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Custer County road dispute ends in settlement

The U.S. Department of Justice and the BLM have reached a settlement with Custer County over a remote mountain road that county officials had threatened to use a front-end loader to reopen, the AP reports. The BLM had closed the road in 1999; the dispute escalated this past spring when county Commission Chairman Wayne Butts threatened to haul away a regional BLM official in “pretty pink handcuffs” if he dared to show up to stop the county's road-reopening efforts; Herd Creek Road is in the Jerry Peak Wilderness Study Area, where no motor vehicles are permitted. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller and the Idaho Falls Post Register; in it, U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson praises all sides for reaching the settlement.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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