Tag Archives Idaho Department of Lands

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 on House Bill 495, senators killed the measure because no motion was made on the measure. Committee chair Monty Pearce,…

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 of Lands more leeway in selling large tracts of land brought together stakeholders in an attempt to find common ground…

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 to protect the golden goose, which is timber, but try to build something else,” said Department of Lands Director…

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 Payette Lake.  Money from the leases supports public schools, universities, hospitals, and other state programs. The Land Board approved raising…

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 more for leases on Payette Lake and Priest Lake so the state can bring in more money for public schools,…

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