BOISE -- A judge in north Idaho has ruled against a family that challenged the auction of its state-owned cabin site at Priest Lake.
The decision by 1st District Judge Barbara Buchanan finds that cabin owners who lease the land from the state have no right to continue leases or appeal appraisals before auction.
The Spokesman-Review reports the lawsuit was filed by a family that has rented the site for decades and even has the buried remains of five ancestors at the property. The judge's opinion doesn't address the graves.
For decades, cabin owners who built the property on land rented from the state were protected from competitive bidding. But a recent Idaho Supreme Court decision changed the rules to require any expired lease to go through a public auction process.