*Editorial Response: The article “Road on Private Property Being Blocked Off Again” was written after talking to the private property owner about the situation in Beaver Dam. We presented his side as means to present the information that he sees concerning the property and give the residents a notice that he is planning on blocking the roadway again. This way the residents have some time to start working out a solution that will work. In the article, we mentioned several times that the statements are according to Gregg Bodine, the current trustee of the forgotten man trust.
As for retraction, we will not retract the article as it helps present more information about the issue and the people of Beaver Dam/Littlefield need to be aware of the situation. This is a serious issue and needs to be known. We also presented another article “Residents Access Blocked in Beaver Dam, AZ” which presented information from interviews with residents of Beaver Dam and the other side. At the Virgin River Times, we are more than happy to interview anyone concerning the matter and present “their side” of this issue.
Evidently, the property was sold by Edward Lindley, Jr to the trust which Gregg Bodine is the current trustee. Bodine is the official current trustee of the forgotten man trust which owns the property. Concerning Eminent Domain, the definition according to real estate of “eminent domain” refers to the process by which the government may seize private property with proper compensation, but without the owner’s consent.
At the moment there has not been any eminent domain issued regarding the property, according to public records. Flood zone property can be sold but certain structures cannot be built on it according to law. We have contacted the Mohave County Attorney’s Office and have not received any contact back yet. As soon as we do, we will report what the Attorney’s Office reports back to us.
-Editorial Response was written by Nick Yamashita, Manager and Chief Editor, The Virgin River Times