A good argument on why the federal government should never own any real real estate.
Tombstone, Ariz., has seen its fair share of showdowns—Wyatt Earp at the O.K. Corral among the most famous. But there’s a new kind of showdown going on and it’s one the whole town—and the rest of America—can’t afford to lose. In 2011, the Monument Fire ripped through the Huachuca Mountains in Arizona—land belonging to the U.S. Forest Service. Following the fire, floods and torrential mudslides destroyed mountain spring water lines to the town of Tombstone. Approximately one year later, “The Town Too Tough To Die,” is still unable to fix its water lines, affecting 1,500 residents and more than 400,000 annual visitors. Due to the location of the springs being on a government wild land area, Tombstone residents cannot use the heavy machinery necessary to fix its water supply—Forest Service rules won’t allow it. So far all the residents of Tombstone have been able to do is file a lawsuit against the Forest Service.
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