The Oregon State Department of Lands was set to purchase about a half acre of land of off southwest Bluff Drive in the Old Mill District in October. The deal was put on hold when concerns were raised about the property owner’s relationship to a top department official and some procedures had not been followed. Apparently no appraisal had been done on the land. On October 12th Governor Ted Kulongoski, who chairs the State Land Board halted to sale to review the sale. This prompted at Department of Justice to examine if ethics laws were followed. Now the state is retooling procedures in purchasing land to make sure everything is above board.