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Climate Justice Forum: Herb Goodwin 5-18-15

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 18:00

Herb Goodwin & Seattle area kayaktivists (Katie Herzog photo)

The Monday, May 18, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes core WIRT activist Herb Goodwin of Bellingham discussing Seattle and Bellingham, land- and water-based, hundreds-strong protests of Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling equipment mooring and embarking from the Salish Sea this month.  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 fossil fuel development projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Highway 95 Realignment Debate Continues

Sat, 05/09/2015 - 00:07

If built on the eastern route referred to as E-2, a new section of U.S. Highway 95 would start near this cell tower, travel north through a grove of trees, and continue across this grassland (Geoff Crimmins /Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo).

The scene to the west of U.S. Highway 95 – and its three proposed realignment route choices – is breathtaking from Paradise Ridge, with rolling green meadows and the occasional picturesque structure in spacious rural settings.

The existing highway is off in the distance and only takes up a small section of the view as cars and trucks appear to be rolling specks. But look down at the knoll underfoot and prairie flowers – iris, camas, lupine, groundsel, lomatium, prairie smoke and arrow leaf balsamroot within other native plants, invasive weeds and planted grass – pop up here and there.

Thin, long deer trails also run through the grass.

Steve and Mary Ullrich, both members of the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition, live nearby the section of the ridge, where they marked a site with a long line of red balloons stretching about 600 feet. The section is one where plenty of animals roam and some ponds are on the far side of the balloons.

The balloons marked the approximate width and location where the highway realignment preferred by the Idaho Department of Transportation would run. ITD refers to it as E-2. That plan and the other two options, C-3 and W-4, will improve 6 1/2 miles of the highway running south from Moscow to Thorncreek Road.

Mary Ullrich walks on Wednesday along a row of balloons she helped place near Paradise Ridge south of Moscow. The balloons mark the width of a 600-foot-wide corridor that would be cleared for a new section of U.S. Highway 95, if it follows the eastern route referred to as E-2 (Geoff Crimmins /Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo).

“If I were a deer, I’d be pissed,” Ullrich said of the proposed E-2 route, which he said would cut animals off from their water.

The highway itself would have four lanes – wider than the current span – to improve driving safety. Up to one-third of the space would be for road and shoulder, but wide swaths of land on each side are planned for by ITD to protect wildlife.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game recommended years ago that ITD not choose E-2. A letter written in 2007 by Dave Cadwallader, the IDFG’s Clearwater regional supervisor, stated it would “have the greatest direct and indirect impacts to wildlife and other resources” of the proposed routes.

The U.S. Department of Interior also 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 Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition and some government agencies, including IDFG, the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have said during earlier planning phases they prefer C-3, which would be nearest to the original route on the northern stretch.

Some, including at one point Fish and Game, have suggested ITD create underpasses for animals to safely travel around the area without having to cross the new stretch of highway, but cost will be a factor.

“The cost of creating a wildlife underpass versus a more open area of highway are difficult to determine without additional design work,” said Adam Rush, an ITD spokesman.

The Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition has also brought up concerns about E-2 regarding losses of wetlands, farm land and conservation reserve; and removal of acres of pine stands and related habitat. It also would cause more noise, have a wider visual impact and not be the safest for travel because it is at a higher elevation than other routes, the coalition contends.

Patricia Clyde said her late husband, Robert, own land along E-2 and C-3. E-2 is preferred because it wouldn’t cut through their family’s prime farm land as C-3 would. C-3, she said, would eliminate a great deal of this working land and leave the remaining farm land cut in two.

Clyde pointed out it was her husband’s intention to work with ITD “while ensuring the integrity of the remaining farmland which stretches along the proposed route from Reisennauer Hill to Zietler Road and beyond closer to Moscow,” she said.

And with C-3, a good number of existing properties near the current highway would need to be taken out, she said.

LeNelle McInturff, who lives between Moscow and Genesee, said she’s driven the stretch of the old highway for decades, and more than anything, she added, she wants to see a safer route – and E-2 appears to her to be the best option.

“It’s just a dangerous situation,” McInturff said. “But there’s prime farm land we also need to protect. We need to preserve that land.”

The project could reach its 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 could begin soon. ITD’s goal is to start construction in 2017 and have the work completed in a couple of years.

Though the E-2 route has been estimated to cost up to $48 million, it’s actually not yet known how much the project will cost. Price will be more apparent once a final alternative is chosen and additional design work is completed, Rush said.

