Climate Justice Forum: Lewiston Protest & Hearings on Highway 12 Megaload Rules, Recent & Upcoming WIRT Events, Expanding Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance, & 2013 Nez Perce Megaload Blockade 9-28-16


The Wednesday, September 28, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) shares updates on a September 28 Lewiston protest and statewide hearings on proposed Idaho Transportation Department rules for Highway 12 megaloads, descriptions of recent and upcoming films, rallies, and concerts supporting climate activism across the state, news of Dakota Access pipeline resistance and support in North Dakota and north Idaho, and a WIRT activist recording of the early August 2013 Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) blockade of a tar sands megaload on Highway 12.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

NO Means NO Megaloads Sit-In


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Are megaloads preparing to again invade U.S. Highway 12, through the remote Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest and the Lochsa-Middle Fork Clearwater Wild and Scenic River corridor? [1] On September 7, 2016, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) distributed a media release, read by a Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activist to participants in the #NoDAPL Fundraiser and Rally in Lapwai, Idaho [2, 3].  ITD is proposing new, illegal rules for oversize shipments – megaloads – on Highway 12, seemingly to circumvent ongoing mediation among several parties to a federal lawsuit.  In September 2013, in response to this case argued by Advocates for the West for Idaho Rivers United (IRU) and the Nez Perce Tribe against the U.S. Forest Service, a federal district court in Boise issued an injunction blocking any transport wider than 16 feet, longer than 150 feet, and traveling slower than 12 hours on the 100 miles of Highway 12 between Kooskia, Idaho, and the Montana border [4, 5].  ITD’s version of the situation suggests that:

Recent federal litigation raised new considerations for certain oversize vehicles and non-reducible loads traveling through the Nez Perce National Forest (NPNF) on U.S. 12. The federal district court held that the United States Forest Service (USFS) has concurrent jurisdiction of vehicles and loads traveling through the NPNF.  The USFS responded and stated it would review all oversize vehicles/loads greater than 16 feet wide and/or 150 feet in length, when such vehicles or loads travel on U.S. 12 between milepost 74 and milepost 174.

While current federal lawsuit litigants have necessarily remained silent about the results of confidential negotiations developing criteria and rules for Highway 12 megaloads over the last three years, the Forest Service has only established interim oversize vehicle definitions, which the proposed ITD rules mimic, not regulations governing their movement. An outsider to mediation talks, ITD is currently rushing the usual, inclusive, rulemaking procedures, contending that IRU, the Nez Perce Tribe, and the Forest Service “have no apparent motivation to pursue a resolution in the mediation mentioned above.  Thus, a compromise or consensus cannot be reached through negotiation.” [5]  Anxious to devise new Highway 12 megaload rules and lure commenters to its side of this issue, the state transportation agency is perhaps again attempting to gain some legal control over megaload permitting decisions for the stretch of highway requiring U.S. Forest Service approval and consultation with Nez Perce officials.  But since U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued the Highway 12 megaload injunction, the state of Idaho lacks both the authority and discretion to allow certain types of shipments through this federally protected Wild and Scenic River corridor managed by the Forest Service, with required tribal and public input, for values generally contrary to massive, industrial equipment traffic.

Because tribal, conservation group, and federal agency representatives still engaged in mediation processes ordered by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cannot talk about this issue, indigenous and grassroots groups and individuals who know the extended history, background, and complex intricacies of the megaload issue must lead this round of resistance. We again call on allies across the region to assert diverse, creative responses seeking to abolish ALL fossil fuel and industrial infrastructure from Highway 12 and beyond, while supporting tribal and non-Native partners in this opposition.  Let’s maximize this opportunity to proactively unify our voices: NO MEANS NO to megaloads in Idaho!

Please join strong, statewide protests and sit-ins against proposed ITD rules for Highway 12 megaloads, led by Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) activists between 3 and 6 pm Pacific time/4 and 7 pm Mountain time on Wednesday, September 28, at the Idaho Transportation Department district office at 2600 Frontage Road in Lewiston, Idaho, during ITD’s public hearing presumably only livestreamed/teleconferenced from Boise, rather than from all of the hearing locations at ITD district offices [6]. As the region apparently readies to confront another onslaught of megaloads through the traditional, ancestral lands and waters of the Nimiipuu people, protectors have requested the presence of legal observers and state legislators at these protests.  We are encouraging friends across the state to arrive early and sign-up to speak, pack hearing rooms, rally at solidarity actions, reject these premature ITD rules, ask for an extension of the comment period and an expansion of hearing sessions to include impacted communities, and keep ITD officials listening long into the night at ITD headquarters in Boise at 3311 West State Street and at ITD district offices in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Pocatello, Rigby, and Shoshone concurrently on Wednesday.  Moscow-Pullman carpools to Lewiston are departing at 2 pm on Wednesday from the parking lot near the Rosauers sign at 411 North Main Street in Moscow, Idaho. Continue reading

