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Supreme Court to hear Farragut case

Shooting range has been closed since February 2007

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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:00 am

Idaho Fish and Game will go before the Idaho Supreme Court on Wednesday to argue that the Farragut Shooting Range deserves to reopen.

There is heavy demand for the injunction on the range to be lifted, said Dave Leptich, habitat specialist with Fish and Game.

"I get calls almost weekly, asking when it will be open," Leptich said. "There's a high degree of support."

Fish and Game is appealing a district judge's decision that the agency's $260,000 in safety improvements to the range are not adequate to lift the nearly 6-year injunction on the facility.

The injunction stems from a lawsuit filed by concerned Bayview residents, comprising Citizens Against Range Expansion, worried about stray bullets hitting their homes.

The injunction has been placed on the 190-acre shooting range since February 2007.

Leptich said he is convinced the new safety baffles, the lowered 100-yard-range and the additional berms ensure the range poses no risks.

"It's the safest range in Idaho," he said. "It's been built to meet and exceed classic engineering standards. I've had dozens of experienced shooters out there who can't believe the range isn't open."

The agency's attorney, Kathleen Trever, has said the range improvements meet the standard set by judge John Mitchell to open the range to 500 shooters a year. His decision not to lift the injunction last year was inconsistent with that standard, according to Trever.

But attorney Harvey Richman, representing CARE members with attorney Scott Reed, isn't impressed by Fish and Game's argument.

Ricochets still pose a threat on the range, Richman contended.

"I think Judge Mitchell was clear, he used plain language," Richman said. "He said no bullets over the backstop, and what he meant by that was no bullets over the backstop."

If any bullets are escaping, he added, "It's not safe."

The hearing is scheduled for 8:40 a.m. in the courthouse on Garden Avenue in Coeur d'Alene.

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  • ancientemplar posted at 9:26 am on Wed, Sep 19, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1287

    OK, OK, I'll go sit in a corner and face the walls as a self imposed time out. Then all will be forgiven and then we can all just get along.

  • efromm posted at 8:05 am on Wed, Sep 19, 2012.

    efromm Posts: 704

    Veee it's not crazy at all actually. It was a military shooting range first. Have you seen the range before it was fixed up? And how it looks now? They did a great job fixing it up! Everything else around here is geared toward the tourist. This is one place for the sportsman to enjoy shooting. And they get to shoot long distances.The national guard uses the range too.

  • Veeeee posted at 11:42 pm on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    Veeeee Posts: 423

    A shooting range in a state park is crazy... Nope, keep it closed. Fish and Game needs to deed their part of the park over to the State Parks folks. Fish and Game, get outta Farragut! thank you

  • dasher posted at 11:05 am on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    dasher Posts: 205

    That article actually ran on Sunday. It was a major article both in online and reg print. You must have missed it. Don't blame the Press for your lack of noticing.

  • efromm posted at 10:25 am on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    efromm Posts: 704

    Reopen the range!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There is a shooting range on Atlas and there are homes all around it. Way more than the homes around the Farragut range. We need a range like this!!!!!!!

  • Brent Regan posted at 9:32 am on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    Brent Regan Posts: 740

    Lawyer jokes.

    Lawyers don't think they are funny.

    Everyone else doesn't think they are jokes.

  • Jeffrey Wherley posted at 8:16 am on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    Jeffrey Wherley Posts: 3969

    That is funny.

    I know a good lawyer, he is buried like all the other good lawyers.

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:35 am on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1287

    Also on Wednesday at 11:10 AM the supremes will her arguments in the "election contest" from 2009 for Cd'A Councilman Kennedy's seat and candidate Brannon. Surprising how the Press didn't mention that.

  • local res posted at 7:14 am on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1165

    Has anyone ever heard a joke about a good lawyer?

  • dasher posted at 7:10 am on Tue, Sep 18, 2012.

    dasher Posts: 205

    More times than not the Press runs these stories the day of the event and no one can actually make the event. Being that the Press is "the most trusted source for news and information" you would hope their coming forward with information would be a bit more timely. I would have loved to know about this court date at least a couple days in advance so I could arraign my schedule to be there.

    I can trust the Press to tell me something the minute before it happens. Other than that, don't count on it.

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