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By The Associated Press | Posted - Oct. 1, 2014 at 1:31 a.m.



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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Tamarack Resort could take a significant step toward a clearer financial picture tomorrow when Idaho officials decide whether to transfer a ski area lease to a new company that emerged after a sheriff's bankruptcy sale last spring. But first a majority of the five-member Idaho Land Board will have to be persuaded at the special meeting that Tamarack can afford about $278,000 annually to use the 2,100 acres of state-owned land the ski area is built on.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's bill for outside legal work to find a way take over federal public lands is up to about $61,000. Holland & Hart lawyer Bill Myers charges the state $420 an hour. Idaho's attorney general can also guide lawmakers, but Lawrence Wasden has repeatedly said the plan for Idaho to take over federal public lands isn't legally viable.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig has been ordered to pay nearly $242,000 to the U.S. Treasury for improperly using campaign funds to cover legal expenses after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting. The Republican senator argued that Senate rules allow reimbursements for any official travel costs.

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) — A north-central Idaho woman's request to withdraw her voluntary manslaughter guilty plea has been rejected. Twenty-eight-year-old Tara Mendenhall also received the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, and a fine of $5,000. Mendenhall in September 2013 beat 45-year-old Lora Vandenburg, who later died from bleeding in the brain.

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