... that Bayview developer Bob Holland's engineering firm is now pushing for Holland to be allowed to go forward with his marina expansion plans and restore the kokanee beds when the work is completed. This is basically what Holland wanted in the first place: violate, pay the measly fine ($2,500) then have his Bayview empire bigger and richer. The quote below is taken from a May 11 letter from Meckel Engineering to the Pend Oreille Lakes Commission. The commission is appointed by the governor and is asking state agencies to put a complete stop to Holland's work until the beds are restored and he can demonstrate future construction will be fish friendly. Writes Meckel Engineering: "I am not suggesting that Waterford Park Homes should get off 'Scott Free' but I am suggesting that whatever is done should not prevent them from replacing the docks until such time that restoration of hte spawning beds is complete and the Fish and Game people are totally satisfied."
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.