National Park Eviction

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An Estes Park-area woman can relax just a bit, but she still faces one more hurdle in her bid to remain in her longtime cabin in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The US Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a bill Wednesday that essentially extends Betty Dick's lease on the cabin and eight surrounding acres, allowing her to rent it for 300 dollars a year for the rest of her life.

Dick has been leasing the cabin and 23 surrounding acres since 1980. Her late husband made the deal in 1980, believing they would expire before the agreement did.

Instead, Betty Dick lived longer than she expected, the lease ran out July 16th, and the National Park Service tried to evict her.

The new arrangement is still subject to approval by the full Senate.