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Hydro Race Tickets To Go On Sale

Graphic designer Molly Quinn/SR provides this sketch of the proposed Diamond Cup Regatta race course.

The enthusiasm for bringing hydroplane racing back to Lake Coeur d’Alene after a 45-year absence will be revealed by ticket sales for the Diamond Cup Regatta on Labor Day weekend. Tickets go on sale Friday, and organizers hope the high-speed sport draws a crowd of more than 50,000 over two days of racing. The world’s fastest boats last raced near City Beach and Tubbs Hill in 1968. Previous attempts to bring them back met with public resistance, and in 1996 city voters approved an initiative banning hydro races along city limits. Diamond Cup officials have obtained permits from Kootenai County and the state to stage the races outside the city, along Silver Beach east of the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Later in the article, Diamond Cup Regatta president Doug Miller pooh-poohs the recent resignation of at least half of the organization's board of directors. Am I the only one who thinks there's more to the resignations than anyone is letting on?

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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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