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Eye On Boise

Parks board backtracks on Dworshak closure

Here's a news item from the AP:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Parks and Recreation Board unanimously voted to reconsider its decision to close Dworshak State Park in northcentral Idaho. The board said Wednesday it was reversing course and no longer considers closing state parks a viable option. The Idaho Statesman reported that's a big change from 2009, a year in which the board voted to close Dworshak along the Clearwater River and consider shuttering at least two other parks. Board Chairman Steve Klatt said at the meeting in Boise that the panel will be doing everything to keep parks open. Wednesday's vote means the department's business plan, presented to the Joint Finance-Appropriations budget writing committee only Monday, will have to be redone because it does not include Dworshak Park operating costs or staff. The board directed its employees, 25 of whom are slated to be cut from headquarters staff in the coming year, to return quickly with a new plan to keep Dworshak and other parks open.

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