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For Sale: Val Kilmer’s New Mexico Ranch for $33 Million

Val Kilmer, star of Top Gun, Tombstone and Willow, has put his 5,970-acre Pecos River Ranch on the market for $33 million. John Watson of Orvis/Cushman & Wakefield has the listing. The Pecos River Ranch features more than five miles

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Posted in Conservation, Equestrian, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Hunting, Southwest

For Sale: Bell Ranch Gets Bigger

The biggest ranch on the market in America just got bigger. The heirs of William Lane, who assembled New Mexico’s Bell Ranch 40 years ago, have elected to include an additional 40,100 acres of canyon country and pastureland in the offering, which

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Hunting, News Desk, Regional News, Southwest, Topics, Water

For Sale: Lance Armstrong’s Texas Ranch

Apparently retirement was just too boring for Lance Armstrong. The seven-time Tour de France winner ended his hiatus from cycling earlier this year and is currently in training for a shot at his eighth Tour title later this year. (Although

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Posted in Conservation, Farming, Feature, Grant Gannon, Recreation, Residential Property, Southwest, Water

Pentagon Turns to Texas A&M to Protect Endangered Species

Landowners in and around Fort Hood have been receiving millions of dollars from  Texas A&M to participate in a secretive Pentagon program whose goal is to protect endangered species.

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Southwest

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

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