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Landgrab: Idaho couple fights long land battle with BLM

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SOURCE:  Idaho Press-Tribune

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“When you look at it in black and white, these BLM people are either very incompetent or they’re harassing us, or both,” Mike said.

Mike says his charge of harassment stems from BLM closing off parcels of public land around Challis a few years earlier.  The McGowans disputed the closures, claiming that BLM broke the law because they did not follow the NEPA process regarding public lands or hold public meetings before the closures went into effect.”

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CHALLIS — When Mike and Connie McGowan bought their Challis property in north-central Idaho in 2005, they never expected that their new dream home would turn into such a nightmare.

About four years ago, the McGowans were notified by the Bureau of Land Management that due to newly-conducted land surveys, 2 of their 8.9 acres of property had actually belonged to the BLM.  This resulted in an unintentional trespass violation issuance.

For the past four years, the couple has reached out to multiple local and federal government agencies to try to get their acreage dispute solved.  But they have encountered nothing but red tape and frustration every step of the way.

“When I found out, I went to the BLM immediately and asked questions,” Mike said. “They told me that I did have a problem but they didn’t think I’d live long enough to get it resolved.” More

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