Tribune: Idaho Resort Shut Down By Forest Service

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A prospective owner of a North Central Idaho resort says he's being muscled out of business by the U.S. Forest Service, but the feds say the resort doesn't pass inspection.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that officials with the U.S. Forest Service seized the reservation book from the Red River Hot Springs located in the Nez Perce-Clearwater national Forest about 85 miles southeast of Grangeville. Feds also ordered the resort to close.

"They gave us a paper saying we're shutting [the resort] down and everybody has to vacate because of trash," Gabrial Eagle told the Tribune. "There is no trash here."

Eagle said he was in the process of buying the hot springs since November 2012 from current owner Robert Blake. The Red River Hot Springs is located on U.S. Forest Service property and is operated under a special use permit administered by the agency.

A spokesman for the USFS Elk City Ranger District said Red River had an additional problem: lack of proof of insurance.

"The powers that be said there was a problem, especially with the lack of insurance," said Randy Borniger, of the USFS. "We needed to suspend operations until they resolved the issues."

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