Sportsmen got their money back with interest when Fish and Game sold the old Marsing Job Corps property March 30.
The 52 _-acre property on the north side of the river near Marsing went for $540,000 at auction to an Eagle firm, Ertl Enterprises. Ertl bid the highest of three active bidders. The minimum bid had been set at $264,000. Fish and Game bought the property in 1965 for $8,000. It was leased for many years to the federal Job Corps.
Fish and Game kept rights to access the boat ramp on the river side of the property, so hunters and anglers will not lose an access point to the river where banks are rapidly being developed.
The department had been trying to sell the property in recent years, particularly earnestly since budget problems became apparent in the mid-1990s, but four previous attempts at auctioning the property failed when the minimum bid was not met.