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Edit: Trail Built On Private Property

Local property owners were vindicated this month but nobody seemed to notice. And this is no minor vindication – it comes in the form of an 8-1 decision issued by the United States Supreme Court. What makes the fact the ruling received little local coverage somewhat remarkable is that this very issue sparked considerable debate, heated argument and acrimony in Benewah and Kootenai Counties just a few years ago.The Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes is among the most popular tourist attractions in northern Idaho. The 10’ wide asphalt trail travels some 72 miles between Plummer and Mullan. It was recently named as one of the top 25 bicycle trails in the entire United States. There is no question it is a fine addition to the area. The problem is much of the trail may have been built on private property/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette Record. More here.

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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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