Monthly Archives: June 2016

Here’s the lowdown on events in Tamarack and the fireworks displays.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Tamarack Realty Open Houses Fri-Sun 10am-4pm.  Stop by the Tamarack Realty Office 850 Village Drive in Discovery Square or call Trish at 208-573-1489 for more details

Friday-Monday   Tamarack Bike Park is open 10am-4pm for chairlift access downhill mountain biking.  Scenic Tours available via Tamarack Express Chairlift too!

Open Daily – Discovery Marketplace  for groceries, deli, catering, etc

Friday 4pm – BBQ at Discovery Marketplace

Saturday, July 2nd     Sunset Concert at Tamarack’s amphitheater featuring Rebecca Scott

Friday-Sunday    7 Devils Garden open for Lunch and Dinner

Saturday    Breakfast Burritos and Bottomless Bloody’s at 7 Devils

Saturday night – Tamarack Homeowner Exclusive Lakeside Mixer 8:30-10pm

Sunday Bellinis & Brunch Buffet at 7 Devils

Sunday night – Discovery Marketplace Customer Appreciation Party for all homeowners and customers with accounts

Monday Night – firework lake cruise on Tamarack Resort’s Pontoon boats.  Appetizers and beverages included.  Sign up before its all booked up!

Waterfront Cabana – open daily with  boat, kayak, paddle board, ski & vest rentals.

Sports Dome – bike rentals, whitewater rafting check in, coffee shop

Zipline Tours available daily

Disc Golf available daily


Where to see the Fireworks

(All Fireworks Shows Begin at Dusk)


Cascade: Lake Cascade

Best Viewing Place: Van Wyck Campground, Lake Cascade State Park


Meadows Valley: MeadowCreek Golf Resort, Osprey Pool Area.


McCall: Payette Lake, Downtown McCall

Best Viewing Place: Legacy Park


Donnelly: Lake Cascade

Best Viewing Place: Donnelly Boat Docks, City of Donnelly.

View from lakeClick back on the home page of the website under Donnelly and McCall Featured Properties to see a nice variety of waterfront homes just listed this week with Tamarack Realty, Inc.  All of these are premium, higher end custom homes.

402 Martin offers a deep water boat dock in a coveted cove on Lake Cascade with 115 feet of white sand beaches.  Newly remodeled in 2015 and outstanding views of the lake and mountains.  Tons of space in loft for additional sleeping which makes it a prime potential rental.

82 Golden Place is just off the W-4 Lane before entering Donnelly from the south and offers the most spectacular views of the lake and Tamarack Resort.  Newly completed in 2016, the spec sheet and photos describe this custom built home in great detail.  Enjoy early season waterfront and late season natural habitat in this section of Lake Cascade’s Goldfork Arm.

13127 Hawks Bay is a premier vacation home on Lake Cascade with Old World Charm yet a cabin feel.  Ideal for two families with 2 master suites upstairs, another master down and a bunk room suite, a kitchen with sets of all appliances, a beautiful wooden table to seat 12, 3 car garage including pull through for your snowmobile, boat or ATV.   Situated on the non-motorized portion of Lake Cascade and borders BOR land down to the lake.

13245 Kokanee is not waterfront but has views of the Northfork of the Payette River and Lake Cascade to its south.  This Precision Craft Log Home sits on the rim with nearly 2 acres, but feels like 200 with the BOR behind you with a conservation easement.

All properties are easy to show but please give us 24 hours notice as all sellers are enjoying their last summer in these incredible homes.

The Tax Man Persists

Valley County to make second attempt to seize properties in Tamarack Resort

for The Star-News
Valley County will make a second attempt next month to seize properties in Tamarack Resort for unpaid property taxes.

The county has declared it will seize the properties on July 25 if the back taxes from 2011 and 2012 are not paid. The county tried to seize the properties a year ago but was blocked by a state judge.

A listing of all of the county parcels with unpaid taxes, including those at Tamarack Resort, can be found starting on Page 12 of this issue of The Star-News and in the next three issues.

The most taxes owed, about $7.13 million, are owed by New TR Acquisitions Co. LLC, also known as Newtrac, on 40 parcels inside the resort, according to the Valley County Treasurer’s Office.

Newtrac was formed by Credit Suisse after the international bank obtained most of the resort’s undeveloped property in 2014 in a foreclosure sale from the original developers of Tamarack Resort.

The Newtrac properties are operated by Replay Resort, a Vancouver, B.C., company that specializes in salvaging financially troubled resorts.

Newtrac is reviewing the notices, said Brad Larsen, who manages Tamarack Resort for Replay Resorts.

“The back taxes are a large and complicated project, and we are working towards choosing a path forward prior to the July deadline,” Larsen said Tuesday.

Among the parcels owned by Newtrac include two timber stands, 37 lots in the Blue Mountain Subdivision and 14 condos in the Lodge at Osprey Meadows.

Newtrac also owns the land and buildings housing the Canoe Grill, the resort’s recreation center and Wildhorse Youth Activity Center as well as unfinished expansion of the lodge.

$5.5 Million More

In addition to the back taxes for 2011 and 2012, Newtrac also owes about $5.5 million in taxes for 2013, 2014 and 2015, according to treasurer’s office.

A week before the 2015 seizure was scheduled, a judge blocked the county at the request of Newtrac.

Newtrac successfully argued that the treasurer’s office did not provide enough detail of what Newtrac owed to the North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water Improvement District.

The county argued that the claim was merely a delaying tactic by Newtrac to avoid paying back taxes.

Those notices have been adjusted for this year’s scheduled seizure, Valley County Treasurer Glenna Young said.

An additional 183 Tamarack parcels listed by the county are owned by UWW of Puyallup, Wash., with back taxes of $439,000 for 2012.

Most of the parcels are condominiums located inside the unfinished Village Plaza in the heart of the resort. The condos were pre-sold by the original developers, who then had to return the buyers’ earnest money when construction on Village Plaza was halted in 2008.

Village Plaza was built by Seattle based Banner/Sabey, which was never fully paid by the original developers and which acquired Village Plaza in a sheriff’s sale in 2013. Banner/Sabey then created UWW as the owner of the property.

UWW paid off its 2011 tax bill of $912,000 last summer after the county threatened to seize those parcels along with those owned by Newtrac.

In addition to property taxes owed from 2012, UWW still owes nearly $1.1 million for 2013, 2014 and 2015, the treasurer’s office said.

There is “no question” UWW will paid the taxes due for 2012 by July 25, Mike Dunne, managing director of UWW, said on Tuesday.

As far as the future of Village Plaza, Dunne said “that is back in Newtrac’s court,” but declined further comment.

For a comprehensive list of all parcels currently on the tax deed sale list, please contact Trisha Sears at

In an attempt to increase the loading speed of this website and to easily find certain property types, the web designer is currently working on creating different search parameters.   The few featured listings will be rotating often, but all properties can be found under “Search Listings.”

This is a great brochure on the Weddings and Events program offered at Tamarack Resort. Click on the link for the pdf version of the marketing brochure

Tamarack Resort Weddings and Events

**If the link is not working on your computer, email me at and I will forward you a copy.  What an incredible venue to host an event!


UPDATE TO THIS STORY:   The Utah businessman did not close on the Osprey Meadows Golf Course.   Stay tuned for further updates.

Utah businessman buys  Osprey Meadows Golf Course

Tamarack Resort course will stay closed for second season


for The Star-News

A Utah businessman has purchased the Osprey Meadows Golf Course at Tamarack Resort for $1.2 million, according to court records.

Star-News file photo

Photo taken last summer shows disheveled state of the Osprey Meadows golf course

Walter J. Plumb III signed a purchase agreement on May 5 with the Tennessee representative for the company that controls over the land, according to records filed in U.S. District Court in Boise.

The agreement with Jeanne Bryant of Receivership Management Inc., of Brentwood, Tenn., is scheduled to close in early July, according to the agreement.

Plumb, of Salt Lake City, could not be reached. His biography on the website of CharityVision, where he serves on the board of directors, lists him as an attorney and businessman.

His early legal career included a partnership with Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, according to the biography.

Plumb has joint ownership in several companies including Pharmics, Plumb Holdings L.L.C., Western States Ventures, Gardner and Plumb, Integrated Water Management, Summitt Energy Company, and Mineral Rights Leasing.

Plumb and his wife, Peggy, recently served a humanitarian mission for their church in Kurdistan, Iraq.

The sale comes after the settlement of a lawsuit that kept the Osprey Meadows course from opening last year or this year.

No mowing or irrigation has been done for more than a year on the 18-hole golf course southwest of Donnelly, allowing the course to become overgrown and dried out.

Closed Last Year

The course was abandoned last year due to a legal dispute between the Tamarack Municipal Association, representing property owners at the resort, and Bryant.

The land on which nearly all the golf course sits as well as the swimming pool and restaurant space at the nearby Lodge at Osprey Meadows are under the control of Bryant.

Bryant represents Retirement Security Plan & Trust of Wichita Falls, Texas, the company from which former Osprey Meadows owner Matthew Hutcheson illegally transferred $3.3 million.

Hutcheson was later convicted on 17 counts of wire fraud and is serving a 17-year prison term.

The association had operated the course for the previous three seasons after owner West Mountain Golf could no longer afford to operate or irrigate the course.

In 2014, Bryant sued the municipal association in federal court for past-due property taxes as well as $718,000 per year in rent.

As a result of the lawsuit, the TMA walked away from the course, calling Bryant’s claims unreasonable.

In February, both sides notified the federal judge in the case that the matter had been settled and asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

Both T.J. Angstman, a Boise attorney representing Bryant, and Steve Lord, a Boise attorney representing the TMA, declined to comment on the settlement, noting its terms were confidential.


Most folks know our Waterfront Cabana, Bike Park, Scenic Chairlift Rides, Cruiser and Downhill Bike Rentals, Disc Golf, Whitewater Rafting, Zip Lines, Discovery Marketplace and 7 Devils Pub are back open this summer.  Oh yes, the Huckleberry Jam is also back for a 3 day concert series!

But check out the Events page on to see even more fun events throughout the summer, including, Wakesurf Wednesdays, Evening Tapas Cruises on Lake Cascade, Sunday Brunches, Sunset Concert Series, Tamarack Twister, Homeowner Mixers and much more still in the works!  Tamarack Realty Tour of Homes will continue throughout the summer, along with Open Houses on most weekends.    It’s going to be a great summer.  Check out the events and make plans now.  Tamarack Resort Summer Events