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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?

Hydroplane races hinge on county code

There’s a new hurdle for Coeur d’Alene’s hydroplane races scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

Kootenai County is working on a new review process for hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d’Alene after the county’s community development director determined the land portion of the event isn’t allowed under current code.

David Callahan joined the county in November, after the Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup’s hydroplane races took place Labor Day weekend. The races were the first on the lake since 1968.

The 2013 hydroplane races were permitted “mostly as an aquatic event,” Callahan said, without much consideration to staging areas on the shore. “I don’t think the county knew much about the land portion of the event. My staff wasn’t fully informed.” More here. Becky Kramer, SR

Do you hope the hydroplane races witll return this summer?

‘Party Bus’ Charters Worry Drivers

A WSU sorority hired seven buses from Durham’s Spokane fleet to shuttle about 300 students to downtown Coeur d’Alene. Drivers said the students were drinking alcohol on the journey without a permit to do so. (SR file photo)

Those caravans of school buses headed down the highway may not be carrying elementary students on a field trip or a high school track team to a district meet. Sometimes those yellow buses – the same ones that deliver kids to and from school in Spokane – are full of college students sucking down beer and liquor on their way to party on Lake Coeur d’Alene. And some of the drivers say the mess they leave behind would make parents shudder at the thought of their kids riding those buses during the school week. “If I was an actual parent of a kid on these buses, I would be having a fit. And this is coming from a driver,” said an employee of Durham Student Services, a national company in its sixth year of a contract to operate buses for Spokane Public Schools/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (Special to HucksOnline: WSU Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority members urinate along the back side of the North Idaho Museum during a recent visit to Coeur d'Alene)

Question: Would you want you children to ride to school on a bus that had chartered a WSU sorority or fraternity the day before?

Diamond Cup A Go For 2014

H1 Unlimited announced that the 2014 racing schedule will include a return to the Diamond Cup on Lake Coeur d’Alene this summer. H1 Chairman Sam Cole said the organization is delighted to be returning to Coeur d’Alene, with its rich history in unlimited hydroplane racing. He said the 2013 race was very well received by the fans and the community. “I am glad we were able to resolve the issues that were standing in the way of announcing the 2014 Diamond Cup and I speak for all our owners, race teams, officials and fans when I say we are looking forward to returning to beautiful Coeur d’Alene Labor Day weekend,” Cole said over the weekend/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Are you glad to see hydroplane racing return to the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene this summer?

Lavish Lake Home At Center Of Fight

Coeur d'Alene realtor Greg Rowley gave a tour of the $10.5 million home on the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

After a successful career developing retirement communities, Denny Ryerson planned to kick back and enjoy his own retirement on a sandy shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. He built his dream home on 2.2 acres on Mica Bay, a spread that includes an 11,000-square-foot main house, a caretaker’s house and a guest house above the garage. The main house has four bedrooms, each with its own laundry facilities, plus seven full- and half-baths, a rosewood office and a kitchen with both a wood-burning brick pizza oven and separate $45,000 gas range. Ryerson and his wife have hosted up to 250 people there. And then the economy crashed and Ryerson, like hundreds of thousands of others, crashed hard along with it. The Arizona developer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last fall, listing debts of more than $14 million. Now one of Coeur d’Alene’s most expensive waterfront homes is at the center of a legal battle involving Ryerson; his former lender, Idaho Independent Bank; and a company that bought the notes on the home from that bank/Tom Sowa, SR. More here.

Question: Which home along the Lake Coeur d'Alene shoreline would you must like to spend a summer in?

Diamond Cup Deadline Approaches

The head of H1 Unlimited, the unlimited hydroplane racing league, says he has “some strong concerns that persist” about Coeur d'Alene's Diamond Cup races. In an email obtained Wednesday by The Press, H1 Unlimited Chairman Sam Cole said Diamond Cup organizers must come up with money and a signed race agreement — soon. In that message, Cole said the deadline is midnight Saturday. At the top of H1's needs from Diamond Cup organizers: “Written agreement and payment schedule for the $71,000 balance of the insufficient funds check that was given to H1 at the conclusion of the 2013 event,” Cole wrote/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Shawn Gust's Coeur d'Alene Press file photo of last summer's Diamond Cup races)

Question: How do you think the community feels about the Diamond Cup races today?