(By Terri Harber, Moscow-Pullman Daily News staff writer)


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Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Zarna Joshi 5-11-15

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 14:00

The Monday, May 11, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) gratefully welcomes Rising Tide Seattle climate activist Zarna Joshi discussing Northwestern resistance to Shell Oil’s Arctic drilling equipment docking for maintenance and embarking from the Salish Sea.  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 fossil fuel development projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Climate Justice Forum: Tom Bitterwolf Lecture 5-4-15

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 13:00

The Monday, May 4, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses recent earthquakes under and around Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho and upcoming protests of oil and gas lease auctions in Boise, coal, oil, and tar sands train traffic along the Salish Sea, and Arctic drilling by Shell Oil embarking from Seattle and Bellingham.  We also air Dr. Tom Bitterwolf’s April 24 lecture in Moscow, Idaho, entitled The Science of Climate Change, Future Projections, and the Global Response.  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 fossil fuel development projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Climate Justice Forum: Floundering Fracking, Smoking Siberia, & Advancing Activism 4-27-15

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 23:30

The Monday, April 27, 2015 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) discusses upcoming events, the bleak future of fracking, victories against fossil fuel development and investment around the globe, climate-kindled tundra fires in Siberia, and concerned citizen actions against coal, natural gas, oil, and tar sands exploitation across the continent.  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 climate activism and community resistance to dirty energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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Climate Justice Forum: Mary & Steve Ullrich 4-20-15

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:20

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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Group Seeks Different Bend for U.S. 95

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:07

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
Categories: Climate Change

Climate Justice Forum: Northwest Fossil Fuels Resistance 4-13-15

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 14:30

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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Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition Annual Meeting

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 01:30

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 marysteve@palouse.net and/or Diana Armstrong at diauladell43@yahoo.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.

Thanks!

Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition

P.O. Box 8804, Moscow Idaho 83843

Paradise-Ridge-Defense.org

[1] U.S. 95 Thorncreek Road to Moscow Project (Idaho Transportation Department)

[2] U.S. 95 Thorncreek Road to Moscow Project Schedule (Idaho Transportation Department)

[3] Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition website (Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition)

[4] Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition facebook page (Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition)

[5] Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition Annual Meeting (Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition)


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Climate Justice Forum: WIRT Fourth Celebration Speech & Blackkiss Music 4-6-15

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 01:00

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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Thanks for a Successful Fourth Year & Celebration!

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 18:30

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 [3]; 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 [4].  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 [5].  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 [6].  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 [7].

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 [8].

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.

[1] Fourth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide (March 20, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide website)

[2] Fourth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide (March 20, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide facebook page)

[3] KRFP Promo for WIRT Fourth Celebration (March 26, 2015 KRFP and Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[4] Sharecropper’s Blues (September 3, 2014 Logan Crannell)

[5] I Can Still Make Cheyenne (Cover) – Blackkiss (March 21, 2015 Pete Sands)

[6] Fiddlin’ Big Al (March 26, 2015 Fiddlin’ Big Al)

[7] Helen Yost Speech at Fourth Annual Celebration of WIRT (March 31, 2015 Wild Idaho Rising Tide)

[8] Support WIRT (Wild Idaho Rising Tide website page)


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Climate Justice Forum: Bill Moyer 3-30-15

Sun, 03/29/2015 - 20:00

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.


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Fourth Annual Celebration of Wild Idaho Rising Tide

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:15

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 wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com or 208-301-8039, and print and post the color Fourth Annual Celebration of WIRT Flyer.

Blackkiss

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.

Eugeine Grey

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.

Tom Bennett

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.

Visit Tom’s facebook page and enjoy his version of Sharecropper’s Blues and his compositions Governor, We Cannot Breathe and Roy’s Song, about his great-grandfather.


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March through June WIRT & Allied Events

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 20:00

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 wild.idaho.rising.tide@gmail.com for information about meeting agendas, event carpools, and volunteer opportunities.

MARCH 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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 2015

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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Climate Justice Forum: Jess Moore 3-16-15

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 15:05

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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Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Senate Bill 50 on Gas Lease Unitization 3-9-15

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 15:00

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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Climate Justice Forum: Oil Trains & Idaho Oil & Gas Bills 3-2-15

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 18:00

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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WIRT Newsletter: February & March WIRT & Allies’ Events

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 04:00

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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Climate Justice Forum: Jennifer Ekstrom 2-16-15

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:00

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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Utah/Alberta Tar Sands Documentary Screens in Moscow

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 03:00

 

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.


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