By RODNEY D. BOAM
Barbara Timmons, former owner of Maple Hot Springs in Thatcher at the lower end of the Bear River Narrows, has sold the facility to Dr. Tracy Gibbs, an international businessman and herbal health professional.
She was approached by a representative of Gibbs in March, who asked her if she would be interested in selling the business. They started the negotiation process shortly after that.
Timmons moved to the area and acquired the hot springs in 1999 and after refurbishing the property and the four hot springs pools reopened it to the public in 2003.
Timmons said she has mixed emotions about leaving Franklin County. She was a supporter of the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce and other community events.
“I will be here until sometime in December. Then I will go spend some time with my father who lives in Maui,” she said.
Gibbs currently lives in Sandy, Utah. He does have some Idaho ties. Both he and his wife have lived in Idaho.
Gibbs will send his sister, Lori, to train and manage the place through the coming winter.
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