A mixed bag of news came out this week from the Valley County resort community of Tamarack
, once heralded as having some of the best ski runs in North America.
Tamarack saw $500 million in real estate sales in 2007 but the boom times ended in bankruptcy a few years later, with half-finished buildings and a bench warrant for its former owner, Jean-Pierre Boespflug
, who to this day is at-large.
While all that drama made national headlines, more than $12 million in unpaid property taxes
is still owed to Valley County.
According to this week's McCall Star-News
, Valley County officials will make another attempt sometime in July to seize Tamarack properties to recoup some of the county's unpaid revenues. A similar move by the county in 2015 was blocked by a state judge.
Meanwhile, Tamarack's' golf course—which has sat idle, overgrown and dried out for more than a year—is scheduled to be purchased by Salt Lake City businessman Walter Plumb III. The Osprey Meadows Golf Course went into receivership after its former owner, Eagle businessman Matthew Hutcheson, was found guilty
of stealing funds to buy the golf course.
reports Plumb has joint ownership in several companies, is a major benefactor to several charities
and is the former law partner of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Plumb reportedly signed a purchase agreement in early May and the deal should close sometime in early July. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Boise, the purchase price of the golf course was $1.2 million.