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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...

Idaho extends financial adviser contract on endowment land dealings

Idaho officials have approved extending the contract of a financial adviser guiding the state through the process of reinvesting millions of dollars from the sale of commercial and residential real estate. The Idaho Land Board voted 5-0 Tuesday to retain Callan Associates through June 2019 at an annual cost of about $150,000...

Developer buys building back from state for nearly $1M less than he was paid in 2013

An eastern Idaho real estate investor is almost $1 million richer, thanks to the state Land Board’s changing policies on real estate investments. In 2013, Gary Voigt of Idaho Falls sold an eastern Idaho office building to the state for $6.1 million. On Dec. 6, he bought it back for $5.3 million. State officials say the transaction still was...

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...

Idaho officials delay possible increase in grazing fees

The state's top elected officials have put off a possible increase in grazing fees on state lands due to potential litigation. The Idaho Land Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to delay a decision about grazing fees but didn't set a timeline. Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said after the meeting...

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...

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

Land Board approves 7% boost in endowment payout to schools next year

Idaho’s state Land Board has voted unanimously in favor of a recommendation from its Endowment Fund Investment Board to boost payouts from the state endowment to public schools next year by 7 percent, and to all beneficiaries by 6.4 percent, while also transferring another $129.5...

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...

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...

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...