Martin's Cove Bill Close

Washington D.C. – A bill is awaiting the signature of President Bush that would allow the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to lease land in Natrona County known as Martin's Cove.
Many Mormon pioneers headed to Utah froze or starved to death at the cove in 1856 after being trapped by a snowstorm.
The church views the area as sacred land.
The president is expected to sign the bill, which would end a contentious dispute over Martin's Cove.
The measure, which is part of a larger spending bill, authorizes a 25-year lease by the church.
The church had encountered stiff opposition over its proposal to buy the land.
Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming inserted the provision allowing for the lease, which the church said it would be satisfied with.