Lands are managed to provide revenue for the public schools-

Having a one party state is a problem here. Representative Hart, who took timber, only faces a write-in candidate.

Rep. Hart logged state land for home. Candidate never paid debt for stolen timber. Betsy Z. Russell. The Spokesman-Review

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

7 Responses to Idaho state legislator stole timber from Idaho state lands

  1. Paul Bego says:

    it’s sad but hardly shocking….

  2. timz says:

    This filthy crook owes nearly $700,000 in back taxes and sits on the legislative tax committee. He belongs in prison. Only in Idaho where some of the local hayseeds see him as a hero.

  3. timz says:

    And his filthy rotten coherts in the legislature let him off the hook when democrats demanded they look into his not paying taxes as a conflict of interest. he claims taxes are unconstitutional. they said after a “hearing” no conflict exists.

  4. Robert Hoskins says:

    In Wyoming, on some State sections people have built private homes, with nary a peep of protest from anyone, including and especially the State. Another aspect of Western custom and culture.

    Wonder what would happen if I built a house on State land?


  5. skyrim says:

    Guess he couldn’t afford to pay the whole thing. Maybe he could set up a convenient plan of re-payment or get a pay day loan…….


October 2010


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey