Posts tagged: Cougar Bay
Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson's property on Cougar Bay sits vacant today. It was burglarized sometime between Oct. 5 and Oct. 12, Watson reported. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Someone copped the top cop’s copper in Kootenai County. A burglar broke into a lakefront home owned by Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson and stole copper wire and copper plumbing earlier this month, according to a report taken by the sheriff’s office. The vacant log home, at 3730 South Highway 95 on Cougar Bay, used to belong to Coeur d’Alene Resort owner Duane Hagadone and his wife Lola. Watson and his wife Mary bought it and had it barged from the Hagadones’ Casco Bay estate to the new spot looking out at downtown Coeur d’Alene in May 2008. The 4,084-square-foot, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home, built of larch and Douglas fir during the Depression, is listed for sale for $849,000/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Artist rendering of Rocky Watson's house on Cougar Bay)
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On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson posts this wallpaper-worthy photo of Dave & Roberta Larsen's Cougar Bay grounds.
“This morning's view of Coeur d'Alene Idaho from across Cougar Bay at 7 degrees,” tweets Linda Lantzy/Idaho Scenic Photos. “First lesson of the day~ Always put on the packpack. I really needed to shoot on bulb for this, but had left my remote in my backpack the Jeep. So, I bumped the ISO to 400 (something I hate doing), opened the aperature to f/7.1 (doable since I didn't need much depth for this shot), and still had a 25 second exposure.” More of Linda's work on her Facebook wall here.
BLM is sponsoring a public meeting tonight on a proposed trail for Cougar Bay. The trail will be located in a portion of the public preserve known as the John C. Pointner Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary. The Nature Conservancy and BLM are co-managing Cougar Bay lands for hiking, recreation and wildlife habitat. There are a number of improvements in the works, but for this meeting, the BLM and The Nature Conservancy propose to construct a 0.7-mile trail that would follow the banks of Cougar Bay/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here. (Brian Plonka SR file photo: A redwing blackbird approaches a cattail in Cougar Bay)
Question: Are you interested in the proposed trail for Cougar Bay?
Item: Piling on: Cougar Bay group, county agreement will spare posts/Alecia Warren, Press
More Info: The Cougar Bay Osprey Protective Association, Inc. reached an agreement with Kootenai County on Tuesday that will allow the handful of bay residents to maintain the pilings, which they hail as crucial for wildlife habitats and keeping a little peace and quiet on the north end of Lake Coeur d'Alene. “This finally puts an end to this controversy that started two or three years ago,” said Scott Reed, attorney for the nonprofit association. Under the agreement, the osprey association will volunteer time and resources to protect the pilings and booms in the bay's no-wake zone.
Question: Is this a good settlement? Or do you think all the pilings should have been removed from Cougar Bay?
Last summer, Idaho Department of Lands granted Kootenai County an encroachment permit to install mooring buoys inside Cougar Bay and no-wake zone buoys at the mouth of the bay. The installation of those mooring buoys had been of great concern to the residents of Cougar Bay as well as the many individuals in the community that visit the bay for quiet recreation and wildlife viewing. After listening to community concerns, Kootenai County Parks and Waterways agreed not to install mooring buoys in Cougar Bay and instead will begin looking for a more appropriate mooring location that can better serve the needs of the motorized boater. Meanwhile, Parks and Waterways will install the less controversial buoys to delineate the no-wake zone at the beginning of the Summer 2011 boating season/Adrienne Conebaugh, KEA Blog. More here.
Question: Do you support this decision to install less controversial buoys in Cougar Bay?
Kelli Rooks: I like the pilings. They give the area a more rustic, peaceful feeling (could partially be because they deter the jet skis and power boats). They’re also a visible link to Coeur d’Alene’s history, and that makes their preservation important. Maybe others don’t care about keeping the relics of the past around, but I think it’s a shame to destroy them. The fact that they serve as nice nesting spots for the osprey just adds more value to keeping them. The vast majority of the lake is easily accessible to virtually every kind of boat, why not let the pilings remain for those who want a more tranquil lake experience?
Question: Have you spent time on Cougar Bay in a kayak or canoe — or visited the natural wildlife area there?
Although things have been quiet recently on the Save Cougar Bay battlefront, new shots were fired yesterday by the Cougar Bay Osprey Protective Association, which filed a lawsuit challenging the Idaho Department of Lands’ rejection of their application to protect the pilings and booms in Cougar Bay. Having been rejected twice by the Department, without so much as a hearing, the Osprey Association filed a “Petition for Writ of Mandate” to have the Court order that IDL accept the application and hold a hearing. A most unlikely pair of attorneys — Scott Reed and John Magnuson, who are usually on the opposite sides of land use and waterways cases — filed the case late Thursday afternoon on behalf of the Osprey Association/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here.
Question: Do you want the pilings to remain in Cougar Bay?
Item: Feelings mixed re: removal of pilings on Cougar Bay/Tania Dall, KXLY
More Info: Kootenai County and the Idaho Department of Lands have signed an agreement allowing for future removal of the old pilings and booms. IDL says they’re considered a navigational hazard on parts of the Spokane River and the lake. But removing the pilings would ultimately make way for more traffic.”There are very few places on Lake Coeur d’Alene that kayaks and canoes and fisherman can get to without being molested by the noise and the wake,” said Grubb. IDL says plans to move forward with the project depend on funding.
Question: Do you support the plan to remove pilings on Cougar Bay by Kootenai County and Idaho Department of Lands?
In a stunning decision, the Idaho Department of Lands has approved a proposal by Kootenai County Parks and Waterways to locate moorage buoys for motorized boats in Cougar Bay. We are reviewing the decision here at KEA, but on initial reading, we are deeply concerned. The IDL decision reduced the number of moorage buoys from the 12 in the original proposal to three. The IDL decision also sets conditions on the permit such that there will be a limit to the number of boats per buoy in order to prevent movement of the anchor. IDL expressed continued support for a no wake zone in the Bay, but the IDL decision did not explicitly approve the 15 marker buoys in the proposal/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here.
Lately, though, new threats to achieving this vision (for Cougar Bay’s future) have surfaced. One threat involves removing log storage pilings and booms from the mouth of Cougar Bay. Currently, they deter high-speed boats and personal watercrafts from entering Cougar Bay. Another proposed intrusion is to install moored overnight docking facilities at the bay’s entrance. A third proposal that occasionally emerges is to dredge the bay, removing its plants and deepening it. Finally, proposals to haul and store docks and other equipment in Cougar Bay have been made and heard by the Idaho Department of Lands. This agency regulates lakebeds and issues surface water leases. Many people have worked diligently and hard to preserve Cougar Bay’s wetlands and hillsides so this community has natural sanctuary available for low-impact uses, wildlife, and its children/Wes Hanson, KEA Blog. More here.
Question: Should the Idaho Department of Lands approve proposals to remove log-storage pilings and booms and install overnight docking facilities on Cougar Bay?
Kootenai Environmental Alliance provided testimony last night at a hearing by the Idaho Department of Lands on whether to approve a proposal for up to 12 overnight mooring buoys in Cougar Bay and a string of buoys across the mouth of the Bay to demarcate a no wake zone. The proposal, sponsored by Kootenai County Parks and Waterways, purports to protect the sensitive Bay in advance of removal of the existing pilings and log booms that act as a barrier to boat traffic currently/Terry Harris, Kootenai Environmental Alliance. More here.
Question: Do you support the proposal from Kootenai County Parks & Waterways to place buoys for mooring and to demarcate a no-wake zone at Cougar Bay?