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Tue., Jan. 25, 2011, 10:34 a.m.

Agency Boat Launch Warning Costs $11K

Item: Boat launch goes nationwide: Dept. of Parks and Recreation sends letters to 42 different states/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Those votes could come from 42 of the other 49 states in the union, after the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation sent out roughly 32,000 letters to registered Kootenai County boaters notifying them of the potential plan to reshape McEuen Field and its boat launch. Of the 32,000, nearly 13,000 were sent out of state, while 6,183 had Coeur d'Alene addresses. ... City officials were aware, but the letters' reach - which cost $11,000 in postage and supplies - caught the parks department off guard.

Question: Did the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation spend wisely by paying $11,000 to send 32,000 letters off to warn registered boaters of a possible closure of Coeur d'Alene's 3rd Street boat launch?

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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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