Trapper's Lodge to undergo inspection

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After finding bare wires and neglected plumbing at Trappers Lake Lodge, U.S. Forest Service inspectors will decide today whether the lodge has been adequately repaired.

The Forest Service's initial inspection followed the arrests of five employees at Trappers Lake Lodge, between April 25 and May 25, said Linn Pettijohn, assistant district ranger at the White River office.

Inspectors found bare wires between cabins, and plumbers determined pipes had pressure problems and leaked, Pettijohn said.

"We're hoping to see a significant improvement," Pettijohn said.

Regardless of the results of the inspection, the lodge won't reopen today, he said.

But the Forest Service will have to make a decision on whether the lodge can reopen by Thursday. After giving the lodge's operators, RM Investments, an ultimatum to sell the lodge or return the land to its natural condition, RM Investors applied for a stay.

The operators said they would like to remain open during the appeal. That's a decision the regional office in Lakewood will make, Pettijohn said.

Dan Stogsdill, owner of the lodge, did not return a call inquiring what improvements he has made. He released a statement last week, saying there were numerous inaccuracies with the Forest Service public safety and health report.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or rgebhart@craigdailypress.com

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