Coal Export Action 8-18-12

Thanks to the amazing work of Blue Skies Campaign and hundreds of our fellow climate activists from 16 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, the August 12 to 18 and 20 Coal Export Action raised awareness and staged multiple actions against coal extraction and export in Montana and across the Northwest.  Wild Idaho Rising Tide participated in a Helena Farmers Market demonstration, Montana Capitol teach-in and group photos, and Montana Rail Link coal train rally and photos on Saturday, August 18.  But this is only the beginning, King Coal…

(All photos by Steve Liptay except the first by Helen Yost)

Climate Justice Forum: Crystal Lameman & Lowell Chandler 8-20-12

On Wild Idaho Rising Tide’s (WIRT) Monday, August 20, Climate Justice Forum radio program, we welcome Crystal Lameman, a Beaver Lake Cree First Nation activist and the Peace River tar sands campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network in Alberta, talking about current indigenous lawsuits against the Canadian provincial and federal governments and efforts to restore Native treaty rights and stop Alberta tar sands exploitation.  Blue Skies Campaign organizer and spokesperson Lowell Chandler of Missoula, Montana, describes August 12 to 20 Coal Export Action protests and activities at the Montana Capitol and in Helena as well as recent issue updates.  Broadcast on KRFP Radio Free Moscow between 7:30 and 9:30 pm PDT live at 92.5 FM and online, the show also covers continent-wide climate activism news.  Listen to an edited recording of the August 20 Climate Justice Forum posted in Radio4All and adopt WIRT as your KRFP DJ.

Top Federal Official to Visit Port of Lewiston Next Week

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will present grant

A top-level White House official will be visiting the Port of Lewiston Wednesday with Idaho’s governor.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. at 1626 Sixth Avenue North in Lewiston, according to the governor’s office.  He’ll be accompanied by Idaho Governor C.L. (Butch) Otter, Senator Mike Crapo, and Senator Jim Risch, both R-Idaho.

LaHood is a member of the Cabinet who advises the president.  The men will be presenting a federal grant to the Port of Lewiston, according to the governor’s office.

The port received $1.3 million in June to expand its dock from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary Grant program.  It’s not clear if the award that will be given Wednesday is the same. Continue reading