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Tue., Aug. 8, 2006, 3:36 p.m.

RedTed: Charge Washingtonians To Use Waterways

RedTed: Speaking of CDA waterways, how about charging the out of state folks (namely our friends to the west) higher fees for using boat launch facilities. As a CDA local, I'm sick of seeing all those Washington plates jamming up the boat launches while us tax paying Idaho folks lose out on parking spaces, etc.

DFO: First, RedTed, welcome to the HBO comment section. There's always room for one more. Secondly, I'm totally sympathetic to your complaint re: the crowded waterway. However, as former state legislator Wally Wright found out years ago when he tried to charge out-of-state boaters extra for licenses, it's illegal to treat tourists and visitors differently than locals on such matters. If memory serves me correctly, Kootenai County imposed the fee that Wally (then a Bayview marina owner) pushed. But it got tossed out at the District Court level. I guess we have to grin and bear it.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.