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  • DEMINT: White House land grab

    03/03/2010 10:30:24 AM PST · by stan_25 · 22 replies · 1,170+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 03/03/10W | Sen Jim Deming
    You'd think the Obama administration is busy enough controlling the banks, insurance companies and automakers, but thanks to whistleblowers at the Department of the Interior, we now learn they're planning to increase their control over energy-rich land in the West. A secret administration memo has surfaced revealing plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres from Montana to New Mexico, halting job- creating activities like ranching, forestry, mining and energy development. Worse, this land grab would dry up tax revenue that's essential for funding schools, firehouses and community centers. President Obama could enact the plans in...
  • In the West, ‘Monument’ Is a Fighting Word

    02/20/2010 4:56:05 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 588+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 19, 2010 | Kirk Johnson
    ... But the word “secret,” especially when applied to the possible doings of far-away federal bureaucrats, is right up there with “monument” in its ability to unleash vitriol among Western conservatives. In 1996, President Bill Clinton created the 1.7 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah with a surprise announcement that still resonates across the region as a symbol of government powers, or what critics call the abuse of those powers. The new Interior Department memorandum, people in both parties said, has reopened a wound from those days that never quite healed. “Given the lingering frustration felt by many...
  • Senator Hatch calls Rahm Eanuel at White House to complain about monument plan

    02/20/2010 5:29:42 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 23 replies · 1,329+ views
    The Salt Lake City Tribune ^ | 2/19/2010 | Matt Canham
    White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel received an earful from Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch on Friday, one day after a leaked administration memo indicated the president was considering naming two new national monuments in the state. Hatch's office said the senator called Emanuel to complain about the potential unilateral action and Emanuel promised to provide an official response after consulting with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. "I made very clear to him that if the Administration goes down this road, it will meet absolute outrage and opposition from across the state and from me representing Utah in the United States...
  • Obama Eyes Western Land for National Monuments, Angering Some Congressmen

    02/18/2010 7:11:05 AM PST · by boughtwithaprice · 31 replies · 1,575+ views
    More than a dozen pristine landscapes, wildlife habitats and scenic rivers in 11 Western states, some larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, are under consideration by the Obama administration to become America's newest National Monuments. According to internal Department of Interior documents leaked to a Utah congressman and obtained by Fox News, the mostly public lands include Arizona deserts, California mountains, Montana prairies, New Mexico forests, Washington islands and the Great Basins of Nevada and Colorado -- totaling more than 13 million acres. Sources say President Obama is likely to choose two or three sites from the list, depending...
  • Sing Along: 'This Land Is EPA's Land'

    12/16/2009 5:10:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 742+ views ^ | December 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulations: The Clean Water Act is being rewritten to give a government bureaucracy the power to regulate every body of water from the Mississippi River to a rain-flooded field. The first casualty may be American coal. With all the concern for the harm that cap-and-trade and regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant might do to the American economy and free markets, the Environmental Protection Agency is doing quite enough damage with an existing law on the books — the Clean Water Act. Congress plans to revise it to make it an even more powerful bludgeon against industry, energy producers and...
  • Orick CA: The Rural Cleansing of America

    09/04/2001 10:14:15 PM PDT · by ClancyJ · 20 replies · 1,060+ views
    The Sierra Times ^ | 7-1-2001 | Donald C. Amador
    Orick CA: The Rural Cleansing of America (Joining The Ranks With Klamath Falls) Donald C. Amador - Blue Ribbon Coalition ORICK, CA. July 1, 2001 -- "It isn't about threatened and endangered species. It isn't about water for the fish. It's about control," Helen Franklin told a crowd of patriotic Americans gathered in protest of the National Park Service during an Independence Day rally in Orick, California. "Whoever controls food production and water usage in this country will control the people." Franklin, founder of United Coalitions for a Constitutional Government, added, "What has happened in Orick is not an isolated ...
  • Not So Private Property?: Clean Water Restoration Act Raises Fears of Land Grab

