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Thu., Jan. 20, 2011, 11:37 a.m.

Gookin Opposes Ed Corridor Launch

At OpenCDA.com, Dan Gookin has taken aim at the proposal presented to the North Idaho College Board of Trustees last night to move the Third Street boat launch to the Education Corridor. Gookin asks: "is the Education Corridor about education or launching boats and parking trailers?" He goes on to say: "If such evaluations were made, then someone who actually boats would tell you how difficult it is for most people to put a boat on a trailer in the water. Now take that person who is having trouble, and put their boat in the Spokane River by the Education Corridor: The river has a current, which means that anything left bobbing in the water slowly drifts in a downstream direction. So if an Education Corridor boat launch is created, it needs a jetty or some other marine feature that prevents boats from drifting to Post Falls when they should be docking into their trailers." Also, he wonders whether the Army Corps of Engineers would allow a jetty on the river. More here.

Question: Frankly, I think the Education Corridor property would be a swell place to relocate the 3rd Street boat launch, providing a buffer between education buildings and the sewer plant. How about you?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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