country, chasing jobs, spending time in jail, and finally returning to Salt Lake City in 2010. In 2012, Chris Aguilar helped Pete record in his little studio, and Blackkiss’s music about the down-and-out, beaten-down, overlooked, bullied, and other outcasts has gone viral through videos of new songs full of creative ideals and free range. Check out the Blackkiss/Pete Sands video channel and facebook page.
A mind-altering, acoustic singer-songwriter from Lombard near Chicago, Illinois, Eugeine Grey brings his unique sound to a new age of performers. Blending alternative rock, punk, and blues, he uses his voice to overlay his guitar melodies, giving listeners an overwhelming experience of his own genre of music. Every tone he plays on his guitar, every belt and howl from his vocals, and every intricate story he tells with emotion on and off stage show his distinctive writing style and time put into his songs. Currently working on completing his debut album, Eugeine Grey offers a sample of his sound through audio and video recordings on his website and YouTube channel: Don’t Wanna Die Young, All in My Head, and Life is Good. Also see his facebook page.
A “foot-stomping, soul-swaying” folk/blues one-man band from the Atlanta, Georgia, area, Tom Bennett plays a Fender resonator guitar, harmonica, a suitcase drum, and sings. Touring relentlessly and performing multiple times in 36 states since May 2014, he is known for his adventurous travels that find him riding freight trains, taking buses around America, staying with East Los Angeles gang members, and assisting with wrangling of an 11-foot alligator off the Georgia coast. Previously a Boys and Girls Club director with a strong activist background in humanitarian efforts and community causes, Tom now lives in the southern Utah desert, outside the polygamist enclave of Colorado City.
Founder of Sweet Salt Records in Salt Lake City, Tom began playing guitar in April 2013, and soon discovered unknown music in his blood, when his grandmother told him that his great-grandfather, folk singer Roy Ferguson, appeared once and died soon after his performance at the Grand Ole Opry, at age 53. Quickly acquiring professional proficiency and recent, feature articles in City Weekly Magazine and Utah Stories Magazine, Tom abounds with talent clearly apparent in his “combination of evocative lyrics, haunting voice, and the intensity of his true performances.” His most notable gigs include singing his original song, Governor, We Cannot Breathe, for a record 5,000 people at the Clean Air, No Excuses 2014 Rally at the Utah Capitol. He has opened concerts for Lukas Nelson (son of Willie Nelson) and Larry and His Flask, played multiple shows for Park City Television and Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, and performed at the Hempstalk Festival in Portland, the Moab Music Festival, and at the March Against Monsanto and radio and television stations in Salt Lake City.
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Friends and supporters,
Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists and allies are planning powerful convergences, training workshops, direct actions, and educational forums that expand the movement against extreme energy and for a livable future! The Events Calendar page of the WIRT website lists and links to activities in the Northwest region that WIRT organizes and/or participates in, including emerging frontline and solidarity actions with our comrades across the continent. Visit this constantly updated events page often and get involved in grassroots resistance to the root causes of climate change!
WIRT holds twice-monthly potluck/pizza meetings at 7 pm every first Thursday at Second Avenue Pizza, 215 South Second Avenue in Sandpoint, Idaho, and at 7 pm every third Thursday at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street in Moscow, Idaho. Please call 208-301-8039 or email email@example.com for information about meeting agendas, event carpools, and volunteer opportunities.
March 19: WIRT Third Thursday Monthly Meeting and Potluck (Thursday 7 pm, The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho)
March 21: The Future of Railroads: Safety, Workers, Community, and the Environment (Saturday 8 am to 8 pm, Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, Washington, co-sponsored by Backbone Campaign and Railroad Workers United)
March 28: Fourth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide benefit concert with a potluck, beer and wine, and slide show (Saturday 7 pm to midnight, 1912 Center Great Room, 412 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho) Please contact WIRT to volunteer.
March 31: Written protests of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Little Willow oil and gas lease auction due by mail or fax to Tracy Hadley of the BLM Idaho State Office (Tuesday 4 pm, 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho 83709, 208-373-3899) For instructions, see page 5 of the Notice of Competitive Oil and Gas Lease Sale.
April 2: WIRT First Thursday Sandpoint Monthly Meeting and Pizza (Thursday 7 pm, Second Avenue Pizza, 215 South Second Avenue, Sandpoint, Idaho) Please contact WIRT to carpool.
April 3: Screening of Wrenched film about Edward Abbey (Friday 7 pm, Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main Street, Moscow, Idaho, co-hosted with Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition)
April 10-11: Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment Tribal Environmental Summit (Friday and Saturday time and place TBA)
April 15: WIRT Third Thursday Monthly Meeting and Potluck (rescheduled to Wednesday 7 pm, The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho)
April 16: Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition Annual Meeting (Thursday 7 pm, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse lower floor, 420 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho)
April 18: Earth Day Spokane 2015 WIRT Information Table (Saturday times TBA, Gondola Meadow, Honey Locust Lane, and Fountain Meadow of Riverfront Park, Spokane, Washington) (facebook event) Please contact WIRT to volunteer and carpool.
