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Hagadone Recalls Old Diamond Cup

Duane Hagadone reminisces Wednesday about the inaugural Diamond Cup that he helped bring to Coeur d'Alene more than a half century ago. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

He brought back the hydroplane bacon 55 years ago, and this weekend Duane Hagadone will be able to watch it sizzle some more. He'll be watching from his sailboat - appropriately named Sizzler. Hagadone, who was 25 years old at the time, traveled with Lee Brack to Detroit in April 1958 for a critical sales pitch. Their mission: To get hydroplane races sanctioned for Coeur d'Alene that summer. “We had to prove we had the financial stability and could pull it off,” said Hagadone, whose photo appeared with fellow hydro proponents on the front page of the Coeur d'Alene Press on April 14, 1958, under the headline, HYDRO COMMITTEE “BRINGS BACK THE BACON” FROM DETROIT MEETING/Mike Patrick, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: Although I don't plan to attend the hydroplane races this weekend on Lake Coeur d'Alene, I wish the organizers success. The races are being staged in the correct part of the lake, away from downtown Coeur d'Alene. I suspect problems in this first year of racing. But nothing insurmountable. How about you?

Question: Do you want to see this year's Diamond Cup race fail or succeed?

Carlson: Hagadone’s Legacy

Most north Idahoans have strong opinions about multi-millionaire resort developer and newspaper mogul Duane Hagadone’s commitment to the well-being of Coeur d’Alene and north Idaho – indeed all of Idaho. Some see him as a generous philanthropist who gives both anonymously and publicly to many worthy causes. Others see him as one who gives only when it serves pure self-interest. To his partisan supporters, Hagadone is a gutsy hero who, at considerable risk, invested in the Coeur d’Alene Resort and its fine golf course, gambling that “build it” and they will come. There were no guarantees, but he built it and they did come. Regardless of one’s views, of particular interest to many was the recent business decision to contribute $100,000 to the committee running the upcoming Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup Unlimited Hydroplane races over Labor Day/Chris Carlson, The Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: How do you view resort developer/newspaper owner Duane Hagadone?

Hagadone Gave To Secret Group

Amid a campaign secrecy dustup, millionaire Idaho businessman Duane Hagadone (pictured) took back money from a group that was reporting it publicly and gave it to another that fought to keep its donors hidden. On Aug. 6, Hagadone gave $15,000 to Yes for Education, a political action committee campaigning to preserve public schools chief Tom Luna's education overhaul at the ballot box Nov. 6. On Aug. 14, the PAC returned Hagadone's $15,000, according to records filed with the Idaho secretary of state's office. Weeks later, on Sept. 24, he gave $15,000 to Education Voters of Idaho, a group that sought to keep its contributors secret but was forced by a judge Wednesday to reveal financiers, including Hagadone/AP via Eye on Boise. More here. (SR file photo)


Kerri: Hagadones Deserve Attaboys

I have to respond to (Stickman's) comments about Duane Hagadone and his philanthropy. Beyond his investment in this community, of his own dollars, to provide jobs in his numerous business ventures, Duane and Lola do many untold quiet good deeds and acts of generosity. In every community the biggest dogs have the most detractors ie: the Cowles family in Spokane for example. True that the Hagadones live a lifestyle the majority of us will never know but that lifestyle was earned by hard work, shrewd investments and business acumen. I don’t begrudge anyone their success or second guess what’s in their heart to give back to their fellow man. I do what I can do and at the end of any given day sincerely hope I’ve made a difference somewhere, to someone. God bless anyone, including Duane Hagadone, who give of their time and treasure. The event tonight raised $500,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County and will absolutely make a difference in the lives of hundreds of children in our community. I’d call that worthwhile by any definition.