    12/14/2009 4:03:24 PM PST · by American Dream 246 · 62 replies · 3,614+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/14/09 | Fox News
    Upwards of 40 percent of all land in the United States is already under some form of government control or ownership -- 800 million to 900 million acres out of America's total 2.2 billion acres. The government now appears poised to wield greater control over private property on a number of fronts. The battle over private property rights has intensified since 2005, when the Supreme Court ruled in the Kelo v. City of New London case that the government could take property from one group of private landowners and give it to another. Outraged over that ruling and a series...
  • Abuse of Eminent Domain Results in Nothing But Vacant Lots

    11/14/2009 7:14:27 AM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 482+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-13-09 | Wordsmith
    An entire neighborhood was uprooted to make way for a big money development which will never be built!Want to know why people are mad at the nexus between big government and big money? The Famous 'Kelo House' Property Is Now A Vacant Lot By John Carney The Business Insider Law Review Nov. 10, 2009 What you are looking at above is a monument to government folly. It is the vacant lot where the home of Susette Kelo once stood. A decade ago, the town of New London, Connecticut claimed Kelo's house by right of eminent domain. The plan was to...

    10/10/2009 3:06:31 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 24 replies · 1,376+ views
    YOUTUBE ^ | October 10, 2009 | swampsniper
    A group of red shirt-wearing Chavista thugs show up at a farm and seize the farm in the name of the government, under the pretext that the 103 hectare farm is “idle land” and that the law allows them to take it over for “food production.” The farmer protests politely, explaining that he’s been raising cattle on his farm for 23 years. He is rebuffed by another guy, who says, “this is not going to be a debate; this is a public act approved by the Venezuelan people. I’m governor and I’m here to ensure public order. There won’t be...
  • Piracy on Treasure Island: Congressional land grab for developers?

    10/06/2009 8:04:20 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 57 replies · 4,782+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 7, 2009 | Christian Bourge and Jim Robbins
    Politicians with ties to land developers are trying to force the Navy to hand over one of the most valuable pieces of property in the country for free. The House version of the 2010 Defense authorization bill scheduled for conference today contains language that would speed the transfer of Naval Station Treasure Island to the city of San Francisco at no cost.
  • U.S. gives Flight 93 site landowners one week to sell (Update #14, Nixed)

    06/06/2009 8:44:45 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 72 replies · 2,864+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 6/6/09 | Amy Worden
    The federal government issued an ultimatum yesterday to people who own land designated for the Flight 93 memorial in Western Pennsylvania: They have one week to reach an agreement on the sale of their land or the government will initiate proceedings to seize it.
  • Fight Property Rights Abuse (Eminent Domain, Blacks, and Montgomery)

    04/26/2009 6:31:01 PM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 30 replies · 1,259+ views
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | April 26, 2009 | David T. Beito
    What is happening in the cradle of the modern civil rights movement? Jimmy McCall would like to know. 'It was more my dream house,' he laments, 'and the city tore it down ... It reminds me of how they used to mistreat black people in the Old South.' In 1955, Rosa Parks took on the whole system of Jim Crow by refusing to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery bus. Today, McCall is waging a lonely battle against the same city government for another civil right: the freedom to build a home on his own land. Though McCall's...
  • County supervisors warned in letter they could lose state support

    04/02/2009 6:52:28 AM PDT · by sasquatch · 22 replies · 903+ views
    Siskiyou Daily News ^ | Wed Apr 01, 2009, 09:24 AM PDT | By Dale Andreasen
    The continuing war of words over the controversy surrounding the possibility of dam removal on the Klamath River escalated March 17, as the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors sent a letter of response to California Resources Agency natural resources secretary Mike Chrisman. The letter was in reply to Chrisman’s threat to end support for the county’s participation in the process of looking into the status of four hydroelectric dams and the effects of their possible removal on the river system and the local economy.
  • Pelosi: House Passage of Landmark Bill Will Conserve Public Lands for Future ...

