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In brief: Organizers of the Diamond Cup hydroplane races cancel event

The organizers of the planned Diamond Cup hydroplane races on Lake Coeur d’Alene “reluctantly” announced the cancellation of this year’s event Friday. The races were scheduled for Aug. 29-31.

The races appeared unlikely to happen this year when Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger announced on July 1 that he was denying the critical water event permit because organizers failed to complete several requirements in time, including obtaining insurance, signing service contracts and securing other needed permits.

A news release from Diamond Cup Unlimited announcing the cancellation was pointed in its criticism of Wolfinger, referring to his “obdurate refusal” to accept a new application for a water event permit.

The Diamond Cup returned in 2013 for the first time since 1968. The event lost money, and several organizations that provided services, including Kootenai County Fire and Rescue, were left unpaid.

Tickets for the event were being sold through TicketsWest. Those who purchased tickets can request a refund from TicketsWest or Diamond Cup Unlimited.

Royal Fireworks Concert canceled

The annual Royal Fireworks Concert set for July 27 in Riverfront Park has been canceled.

The concert and fireworks show, held the last Sunday in July for 35 years, was formerly sponsored by Allegro Baroque and Beyond.

That organization announced last year that it was ending the event.

Founding concert conductor David Dutton said an agreement between the Royal Fireworks Committee and Allegro to hold the concert again this year fell apart recently and there is not enough time to salvage the event. “We were pretty close,” he said.

The event that pairs fireworks with classical music requires about $40,000 to produce, Dutton said. “It’s a big project.”

The committee will immediately start an effort to bring the concert back in 2015, Dutton said.

Colorado motorist’s lawsuit can proceed

BOISE – A motorist with Colorado license plates who contends the Idaho State Police unlawfully profiled him, then fruitlessly detained him and searched his car for marijuana, can proceed with his federal lawsuit.

Lawyers for Darien Roseen amended the lawsuit after the state of Idaho contended the ISP was protected by the state’s sovereign immunity and couldn’t be sued. All sides have now agreed to proceed under the amended complaint, which drops the ISP as a target but includes ISP Trooper Justin Klitch, along with Payette County, the city of Fruitland, and several of their officers who participated in the traffic stop.

Roseen, 69, was pulled over just as he crossed into Idaho from Washington on Interstate 84 in January.

His lawsuit charges numerous violations of his constitutional rights, along with discriminatory and selective treatment by profiling. He had Colorado plates and a Washington driver’s license. Both states have legalized marijuana.

Identity of robbery suspect sought

Spokane police are looking for help identifying a suspect who robbed the Sunset Grocery on July 10. Surveillance photos show the robber wearing red tennis shoes, a baseball cap, and a white and black bandana over his face.

The robbery was reported just before 10:30 p.m. on July 10 at the store, located in the 1900 block of West Sunset Boulevard. The suspect reportedly claimed he had a weapon and demanded money, according to police.

Idaho bicyclist dies after collision

A 61-year-old bicyclist from Orofino, Idaho, died Friday morning after a collision with a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 95 near the Boise River, the Idaho State Police said.

Theresa A. Grossklaus was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred shortly after 10:15 a.m., according to a news release. Grossklaus, who was wearing a helmet, was struck by a 2011 Dodge truck driven by Mitchell B. Jared, 51, of Pierce. Both were traveling in the far-right eastbound lane of the highway when the collision occurred, according to the ISP.

Permanent center planned for Citylink

Kootenai County and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe have bought property in the Riverstone development for a permanent Citylink bus transit center.

Citylink has had a temporary transit center on a gravel lot in Riverstone since 2005. The new center will include paved parking, a bus loading area, landscaping and passenger seating.

The free bus service carries between 31,000 and 37,000 passengers a month on five routes in Kootenai and Benewah counties, said Heather Keen, spokeswoman for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe. Citylink is funded by federal grants and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and is operated in partnership with Kootenai County and local cities.



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