April 18: Moscow Hemp Fest WIRT Information Table (Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, East City Park, 900 East Third Street, Moscow, Idaho) Please contact WIRT to volunteer.
April 22: Earth Day Fair WIRT Information Table (Wednesday 11 am to 2:30 pm, Terrell Mall, Washington State University (WSU), Pullman, Washington, co-hosted by ASWSU Environmental Sustainability Alliance and WSU Environmental Science Club) Please contact WIRT to volunteer.
April 22-24: Alma Hasse jury trial (Wednesday to Friday times TBA, Payette County Courthouse, 1130 Third Avenue N, Payette, Idaho) Please contact WIRT to carpool.
May 2-3: WIRT wandering vendor at the Moscow Renaissance Fair (Saturday 10 am to dusk, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm, East City Park, 900 East Third Street, Moscow, Idaho)
May 7: WIRT First Thursday Sandpoint Monthly Meeting and Pizza (Thursday 7 pm, Second Avenue Pizza, 215 South Second Avenue, Sandpoint, Idaho) Please contact WIRT to carpool.
May 21: WIRT Third Thursday Monthly Meeting and Potluck (Thursday 7 pm, The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho)
May 28: Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Little Willow Oil and Gas Lease Auction Protest (Thursday 8 am, BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 South Vinnell Way, Boise, Idaho)
June 4: WIRT First Thursday Sandpoint Monthly Meeting and Pizza (Thursday 7 pm, Second Avenue Pizza, 215 South Second Avenue, Sandpoint, Idaho) Please contact WIRT to carpool.
June 10: State Oil and Gas Lease Auction Protest (Wednesday time and place TBA, Boise, Idaho)
June 18: WIRT Third Thursday Monthly Meeting and Potluck (Thursday 7 pm, The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho)
June 27: The Community Progressive V WIRT Information Table (Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Julia Davis Park, Boise, Idaho)
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The Monday, March 16, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Jess Moore, one of the organizers with Blue Skies Campaign, who staged a sit-in with 350 Missoula activists of U.S. Senator Daines’ office in Missoula, Montana, on Friday, March 13, to protest to his climate change denial and his support of fossil fuel projects. Jess will talk about the action and its context in Montana of coal mining and export and the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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The Monday, March 9, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will discuss recent issue updates on Alberta tar sands and Bakken shale oil trains, the Great Falls refinery expansion involving recent megaload transports, and oil and gas legislation and leasing in southwest Idaho. We will air recordings of March 2 and 4 Idaho Senate Resources and Environment Committee hearings on Senate Bill 50 advancing unitization of mineral leases, which compromises private property rights, mortgages, and insurance. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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The Monday, March 2, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will discuss the explosive hazards and issue developments of Alberta tar sands and Bakken shale oil trains crossing the Northwest and six oil and gas regulation bills compromising basic citizen and property rights, considered for passage today by the Idaho Senate. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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Please consider participating in the following events hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) and allies, as described and linked through the constantly updated Events Calendar page of the WIRT website.
Thursday, February 19, 7 pm: WIRT Third Thursday Moscow Monthly Meeting and Potluck at The Attic, up the back stairs of 314 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho
Monday, February 23, 7 pm: Last Rush for the Wild West: Tar Sands, Oil Shale, and the American Frontier, a Utah/Alberta tar sands documentary screening with filmmaker Jennifer Ekstrom, co-hosted with the Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, 420 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho
Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1: Northwest regional gathering of Rising Tide groups: WIRT will provide further, available information about the event and carpools upon your request
Saturday, February 28, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm: Tribal Environmental Summit hosted by Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment at the University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho
Wednesday, March 4, 7 pm: WIRT First Wednesday Sandpoint Monthly Meeting and Pizza at Second Avenue Pizza, 215 South Second Avenue, Sandpoint, Idaho
Saturday, March 7, 10 am to 2 pm: Winter Market: WIRT information table with donation envelopes and the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition petition for Highway 95 safety measures, on the 1912 Center Plaza if weather permits, 412 East Third Street, Moscow, Idaho (Please contact WIRT to volunteer.)