    03/25/2009 7:29:58 PM PDT · by cc2k · 23 replies · 839+ views
    For Immediate Release 03/25/2009 Pelosi: House Passage of Landmark Bill Will Conserve Public Lands for Future Generations of Americans Washington, D. C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement following passage of H.R. 146, the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009, by a vote of 285 to 140. The bill was passed by the Senate last week and now goes to President Obama for his signature into law: “Today, the House passed a landmark bill to conserve public lands for future generations of Americans.  This bipartisan legislation creates more than 2 million new acres of wilderness, and provides the...
  • Congress votes to expand wilderness in 9 states (Land-grabbing Congre$$ in action)

    03/25/2009 3:10:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 666+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/09 | AP
    WASHINGTON – Congress has voted to set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness — from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. The legislation, which opponents, mostly Republicans, called a "land grab" that would block energy development on vast swaths of federal land, is on its way to President Barack Obama for his likely signature. The House passed the bill, 285-140, Wednesday, the final step in a long legislative road that began last year. The vote came two weeks after the House rejected the bill amid a partisan dispute over...
  • House passes bill to expand wilderness in 9 states

    03/25/2009 2:07:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,273+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | March 25, 2009 | Matthew Daly
    WASHINGTON — Congress on Wednesday set aside more than 2 million acres in nine states as protected wilderness - from California's Sierra Nevada mountains to the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. The legislation is on its way to President Barack Obama for his likely signature. The House approved the bill, 285-140, the final step in a long legislative road that began last year. The vote came two weeks after the House rejected the bill amid a partisan dispute over gun rights. The measure was brought up again in the Senate and approved last week, setting up Wednesday's vote. The bill...
  • Bolivia passes land from rich to poor

    03/14/2009 8:53:04 PM PDT · by coloradan · 24 replies · 1,242+ views
    Reuters / Yahoo ^ | March 14 2009 | Reuters
    LA PAZ (Reuters) – Emboldened by a new leftist constitution, Bolivia President Evo Morales on Saturday handed over ownership of farmland seized by the state from wealthy estate holders to poor indigenous people. Morales handed out around 94,000 acres of lands recently confiscated from five big ranches in Bolivia's wealthy eastern lowlands, a stronghold of his conservative political opponents. The ranchers have been accused of employing workers in conditions of semi-slavery. [...] "It is not that these lands were not in production, but that they were the site of human rights violations against the Guarani, who will now be their...
  • House narrowly rejects massive public lands bill which passed Senate

    03/13/2009 1:06:35 PM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies · 490+ views
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | March 13, 2009 | Nick Snow
    House narrowly rejects massive public lands bill which passed Senate A bill which would have expanded the US wilderness system significantly fell two votes short of passage in the US House on March 11 as Republicans argued it would place too many potential energy resources off-limits. S. 22, which the US Senate passed on Jan. 15, came to the House floor under a rules suspension which required a two-thirds majority for passage and barred amendments. The bill failed as it received 282 yes votes and 144 no votes. Three Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the bill. House GOP leaders...
  • Wilderness bill falls 2 votes short of passing the House

    03/11/2009 11:15:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies · 989+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 11, 2009 | Charles Pope
    WASHINGTON -- A popular but star-crossed public lands bill that would have extended additional protections to 200,000 acres in Oregon and millions more nationwide was defeated in the House Wednesday by a mere two votes. The measure earned a lopsided 282-144 vote but failed nonetheless because it did meet the required two-thirds majority. Under House rules, the bill needed 284 affirmative votes to pass based on the total number of lawmakers voting. The defeat was a bitter setback to supporters who labored for years and felt confident of victory after the Senate passed the bill in January. In the past,...
  • Mugabe vows to seize more farms

