Man sues Oprah over trail access near Telluride

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Charles D. Goodman is suing Oprah for allegedly blocking access to hiking trails open to neighbors for decades.

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DENVER (AP) -- A man who lives near Oprah Winfrey's new property above Telluride 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 property she bought for $10.9 million in March.

The Denver Post reported Thursday that the former owners, Hoyt and Carol Barnett, asked for a correction to property records shortly before selling the land. Goodman says that erased easements allowing the public to use the trails but Mountain Village denies that. Community development director Chris Hawkins says the town is working with Winfrey's team to keep the trails open.

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