Saturday, March 7, 4 pm: Moscow Mardi Gras 2015 Parade: WIRT with the Moscow Volunteer Peace Band, “celebrating community, charity, and commitment to local children’s organizations [and kid’s climate]” line-up from 3 to 3:45 pm at the Eagles Lodge/First and Main Streets, parade on Main Street from A to Sixth Streets, Moscow, Idaho
Tuesday, March 10: Chris Hedges in Spokane: 4 to 6 pm Special Reception and Dinner at a location to be arranged, and 7 pm presentation Wages of Rebellion – The Moral Imperative of Revolt at the Bing Crosby Theater, 901 West Sprague Avenue, Spokane, Washington. (Please contact WIRT for Palouse region carpool information.)
Saturday, March 28, 7 pm to midnight: Fourth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide benefit concert with a potluck, beer and wine, and slide show in the 1912 Center Great Room, 412 East Second Street, Moscow, Idaho (Please contact WIRT to volunteer.)
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The Monday, February 16, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes fellow Tar Sands Healing Walker and regional conservationist Jennifer Ekstrom, who directed, filmed, and produced the award-winning documentary Last Rush for the Wild West: Tar Sands, Oil Shale, and the American Frontier, screening in Moscow on Monday, February 23. Jennifer will discuss her experiences creating the compelling movie, named one of the Ten Best Eco-Docs of 2014 by EcoWatch, and its context of extreme fossil fuel extraction, watershed and climate pollution, and resolute indigenous and citizen opposition in Utah, Alberta, and beyond. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community resistance to dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
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New Documentary Exposes Destructive Tar Sands Mining Plans in Utah
Last Rush for the Wild West Screens in Moscow on February 23
An award-winning, documentary film that exposes plans to strip mine vast landscapes in the upper reaches of the Colorado River watershed in Utah will screen at 7 pm on Monday, February 23, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, 420 East Second Street in Moscow, Idaho. The Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition (PESC) and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will provide snacks and beverages and accept donations for this co-hosted event that is free and open to the public.
Last Rush for the Wild West: Tar Sands, Oil Shale, and the American Frontier earned the Audience Appeal Award at the 2014 Moab International Film Festival, and EcoWatch named the movie one of the Ten Best Eco-Docs of 2014. The film highlights industry efforts already underway to strip mine almost one million acres of tar sands and oil shale deposits across eastern Utah and Colorado and Wyoming. Potential strip mines would overuse and pollute the delicate Colorado River watershed, on which 36 million people living in downstream, drought-stricken areas depend for drinking water, agriculture, and recreation.
The film’s director, Jennifer Ekstrom, will attend this Moscow premier to introduce the film and host a post-screening, question-and-answer session. Before turning to filmmaking in 2012, Jennifer was born and raised in eastern Washington and has worked as communications director for the statewide Wild Washington Campaign, which met initial success with the designation of the Wild Sky Wilderness near Index, Washington. Besides assisting several citizen initiative, electoral political, and education campaigns promoting sound environmental and social policies on clean air, smart growth, health care, and the minimum wage, Jennifer recently served as the waterkeeper and executive director for Lake Pend Oreille Waterkeeper in Sandpoint, Idaho. Along with Pat Rathmann of PESC and Helen Yost of WIRT, she was among the first Idahoans to participate in the indigenous-led Tar Sands Healing Walk near Fort McMurray, Alberta, during August 2012.
“Making this film has opened my eyes to the magnitude of destruction on the horizon, if strip mining for tar sands and oil shale is allowed to gain momentum in America,” said Jennifer Ekstrom, producer and director of the film. “The massive strip mines already approved by the state of Utah are setting the stage for what could be one of the most damaging and polluting industrial complexes in our nation. Utah’s approval process did absolutely nothing to protect public health or the environment, but there is still time to stop these devastating projects before it’s too late.”
“Last Rush for the Wild West presents a compelling look at an issue that is important to all Americans, but especially citizens on the frontlines of fossil fuel infrastructure expansion” said Helen Yost of WIRT and Pat Rathmann of PESC. “We are pleased to co-host this screening and help foster public awareness about this unprecedented threat to our cherished, publicly owned landscapes, water, air, and climate.”
This feature documentary highlights a resolute contingent of Utah citizens and local experts, as well as indigenous leaders from tar sands impacted communities in Alberta, Canada, as they encourage American taxpayers and voters to stand up with them to stop this impending disaster. For further information, please view the film’s website and trailer at Last Rush for the Wild West.
Filed under: Alberta Tar Sands, Events
Please help FBI-targeted Wild Idaho Rising Tide activists stage direct action training workshops and actions resisting the new Keystone XL: Alberta tar sands moving by train across the Northwest since late November 2014, from Idaho and Montana rail gateways! Spread the word!