    02/28/2009 2:12:59 PM PST · by knighthawk · 33 replies · 1,182+ views
    BBC News ^ | Februari 27 2009
    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has vowed to continue seizing land from white farmers after a spate of "farm invasions" over the past month. Speaking at a rally to celebrate his 85th birthday, he also promised to push for majority Zimbabwean ownership of companies operating in the country. Mugabe supporters raised $250,000 (£176,000) for a lavish birthday party in Chinhoyi, north-west of Harare. Zimbabwe asked African states for $2bn (£1.4bn) in economic aid just days ago.
  • Michigan Proposed House Bill No. 6394 (Very Dangerous)

    02/21/2009 5:07:20 AM PST · by paratrooper82 · 22 replies · 1,691+ views
    Michigan Registar ^ | September 03, 2008 | Kevin Elsenheimer
    HOUSE BILL No. 6394 September 3, 2008, Introduced by Reps. Elsenheimer and Walker and referred to the Committee on Intergovernmental, Urban and Regional Affairs. A bill to amend 2006 PA 110, entitled "Michigan zoning enabling act," (MCL 125.3101 to 125.3702) by adding section 409.
  • Kill the Big, Bad Banks

    02/04/2009 7:34:27 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies · 328+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 04 January 2009 | Lawrence A. Hunter
    Why is the federal government preparing to spend good money on bad goods -- namely the banks' toxic assets -- and then planning to store them in a so-called "aggregator bank," hoping they will improve with age? It's like politicians buying bags of rotting garbage and dumpster debris from their bankrupt cronies as a pretext to kick back public tax dollars to them. It's not right, and it won't work to revive the financial system and rejuvenate the economy. Every day we read that one primary reason the financial system is on the brink of collapse is that the banking...
  • Loss of Homes Threatens Social Stability in China

    12/06/2008 9:49:23 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 13 replies · 673+ views
    VOA ^ | 12.05.08 | Stephanie Ho
    Gao Shuhuan points to the house that has been home to her for most of her life China's rapid economic growth has benefited millions of people, but it also increasingly has become the source for much domestic unrest as the widening wealth gap helps solidify a growing sense of social inequality. One flashpoint for Chinese people who are not wealthy is the loss of their homes, often by local authorities who seize the land and then sell it for big profits.  Forty-two-year-old Gao Shuhuan has lived in this home for nearly half her life. "This is my house. Within...
  • White farmers win case against Zimbabwe land grabs

    11/28/2008 1:55:48 PM PST · by decimon · 23 replies · 1,254+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 28, 2008 | RODRICK MUKUMBIRA
    WINDHOEK, Namibia – A southern African regional court ruled Friday that 78 white Zimbabweans could keep their farms, saying the government's land grab policy was racially motivated. The farmers hailed the ruling as a victory but acknowledged that it is unlikely to be enforced amid Zimbabwe's political and economic crisis.
  • Long Branch signals end to 5-year homes fight

    11/23/2008 4:51:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 939+ views
    star ledger ^ | November 21, 2008 | Mark Mueller & MaryAnn Spoto
    After a bitter five-year legal fight, the city of Long Branch has suggested it will abandon its plan to seize more than a dozen modest homes to make way for an ambitious oceanfront development project. Mayor Adam Schneider, who has long contended the small neighborhood meets the "blighted" designation necessary for the use of eminent domain, said today he now wants to settle with the homeowners rather than fight them in court for several more years. "The goal is to not use eminent domain," Schneider said. "I want this case settled. It's not going to settle if we use eminent...
  • Boulder's infamous 'land-grab' case settled

    11/18/2008 1:16:33 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies · 1,135+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | November 18, 2008 | Heath Urie
    Kirlins say they will only have to cede 15 percent of south Boulder lot. Two Boulder neighbors have settled an adverse-possession case that made national headlines last year and prompted changes to the state's law, according to a joint statement released Tuesday. Don and Susie Kirlin, who originally lost 34 percent of one of their vacant south Boulder lots to their neighbors Richard McLean and Edith Stevens, said they had settled a lawsuit and will only cede 15 percent of the lot. "This settlement allows the parties to put this longstanding and difficult dispute behind them," the couples wrote in...
  • UK: Homeowners cld be forced to sell part of their land so gypsies have permanent sites