DFO: Couldn't agree more. Duane & Lola deserve a monster Hat Tip for hosting the fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club at their Casco Bay home — as well as all those other fundraisers for worthy causes in the community. Saaalute. (Coeur d'Alene Press story here)


Hydroplane Racing Returns To CdA

The roar of hydroplanes will be heard again on Lake Coeur d’Alene this summer with a return to racing 44 years after the popular sport there ended. Hydro races are planned southeast of downtown as part of the Diamond Cup Regatta during Labor Day weekend, organizers announced this morning. This year’s event will feature sanctioned grand prix competitions, with an unlimited class exhibition race and plans for a sanctioned unlimited class race in 2013. This year’s event, including spectator seating, will be just outside city limits, near Silver Beach. Recalling drunken riots after races in the early 1960s, city voters twice have said they no longer want hydroplane racing in Coeur d’Alene. The new course for the boats, which reach speeds of 200 mph, will extend south from the Silver Beach area. Spectators will be able to line up along Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive and the Centennial Trail, outside the city’s jurisdiction. Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson this week signed a permit approving the event/Spokesman-Review. More here.

(Bart Rayniak SR file photo)

DFO: The location along Silver Beach might be a far better one than the previous one downtown.

Question: Would the return of hydroplane racing fare better with Coeur d'Alene voters today than it did in fall 1985 when three-quarters of the town opposed them?

Hucks: Hydroplane Race Idea Returns

Huckleberries hears that the Hagadone Corp. and allies are working behind the scenes to bring a small hydroplane regatta to the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene late this summer. Sources say that Hagadone property along Silver Beach, including the Beachouse area east of Coeur d’Alene, would be used for viewing. Organizers have asked the city of Coeur d’Alene to help with the logistics of staging the event just outside city limits. Huckleberries also hears that future plans call for the event to transform into a full-blown, unlimited hydroplane race capable of attracting as many as 120,000 viewers on Labor Day weekend 2013. Coeur d’Alene multimillionaire Duane Hagadone has sought to bring hydroplane racing back to Lake Coeur d’Alene since 1985, when he was thwarted by a reluctant Coeur d’Alene City Council and a city advisory vote/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries column. More here.

Question: Coeur d'Alene law bans unlimited hydroplane races off city waters. This proposal is just outside city limits to the east of town. Should the city of Coeur d'Alene help with the logistics in planning this?

Flashback: The Night I Guessed Right

The Coeur d'Alene City Council's 4-3 vote against Councilman Ron Edinger's motion for an advisory vote on the proposed McEuen Field changes reminds me of another tie-breaker decided by the mayor, more than 26 years ago. In fall 1985. Only that time Edinger was on the side fighting an advisory vote. At issue that time was the call for an advisory vote on Duane Hagadone's controversial proposal to return hydroplane races to Lake Coeur d'Alene. Hagadone threatened that he would pull the proposal before he would allow it to be put on the ballot. The council was split down the middle — with Steve McCrea, Jim Michaud, and Bob Brown for the vote and Edinger, Dixie Reid, and one other (whom I can't recall) against. Edinger was wearing a pro-hydroplane button. I was in my first year of reporting on local government. Before the meeting, then Mayor Jim Fromm told me he planned to vote for the advisory vote. Based on that statement, I submitted my story that the motion for an advisory vote had passed 4-3 with Fromm casting the tiebreaker — 15 minutes before the council voted, to meet my deadline. And then crossed my fingers that Fromm was good for his word. He was. And that's why I'm still earning my supper with the SR rather than being fired that night for guessing on the outcome of a front-page story. (BTW, the matter was placed on the ballot and the public overwhelmingly rejected the hydroplanes) — DFO.

Resort Undergoes Interior Remodel

If you've been to the Coeur d' Alene Resort in last couple of weeks, you'll notice one thing. Everything is torn up and out of place as the Hagadone Hospitiality Company has started a full interior remodel of the property, which is something that was much needed in the popular resort.The Hagadone owned Coeur d' Alene Resort has embarked on a 2.5 million dollar remodel project. The project has most of the lobby and store area near the main entrance off of Front Ave. and Second St. closed off to the public.  Guests now use employee corridors, and it forces departments such as Human Resources to temporarily be moved into the vacant spaces in The Resort Plaza Shops across Front Ave. from the main resort/Matthew Behringer, Inland Northwest Business Watch. More here. (SR file photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Who has visited Coeur d'Alene resort during remodel? Thoughts?