The Northwest tar sands-by-rail story: http://on.fb.me/16NrAaV
FBI contact of Northwest climate activists: http://on.fb.me/1KvJ6ja
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Filed under: Alerts, Coal/Oil Trains/Ports
The Monday, February 9, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes again Nez Perce activist Gary Dorr, who has been assisting tribal and grassroots resistance of the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline in South Dakota and Nebraska. Gary will share his involved, localized knowledge about the indigenous Spirit Camp in the KXL path, the U.S. House and Senate push for the pipeline, President Obama’s promise to veto Congressional KXL approval, the recent, damning EPA report on the pipeline, Nebraska court cases on laws facilitating the KXL, and his predictions of emerging issue developments over the next few months. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to dirty energy developments, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
The Monday, February 2, Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) will broadcast the second half hour of the Sandpoint, Idaho, community forum on coal and oil train issues, held in City Council Chambers on January 14, 2015. The recording features presentations by two of eight citizen, city and county government, and railroad company panelists, including moderator Chris Bessler of Sandpoint Magazine, Jared Yost of the Sandpoint Mapping and GIS Department, and Bob Howard of Bonner County Emergency Services. WIRT will also air the final Payette County, Idaho, resident testimony during the February 2, 2015 Idaho Senate Resources and Environment Committee hearing, before it passed revised state oil and gas rules. Alma Hasse of Idaho Residents Against Gas Extraction, Joli Eromenok, the closest home and business neighbor to a proposed liquefied natural gas processing and “bomb train” loading facility, and farm and business owner Jim Plucinski share their private property concerns. Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Monday between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PST, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide, grassroots, climate activism and community opposition to industrial, dirty energy invasions, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.
Filed under: Climate Justice Forum
Lee Rozen, for the Editorial Board
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Don’t say a word until your attorney gets there, said one member of the editorial board.
Oh, I’d invite them in because I’d be so curious about what they were interested in asking me, said another.
Just because I’d tell them they could ask, doesn’t mean I’d answer, said another.
Don’t say a word without your lawyer, the first repeated.
To be clear, the FBI has no interest in asking your editorial board any questions.
But they sure would like to talk to members of Wild Idaho Rising Tide and other Northwest environmental activists.
Moscow’s Helen Yost, a WIRT organizer, got a text message several weeks ago that unsettled her.
“I need to speak with you. Please give me a call. I am an FBI agent,” she says the text read.
WIRT is against megaload shipments of equipment to the tar sand oil fields of Alberta, the shipment of oil and coal by rail from inland to ports in Oregon and Washington. They get together and loudly protest, usually from the side of the street, highway or railroad. But Yost, 57, has been arrested a couple of times for blocking traffic.
Basically WIRT argues that – for the health of the planet – there are better energy sources.
Here’s another quotation, reported by the Spokesman-Review in Spokane:
“We don’t honestly don’t know what they’re up to, or why, and that concerns us.”
It might have come from the FBI.
But it didn’t. It came from Larry Hildes, a Bellingham, Wash., civil rights lawyer, who was talking about the FBI. The agency has apparently contacted about a dozen such activists around the Pacific Northwest.
The FBI’s Ayn Dietrich-Williams in Seattle told the Spokesman, “We don’t investigate anyone for First Amendment activities.”
Some folks might be willing to debate that with her.
“I think they were there to put me on notice that I was being watched,” says Herb Goodwin, 65, of Bellingham after a city officer and FBI agent came to his house. “I’m not a saboteur.”
But that’s the issue, isn’t it?
Derailing or decoupling an oil train with 100 crude oil tank cars could be a disaster for cities and rivers along its route. Accidents elsewhere have been devastating.
So, the FBI has to ask.
But, know your lawyer’s number.
Filed under: Letters & Op-Eds
Steve Flint, Moscow
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News 1/29/15
I’ve heard some people comment they had a difficult time following the different options discussed in Kas Dumroese’s letter (January 14) on the planned U.S. Highway 95 realignment south of Moscow. There are three different routes being considered. All three routes are four lanes, meet current design standards for safety and ease of travel, but differ considerably in other features.
The Idaho Transportation Department, for unknown reasons, has favored E-2, the eastern route that stays high on Paradise Ridge. I think of the “E” actually standing for “extreme weather,” as this route is up in the “snow zone,” just like Steakhouse Hill north of Moscow, where there are frequent winter accidents. (See the Reader Photo of the Day on January 28, for an excellent example of the “snow zone.”)
There is a central route (C-3) that is often close to the existing highway but on a completely new roadbed. It will be the most useful route for local residents. The data from the draft environmental impact statement repeatedly show this as the most logical choice (see the summary in Dumroese’s letter). I suggest we think of the “C” as standing for the “common sense” route.
Then there’s W-4, the poor, orphaned, western route that no one talks much about. It’s a longer route, so has generated less interest. How about “W” being “wayward, way-out-west” route?
Three choices but a straightforward decision – just remember the phrases.
Filed under: Highway 95 Re-Route, Letters & Op-Eds