BOISE -- Idaho officials are seeking permission from a federal judge to temporarily remove Occupy Boise from their encampment on state land so they can perform repairs to the property.

The Attorney General's office filed a motion last week asking U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to modify his preliminary ruling in February prohibiting the state from evicting protesters' tents from the old Ada County Courthouse grounds.

Winmill will continue hearing the case in June.

The state says it needs Occupy to vacate the lawn so it can fix damage caused by the protesters' nearly six-month long vigil and also to perform seasonal maintenance, including weekly mowing.

The motion says part of the property will also need to be closed in May for construction and that protesters haven't agreed to voluntarily relocate.

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