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Posted: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 12:15 am

A decision on whether to pursue a land swap that will give up a historic Boy Scout camp will be made in the next two weeks, according to a scout official, though it might not be as ironclad as some would prefer.

The Inland Northwest Council of Boy Scouts will have two board votes in upcoming weeks, said Scout Executive Tim McCandless.

The INC executive and foundation boards will only vote on whether to pursue a purchase of sale agreement with developer Discovery Land Company, McCandless said, which has offered to build a new and improved camp at Sunup Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene, in exchange for the Camp Easton property further north.

"There will be a resolution to move to the next step, to see if we can negotiate a deal that meets all of our requirements," McCandless said. "It will not approve sale or swap of the land."

Developing a purchase of sale agreement could take anywhere from one to three months, McCandless added. If the INC doesn't approve of the result, the scouts won't go through with a land swap.

"It's a process," he said.

The executive board will vote today, McCandless said, and the foundation board next Wednesday. Both must ratify the resolution for the INC to pursue the sale agreement.

A recent survey filled out by 800 scout constituents garnered a response of 61 percent in favor of the land deal.

McCandless said the INC did sign a non-legally binding letter of intent with the Arizona-based developer last August, to outline what the council would consider under such a proposal.

He understood some might be frustrated that a decision won't be made immediately.

"On the other hand, it helps ensure through a well thought-out process that we're making the best decision in the best interests of scouting, for the council and future generations of kids," McCandless said.

McMillan is sought for drug possession

The North Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force is seeking information leading to the apprehension of Nicole Louise McMillan.

McMillan, 21, is being sought based on a Kootenai County felony warrant charging her with failure to appear on felony drug possession charges. This is a $25,000 bond, Western United States extradition warrant.

McMillan is a 5-foot-1, 120 pound white female with green eyes and brown hair. McMillan was last known to be living in the Post Falls area.

Anyone with information regarding this subject or other fugitives being sought for violent crimes should call the NIVCTF at 665-1471. The identities of callers will remain confidential and reward money is available.

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  • spudman1 posted at 10:21 am on Thu, Feb 9, 2012.

    spudman1 Posts: 486

    Keep in mind all of this in order to be built will have to be approved by Kootenai County. We have two commissioners up for reelection this cycle. Just so happens one of them is a discovery land company owner. We can make sure this doesn't happen at the ballot box. Keep the faith!

  • truthtalk posted at 7:42 am on Thu, Feb 9, 2012.

    truthtalk Posts: 13

    Don't be surprised if donations fall off drastically now to this Council. Why would anyone donate anything to them when this group of like-minded money grabbing businessmen make decisions like this, Anything donated in the future is so uncertain to stay with the scouts regarding lands, buildings and manual labor. Surely the IRS will soon look into this abuse of a "non-profit organization." And why are Idaho citizens so willing to let Spokane businessmen make such a huge decision when it impacts heavily Idaho land use!

  • Rocketpianoman posted at 6:17 pm on Wed, Feb 8, 2012.

    Rocketpianoman Posts: 15

    They went ahead. based on money and adults. Nothing about scouts

  • Ziggy posted at 12:16 pm on Wed, Feb 8, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1230

    They can't sell it as it was given "as a boy scout camp" not a millionaire's disaster development. I expect if they do go ahead, this will be in court forever. This thing stinks.

  • spudman1 posted at 9:08 am on Wed, Feb 8, 2012.

    spudman1 Posts: 486

    A total farce! McCandless is up to his ears in this mess. Discovery/GOzzer ranch had a legal binding agreement with Moutain west bank based on assurances from the Boy Scouts that they had a deal. It cost them $150,000 dollars when they couldn't perform. Sure sounds like more than a "If I could, would you?" deal. Lies, lies and dang lies! What happened to the Boy Scout Motto?

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