Board debates issue of leasing rates for state lands


HELENA - The long-standing debate over how much money the state should get for renting its land arose again Monday as the state Land Board tried to settle disputes over grazing rates for several leases.

Members of the board - which is comprised of the state's top elected officials - raised questions about their ability to judge whether the recommended prices are proper. But they took the unusual step in one instance of rejecting the rate the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation recommended

Lt. Gov. Karl Ohs, acting board chairman while Gov. Judy Martz was out of state, warned me...

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