Eye On Boise

Land Board members surprised by human remains on cottage site, but say it’s state property

As the state Land Board meets on Tuesday morning, Gov. Butch Otter, center, asks a question of state Lands Director Tom Schultz, right. (Betsy Russell)
As the state Land Board meets on Tuesday morning, Gov. Butch Otter, center, asks a question of state Lands Director Tom Schultz, right. (Betsy Russell)

Before this morning’s Land Board meeting, Eye on Boise queried board members about the upcoming conflict auction of a Priest Lake cabin site that includes generations of human remains from the extended family that’s had its cabin on the state-owned property there, under a state lease, since 1933.

“That’s our property,” said Secretary of State Ben Ysursa. “We had no idea, but conflict auctions are conflict auctions.”

Gov. Butch Otter said he didn’t know about the remains. “We’ll have to have to make sure this doesn’t become issue for confiscation,” he said. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden noted that the state hasn’t yet been formally served with the lawsuit over the auction. “We’ll take a look at it once we receive the documents,” he said.




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