Dear Members and Supporters,
The Kootenai National Forest recently released a Draft Supplemental EIS (DSEIS) for public review with a 45-day comment period ending April 19, 2016. The Rock Creek Alliance requested an extension of this short comment period to give us and our experts enough time to review the EIS and supporting documents, and report back to you about the changes and deficiencies in the mine plan. The Kootenai National Forest Supervisor denied our request, stating that the DSEIS is not a lengthy document. We think 990 pages is a lot to expect the public to read, and note that the Forest Service and mining company consultants had six years to work on the DSEIS.
It’s disappointing, but not unexpected that the Draft Supplemental EIS dismisses impacts to Idaho’s waters claiming, “No impacts to Idaho waters are expected.” Given that the mine plan still calls for a perpetual discharge of pollutants to the Clark Fork River, this is clearly untrue. Unfortunately, this proposal hasn’t gotten any better, and still poses substantial risks and known impacts to water quality, wilderness, wildlife, and local economies.
You can help by sending a letter to the Forest Service by April 4, 2016. Your letter does not have to be long, but should include substantive issues. Below are some points you can raise. We have additional talking points and a sample letter on our website: http://www.rockcreekalliance.org/
To read the full letter from RCA, including talking points, please click here or visit www.rockcreekalliance.org
The Fly Fishing Film Tour is coming to Sandpoint at the Panida Theater on Friday March 11th. Panhandle Chapter, along with the sponsor North 40 Fly Shop will be hosting this fundraising event. We’ve got great raffle items from Simms, Echo, Patagonia, Scientific Anglers, and more!
Visit our Facebook page for more details and raffle updates!
Doors open at 6:00 and the show will begin at 7:00. Tickets ($12) are available locally in advance at North 40 Fly Shop, 208-255-5757 (ask for the Fly Shop) and Eichardts Pub. They can also be purchased online for $14. If available, they can be purchased for $15 at the door on the night of the event.
For more information please contact Reg Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Calvin Fuller, at 208-255-5757 or email@example.com
Sandpoint TU invites all members and guests to our annual dinner meeting with featured speaker Tom Anderson who will give a talk on fishing Lake Pend Oreille in all four seasons. Tom, one of the original founders of Panhandle TU, knows the lake as well or better than anyone in the area and will divulge where to fish as well as how.
Meeting will be at Di Luna’s Restaurant on Wed. October 28. Social hour will begin at 5 PM, Dinner at 6 and program to begin around 7:00. Di Luna’s would appreciate a head count so call or email Don Childress, 255-7928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to everyone who came down to the Trout and About Festival in spite of the rain.
Here is a list of non-present raffle winners. Please mail email@example.com to make arrangements to pick up your prizes.
$75 Eichardt’s Gift Certificate – Shane Barrell
$20 Gift Certificate Jupiter Jane – Shane Barrell
Hydroflask Growler from IPA – Rodney
$10 Certificate + coffee Evans Bros – Eileen Ament
$35 Certificate to A Child’s Dream – Jane Aiken
$35 Certificate to Zandoozles – Sean Rains
Whizpops Tshirt & CD – Katey Rains
And congratulations to our Yeti Cooler Winner!!
The Panhandle Chapter of Trout Unlimited regretfully announces that the 2015 Youth Fishing Day has been cancelled due to lack of participant sign ups as well as water temperatures prohibiting pond stocking. We apologize for the late decision, aware that this may effect busy family scheduling. We plan to hold the 2016 Youth Day, but at an earlier date, preferably the second weekend after school is out. We hope you consider joining us at that time.