    11/17/2008 11:42:42 AM PST · by yankeedame · 27 replies · 1,148+ views
    Daily ^ | 17th November 2008 | Caroline Grant
    Homeowners could be forced to sell part of their land so travellers and gypsies can have permanent sites Homeowners are facing the prospect of being forced to sell their own land to make space for gypsy campsites under orders from the government. ... the Government is launching what has been described as a 'land grab', which could see fields and even private gardens converted into pitches for mobile homes. One local authority is now warning its residents that their land could be brought under compulsory purchase if they refuse to sell up to make way for hundred of travellers setting...
  • Preparing for the Obama Era (all sweetness & light - no keyboards ruined - yet)

    11/09/2008 4:21:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies · 306+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/09/08 | Robert Barnes & Dan Eggen & Anne E. Kornblut
    Preparing for the Obama EraBush Officials and President-Elect Working Together On Pressing Issues By Robert Barnes, Dan Eggen and Anne E. Kornblut Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, November 9, 2008; A01 Faced with one of the most important transfers of presidential power in American history -- amid wars on two fronts, the looming threat of terrorism at home and a full-blown economic crisis -- the outgoing Bush administration and the incoming Obama team have responded with exceptional cooperation on those issues, aides and outside experts say. **SNIP** The Obama team has begun submitting names to the FBI for expedited security...
  • YOU thought 'KELO' was abusive...?

    11/09/2008 3:30:58 PM PST · by Seadog Bytes · 101 replies · 679+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | November 9, 2008 | Robert Vatuone
    ...So YOU thought KELO was abusive...??? KLEPTOCRACY 201 - Today's Lesson Today, class, we will learn how to exercise 'eminent domain' without that pesky need to pay the owner ANYTHING for the property... ...and using this new method, you can not only strong-arm the property away from its rightful owner, but you STILL get to keep shaking down the "property owner" for all those great  PROPERTY TAXES on the parcel, AS WELL! ...WHAT could be BETTER than THAT???!!! ...It's a Kleptocrat's DREAM!!!
  • Law change allows eminent domain at Flight 93 crash site

    10/20/2008 2:58:02 PM PDT · by BGHater · 19 replies · 1,359+ views
    Daily American ^ | 15 Oct 2008 | VICKI ROCK
    The federal law authorizing the Flight 93 National Memorial has been changed to allow the federal government to use eminent domain proceedings to obtain the 275-acre Svonavec Inc. property. Patrick White, vice president of The Families of Flight 93 and buyers agent for the Families, said on Wednesday that the Justice Department would be the one to file for condemnation and will make the decision if and when to do so. It is not the Families of Flight 93’s decision, he said. “The time has come for the residents and citizens of Somerset County to understand what the law is...
  • America for Sale to the Highest Foreign Bidder

    08/11/2008 2:06:36 PM PDT · by AuntB · 23 replies · 248+ views
    TheTownCrier ^ | Aug. 11, 2008 | TheTownCrier, Mike Cutler
    An article yesterday, 'Lost Sovereignity, Oil-rich Fund Eyeing Foreclosed US Homes', talked about how foreign money is now moving to scoop up tens of thousands of discounted foreclosed homes across the country. I caught Letterman the other night when Donald Trump was on. He was saying since our dollar is devalued and everything we have is now a world wide bargain, foreigners are buying up all the choice real estate. He admitted he’s inflating prices to get his best deal, and they’re happy to pay it. Today Mike Cutler brought another related story to our attention. We have done several...
  • South Africa's disputed land (Zimbabwe - Part Deux?)

