EMOTIONS RAN HIGH TODAY AT THE COEUR D'ALENE RESORT
AS PRIEST LAKE CABIN OWNERS FOUND OUT IF THEY'LL KEEP
59 WATER-FRONT PROPERTIES ARE BEING AUCTIONED OFF
TO COMPLY WITH THE IDAHO CONSTITUTION TO DISPOSE OF
STATE ENDOWNMENT TRUST LAND.
KXLY4'S ALLIE NORTON JOINS US LIVE AT OUR NORTH IDAHO
ALLIE, WHAT WERE SOME OF THE PROPERTIES GOING FOR?
200 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND MORE.
THAT'S QUITE A CHUNK OF MONEY SO SOME PEOPLE JUST
HAD TO WALK AWAY BECAUSE THEY COULDN'T AFFORD TO PAY
WHILE OTHERS....TOOK A CHANCE.
GRABBED A PADDLE.
TO TRY TO KEEP THAT PRIME LAKE-FRONT LAND IN THEIR
FAMILY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME.
GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE, SOLD!
SOT/ WALTER POWERS- Owns Cabin @:09-:14
We were anxious that we might lose it because they
might outbid us, but they didn't.
WALTER POWERS AND HIS WIFE MYRTLE WERE ONE OF THE
59 BUYERS TODAY HOPING TO LOCK DOWN THEIR PRIEST LAKE
SOT/ WALTER POWERS- Owns Cabin @:04-:09
So we walk away with our own property, it's wonderful.
I feel good.
MOST ARE FEELING GOOD.
FOR MANY THESE LOTS HAVE
BEEN IN THE FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS.
SOT/ ELAINE WIDMAN- Owns Cabin @:48-:50
ELAINE WIDMAN ACTUALLY LIVES AT HER PLACE YEAR-ROUND.
FOR YEARS SHE'S BEEN WONDERING IF SHE EVER WOULD HAVE
THEN IN 2013.
THE LAND BOARD PASSED ON PROPOSAL WHICH OPENED UP
THE OPPORTUNITY FOR AN AUCTION.
THE LESSES HAD TO WILLINGLY AGREE TO IT THOUGH.
SOT/ ELAINE WIDMAN- Owns Cabin @:59-:06
We were kind of confident but I realized once the
bidding started on our place, I just had this big
lump in my throat.
THIS WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUY THE LAND THEY'VE BEEN
LIVING ON INSTEAD OF LEASING IT THROUGH THE STATE.
SOT/ STEVEN SWARTLEY- Owns Cabin @:46-:53
We've been dealing with the state for years and year
and years and it's just been a struggle to say the
STEVEN SWARTLEY AND HIS WIFE LINDA WERE ALL SMILES
THE FAMILY HAS WANTED THE TITLE OF THE PROPERTY SINCE
FIRST BUYING IT 35 YEARS AGO.
SOT/ STEVEN SWARTLEY- Owns Cabin @:12-:19
We have a fairly decent sized cabin, plus a guest
cabin and a nice beach.
We have one of the nicest lots in the lake.
THEY WERE HAPPY TO THROW DOWN 650 THOUSAND DOLLARS
TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
SOT/ STEVEN SWARTLEY- Owns Cabin @:34-:39
We're going to go see our kids and our grandkids at
Cabenat Bay and celebrate.
ALL THIS MONEY FROM THE AUCTION WILL BE GOING TO IDAHO
AS TO IF THERE WILL BE MORE AUCTIONS OF THIS TYPE.
FOR OTHER STATE-OWNED PRIEST LAKE LOTS.
THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF LANDS SAYS THEY WILL RECOMMEND
AT LEAST ONE CYCLE FOR NEXT YEAR.
REPORTING IN COEUR D'ALENE.
I'M ALLIE NORTON KXLY 4 NEWS.