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Government Takes Family’s Land Near Area 51 | VIDEO

Government Takes Family's Land Near Area 51

By Glen Meek, Kyle Zuelke
8newsnow.com
10-16-15

Private land overlooking the secret base at Area 51 has officially been taken from the owners and transferred to the United States Air Force.

Last month, the U.S. Air Force condemned the Groom Mine property when the family who owns it rejected a government buyout they felt was unjust.

The I-Team broke the story of the family’s fight with the government. […]

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UPDATE: Area 51 Ultimatum; Family Charges Air Force with Criminality | VIDEO

Area 51 Ultimatum; Family Charges Air Force with Criminality

By www.foxnews.com
9-15-15

     A decades-long dispute between a Nevada family and the Air Force over private land the military wants to acquire near its top-secret Area 51 site is headed to federal court, after the owners said they were low-balled with a $5.2 million offer.

The Sheahan family, whose claims to the 400-acre mine property date back to 1889, says the offer should be closer to $29 million, with each side giving conflicting accounts of the negotiation.

“They never really intended to make a fair offer to us,” Ben Sheahan, whose family owns the Groom Mine, recently told Fox News.

The Air Force says it could have offered more money had the Sheahans allowed them to inspect the southern Nevada desert property — an argument family members dispute. And they say the Air Force went to Congress to condemn the property before the first meeting.

The deadline to accept the federal government’s offer was Thursday. With the family rejecting it, the Air Force is now trying to get a federal court to condemn the property and compel a $5.2 million sale. […]

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A Battle is on for Area 51 | VIDEO

A Battle is on for Area 51

By Jason Kravarik
CNN
9-12-15

    Rachel, Nevada (CNN)For decades the public has tried to find out what’s buried at Area 51, the military facility that housed America’s top Cold War secrets.

For Joe Sheahan, it’s his father — buried on a plot of land three miles from where the U-2 spy plane was perfected, according to CIA documents declassified in 2013.

This week, Sheahan visited his father’s grave site for what he thinks will be the last time, now that the U.S. Air Force wants to buy the land and has vowed to use eminent domain to get it. The Sheahan family, which has owned the land in southern Nevada since the 1880s, doesn’t like the government’s price: $5.2 million for 400 acres of land and mining rights. […]

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