Forestlands near Banks, Idaho.
Forestlands near Banks, Idaho. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Forestlands near Banks, Idaho. Rocky Barker rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Letters from the West

Letters from the West

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Do two Texas billionaire brothers now own a big chunk of S. Idaho?

August 25, 2016 09:43 AM

UPDATED August 26, 2016 07:22 AM

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."