Climate Justice Forum: Herb Goodwin 5-18-15


Herb Goodwin & Seattle area kayaktivists (Katie Herzog photo)

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.

Highway 95 Realignment Debate Continues


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).

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.

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Climate Justice Forum: Zarna Joshi 5-11-15


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

Group Seeks Different Bend for U.S. 95


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. Continue reading

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


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.

Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition Annual Meeting


PRDC Annual Meeting 2015 Flyer, final

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.

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


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.