Tuesday, February 13: ICL Rail Bridge Update
Among a convergence of members, food, and beverages, Idaho Conservation League (ICL) conservation associate Matt Nykiel will offer current updates, background, and informal discussion about Washington Governor Inslee’s recent denial of the Tesoro Savage oil train terminal at the Port of Vancouver, significant, northern Idaho, and western Montana, train derailments during 2017, and ICL work in opposition to construction of the second, parallel, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge proposed by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway . Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT) encourages regional, frontline activists and especially members of the #No2ndBridge group formed in spring 2017 to participate and share their knowledge and actions on these issues, from 6 to 7 pm on Tuesday, February 13, at Eichardt’s Pub, 212 Cedar Street in Sandpoint.
Wednesday, February 21: WIRT Sandpoint Meeting with Smelter Resisters
At WIRT’s January, third-Wednesday monthly, Sandpoint gathering, community and tribal activists talked about resistance to Northwest, fossil fuel terminals and HiTestSand’s silicon smelter proposed for Newport, Washington. We have since been exploring the connections between the nightmarish, Newport project and BNSF and Union Pacific double-tracking and planning for a second, lake, rail bridge in north Idaho during 2017, megaload shipments moving through late-night, downtown Sandpoint over the last year, and exploratory drilling for silicon near Green Mountain by Lakeview, Idaho. WIRT has invited organizers of several groups of Old Town, Idaho, and Newport residents, including Citizens Against the Newport Silicon Smelter (CANSS), to present an information session about smelter resistance, linking our various, overlapping campaigns.
We have reserved a larger venue for the monthly, WIRT, Sandpoint meeting than the usual, Eichardt’s Pub, upstairs room, to foster interest and information on this issue at 7 pm on Wednesday, February 21, at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint. Please join climate activists, friends, and families for an evening of conversations creating strategies and tactics in support and solidarity with the movement against extreme fossil fuels and for clean energy and livable communities. See the January, Sandpoint meeting alert for other possible topics of discussion (dirty energy protesting, monitoring, and reporting and direct action training, mobilizing, and fundraising), and contact WIRT via email or phone, with your questions and ideas .
Saturday, February 24: Newport Anti-Smelter March
CANSS and allies are coordinating and co-hosting a peaceful, public protest staging at Stratton Elementary School, 1201 Fifth Street in Newport, at 10 am on Saturday, February 24. They welcome WIRT and regional participation in the march that will proceed, with all legal permits secured, along U.S. Highway 2 through Newport. Please print and post the accompanying CANSS Stop the Smelter March Flyer. Smelter objectors will bring further information and material describing this event to the February 21, WIRT meeting.
Expand your involvement in activism confronting the root causes of climate change with local, grassroots, and indigenous partners, by sharing this announcement (also posted on the WIRT website and facebook pages) and attending these networking events and ongoing opportunities to enhance continent-wide work to stop fossil fuel infrastructure, extraction, and transportation.
 After Hours Sandpoint: Rail Bridge Update, Idaho Conservation League
 Wednesday, January 17, Monthly Sandpoint WIRT Meeting, Wild Idaho Rising Tide