to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I am heartened to learn that, at their meeting on June 16th, Idaho
County Commissioners Brandt, Rockwell, and Rehder resisted the “testy”
attempt of representatives of Western Pacific Timber to move the commissioners
toward lending support to the Upper Lochsa Land Exchange.
Note that the key figure in WPT is billionaire Tim Blixseth. Interestingly,
on June 14th, the New York Times published a 6-page article on the dealings
of Tim Blixseth and his former wife Edra. The article details the Blixseths’
years of making (and at times losing) millions of dollars through timber
deals and real estate developments. Their for-the-rich-only Yellowstone
Club in Montana, which they acquired via a land exchange with the USFS,
is now in bankruptcy and up-for-sale. Behind guarded locked gates, the
club sequesters a gorgeous 13,600-acre chunk of wild Montana. No longer
any “public” allowed.
How Blixseth pushed through the Montana land exchange is intriguing
in light of WPT’s current efforts to push through the Upper Lochsa land
exchange. According to comments in the NYT article about the Yellowstone
Club exchange, Tim Blixseth “is an aggressive businessperson… It’s that
aggressiveness that… got the forest land away from the government, [and]
that got the water rights.”
As suggested by reports of the WPT representatives’ appearance at the
courthouse in Grangeville, that billionaire-backed aggressiveness walked
itself right into the Idaho County Commissioners’ chambers. Thanks to the
commissioners, that aggression was repelled.
And in the process, the viewpoint of many of the commissioners'
constituents was well represented.
To the editor,
In the 100 year review the name Hinkelman was used instead of Rickman
in regards to the accident with a horse near Joseph. Robert Rickman
was the grandfather of the late Hal Rickman, teacher and coach at St Gertrudes
from 1955 to 1969.
A few weeks ago I went to the old ranch site with Bob and Mark Tacke,
Pete Johnson and his sister Polly Hollingsworth, and current Horseshoe
Bend Ranch manager Ed Enneking. The area is called Rickman Flat and
Rickman Creek runs through it and then down to the Salmon River.
It is only 12 miles to Cottonwood, but takes 35 miles of driving to get
there, the last 13 by ATV. Polly has photos and Pete has stories
if you find this newsworthy. My great grandfather (James Robert
Rickman) is buried there but we did not find the grave site. Maybe
on another trip.
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