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Kelo Rears Its Greedy Head in Houston

For landowners, their is no more controversial case than the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Kelo v. City of New London permitting the use of eminent domain to transfer private property from one owner to another under the guise of furthering economic development. In response

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest, Topics

Border Fence Spikes Demand for Appraisers

670 miles. That’s the distance along the U.S.-Mexico border that the Department of Homeland Security wants to cordon off with its 18-foot-high border fence. The sheer size of this massive undertaking and the number of property owners already disputing the

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Regional News, Southwest

Federal Reserve Bullish on Great Plains

Farmland in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and parts of New Mexico jumped 20 percent in the third quarter of 2008, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City this week. Here are some of the

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Posted in Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest

Slowdown Forecast for Texas Land

Ag economists at Texas A&M are predicting that the red-hot Texas land market will lose its sizzle next year. Since 2003, land prices have increased an average of 14.5 percent annually, and with the median price statewide approximately $2,300 per acre, that

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Posted in Cattle, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Hunting, Minerals, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Southwest

Ted Turner Tops the 2008 Land Report 100

For the second year in a row, Ted Turner take top honors as America’s largest landowner with more than a dozen properties totaling more than 2 million acres. Add to this more than 100,000 acres in Argentina, where he owns

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Hunting, Minerals, News Desk, Pacific, Recreation, South, Southwest, Timber, West

Lessons of the Barnett Shale

Although I don’t agree with the conclusion of this excellent article in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News – that the biggest mineral play in the U.S. has gone bust – there is a lot of good hands-on reporting by Elizabeth Souder

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Southwest, Topics

U.S. Marshals Seize 695-Acre Texas Hill Country Ranch

A few years ago I started noticing all the classifieds that were advertising vehicles for sale. They had been seized by one branch or another of the federal government. Most of the time drugs were involved. Then, thanks to the mortgage meltdown, county sheriffs

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Posted in Feature, Regional News, Southwest

Developer’s Diary: Ute Lake Ranch

A couple of weeks ago my fearless editor and I hitched a ride on a single-engine prop from Denver’s Centennial Airport to Tucumcari, the heart of northeast New Mexico, for a visit to a great new resort development we had been hearing about.

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Posted in Developers, Eddie Lee Rider, Equestrian, Feature, Golf, Hunting, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Southwest, Water

T. Boone Pickens: The Land Report Interview

Join Land Report Editor Eric O’Keefe as he goes behind the scenes with the legendary Texas oil man on his Roberts County ranch and in his quest to wean America off foreign oil.

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Posted in 2008 Fall, Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Hunting, Minerals, News Desk, Southwest, Water

Shuttered Texas Silver Mine to Reopen?

First it was ethanol and the price per acre in the Corn Belt. Then oil and gas began propping up land values in mineral-rich areas such as the huge shales found coast to coast. Now other commodities are driving other

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Posted in Energy, Feature, Minerals, News Desk, Southwest, Stephen OKeefe, Topics
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