- Associated Press - Saturday, May 14, 2016

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - Organizers of the World Championship Jet Boat Marathon still don’t have a key permit for one leg of the race with a week to go.

The Lewiston Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/WfsxtD ) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is determining whether the race poses a risk to endangered bald eagles along the Grande Ronde River. The U.S. Coast Guard can’t issue a permit until then.

The series of races begin in north Idaho Saturday with legs on the St. Joe, Coeur d’Alene, Snake and Grand Ronde rivers.

The Grande Ronde is a new venue and added in part because nearby rivers are crowded with spring chinook anglers.

Race organizer Shirley Ackerman said she’s confident the paperwork will be done in time.

Fish and Wildlife spokesman Leith Edgar says his agency got the application a couple of weeks ago. He says they’re doing what they can to speed up the process, which typically takes about 30 to 60 days.

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune, https://www.lmtribune.com


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