Monday & Tuesday: Josh Fox Climate Film Explores Community Values


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How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change

#ClimateRevolution Film Explores Community Values

On September 26 and 27, three regional, climate change-concerned groups are hosting public screenings and discussions of How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change.  In his deeply personal style, the Oscar-nominated director of Gasland, Josh Fox, continues to investigate climate change – one of the greatest threats our planet has experienced.  Humanity is facing a difficult period of change; this film explores the values needed to wisely navigate this transition.

Traveling to twelve countries on six continents to witness communities on the frontlines of climate change and to glean insights from dozens of climate heroes featured in this movie, the filmmakers acknowledge that it may be too late to stop some of the worst climate consequences.  Throughout its two hours, the documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016 asks, “What is it that climate change can’t destroy?  What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away?”

Co-hosts 350Sandpoint, Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition (PESC), and Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) welcome everyone at these events offering free admission and accepting donations at the door and at group information tables in the lobby.  Screenings start at 7 pm on Monday, September 26, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre, 508 South Main Street in Moscow, and at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 27, at the Little Panida Theater, 300 North First Avenue in Sandpoint.  Conversation after the film will explore audience member reactions, renewable energy transition and climate change challenges in Idaho communities, and local and Northwest participatory movements seeking climate justice and solutions.

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Climate Justice Forum: North Idaho NoDAPL Support & Solidarity Rally Speeches, Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance, Boise Hearing & Protests of Highway 12 Megaload Rules, & Upcoming WIRT Events across Idaho 9-21-16


The Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features recordings and reports of the Moscow and Sandpoint NoDAPL Solidarity Rallies on September 16 and 17, updates on Dakota Access pipeline resistance and support in North Dakota and north Idaho, a Boise hearing and protests of proposed Idaho Transportation Department rules for Highway 12 megaloads, investor lawsuits against the primary oil and gas developer in southwest Idaho, and eight upcoming events across Idaho addressing climate change and activism during the next two weeks.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

#NoDAPL Solidarity Rallies: Moscow 9/16 & Sandpoint 9/17


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In response to requests by indigenous and allied activists at the direct action camps challenging Dakota Access pipeline construction in North Dakota, Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Protecting the Environment, and Palouse Environmental Sustainability Coalition are co-hosting weekend #NoDAPL solidarity rallies in Moscow and Sandpoint, Idaho (see attached event flyers). Join dozens of concerned citizens at the water fountain in Friendship Square at Fourth and Main streets in downtown Moscow at 5 pm on Friday evening, September 16, and near the spray pool in Jeff Jones Downtown Square at Third and Main streets in Sandpoint at 1 pm on Saturday afternoon, September 17.  Please bring your signs and banners supporting this pipeline opposition, your reflections on water protection and fossil fuels resistance in the Great Plains and inland Northwest, and your willingness to protest investors proliferating destructive fossil fuel transport.  WIRT hopes to provide a more comprehensive report about the situation soon, with information about opportunities to support this historic convergence and campaign.  For now, we gratefully anticipate seeing you at these actions in Moscow and Sandpoint this weekend.  Thanks!

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Climate Justice Forum: Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance, Solidarity Actions, & Ziggy Siegfried on NoDAPL Camps 9-14-16


The Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features updates on resistance to the Dakota Access fracked Bakken oil pipeline by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and indigenous and non-Native allies, news about solidarity actions across the inland Northwest, and a recorded interview with Spokane climate and social justice activist Ziggy Siegfried discussing his experiences at the Standing Rock Sioux pipeline resistance camps.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Spokane Coal & Oil Train Blockade, Dakota Access Bakken Oil Pipeline Resistance, Max Wilbert Interview about Bellingham Coal Train Blockade 9-7-16


The Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features news about the August 31 Spokane coal and oil train blockade staged by the Raging Grannies and Direct Action Spokane, updates on resistance to the Dakota Access Bakken oil pipeline by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, indigenous allies, Bold Iowa, and local landowners, and a recorded interview with Max Wilbert of Deep Green Resistance about the August 27 coal train blockade near Bellingham.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Lummi Totem Pole Journey, Second Panhandle Paddle, Bellingham Coal Train Bridge Blockade, Standing Rock Sioux Pipeline Resistance, Fracking Wilks Brothers Idaho Land 8-31-16


The Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features descriptions and recordings of the Lummi Totem Pole Journey blessing ceremonies and second Panhandle Paddle kayativist flotilla in Sandpoint on August 28 and updates on a coal train bridge blockade near Bellingham, the Standing Rock Sioux lawsuit and multi-nation indigenous encampment against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, and huge Idaho land acquisitions by the fracking Wilks brothers.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Climate Justice Forum: Totem Poles & Kayaks Against Fossil Fuels, Paradise Ridge Highway 95 Lawsuit, Indigenous Blockade of Dakota Access Pipeline, Rescinded Spokane Fossil Fuel Train Ballot Initiative 8-24-16


The Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Climate Justice Forum radio program hosted by Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) features news about the August 28 Totem Poles and Kayaks against Fossil Fuels event at City Beach Park in Sandpoint, the Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition legal complaint filed against the Idaho Transportation Department on behalf of native Palouse Prairie, an allied indigenous blockade of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on the Missouri River in North Dakota, and a second recording of the August 15 Spokane City Council public discussion about a rescinded November 2016 ballot measure on coal and oil train car fines.  Broadcast on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm PDT, live at 90.3 FM and online, the show covers continent-wide climate activism and community opposition to extreme energy projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

Totem Poles & Kayaks Against Fossil Fuels: Second Panhandle Paddle


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Join in some summer fun on the water and beach to show Big Oil and King Coal and their railroad industry haulers and government facilitators that north Idahoans will not stand for their reckless endangerment of our lives, communities, water, air, and climate with their explosive Alberta tar sands and Bakken crude oil trains and their heavy, dusty Powder River Basin coal trains. Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) activists, members, and friends in Sandpoint, Moscow, Spokane, and across the interior Northwest are organizing and hosting the second annual Panhandle Paddle at 11 am on Sunday, August 28.  We invite everyone to bring their boats of any kind and converge after the Lummi Totem Pole Journey visit at City Beach Park in Sandpoint, Idaho, for music, speakers, and on- and off-shore protests of Northwest fossil fuel transports and terminals and Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge deterioration, use, and expansion [1].  Please also participate in these second Panhandle Paddle activities:

Sign Preparation Party

RSVP and meet at 1 pm on Saturday, August 27, at the WIRT outreach table under the Farmin Park clock at the Farmers’ Market at Sandpoint, or anytime on Saturday afternoon at the WIRT Sandpoint office at 301 North First Avenue, Suite 209B, above Finan McDonald Clothing Company in Sandpoint, Idaho. We welcome assistance with creating and constructing huge, attractive banners and signs that kayaktivists, boaters, and rally participants can hoist from watercraft or the beach and that observers can see at great distances.

Palouse Area Carpool

Gather on Sunday, August 28, by 6 am for the totem pole blessing or 8 am for the kayaktivist action, in the parking lot beneath the Rosauers sign at 411 North Main Street in Moscow, Idaho. Panhandle Paddle activists could return to the Palouse region by 3 or 4 pm or later that evening, depending on carpooler arrangements.  Please contact WIRT for further information about this shared travel.

Watercraft Rental

Several downtown Sandpoint local businesses can provide rentals of single and tandem/double kayaks, paddle boards, and boats. Please respond to WIRT with your watercraft rental intentions for the event, so we can cover some of this equipment availability and cost for participants.

* Outdoor Experience, 314 North First Avenue, 208-263-6028, OutdoorExperience.us

First-come, first served rentals of two single kayaks for two hours ($30) or 24 hours ($45), or of two tandem/double kayaks for two hours ($40) or 24 hours ($55), or of paddle boards for $20 per hour

* Action Water Sports, 100 North First Avenue, 208-255-7100, ActionWaterSportsLessons.com

Reservable rentals of two single kayaks, two tandem/double kayaks, or paddle boards for $20 per hour or for four hours ($50) or for eight hours ($90), provided with brief instructions before departure

Grassroots Climate Activism Support

Can you donate toward watercraft rental fees or offer boats, gear, or supplies for this event [2]? Could you contribute your inspiring words and/or melodies or delicious snacks and beverages?  Would you drive enthusiastic Panhandle Paddle participants to Sandpoint?  Can your group or organization endorse and/or co-sponsor this demonstration of people power?  Please contact WIRT through any of the enclosed channels, to bolster this community event or assist with our collective expenses.

Peruse the following background information about these opportunities and profusely print and post the attached, color, letter-sized Totem Poles & Kayaks Against Fossil Fuels Flyer.  We eagerly anticipate sharing these experiences with you and your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, thankful that regional community members are actively opposing dirty energy extraction and transportation.

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