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Lessees Giving Up Priest Lake Cabins

It was always the same for Bonnie Dubinin, that exquisite feeling she got when the lake first came into view. She’d see that long stretch of blue surrounded by green trees and think of the days to come. There would be swimming and fishing and berry picking, and quiet nights telling ghost stories while the campfire burned low. Her grandfather leased the property from the state of Idaho in 1928. It’s one of 354 Priest Lake “cottage sites” that generate revenue for public schools and other state endowment beneficiaries. But the way lease rates are rising, Dubinin and her extended family aren’t sure how much longer they’ll be able to keep the cabin. The prospect of losing it was a distant possibility at first, but now it’s something they measure in terms of weeks. Barring a miracle, it will happen before the end of this year/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Lewiston Tribune photo by Steve Hanks: Rosemary Hendrickson, 90, has been spending her summer vacations at Priest Lake for the past 86 years)

Question: Are you bothered that ordinary people are being priced out of long-time lake cabin sites?

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