Op-Ed: Hagadone Preserves Dream

I have often laughed as I said, “Duane Hagadone believes in the vision of Coeur d’Alene, just as long as it is his vision.” My 10 years away, now only visiting our city, has given me time and distance to see more clearly about the transformation of Coeur d’Alene. I am now convinced that Duane Hagadone has done more than anyone to protect and enhance the foundation of this community that we love so much. This 50-year marriage between Duane and the people of Coeur d’Alene has been so rocky at times. Often, we both would fight tooth and nail, exchanging body blows, red faces of anger, arms swinging, hurling screaming insults. We were woven tightly, chained to one another and many did not like it at all. We wanted that divorce but there was no way out/Steve Badraun, Coeur d'Alene Press guest editorial. More here. (SR file photo)

DFO: I believe two people have transformed Coeur d'Alene into the viewtiful community it is today — Duane Hagadone, from the private sector, and Mayor Sandi Bloem, from the public sector.

Question: What other individuals have had a major impact on 21st Century Coeur d'Alene?

Hucks: Sharing An Ink-Stained Past

What do Jess Walter, Richard Miller and Dan Kolbet have in common? Hint: They are ex-Spokesman-Review staffers. And? They’ve all written books. Walter, of course, parlayed his reporting of the August 1992 Ruby Ridge siege into a book (“Every Knee Shall Bow”) and a TV miniseries. He’s now penned seven books, with the last one, “The Financial Lives of the Poets,” receiving national acclaim. Kolbet, an Avista spokesman, worked in the sports department. Now, he’s written “Off the Grid,” a futuristic thriller about a man who fights a power monopoly that decides which cities are blacked out and which aren’t. Miller, a former editor now handling Washington State University public relations, has just published an anti-vampire-genre novel about a 150-year-old vampire living in downtown Spokane, “All You Can Eat.” No Team Edward versus Team Jacob going on here/DFO, Huckleberries. More here.

Other SR weekend columns:

Question: Have you read any of Jess Walter's books? Thoughts?

Huckleberries Hears …

… that Duane Hagadone now owns the 205-foot mega-yacht Lady Lola again. In fact, HucksOnline sources say that he bought the yacht back for about half or less that he originally sold it for. Hagadone's original asking price for the Lady Lola was around $51 million.

No One Buys Hagadone’s House

Auction company J.P. King opened the auction of Duane Hagadone's old residence on Thursday afternoon, and 20 minutes after 2 p.m., the auction ended. Two registered bidders were interested in the property, at 3155 E. Harrison, on 15 acres of Stanley Hill. Neither bidder came up to the reserve price of $7.5 million. Look for a story later this evening on that fills in some of the blanks. Perhaps the bidders were turned off by some of the glaring inadequacies of Mr. Hagadone's home on the hill. Such as: No built-in vacuum system; no trash compactor (the shame); no air purifier (admittedly not needed in these parts); and no sauna/SR Office Hours. More here.

Question: Why didn't anyone make an acceptable offer for Duane Hagadone's discounted Cherry Hill property?

A taxing burden

COEUR d'ALENE - One owns the restaurants, resort and myriad other buildings containing thousands of employees.

The next two keep your air conditioner rumbling and appliances humming.

But that's not all Duane B. Hagadone and your electric and gas companies are up to.

They also pay the area's highest property taxes.

According to Kootenai County tax records, Hagadone is the No. 1 property taxpayer in Kootenai County. Utilities like Avista, Rathdrum Power and Gas Transmission Company also have some of the highest bills.

While this Top 10 list is impressive, it isn't necessarily comprehensive. Because several private property owners do business or own property under a number of names, their total property tax bill for 2010 might be greater than listed in this story. Full story.  Alecia Warren, Cda Press

Any sympathy for Duane and the utility companies?

Hagadone Home Auction Sept. 8

Duane Hagadone’s former Coeur d’Alene home on the hill will be sold at auction next month, if someone is ready to pay $7.5 million or more. That’s the starting price listed by J.P. King, a high-end auction house that calls the Sept. 8 auction “an opportunity of a lifetime.” Built more than a dozen years ago, the 15,000-square-foot home seems almost modest compared to some other mega-million-dollar estates that have popped up in North Idaho. This house, perched on 15 gated acres on Stanley Hill, features three bedrooms, 10 fireplaces and nine baths (plus a nine-car garage to match)/Tom Sowa, SR. More here.

Question: How much has the valuation of your home gone down since the Not-So-Great Recession began?

