The Odd Side – March 21, 2017

Dallas Woman Goes Out on Limb to Prevent Tree-Trimming

DALLAS (AP) – A sixty-seven-year-old Dallas woman climbed a pecan tree on her property to protest a utility company’s plan to trim the branches.

Sixty-seven-year-old Jeri Huber climbed the tree on Monday to stop an Oncor crew from trimming it.

It was the second time in six years that Huber has climbed the tree to prevent any limbs from being removed.

She says the utility company is encroaching on her rights as a property owner, but Oncor counters that it’s been trying to resolve the matter for months and that it’s responsible for keeping power lines free from branches so that service to customers isn’t disrupted.

The company has issued a temporary restraining order against Huber. A crew later successfully trimmed the tree.

Got a Spare $3.85 Million? Oregon Town Could Be Yours

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Aspiring property moguls take note — the town of Tiller, Oregon, is for sale, asking price just $3.5 million. For an extra $350,000, you can have the old school too.

The mostly uninhabited, unincorporated town about 225 miles south of Portland originally went up for sale in 2015, but that did not include the building that used to house the school, said Garrett Zoller, the owner of Land and Wildlife, the real estate firm selling the 250-acre town.

The current deal, at a reduced price, includes six houses and an apartment, industrial and commercial lots, and a building that once housed a gas station and general store. Adding the school, on an adjacent parcel, swing sets and all, would set a buyer back about $3.85 million.

About 250 people live in the surrounding area. But aside from the family that owns and is now selling the town, only two residents remain in Tiller itself: a former teacher who lives next to the school and the pastor of the local church. Neither of their parcels is for sale, Zoller said in a phone interview on Monday.

The emptying out of the town came as timber harvesting declined in the region and the town’s mill closed, he said.

“When the federal money started dwindling away for timber, basically the mill shut down,” Zoller said. “And when the mill shut down, a lot of the loggers started having to go away.”

The family that owns Tiller now, he said, accumulated the town lot by lot as other families left.

Daydreamers aside, a complete town could also be an opportunity for a developer, Zoller said, since part of the town has already been divided for a 13-acre subdivision.

He said he had fielded calls from would-be buyers ranging from Chinese investors to people interested in starting medical facilities and hemp-growing operations.

South Korea’s Ex-President Hounded Over Dogs Left at Blue House

SEOUL (Reuters) – A South Korean animal rights group has filed a complaint with police against former president Park Geun-hye for abandoning nine pet dogs in the presidential Blue House after being dismissed from office.

The dogs are Jindos, a Korean breed of hunting dog known for their loyalty.

Park left the Blue House presidential complex on Sunday, two days after the Constitutional Court removed her from office over a corruption scandal involving big business and financial favors.

She returned to her private home in the upmarket Gangnam district of the capital, Seoul.

Some neighbors there had given Park a pair of Jindos in early 2013, when she left for the Blue House. The pair had seven puppies in January this year.

The Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said on its Twitter account it had filed a complaint against Park on a charge of animal abandonment.

The Blue House said Park had left the dogs partly because it would not be good for the puppies to be uprooted from their home and denied they had been abandoned.

“She told Blue House staff to take good care of the dogs and to find good foster homes for the puppies if necessary,” said a Blue House spokesman, Kim Dong-jo.

Another animal rights group, Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth, said it was willing to care for the animals and find them homes.

“We want to help these dogs so that they won’t be adopted thoughtlessly or end up in dog shelters,” the group said in a statement.

The Jindos are native to Jindo Island off the southwest coast of the Korean peninsula.