Scratching for a living

  Dan Popkey, a columnist with the Idaho Statesman, noted irony in the Idaho State Land Board's decision to overturn a grazing lease won at an auction by an environmental group. The board returned the lease to the Ingrams, a ranching family from Challis, Idaho, after hearing the ranchers' emotional plea to protect family agriculture in the West (HCN, 2/7/94). "I have to take care of this land," Gary Ingram told the board. "That's what feeds my family." Popkey responded: "The land has been good to the Ingrams. Their Warm Springs Ranch is for sale for $4.35 million. It has a lighted tennis court, two houses, two mobile homes and two hydro plants that generated $225,000 in sales in 1992."