Dispute Over Idaho Hot Springs Resort Getting Frosty



The fate of a North-Central Idaho hot springs continues to be the subject of a hot debate.

On July 16, Citydesk told you how the Red River Hot Springs, located in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, had been effectively shut down when the U.S. Forest Service seized the resort's reservation book, indicating there had been several violations, including lack of insurance.

The resort is operated through a special-use permit administered by the USFS, although buildings and other amenities belong to owner Robert Blake of Lewiston. Blake has since been in the process of selling his operation to Gabriel Eagle and common-law wife Tabatha Lancaster.

But things have gotten frosty between Blake and the new would-be owners.

"[Blake] told us we had to leave in six hours because we were in violation of the deed because of late charges on monthly payments," Lancaster told the Lewiston Tribune, adding that the couple had been on time with their payments. "So we told him we weren't leaving."

Meanwhile Lancaster said she has forwarded new proof of insurance to the Forest Service.

"Our attorney told us we haven't broken or violated the contract to deed," she said. "So he advised us to stay here on the property because if we leave, we lose our rights."


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