Neighbors of a wealthy midvalley landowner who has proposed a massive federal land swap claim he is depriving them of rights to water from a ditch running through his 520-acre property, and the dispute appears to be headed for state water court.Leslie Wexner has proposed to trade his 520-acre Sutey Ranch, in Garfield County, for 1,268 acres of federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property in Pitkin County. The federal land lies next to his estate, known as “Two Shoes,” on the flanks of Mount Sopris. Wexner owns the Limited Brands clothing stores, whose imprints include Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works.Homeowners at the adjacent nine-residence Stark Mesa subdivision allege that Richard Jelinek, from whom Wexner bought the Two Shoes property in 2006, cut off their access to the Durfee Ditch, which irrigated their land at least as far back as 1919, and that Wexner’s attorneys have threatened to press criminal trespassing charges if they attempt to access it.
By Andrew Travers, Jan. 24, 2010 ADN

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