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Eye On Boise Idaho state Land Board archive


Idaho OKs Bogus Basin ski area plan involving snowmaking

Deciding whether or not to buy a season pass at Bogus Basin ski area outside Boise might get easier in future years. Idaho on Tuesday approved a plan by Bogus Basin Recreation Association officials that involves building a water-storage dam and putting in underground pipes to make artificial snow for consistent pre-Christmas openings for skiers...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 19, 2017

THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 2017

Idaho sells 5 commercial properties, but 5 receive no bids

Five properties Idaho officials offered at an auction sold for above appraised value, but five others didn't receive any bids. The auction Wednesday by the Idaho Department of Lands brought in nearly $8.5 million, about $1.6 million above the appraised value. An office building in Idaho Falls brought in the most...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 21, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPT. 22, 2017

Federal and state forestry officials and a contractor confer at the site of the Woodrat salvage timber sale, a “Good Neighbor Authority” project in the Nez Perce National Forest. From left are Arnold Pineda, of Pineda Brothers Logging; Idaho State Forester David Groeschl; state Lands Department worker Jarel Bruce; Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert; and Idaho Department of Lands Forestry and Fire Division Administrator Craig Foss. (Idaho Department of Lands)

Idaho ramps up ‘Good Neighbor Authority’ to boost logging in federal forests 

Idaho’s state lands department says it has a new mission: Increasing active management – and logging – on federal forests in the state. Far from the simmering and often bitter debate over whether states should take over federal lands, Idaho’s moved toward its new approach through a collaboration with federal forest managers and the communities...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2017

TUESDAY, AUG. 15, 2017

Idaho officials eye selling 10 commercial properties

State officials on Tuesday moved forward with a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy timberland and agricultural land that the state uses to generate revenue to fund schools. The Idaho Land Board voted 4-0 to advance a possible auction of 10 properties in December as it seeks to generate money

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FRIDAY, AUG. 4, 2017

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

Idaho to continue buying timberland and farmland

Idaho officials have decided to continue buying timberland and farmland to generate revenue for public schools following a financial consultant's review of the state's reinvestment plan. The Idaho Land Board voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve the plan with a few modifications...

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This is one of the lots up for auction Friday at Payette Lake by the Idaho Department of Lands.

Idaho to auction 14 lots near Payette Lake

Idaho is putting up 14 Payette Lake lots for auction as part of an ongoing effort to remove the state from leasing land to cabin owners. Officials with the Idaho Department of Lands say the auction will take place Friday. Cabin owners have applied to participate in the auction...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

Audit planned on natural gas wells on Idaho endowment lands

Idaho is starting what officials say is the state's first ever audit of natural gas and oil wells on state lands to make sure the state is getting its fair cut of royalty payments. Idaho Department of Lands officials told Idaho Land Board members Tuesday that the audit on three wells on state endowment lands will cost less than $100,000...

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TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

The Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, which opened in 2010 (Washington State Dept. of Veterans Affairs)

Idaho approves 2nd state veterans cemetery, set for eastern Idaho

Plans for a second Idaho state veterans cemetery in eastern Idaho won approval from the state Land Board on Tuesday, nearly a decade after plans for a North Idaho state veterans cemetery were dropped. That earlier plan was foiled when the feds chose a site for a new veterans cemetery in Spokane County, across the state line from Idaho’s planned...

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Land Board approves timber sale plan for next year, draws praise from N. Idaho timber firms 22 

Idaho’s top elected officials on Tuesday approved a logging plan for state lands next year aimed at selling 252 million board-feet of timber, in line with the levels of the past five years and potentially bringing in $65 million to $85 million for the state’s endowment, which largely benefits public schools.The plan drew praise from North Idaho...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017

Audit planned on past sales of Idaho endowment lands

The director of the Idaho Department of Lands says the agency's records involving decades-old sales of state lands will be examined after two environmental groups say many of the sales violated Idaho's Constitution, the Lewiston Tribune reports. "I intend to hire an independent auditor to review IDL's records and advise the Land Board...

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