We were pleased to hear this morning from neighborhood residents near Athol that the Bonner County Planning Commission unanimously rejected a proposal to site a gravel mine just across the Kootenai County line. Residents, worried about noise, truck traffic, dust, property values, and the applicant’s history of environmental problems, convinced the Commissioners that it was a bad idea. (We were unable to attend the hearing, but our new friends in the neighborhood helped to submit our KEA testimony.)
The applicant may appeal the decision to the Bonner County Commissioners, so the fight is not over. Still, the joy in the phone calls, phone messages and emails we received from neighbors this morning was a great way to start off the day.