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Priest Lake cabin owners file suit over state’s appraisal of leased land

Seventy-six cabin owners on Priest Lake who rent the land under their cabins from the state of Idaho have filed a lawsuit charging that the state is claiming ownership of improvements such as access roads and utility lines that the renters installed with their own money. As a result, the latest appraisals for the state-owned cabin sites have ballooned as much as 80 percent, pushing the value beyond the means of many lessees. Those appraisals will be used as minimum bids for possible public auctions and as the basis for future rents.

Eye on Boise: North Idaho representation on redistricting panel down

BOISE – Idaho’s bipartisan citizen redistricting commission is gearing up to draw new legislative and congressional district lines, and this time around there’ll be just one North Idaho member: businesswoman Lorna Finman, of Rathdrum, a GOP appointee. Ten years ago, both the Democrats and the Republicans appointed Panhandle representatives – Democrat Ray Givens and Republican Dean Haagenson – and they ended up having substantial influence on the result, which must include at least one commissioner voting with members of the other party to get a four-vote majority on the six-member commission.