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A response to Yaak property owner's letter

| September 1, 2023 7:00 AM

In response to Owen Baisden’s “Letter to the Editor” in the Western News dated Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, we NEVER EVER parked mobile homes, built sheds and installed a water system on the plot that you referenced.

All of these improvements WERE ALREADY ON THE PLOT when we bought our property in August 2004. We were told by the seller that we owned the plot.

Eventually, we paid the back taxes on the mobile homes and had them removed.

We did, however, place a “No Trespassing” sign on the plot because both legal and illegal hunting occur along the frontage road (Old Yaak Road).

At no time did we ever make a swimming hole anywhere in the creek. In fact, the creek is not adjacent to the plot. It flows THROUGH OUR 29-plus acre property.

In addition, because of out-of-state developers seeking to turn once pristine and safe areas into areas from which they came, Zoning Districts are a necessary tool to prevent the haphazard, ill-conceived development of Lincoln County.

Perhaps the public would like to know the plans for the remainder of your acreage.

When people don’t tell the truth, credibility erodes! A public apology would be credible.

Jim and Nancy Hight, Troy