eminent domain

The Battle of Bois D’Arc Creek

Under the guise of progress, eminent domain rears its ugly head yet again. by Henry Chappell | photography by Russell Graves When Harold “Thump” Witcher (right) mows a hayfield, cleans a fencerow, or feeds his cattle, he works land he

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Posted in Conservation, Developers, Feature, Federal Policy, Henry Chappell, News Desk, Public Land, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Water

The Little Pink House Goes to Hollywood

One of the greatest missteps by our nation’s high court will be featured on the silver screen next year. Producer Ted Balaker can remember the exact moment when he first learned that the Supreme Court had ruled 5-4 against Susette

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Posted in Connecticut, Corinne Garcia, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Northeast, Public Land

Keystone Pipeline Goes to State Supreme Court

The Nebraska Supreme Court will wait until September to hear a challenge by landowners and others opposing Gov. Dave Heineman’s decision to let Keystone XL pipeline builder TransCanada use the power of eminent domain to acquire the necessary right of

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Posted in Agriculture, Energy, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Nebraska, Public Land

Texas Senate Tackles Eminent Domain

Four years after the Supreme Court handed down Kelo vs. New London, eminent domain reform continues. Earlier this month, the Texas Senate passed an amendment that would make it harder for the government to seize land from private landowners via

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Posted in Developers, Federal Policy, Grant Gannon, Public Land, Residential Property, Taxes

Obama to Nominate Salazar for Interior

Landowners in the West will have one of their own heading up the Interior Department in the new Obama Administration. According to published reports, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) will be named the 50th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, Public Land, Timber, Water

Pinon Canyon: Under Fire Again

Fire destroyed Mack Louden’s century-old Marty Feeds building in Trinidad on September 15. Louden, a local rancher who has been spearheading opposition to Fort Carson’s proposed expansion of the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, had insurance on just a portion of the property.

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Trey Garrison, West

Pinon Canyon: The Fight Goes to the Hill

The U.S. Senate is close to approving a $72 billion military construction budget that would effectively prevent the Army from spending any money to expand the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site for another year. But opponents of the expansion are by no

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

Pinon Canyon: Colorado Senator Ken Salazar Feels the Heat

Pressure from grassroots opponents of the U.S. Army’s attempt to seize 420,000 acres of privately-owned land in southeast Colorado is starting to produce some results in Washington. While he’s been a lukewarm supporter of Colorado ranchers in their fight with the

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

Pinon Canyon: The Opposition

Mack Louden’s most memorable feature isn’t his sunbaked skin or his steely eyes. It’s his determination. The man’s face is optimistically defiant, unbroken yet scarred, and colored by a tinge of melancholy and pessimism.

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Posted in Feature, News Desk, Trey Garrison, West

Pinon Canyon: A Closer Look

For more than a year The Land Report has been tracking the largest proposed seizure of private property by the federal government in modern history: the Battle for Pinon Canyon. It pits ranchers in southeast Colorado against an opponent that’s not used to losing

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Posted in Cattle, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Trey Garrison, West
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