    07/23/2008 7:47:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies · 153+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Wednesday, 9 July 2008
    Land reform in South Africa is a key ANC policy but it is going badly wrong. Rosie Goldsmith, Reporter for Radio 4 Crossing Continents, met black claimants and white farmers who are caught in the struggle over land. Bernhard Mojapelo is university educated, with a good job in the city. But his main passion in life is for a vast stretch of barren rural scrubland. Thanks to South Africa's land reform, he and his tribe have been able to lodge a claim for it. "Land is a source of life," Bernhard says. "When we were dispossessed and driven away from...
  • Boulder courts see influx of adverse-possession cases

    07/07/2008 6:53:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies · 532+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | July 6, 2008 | Heath Urie
    Exactly as some legal experts predicted, Boulder's courts saw a spike in claims of "adverse possession" filed by people apparently trying to beat the clock on changes to the controversial land law. Of the 25 active adverse-possession lawsuits in Boulder County -- where a person or company claims someone else's land after trespassing on it for at least 18 years -- 15 of those cases were filed in June Some of those cases were filed just hours before changes to the law went into effect last Tuesday, court records show. The changes, drafted by a bipartisan group of state legislators...
  • Hage takings case victory

    06/06/2008 10:55:27 PM PDT · by marsh2 · 12 replies · 258+ views
    e-mail from Stewards of the Range ^ | 6/6/2008 | Margaret Byfield
    The compensatory ruling from the Court of Claims in the Fifth Amendment Takings case of grazer Wayne Hage was finaly handed down after 17 years. Hage's heirs were awarded $4,220,431.20 plus interest from time of Takings plus attorney costs. Property takings on so called federal land included: improvements of springs and wells; water use rights; roads; fences; irrigation ditches. Takings for cattle impoundment and taking of the "entire ranch" were denied. The 18 page ruling should be posted on the Stewards of the Range website soon.
  • A ruling too far : Supreme Court gives home-rule cities alarming power

    06/05/2008 6:44:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies · 370+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 5, 2008
    A land rush may soon be on in Colorado, and the prospectors could be home-rule cities seeking property outside their boundaries. At least that's how we read one possible outcome of Monday's state Supreme Court decision letting Telluride use eminent domain to seize 600 acres of private property sitting outside the town limits. The opinion distorts the straightforward language in the state constitution regarding the relationship between home-rule cities and the state. And in the process, the court has enabled those cities to condemn land in nearby counties or non-home-rule towns, with state lawmakers powerless to stop them. Using this...
  • CA: Proponents of Prop. 98 Respond to Election Outcome (re: Eminent Domain Abuse)

    06/04/2008 6:33:05 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 13 replies · 386+ views
    Proponents of Prop. 98 Respond to Election Outcome Vow to Work on Legislative Solution to End Eminent Domain Abuse Sacramento, CA - Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, issued the following statement on the outcome of the Election. "Since the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo v. New London decision in 2005 more than 40 states have passed reforms that would prohibit government from profiting by seizing private property and giving it to politically connected developers. Prop. 98 was the only measure on the ballot that addressed the Kelo decision by providing comprehensive protections to all private property and...
  • Not-So-Safe-Deposit Boxes: States Seize Citizens' Property to Balance Their Budgets

    05/12/2008 6:32:07 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies · 229+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 12, 2008 | Elisabeth Leamy
    The 50 U.S. states are holding more than $32 billion worth of unclaimed property that they're supposed to safeguard for their citizens. But a "Good Morning America" investigation found some states aggressively seize property that isn't really unclaimed and then use the money -- your money -- to balance their budgets. Unclaimed property consists of things like forgotten apartment security deposits, uncashed dividend checks and safe-deposit boxes abandoned when an elderly relative dies. Banks and other businesses are required to turn that property over to the state for safekeeping. The problem is that the states return less than a quarter...
  • Judge: McLean, Stevens didn't fabricate evidence in land case

