Harrison, small hamlet with a commanding view of Lake Coeur d'Alene, would have a 75-room hotel with a ballroom and a hovercraft under Hayden Lake developer Peter Cooper's plans. Cooper wants to ferry guests from Coeur d'Alene to the tribe's casino in Worley. But Cooper said he hasn't broached his plans with the tribe and only started talking with Coeur d'Alene city officials. Some Harrison residents back his proposal, anything that will bring more business to the community of 290. Cooper would buy the Rose Cafe, which opened in 1948, and tear it down. One Shot Charlie's, a defunct lakefront bar, would be renovated into a ballroom and restaurant. "You got to have double the amount you think you might need,'' said Chet Blessing, 88, onetime mayor, councilman and legislator. "I've seen two or three of these developers fall short of finances.'' Said Beverly Reinhardt, who runs a crafts shop, "The worry is that it would be an eyesore building that would close down, and no one could afford to buy it. I am not sure that Harrison is ready for a New York-style hotel.'' Cooper said he has a group of investors and hopes to start construction by summer's end.
Old Mission State Park, home of Cataldo Mission, the state's oldest building, could become the first in Idaho to be classified as a "state-tribal'' park if ongoing negotiations between the tribe and the state parks department are successful. The park is owned by the tribe, but kept in trust by the Department of the Interior. Under a 1975 agreement, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for day-to-day operations. That agreement is scheduled to end in 2015, and the tribe is slated to assume full responsibility of running the park. "For the tribe to get ready for that is just such a monumental task,'' said Richard Mullen, a tribal preservation officer. "So the tribe and the state may just continue with the working relationship we have now.'' Such an agreement would likely include adding the tribe's name to the park, he said. The concept of turning Old Mission into a "state-tribal'' park would be a first for Idaho. Heyburn State Park near Plummer, was originally a part of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's reservation, until it was set aside as a state park by an act of Congress in 1908.