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Ted Turner's land purchases questioned
Associated Press ^ | Nov 28 | NATE JENKINS

Posted on 11/28/2007 12:13:13 PM PST by george76

Ted Turner's men didn't flinch...

When the auction was over, they walked away with what they came for: 26,300 acres of prime ranch land, at a cost of nearly $10 million.

"It hasn't taken long to find out he's serious," said Duane Kime, a rancher and Turner neighbor who was outbid by about $100,000 by the CNN founder.

But what exactly is Turner serious about?

The question gnaws at folks here and in other rural areas of the country ...

Turner has amassed 2 million acres over the past two decades to become the largest private landowner in the country. He owns land in at least nine states, with most of his holdings in New Mexico, Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota...

His front men say their boss doesn't have a secret agenda... But each big buy only heightens the anxiety and gives rise to conspiracy theories, the most ominous of which hold that the swashbuckling Atlanta executive is bent on putting Nebraska ranchers and farmers out of business.

Among the theories: Turner is trying to corner the land over the Ogallala Aquifer, the world's largest underground water system, to gain power in the water-starved West.

Or: He is scheming, perhaps with the United Nations, to create a vast wildlife refuge and turn it over to the federal government, removing the land from Nebraska's tax rolls...

Turner's organizations also have been in discussions with the World Wildlife Fund and the World Conservation Union ...

Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico, for example, offers weeklong elk hunting excursions at $12,000 a pop...

Another persistent complaint is that Turner's extraordinary ability to outbid just about anyone is driving up land prices, making it tougher for longtime ranchers to expand and keep their operations afloat.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Montana; US: Nebraska; US: New Mexico; US: South Dakota
KEYWORDS: billionaires; cnn; cnnfounder; liberalmedia; tedturner; turner; water
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Ted Turner is the largest individual landowner in North America.

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1 posted on 11/28/2007 12:13:14 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

He owns a huge chunk of Patagonia too, unless Jane walked away with it.


2 posted on 11/28/2007 12:14:45 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: george76
What does he need all that land for? I own only 7 acres with others here in Colorado. Its more than I need frankly. But I have no interest in buying up half of America.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 11/28/2007 12:15:50 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: george76

Ted Turner is the largest individual landowner in North America.

I’d say the largest would be Michael Moore.


4 posted on 11/28/2007 12:16:23 PM PST by dblshot
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To: Ben Ficklin; girlangler; Myrddin; Tijeras_Slim

Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico offers weeklong elk hunting excursions at $12,000 per...


5 posted on 11/28/2007 12:16:56 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

That ain’t bad, out of state hunters routinely drop huge sums to hunt in NM.


6 posted on 11/28/2007 12:18:22 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: goldstategop

7 posted on 11/28/2007 12:20:12 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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Turner lost billions in the AOL/Time Warner disaster. Maybe he sees land as a better bet. He is also a bird hunter.


8 posted on 11/28/2007 12:22:17 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: george76

$380 per acre


9 posted on 11/28/2007 12:24:22 PM PST by George from New England
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Good money for outfitters ?


10 posted on 11/28/2007 12:25:38 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

I think some guy paid almost $200K a couple years back.

For that kinda money, I’d go to Africa and shoot toothy stuff.


11 posted on 11/28/2007 12:28:57 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

“He owns a huge chunk of Patagonia too, unless Jane walked away with it.”

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That would be the guy who founded The North Face outdoor clothing company.


12 posted on 11/28/2007 12:29:00 PM PST by sinanju
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To: george76

Al Qaeda training camps???


13 posted on 11/28/2007 12:30:43 PM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that that light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: sinanju; CedarDave; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...
NM Ping

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14 posted on 11/28/2007 12:31:03 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt!)
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Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico offers weeklong elk hunting excursions at $12,000 per...

Who would have thought Turner was really a capitalist? How dare he purchase an asset and make money with it!

15 posted on 11/28/2007 12:33:08 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: george76

land envy ping


16 posted on 11/28/2007 12:34:03 PM PST by sure_fine ( " not one to over kill the thought process " )
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Wow.

For that amount of money, there should be a happy ending ?


17 posted on 11/28/2007 12:34:07 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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I wouldnt be surprised if the anti-American globalist Turner turned the land over to the Unpunished Nazis (UN) as some “heritage park”

Turner promised the UN 1 billion bucks, and still hasnt made good on it. Why not give them land.

Scary that a socio-commie like Turner would own so much land


18 posted on 11/28/2007 12:37:26 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (www.FantasyCollegeBlitz.com)
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To: george76

36 years ago the average price per acre of undeveloped land in Montana was $50. Now it is about $10,000 just as a start because of sob’s like turner.


19 posted on 11/28/2007 12:38:44 PM PST by jesseam (Been there and done that!)
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If you're from Chicago or such, any elk will do.

I'd like to hunt the Valles Vidal. 100 square miles of really untouched land.


20 posted on 11/28/2007 12:39:41 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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