    05/05/2008 12:05:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies · 351+ views
    daily camera ^ | May 5, 2008 | Heath Urie
    Richard McLean and Edith Stevens did not fabricate evidence or lie to win their controversial land case against neighbors Don and Susie Kirlin, District Judge James C. Klein ruled today. Klein’s order essentially upholds his decision last fall to award about 34 percent of one of the Kirlins’ vacant lots to McLean and Stevens after they sued for it using the squatter’s-rights law of “adverse possession.” The Kirlins had filed paperwork earlier this year alleging that McLean, a former district court judge, and Stevens, an attorney, faked evidence of a dirt path across the Kirlins’ property and lied about using...
  • Land-grab dispute back at it ( Boulder )

    04/16/2008 12:23:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 623+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | April 16, 2008 | Heath Urie
    A Boulder County District Court judge charged with revisiting a controversial land dispute should not consider "outrageous" claims that Richard McLean and Edith Stevens lied to win their case, according to the couple's attorney. In court documents submitted Tuesday, Boulder attorney Kim Hult responded pointedly to accusations made by Don and Susie Kirlin that their neighbors fabricated a path across their Hardscrabble Drive vacant lot. The thin dirt trail, which has come to be known as "Edie's Path," was a critical piece of evidence that in part led Judge James C. Klein last fall to award about a third of...
  • Ritter approves 'land grab' bill

    04/26/2008 8:00:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 220+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | April 26, 2008 | Heath Urie
    Adverse possession law set to change. Beginning July 1, people hoping to use "adverse possession" to take control of another person's land had better be prepared to pay for it... The bill, which garnered wide bipartisan support among state lawmakers, requires that an adverse possessor believe in "good faith" that the land is actually his or her own. It also raises the burden of proof in an adverse-possession case and gives judges the power to make plaintiffs payfor any land they are awarded. Witwer on Friday said the bill is a victory for property owners. "This will make it harder...
  • China uncovers thousands of illegal land grabs: report

    04/15/2008 8:28:04 AM PDT · by RightWhale · 6 replies · 252+ views
    Beijing AFP ^ | 14 Apr 08 | staff
    Beijing (AFP) April 14, 2008 Chinese authorities uncovered 31,700 cases of illegal land grabs in four months in a crackdown on one of the major factors behind rising social unrest across the country, state media reported on Monday. The unlawful land grabs were discovered between September 15 last year and January 15, and led to 2,864 people being punished, Xinhua news agency quoted Zhang Pu of the Ministry of Land and Resources as saying. Land illegally seized amounted to 224,000 hectares (553,000 acres) in total, according to Xinhua, nearly 60 percent of which was used before getting government approval. The...
  • Judge given 2nd chance at land-grab case (Boulder,CO)

    04/03/2008 9:19:50 AM PDT · by rawhide · 118 replies · 440+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 03, 2008
    A Colorado district court judge who awarded part of a million-dollar residential land parcel to a retired judge and his wife under the state's little-used "adverse possession" law will have an opportunity to review his original decision. The Colorado Court of Appeals has agreed to send the controversial case that benefited retired judge Richard McLean and his wife, Edith Stevens, back to Boulder County District Judge James Klein, who made the original decision, according to a report in the Boulder Daily Camera. The couple who lost the property, Don and Susie Kirlin, had asked the appellate court to return the...
  • War of words heats up in south Boulder 'land grab' case

    03/27/2008 8:18:41 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies · 1,100+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | March 27, 2008 | Heath Urie
    A war of words continues in a high-profile Boulder land case, with each side accusing the other of lying. In January, Don and Susie Kirlin appealed an October ruling by Boulder County District Court Judge James C. Klein that awarded a third of their million-dollar lot to neighbors Richard McLean and Edith Stevens, based on the squatter's-rights law of "adverse possession." The Kirlins at the same time filed a request with the Colorado Court of Appeals to send the case back to the district court level to hear additional evidence, alleging their neighbors fabricated evidence to win their case. After...
  • Putting up a roadblock of questions

