Idaho

State Trades For Sawtooth Access

More than five years after it was brought to the table, the Idaho Land Board has approved a land swap involving property near the Sun Valley resort and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

In 1992, Heidi Baldwin suggested a pact with the state that would open up access to state property in Blaine County, in exchange for her being able to develop there.

On Friday, the board finally went with the deal, although the neighbors continued their opposition to the trade.

The state gains access to the remaining state land in the Clear Creek drainage three miles south of Ketchum and private property in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

In return, Baldwin gains about 23 acres. It can be developed into four homesites. Baldwin acquires two.

The state retains two for building in the future, with estimated market values of $1.5 million and $2 million.



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