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Polar Bear Plunge has origins farther North

The Polar Bear Plunge has brought an icy jolt to the new year for 40 years in Coeur d’Alene, but the real deal farther north is celebrating its centennial.

Environmental advocacy lawyer Scott Reed dies at age 87

Coeur d’Alene lawyer Scott Reed, whose long career was highlighted by cases to protect natural areas from development and maintain public access to places like Tubbs Hill and Sanders Beach, died Saturday night at home. He was 87. Reed had retired in the past year after nearly 60 years as an attorney and advocate for environmental causes.

Polar Bear Plunge 2013

This is an aerial view, courtesy of a radio-controlled helicopter and tiny camera, of the annual Polar Bear Plunge which takes place on Sanders Beach on Lake Coeur d'Alene every New Year's Day

CdA attorney, 84, still relishes the law

Never an imposing man, Scott Reed has nonetheless transformed his appearance into a mountain of trouble for opponents on scores of environmental issues. The 84-year-old lawyer came to Coeur d’Alene to argue those causes before he had case law of the Environmental Protection Act to back him up. He’s been a thorn in the side of homeowners who would deprive the public the use of Sanders Beach, and he’s written a book about the preservation of one of Coeur d’Alene’s greatest features, Tubbs Hill.

The Polar Bear Plunge…Why?

Every January 1st, hundreds trek down to Sanders Beach on Lake Coeur d'Alene to take part in a tradition called the Polar Bear Plunge. Although this year there were vendors selling t-shirts and other trinkets, the event is still informally organized and has not sign-ups or registration. Just come, strip down to swimwear and jump in to welcome the new year. But question still remains, why do they do it?

CdA, homeowners reach Sanders Beach settlement

No docks will be built on Sanders Beach. That’s part of the resolution of six lawsuits dating back to 1998 between the city of Coeur d’Alene and the owners of eight homes on a Lake Coeur d’Alene beach that also offers public access.

Docks won’t be built on Sanders Beach

No docks will be built on Sanders Beach. That’s part of the resolution of six lawsuits dating back to 1998 between the city of Coeur d’Alene and the owners of eight homes on a Lake Coeur d’Alene beach that also offers public access. “For the first time, there’s some certainty among the homeowners and the public about public access on Sanders Beach,” said Mike Haman, an attorney for the city. “That’s important because summer is coming and the public will know what they can and can’t do.”