Lake Shows Signs Of Freezing

You know it's frigid when Lake Coeur d'Alene shows obvious signs of freezing. This week's bone-chilling temperatures have made the lake's shores turn to ice, but don't bother breaking out your skates. “It won't be cold long enough for the lake to freeze over,” said climatologist Cliff Harris. Thursday's low of minus 8 degrees tied the record for Feb. 6 set in 1929. The temperature was as cold as it has been since Nov. 24, 2010, when it was minus 9. With the wind chill factor, Thursday's temperature reached minus 11, Harris said. Harris said the last time Lake Coeur d'Alene froze over was 2000/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Low temperatures have caused some rivers in the region to freeze over, including the St. Joe River near St. Maries)

Question: Have you ever ice skated on a frozen lake?

Paddleboarders Launch New Festival

Competitors break from the start line for the first annual Coeur d'SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Races & Festival at City Beach in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Dave Richie, far right, age 61 of Priest River, Id., took the early lead, but Brett Saguid, 37, of Spokane, far left won the race with John Troppmann, 57 of CdA, front center, taking overall second place. They covered a distance of one mile along the beach front. “They do it for the love of the sport. Any day on the water is a good day” said event organizer Diane Higdem. Next year's event is planned for August. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

A small group of brave souls gathered at Coeur d’Alene City Beach on Saturday morning, ignoring choppy waters and a cold wind to paddleboard one more time before summer’s end. The Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Coeur d’SUP (stand-up paddleboard) races. Bad conditions and late planning made for a small turnout, event coordinator Diane Higdem said. As organizers realized few people were signing up, they stripped the festival down, she said. To create a race that was “free, fun and wide open,” all registration fees were removed. About a dozen people stood by the rocky lake between races. A few tested the waters, struggling at first then paddling smoothly across the waves/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.

Question: Have you ever tried to paddleboard?

Jumping In A Lake For Love

How willing are you to ride to the rescue for the woman of your dreams? Jennifer Drake Facebooks how hubby, Benjamin, didn't hesitate to react when she dropped her phone accidentally into the lake:

“I have yet to give credit to the amazing Benjamin Drake for rescuing my phone from the bottom of Lake Coeur d'Alene this weekend. While climbing onto the boat late Saturday night, the phone fell from a pocket in the diaper bag into 15 ft of pitch black water. Ben immediately stripped down (onlookers aplenty), dove in, and saved the day. And yes, after 24 hours in rice, I'm typing this from my fully functioning phone. I knew he'd come in handy someday!”

Question: How have you shown your love for someone this summer?

Hydro Legend Returning To Lake CdA

Hydro team owner Billy Schumacher talks with team members after a test run of his hydroplane during the Columbia Cup in Kennewick, Washington on Friday, July 27. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

When the thunderboats return to Lake Coeur d’Alene this summer, a champion of the sport’s piston-powered era will be back on the water, if not actually in the driver’s seat. Billy Schumacher, of Seattle, won an impressive string of Unlimited Class hydroplane races in the 1960s and ’70s and claimed back-to-back national championships. Now 70, he’s on the race circuit again as a team owner with wife Jane. Their boat, Miss Beacon Plumbing, is headed to Coeur d’Alene for the long-awaited return of the Diamond Cup races over Labor Day weekend. It will be something of a homecoming for Schumacher: He’s the reigning Diamond Cup champion/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: When and where did you last see a hydroplane race?

Same Lake, Much Different Wear

At Get Out! North Idaho Facebook wall, OrangeTV provides this 1909 postcard with this description: “A 1909 postcard of some boaters enjoying Lake Coeur d'Alene on a hot summer day. 104 years later and things basically haven't changed a bit. Except the fashion — these people look fully clothed! Thank goodness for the thong bikini, right? A wool full-body bathing suit just ain't the thing on a 101 degree July afternoon.”

CindyH: So the lights went out briefly while I was in the dressing room at Ross trying on swimsuits. They said it was due to the thunderstorm but I'm pretty sure it was God's reaction to the horrible floral spandexy thing I was wearing. I took it as a sign. Also, the dressing room gal said, “Maybe you can find a nice purse!” Another sign.

Question: What are you comfortable wearing on the beach?

Diamond Cup Tickets Now On Sale

It looks like the Diamond Cup Regatta promoters are moving ahead with the hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d'Alene for the Labor Day Weekend this year. The promotional flyer above was circulated by Tickets West this morning. More information here.

