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Boat races on river to get go ahead

With jet boat races headed to the Coeur d’Alene River in May, the Panhandle Health District is working on a plan to keep spectators safe from heavy metals. “We want people to be aware of environmental contamination in the area and protect their health while they’re watching the race,” said Andy Helkey, the health district’s manager for lead health intervention. Thousands of people are expected for the 2016 USA World Champion Jet Boat Race, which includes 30 miles of the lower Coeur d’Alene River between Harrison and Cataldo, Idaho. The area is polluted with historic mining waste that washed down from Idaho’s Silver Valley/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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