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State Permits Diamond Cup Race

The Idaho Department of Lands on Friday approved an encroachment permit for the Diamond Cup hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d'Alene. “The IDL permit is unquestionably the most important permit” the race organizers need to acquire before the Labor Day weekend event, said John Magnuson, a Coeur d'Alene attorney representing the Diamond Cup organizers. He said the permit is good for three years. In February, organizers applied for the permit to deploy ecology blocks, removable pilings, EZ Dock, and concrete anchors in the lake to facilitate the races. A public hearing was conducted June 10. “IDL has determined that the navigational and economic benefit of the proposed activity outweighs any minimal adverse impacts to commerce, navigation, fisheries or other wildlife habitat, or public recreation,” Brandon Lamb, hearing coordinator for the department, wrote in his recommendation/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Facebook photo of Diamond Cup logo)

Question: Seems to me that organizers don't have enough time to sell tickets & advertising for the event this Labor Day, especially with the sheriff's denial of his department's permit hanging over their heads. Thoughts?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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