Securing Your Property - Hage presents seminar

The Paragon Foundation


"Congress, by its failure to exercise its constitutional charge to protect
private property, has created an executive branch that no longer is
dependent on the approval of the people or their representatives to make
policy." Nevada rancher Wayne Hage

Mr. Hage recently won a landmark lawsuit, a case that is a critical victory
for public land users in the West. In a hearing before the United States
Court of Federal Claims, Washington, D.C., on December 11, 2002, Senior
Judge Loren Smith ruled that he did not need a grazing permit to access his
water rights and forage on his grazing
allotments near Tonopah, Nevada.

This decision has created wide speculation in the public land user community
as to exactly how it affects other pubic lands, grazing permit holders and
the logging and mining industry. The Paragon Foundation, Alamogordo, NM, has
arranged a seminar on February 8 to explain the implications of the lawsuit.

Mr. Hage, his wife, (former Idaho U.S. Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth-Hage)
and Dr. Angus McIntosh of New Mexico State University will cover several
topics in the meeting. These topics are to include: Property Law & the
Courts, Jurisdiction on Federal Land, and Definitions (for example, what do
"vested", "public lands", "title", "fee", etc., really mean to property
owners?). Also, Review of the Preliminary Decision of Hage vs. U.S. and the
January 29, 2002 Final Decision, Is Your Ranch "Public Land"? County &
Federal Taxation of Grazing Allotments, and The Impact on Property Asset
Values Reached Through Use of "Highest-and-Best-Use" valuation will also be
addressed. And finally, State & County Government Obligations for Law
Enforcement & Protection of Private Grazing Allotments, Searching your
Title --The Key to protecting your property.

Nevada Rancher Bob St. Louis recently attended a Hage Seminar. He notes, "I
was fortunate enough to attend the Wayne and Helen Hage seminar here in Elko
on this past Saturday. I heartily endorse this to everyone, whether they own
land, graze cattle on allotments, or just want to learn more about how the
federally managed lands really work (as opposed to what we have all been led
to believe)."

Sign in for the Hage Seminar is at 8:30 a.m at the Alamogordo, NM, Civic
Center located at 1st Street & Florida Avenue. It is an all day event ending
at 6:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the Otero CowBelles and donuts &
coffee furnished by People for Otero County.
Pre-registration is required due to lunch and seminar materials.
Pre-registration by February 1, $15 per person. Register after February 1:
$30 per person.

For more information, call the Paragon Foundation toll free at


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