Skip to comments.Oprah sued by 86-year-old nuclear physicist who claims TV mogul is blocking public hiking trails
Posted on 05/15/2014 7:36:14 PM PDT by rickmichaels
A man who lives near Oprah Winfreys new property above Telluride, Colorado, is suing her for allegedly blocking access to hiking trails open to neighbours for decades.
Retired nuclear physicist Charles D. Goodman claims Winfreys Yellow Brick Road company, the propertys former owners and the town of Mountain Village made a secret deal to close access to the trails that cut across the property purchased for $10.9 million in March.
I dont care if Oprah is a neighbor, but if she is going to cut off access to trails, I dont find that acceptable, Goodman said in an interview with the Denver Post.
(Excerpt) Read more at arts.nationalpost.com ...
We’re sorry but the queen has annexed your trail.
For the amount of money she’s worth you figure she could establish some form of conservative organization to maintain the trails the land and generate all that good will.
Ih the IMAGE that the headline brought to mind.
I immediately wondered how WIDE these trails might be.
frankly I cant imagine Okra going NEAR a trail...but I can certainly “see her blocking one
ah the liberal cry for all time.....what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine. Oprah practices it perfectly just like the other O
Private property rights for me but not for thee ... Bueller? Bueller?
well this is too easy....just ‘discover’ a turtle on the trail...
oprah could stand in it and block the holland tunnel.
Typical. Nearly every self styled champion of the common man turns out to be greedier than most.
All liberals want to have a “King’s Forest.” No wonder they hate private land ownership for us.
if oprah bought it... oprah can block it.
i think the physicist is trespassing.
This illegal action by Oprah, (many States have a time period established for earned public usage of a private property road or trail), hopefully is against a Black Scientist.
Otherwise, Racism could be added to her anti-male, anti-Science, anti-elderly indisputable charges.
Oprah is a douche bag, always has been..came into her stepmother’s home and yelled “Negros in the house, negros in the house” and laughed..most people know what an absolute fraud Oprah is but she is a hero on the left since she gives millions to the Dem party
Mr. Goodman, you are a RACIST!!!!
virtually the same thing is happening on Maui , where Oprah has ticked all off her Maui neighbors by negotiating private ranch road access down to Kihei and the beaches , and blocking all all other public usage . Yet another case of the arrogance of the self appointed imperial negroes .
The deed is a public document. If there are easements in the old one then people can pull the new one to see if they are still there.
I thought all beaches were public in Hawaii,with the exception of some Federal lands.
Sorry, but if you are THE 1%, you can do what you want. Especially if you are Oprah Winfrey, the biggest over paid celebrity in history.( Gayle King, her good friend is another one. I met them at a restaurant in Hartford. Rude people.)
The law in most states, and I presume in Colorado, states that if you allow public access for walkers or hikers across your land for a certain number of years—usually seven—then you cannot prevent people from continued access.
This goes back to English law. England is full of footpaths, which cannot be closed off. And American law continued that practice.
Rockefeller Center owns the road that goes through it in front of the skating rink. And once a year they close it to traffic for a day, because otherwise they would lose that property right to the road.
Exactly! Easements are a part of a properties deed and almost always are transferred to the new owner, regardless of what the sales contract said. If the property had a valid easement for public trail access, Ms. Oprah is bound to allow for said public access. The whole thing sounds like she pushed the former owners and local politicians to change the easement before the property transfer.
This would certainly be duplicitous. It is also possibly fraudulent and corrupt. Nothing Oprah would be unfamiliar with.
they are , I am talking about the long , private ranch road access , which Oprah has purchased passage over , for herself , alone . This really pisses off the locals . They are NOT happy with her elitist vibes
Thanks for that info.
Old Oprah has certainly forgotten her humble origins.
I would want be the one who pisses off a nuclear physicist who doesn’t have much to lose with 86 years behind him.
she needs to go back to Attala County and help poor folks around there . Stop buying up half the country and showing off .
Doesn’t she also have a mansion in Hawaii — where she was cutting off the public’s access?
But, but, but...people, we are talking about Oprah here. Do you really think it appropriate that others should set foot where her exalted feet have tread?
I wonder how many critters invest that hay stack.
In many cases today, 86 is the new 66 .
When oprah’s wide behind moved in, “There goes the neighborhood.”
There are places I go fishing and hiking occasionally. Some of the rivers and trails cut through some property owned by very famous and wealthy people. The ones I have gone through the property owners allow access (within reason). But not the mighty O.
Oh. Speaking of queen O. Anyone who has a chance to cruise around her compound in Maui should ask how much they like being her neighbor. Especially when Empress Moochelle is there.
she is the child of cotton choppers
what makes her so exalted ?
you mean the old Thompson Ranch ?
They had just as many dangerous moonbats and useful idiots then, with even more power. Murrow and Cronkite come to mind.
Well she is doing them a favor do they really want to see that rotund billionaire in a bathing suit? Yuck
I spend half the year in Kailua not far from the Won’s Hawaiian compound. Ionly visit Maui and can’t imagine the headache. On those roads by the queen’s ranch.
nope , she uses the access for quick travel to the ultra luxury Kihei resorts and the fine dining restaurants there
She calls it a trail. We call it I-70. ;-)
Lots of liberals screamed to close down OHV trails because it isn’t part of their acceptable activity list.
good. Let them suffer what we did for a while with their green/PC hiking trails. I no longer have pity. Then when they decide to get of their environmental high horses, we can open them all back up together. If not, let them suffer the loss alone.
She’s probably the only black person living in Telluride...its her get whitey meme.
Liberals are always work to the working class they say they support.
Rudest and stupidest people are the left.
I think easement rights are well established in real estate law....unless you are above the law!
Easements are great for certain purposes. I wonder who would be legally liable if someone got hurt in the easement zone of property one owns. That may be a prime concern.
they may exist, but are not considered by me, constitutional...
i know the law may be different, but a lower court case law denotes easements and regulations as so much extortion...
private property rights should trump easements.
yes just my opinion, and i cannot find the land case where it was said by an reporter for the LA times i think, that the ruling will do for land owners as brown vs BOE did for education...
i will look for it.
Imagine ...The Number of CONES set free to ve used .. elsewhere
This illegal action by Oprah, (many States have a time period established for earned public usage of a private property road or trail)
Only *unpermitted* use can lead to a prescriptive easement. That’s first year law school stuff.