    03/20/2008 2:11:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 465+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2008 | Lisa Falkenberg
    LUFKIN — Mae Smith, the 64-year-old mayor of the teeny Central Texas town of Holland, seized the civic center lectern like a dragon-slayer ascending the throne. In a fiery red pantsuit and a voice that echoed without the help of a malfunctioning microphone, she and her cohorts revealed to a crowd of about 50 souls clad in denim and plaid a little-known weapon against the foe of all in the room: Gov. Rick Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor. The weapon, Smith said, doesn't involve marching on the Texas Capitol, like more than 1,000 did last year, some on tractors and horses. It...
  • Technicality may cut California desert areas from federally protected status

    03/13/2008 11:15:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 490+ views
    LA Times ^ | 3/13/08 | Janet Wilson
    Congress is considering permanent protection for 26 million acres of beautiful and historic landscapes in the American West, but has quietly excluded millions of acres of California desert. In a system that would rival the national parks and forests, the National Landscape Conservation Act would unify the management and funding for areas such as the original Pony Express National Historic Trail, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, a million acres of Alaskan caribou calving grounds, 38 wild rivers, Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and a tiny ghost town near the Mexican border. But more than half of the 10.6 million-acre...
  • Crisis in Mexico Is Headed North

    02/24/2008 10:41:40 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 104 replies · 1,388+ views
    ABQ Journal ^ | February 23, 2008 | By Brig. Gen. Greg Zanetti -NM Natl Guard
    The perfect storm for social upheaval is now brewing in Mexico— and in particular Mexico's northern states along the U.S. border. The first storm front is to the east at a place called Cantarell. Long a blessing, Cantarell is Mexico's largest oil field— and largest source of government funds. Output from Cantarell is down more than 15 percent from last year and many believe the field is now in irreversible decline. Thus, government budgets are being strained. The second front is to the north. As the U.S. economy has slowed so have remittances from the United States to Mexico. The...
  • TxDOT official: Plans for massive TTC will likely change

    02/22/2008 6:17:00 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 300+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | February 21, 2008 | Matthew Stoff
    n what may have been the first hint of victory for opponents of the Trans Texas Corridor, a high-ranking Texas Department of Transportation official said Thursday he regretted his agency's communication failures and said one proposed version of the corridor, a 10-lane super highway with rail and utility pathways, will "probably not" be built in East Texas, based on the overwhelming resistance to the idea expressed at public hearings on the project this month. Phillip Russell, assistant executive director for innovative project development at TxDOT, was the keynote speaker at the Lone Star Legislative Summit at SFA Thursday, where he...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor debated in East Texas

    02/19/2008 1:37:06 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies · 463+ views ^ | February 18, 2008 | Gloria Gallardo
    TYLER - Heated debates are cropping up in rural East Texas communities as the Texas Department of Transportation hold hearings on the proposed the Trans-Texas Corridor. It's the first construction project of it's kind in the country. The Texas Department of Transportation says they want it to make room for a growing state. "A thousand people a day move to texas," says spokesman Larry Krantz,"where are these people going to drive? The population in Texas is going to explode by 60% in the year 2030." Their plans involve moving commercial trucks off existing interstate highways and onto one of two...
  • Kosovo Declares Independence From Serbia

    02/17/2008 8:55:18 AM PST · by Regulator · 169 replies · 490+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, February 17, 2008 | By NEBI QENA and WILLIAM J. KOLE
    PRISTINA, Kosovo -- Kosovo's parliament declared the territory a nation on Sunday, mounting a historic bid to become an "independent and democratic state" backed by the U.S. and European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and Russia.....
  • Witness surfaces in Boulder land grab

    02/17/2008 9:49:28 AM PST · by rawhide · 47 replies · 347+ views
    A witness has surfaced in the Boulder, Colo., case in which a former judge and his wife used a little-known state law concerning "adverse possession" to gain ownership of a significant portion of their neighbor's valuable building lot in a pricy subdivision. It seems one of the neighbors now reports seeing a woman who looked like Edie Stevens, the judge's wife, "tromping, stomping and kicking the ground, causing vegetation and dirt to rise from the ground in the area where the dirt path … later appeared." That statement comes from neighbor Josephine Touchton, whose affidavit, along with other photographic and...