Trashing Lake Coeur d’Alene

The pile of trash mounted at the Third Street boat launch near the base of Tubbs Hill had passersby marveling in disgust. Some would stop and frown, some whistled to show they were impressed, yet others just shook their heads as they hoofed by to the hiking trails. All of them, though, noticed. Soda cans, beer cans - lots of beer cans - a grill, a shoe sole, glass bottles and, well, more beer cans - the collection came from the bottom of Lake Coeur d'Alene. “People just don't understand what they do when they throw things in the lake,” Brian Meehan said as he stopped to take in the heaping sight. “I'm sure that's just a tiny, tiny portion of it, unfortunately.” Meehan's right, it's just a sample, pulled out by 10 good-willed scuba divers Sunday on an underwater trash collection trip organized by the diving business, Tom's Diving Adventures/Tom Hasslinger, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: 2 young brothers admire scuba divers Matt Hebener, bottom left, and Paul Schwartz, bottom right, as they prepare to go underwater)

Question: How do you react when you see someone litter?

Diamond Cup Calls Off 2012 Race

Hydroplane racing will not return to the Lake City this summer after all. Organizers say the Coeur d’Alene Diamond Cup hydroplane race event needs more sponsors. With sponsorship deals still in the works, the race has been rescheduled from this summer to Labor Day weekend of 2013, said Doug Miller, Diamond Cup president. Organizers of the return to racing announced last month that the boats would be back on Lake Coeur d’Alene for exhibitions and the first racing event held here in racing 44 years. “We will become the No. 1 race in the United States,” organizer Dennis Wheeler said at the time. The hydro races were to run southeast of downtown as part of the Diamond Cup Regatta during Labor Day weekend/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (SR file photo: Driver Joe Souza discusses hydroplanes at the June 8 annoucement at Silver Beach that the races would be returning to Lake Coeur d'Alene this fall)

Question: Do you expect the Diamond Cup to be ready to stage races in 2013?

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?

AM: On Glistening Lake

Don Sausser provides this viewtiful photo, emailing: “Low winter sun backlights CDA Lake’s rippled surface while Brook’s sea plane rests, poised to invade nature’s beauty.”

Boy Scout Camp Vote Still On Table

A decision on whether to pursue a land swap that will give up a historic Boy Scout camp will be made in the next two weeks, according to a scout official, though it might not be as ironclad as some would prefer. The Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts will have two board votes in upcoming weeks, said Scout Executive Tim McCandless. The INC executive and foundation boards will only vote on whether to pursue a purchase of sale agreement with developer Discovery Land Company, McCandless said, which has offered to build a new and improved camp at Sunup Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene, in exchange for the Camp Easton property further north/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Jesse Tinsley SR file photo: A Nine Mile Falls Cub Scout and his father eat stuff apples they baked in a fire at Camp Easton)

Question: Have you ever participated in an event at Camp Easton?

Bald Eagles Mob Lake Coeur d’Alene

Bald eagles are mobbing Lake Coeur d’Alene in record numbers this week. On Thursday, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo returned from an eagle cruise boat tour and reported that eagles were “all over the place” compared to just the week before, when her weekly survey counted 136 bald eagles in Wolf Lodge Bay. She confirmed her notion today with the fourth official survey of the season, tallying a record 259 eagles congregating to feast on spawning kokanee. That's an increase of 123 in just one week. Friday’s congregation breaks the record of 254 eagles counted in the bay on Dec. 21, 2010/Rich Landers, SR Outdoors blog. More here.

Eagles Return To Lake Coeur d’Alene

 A week can make a big difference in the numbers of bald eagles gathering for their annual feast of spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d’Alene. On Tuesday, the season's second weekly eagle count at Wolf Lodge Bay tallied a whopping 76 bald eagles, said BLM wildlife bioloigst Carrie Hugo. That compares with 64 eagles counted on the same date last year. That's exciting news for birdwatchers, considering that 2010 was a record year for the migration, with a peak of 254 eagles counted in the bay during the BLM survey on Dec. 21. Tuesday's count indicated a big swing in eagle movements. The first survey of the season on Nov. 22 found only 12 bald eagles compared with 42 counted on the same day in 2010/Rich Landers, SR. More here.

Question: Did you view the eagles last year?

Eagles Slow In Return To Lake CdA

The annual gathering of bald eagles that feast on spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d’Alene is getting off to a slow start. The eagle count at Wolf Lodge Bay is down about 70 percent from last year at this time, said Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist. Hugo made the first weekly survey of the season on Tuesday and counted only 12 bald eagles compared with 42 counted on the same day last year. “It could be the storm we just had,” she said. “We’ll be out on the lake Saturday for the special eagle boat cruise for veterans, so we’ll see if the changing weather makes a difference”/Rich Landers, SR. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: Which spot is your favorite for watching eagles?

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