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Motorcycle Track To Be Closed In Blaine County Next Week

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By Paul Johnson

Blaine County, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - The Idaho Transportation Department will be closing a motorcycle track in Blaine County Tuesday, October 16. The site known as Stanton Crossing is located about two miles west of the U.S. 20/Idaho 75 junction.
For many years the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) held a mineral lease with the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) to use the site to extract sand and gravel for highway projects. The source had not been actively used by ITD for more than a decade and over time an unauthorized motorcycle dirt track was created on the leased area.
Reclamation of the site is required by the Idaho Surface Mining Act, as well as through terms of the ITD mineral lease, which expired in 2011.
ITD forces will bulldoze through disturbed areas of the site and seed native vegetation during this month. Portions of the area will be fenced to restrict activities in the reclamation area and information about the closure will be posted.
The Stanton Crossing track has been used by some organized track riders from Blaine County and the nearby counties of Camas, Gooding, Lincoln, Twin Falls and Cassia. Two other public tracks in Blaine County, managed by the Idaho Mountain Dirt Riders Association and the Bureau of Land Management, remain available for use.
The Public School Endowment owns the land and the mineral rights on the site and the Idaho Department of Lands manages them under a Constitutional mandate to maximize long-term financial returns to public schools.
Members of the public with questions about this project are encouraged to contact the ITD office in Shoshone at (208) 886-7809 or the IDL office in Jerome at (208) 324-2561.

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