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Thu., May 3, 2007, 2:46 p.m.

Q: Is There A Silver Lining to Bayview Enviro Disaster?

The tensions between those who wish Bayview to develop slowly and carefully and those in a hurry for it to become a hot tourist destination had been simmering beneath the surface. Not anymore. Illegal construction at Lake Pend Oreille changed all that. On April 17, while expanding a marina, developer Bob Holland had steel beams pounded into the bay where fragile kokanee salmon spawn, destroying the spawning beds. The kokanee were the foundation of the lake's sport fishery initiative, worth $17 million to the local economy. Holland did not have the necessary state permit. Bayview residents are aghast. "We're not opposed to development, but we want it done according to the rules," said Hobart Jenkins, chairman of the development analysis committee for the Bayview Chamber of Commerce. ... In Bayview, angry residents are sounding the alarm about the possible destruction of their rock-mountain-water uniqueness. Idaho leaders need to listen and act now -- Rebecca Nappi/Spokesman-Review.

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Question: Will the damage done to the Bayview spawning beds by developer Bob Holland lead to significant change in the way Idaho approaches lakeshore development?

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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.