Hagadone Digs Discounted $20M

Duane Hagadone's Stanley Hill home will be up for auction Sept. 8, with a minimum bid set at $7.5M. That's a far cry from the $27.5M originally sought for the prominent house and grounds. A Berry Picker reported that the auction is advertised in Section D, Page 7A (“distinguished structures and estates”) in today's Wall Street Journal. Here's part of an online description from auctioneer is J.P. King (, courtesy of OrangeTV: “A Stunning Luxurious Estate with 15.25+/- Private Acres overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene. With gorgeous views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, Hagadone Estate occupies 15.25+/- acres and provides the ultimate in privacy and a luxurious lifestyle. This premier estate if fully gated with a private drive, helipad, and acres of perfectly manicured lawns. An entertainer’s dream, the estate boasts unbelievable indoor and outdoor amenities.” Hagadone, of course, built a new mega-home on Casco Bay and has one of equal size (30,000sf) in Sun Desert. Full description and video tour of Hagadone's Stanley Hill ex-digs here. (AP file photo, of Hagadone's Stanley Hill house)

Question: Got $7.5M lying around?

Hagadone, Sizzler, & Floating Green

On her Facebook wall, Kerri Thoreson reports she was touring the new Coeur d'Alene Resort golf course events center when she spotted Duane Hagadone's sailboat Sizzler coming around the bend. Skipper David Kilmer and Hagadone were on board. Posts Kerri: “We were having beverages on the patio of the grill when I saw you come around the point at Tubbs Hill in the distance. When I said that was the Sizzler my friends didn't think so. I just had my Fuji with me be had great fun watching you glide past Sanders Beach and both directions behind the floating green.” You can view more of her photos from that tour here.

Huckleberries: Silent Jerry’s Mansion

If you look from the sky, as Google Earth does, at Jerry Jaeger’s 10,000-square-foot mansion, you might think it’s shaped like a gray handgun. The house belonging to Duane Hagadone’s partner in hospitality is near the Jewett House on Sanders Beach. Asks the Berry Picker who provided the Google Earth photo: “How is it that Jerry Jaeger flies so effectively under the radar while his partner doesn’t?  I bet most people in the area couldn’t even tell you who Jerry is.  I suppose the lack of a 180-foot-long yacht might have something to do with it.” Jaeger’s father, of course, provided the “J” to Bob Templin’s “T” in the old TJ’s Pantry in Post Falls. Younger Jaeger became Templin’s partner when his father was killed in a plane crash and later sided with Hagadone in the hostile 1983 takeover of Templin’s Western Frontier hospitality company/DFO, Huckleberries, SR. More here.

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Vestal: CdA Press’ Misguided Denial

The latest dose of accommodation comes from the Coeur d’Alene Press, which is owned by grandiosity magnate Duane Hagadone. The Press published an editorial last week glibly dismissing the work of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations as yesterday’s news. The editorial – which has drawn outraged responses from task force stalwarts Tony Stewart and Norm Gissel – dealt with the departure of Human Rights Education Institute honcho Dan LePow, who raised less money than was hoped. The unsigned editorial assures readers that “We are ardent supporters of human rights causes in general and HREI in particular.” But the Press’s ardor for human rights runs aground on the shoals of not really wanting to get all specific about local racism. It’s such a bummer. Makes it hard to raise money from the wine-sipping cheese eaters who like their human rights more along the lines of “children’s safety” and “international peace”/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

Question: What do you say to people who don't think the region still has a problem with racism?

Poll: 24% Worked For Hagadone

  • Wednesday Poll: Almost a quarter of Hucks Nation has worked for Duane Hagadone. 38 of 160 respondents (23.75%) said they have worked for one of Hagadone's various properties, including your Huckleberry Hound (Kalispell Daily Inter Lake, 1977-82). 122 of 160 (76.25%) haven't worked for him.
  • Spring Flowers: In a tight race involving 77 voters, 24 (31.17%) said tulips are their favorite spring flower; 20 (25.97%) said daffodils; 19 (24.68%) said crocuses; 9 (11.69%) said irises; 1 (1.3%) said primroses; and 4 (5.19%) voted for “other.”
  • Today's Poll: Do you agree with the decision by the budget committee to pay Idaho GOP $100,000 for attorney fees in closed-primary case?

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