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Idaho State Parks Director Retiring In July

The director of the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is retiring.

Nancy Merrill says she will leave the post in the middle of July.

The 66-year-old Merrill became the director in 2009 just as the state was cutting the agency's budget from 17.7 million in 2008 down to $1.3 million this year.

Merrill says the agency worked hard the past few years to reinvent itself to keep parks open. The state has 30 of them.

Lawmakers this year approved a $3.5 million budget for state parks.

State officials say a national search is being launched to replace her.