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Land Board wraps up marathon meeting

Idaho's state Land Board meets Tuesday; the meeting turned into a nearly-five-hour marathon on the thorny issue of state-owned cabin sites, where private owners have built and own their own lake cabins. The board voted to move toward eventually divesting the state of the properties. (Betsy Russell)
Idaho's state Land Board meets Tuesday; the meeting turned into a nearly-five-hour marathon on the thorny issue of state-owned cabin sites, where private owners have built and own their own lake cabins. The board voted to move toward eventually divesting the state of the properties. (Betsy Russell)

Today's Idaho Land Board meeting turned into a packed, nearly five-hour marathon that ran through the lunch hour and 'til nearly 2 in the afternoon. "They didn't know that it was going to go that long," noted board secretary Susan Terry; the meeting had been scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to noon. By the end, an exhausted Land Board had passed three motions unanimously: One to ask the state Department of Lands to come back in one year with a plan for eventually disposing of its state-owned cabin sites; one to go back to 10-year leases for cabins sites instead of the current 35 years; and one to ask a Land Board subcommittee to come back to the board next month with proposals on market rates for leases and premium rents, which are charged when state-owned cabin sites - with privately owned cabins on them - change hands. The Idaho Statesman's Dan Popkey covered the whole meeting; here's a link to his coverage.




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