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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014, 8:21 A.M.

Press: Bon Voyage, Hydroplanes

This year's Diamond Cup hydroplane races are dead in the water. They were docked by Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger, whose refusal to authorize the water-event permit presented a substantial obstacle to the show going on. We're not at all convinced that Sheriff Wolfinger did the right thing, legally or practically. A greater willingness to work with race organizers might have helped save the day. The fact that Diamond Cup organizers have been awarded every other permit in this arduous process makes the sheriff's refusal appear all the more arbitrary. But a sheriff overstepping his bounds isn't all that sunk this year's Labor Day races. Far from it. The lethal torpedoes were fired by Doug Miller himself/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Would you like to see another organization try to make hydroplanes work on Lake Coeur d'Alene?

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