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Idaho cancels 3-lot cabin site auction planned for Priest Lake next month

Idaho Land Board members, from left, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Gov. Butch Otter and state Controller Brandon Woolf meet on Tuesday morning. State schools Superintendent Tom Luna was participating by phone. (Betsy Russell)
Idaho Land Board members, from left, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, Gov. Butch Otter and state Controller Brandon Woolf meet on Tuesday morning. State schools Superintendent Tom Luna was participating by phone. (Betsy Russell)

Idaho has dropped plans to auction off three undeveloped lakefront cabin sites on Priest Lake this summer, and instead will look at possibly auctioning up to three other lots on the lake next year. “Those three were not the ideal locations, after on-site review,” Thomas Felter, the state Lands Department’s manager of commercial and residential real estate, told the state Land Board this morning. Plus, he said, the department’s appraiser said it would take six to 12 months to properly market lakefront lots for auction.

The auction, initially planned for August or September, was designed to give the state a better sense of the true market value of bare lots on the lake, as it moves toward trading away or auctioning off existing cabin sites on the lake. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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