Tag Archives: Idaho Department of Lands

Forrey, Republican Land Board at odds over commercial property policy

The Idaho Land Board has come under some amount of fire for its dealings in commercial properties. On one side of the controversy is the sentiment that the Land Board is just another government bureaucracy and should not be involved … Continue reading

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Candidates overwhelmingly support banning government competition with the private sector

The Idaho Land Board and its duties have raised concerns in recent years over whether the government should be involved with commercial properties, which opponents say puts the public sector in direct competition with private business. The Land Board and … Continue reading

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Bill to stop Land Board business purchases dead after no motion in Senate panel

Silence. Deafening and bill-killing silence. That’s what backers of a bill to stop the state Land Board from buying and running businesses were treated to after testimony concluded on their measure to end the practice. After two days of testimony … Continue reading

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Land Board has ongoing right to build residential units at Tamarack

Even though the Tamarack Resort in Valley County is on life support, the Idaho Land Board has an ongoing right to build residential structures on a number of acres near the Osprey Golf Course. The state could, if it wanted, … Continue reading

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Boise meeting explores changes to Land Board acreage limitations

Amending the Idaho Constitution is no small undertaking, requiring legislative approval to put the matter on the ballot and then voters approving it. A meeting in Boise Monday with the intent of trying once again to grant the Idaho Department … Continue reading

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Cottage sites, commercial property intertwined; AG wrestles issues, seeks to clarify role


People have accused Attorney General Lawrence Wasden of caring only about the money when it comes to state endowment lands. He says they’re right, but it’s not a bad thing. It’s his consitutionally-mandated job as a member of the state … Continue reading

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State land board pays pitch man to handle commercial property

The state land board knows that the idea of it getting more involved in owning and operating businesses isn’t the easiest sell in the world. The board has clearly identified in multiple reports in the last decade that convincing people … Continue reading

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State hoping to double lands revenue in 20 years with energy, retail

Top officials at the Idaho Department of Lands are hoping to double the revenue from state lands in the next two decades by maintaining profits from timber sales while increasing profits from other uses of state-owned land. “We’re going to … Continue reading

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Supreme Court will hear arguments on lakefront cottages in June

The Idaho Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and lawyers for the Idaho Land Board on June 9 to settle the dispute over how much to charge leaseholders on state-owned property on Priest Lake and … Continue reading

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Land Board, Wasden react to lawsuit over lakefront leases

Lawyers for the Idaho Land Board are asking the state’s highest court to throw out a lawsuit from Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to block raising the price of leases on state-owned lakefront property.  Wasden thinks the state needs to charge … Continue reading

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