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Sheriff: Decision Final, No Hydros

In this June 13, 2013 photograph, Doug Miller, left, of the Coeur d’Alene hydroplane race committee, and Ted Grange, center, of the H1 hydroplane sanctioning body, are all smiles as Miller hands Grange a large check made possible by sponsor Keith Kroetch, right, during a press conference at Riverstone Park in Coeur d’Alene. (SR file photo: Jesse Tinsley)

It looks like hydroplane racing on Lake Coeur d’Alene this summer has been sunk. Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger has denied the Diamond Cup a water event permit for the Labor Day races, citing a list of conditions organizers failed to meet by today’s deadline. Race officials asked the sheriff to reconsider and give them a bit more time to secure other permits that will free up financing, but Wolfinger said his decision is final. “I don’t plan on changing my mind. Not at all,” he said today. Diamond Cup Unlimited has not secured other necessary permits, provided insurance coverage for the event, obtained contracts for professional services, or paid public entities for expenses from last year’s races – all criteria he asked to me met by July 1, the sheriff noted/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (SR file photo)

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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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