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Man sues Oprah over trail access in Colorado

Oprah Responds to Getting Sued by 86-Year-Old Nuclear Physicist

DENVER (AP) -- A man who lives near Oprah Winfrey's new property above Telluride, Colorado, is suing her for allegedly blocking access to hiking trails open to neighbors for decades.

Retired physicist Charles D. Goodman claims Winfrey's Yellow Brick Road company, the property's former owners and the town of Mountain Village made a secret deal to close access to the trails that cut across the land purchased for $10.9 million in March.

The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/1v9yiQQ ) reported Thursday that the former owners, Hoyt and Carol Barnett, asked for a correction to property records shortly before selling the land.

Goodman claims that erased easements allowing residents of nearby homes to use the trails.

Mountain Village denies the accusation. Town community development director Chirs Hawkins said the correction only cleared up ambiguities and that the town and Winfrey's team want to continue to allow trail access.

In a written statement, Yellow Brick Road spokeswoman Wendy Luckenbill said the company will continue to work with the neighbors ensure "reasonable" access for neighbors over portions of the land.

The trails were established in 1989 after negotiations between Goodman and the U.S. Forest Service, which owned the land at the time.

Winfrey plans to build a mansion and guest home on the property starting this summer. Plans for the homes haven't been submitted yet but the project will require building a bridge over a ski run and cutting down an estimated 800 to 1,000 trees to comply with the town's wildfire mitigation policies.

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Odens Fist May 15 2014 at 9:24 PM

Oprah is a (think she) knows it all, racist slob.. She thinks her opinions and view on life and everything else are the last word and law. Sorry sweetie, you have an over developed sense of self worth, you're no more important then a clump of manure, at least manure fertilizes the ground.

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crisvoness Odens Fist May 15 2014 at 9:27 PM

that was hateful

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Odens Fist crisvoness May 16 2014 at 12:08 AM

Hateful, or just reality.. The participation Trophy generation needs to toughen up.

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Mary Beth Odens Fist May 15 2014 at 9:40 PM

Her magazine is so preachy too, as if she is God's mouthpiece for every issue that comes along. she seems like a nice person, but the image projected through the magazine really bothers me.

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wdwflash May 15 2014 at 9:54 PM

When your a rich elitist and a friend of Obama-Iben-lying you can run roughshod over the common people. Time to take back our country. America the land of the not so free has more people in jails per capita than any other country on earth. The Forest Service has SWAT teams, is that because bears are bearing arms? Time to unseat the shadow government, the Bar Associations, judges, attorneys. Who makes out in all of this? The Bar Associations, judges, attorneys because like everything else in our country, it has to go to court.

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mjarvey wdwflash May 15 2014 at 10:16 PM

I agree it's time to take back our country - give it back to the American Indians and all others go back to your home lands ... Europe, Asia, Africa, etc.

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Terri May 15 2014 at 9:56 PM

So this is where the KKK fools and un-American bigots are! You people are so hateful and jealous of successful black people that you have nothing better to do than to put them down. There a special place in Hell for all of you white sheeted fools and I will definitely be praying for your absolute downfall and degradation. The Klan is alive and vocal in America!

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ram2002man May 15 2014 at 9:59 PM


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ira96 May 15 2014 at 10:05 PM

Oh my, I can not believe people think they should cut down trees to accommodate some huge home. When the person is some liberal saying we are suppose to save the environment.

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cnw941 ira96 May 15 2014 at 10:30 PM

I would have thought wildlife management would want to SAVE trees, not destroy them. How does cutting
down trees HELP the environment? If the house will be too close to the forest, maybe it should be built
somewhere else.

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jasonbossert_ma May 15 2014 at 10:06 PM

It's called Lot for sale by the forest service!

Go to Trulia or Zillow you'll see lots you can buy!

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Chala May 15 2014 at 10:11 PM

Why destroy acres of wilderness? Weren't any other options available to the wealthiest woman on the planet? Geeze, Oprah, stop the nonsense already, set an example, and help take responsiblity of this planet.

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spanker May 15 2014 at 10:12 PM

oprah winfrey negro woman from the south made good

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rushour31 May 15 2014 at 10:15 PM

with her money, who will cross her ?

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thinker146 May 15 2014 at 10:21 PM

I cannot believe this!!!!! I always admired Oprah but not anymore. Why does she need a mega mansion in the mountains and destroy 800 - 1000 trees? Seems like she has no regard for nature and the enivrionment. The former queen of day time T.V. is utterly materialistic beyond anything else. How often will she even stay there amongst her other homes? Two big thumbs down on the shame scale Oprah.!!!!

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rmg21943 thinker146 May 15 2014 at 10:33 PM

......and cutting down an estimated 800 to 1,000 trees to comply
with the town's wildfire mitigation policies....... The TOWN is requiring
her to cut down the trees so as to mitigate potential wildfires. It's wasn't
her idea, now was it?

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ckalbern rmg21943 May 15 2014 at 10:39 PM

Yes the TOWN is requiring cutting the trees down ONLY because of her Mega Mansion plans so SHE is to blame! Why the hell does she need another mega mansion anyway? She already has mansions all over the world.

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joe.bagofdonuts rmg21943 May 15 2014 at 10:46 PM

So if the TOWN is requiring her to cut down the trees ,it is her choice to do so if she wants her MANSION build now isn't it. TO defect the fault to a TOWN requirement . REALLY don't HOLD WATER, when she is the final say . LOOKS like OBAMA thought you well.!!! GOOD SHEEP.

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