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Widow Who Fought to Keep National Park Home Dies at 84

By: AP
By: AP

The 84-year-old widow who fought the National Park Service to keep her summer home in Rocky Mountain National Park has died.

The family of Betty Dick says she died in a skilled nursing care center in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Congressman Mark Udall, Senator Ken Salazar and others took up her cause after the park service threatened to evict her from her summer cabin. She and her late husband had spent summers there since the 1970s.

President Bush signed a bill in May that gave her the right to use part of the land and the cabin for the rest of her life.

Park officials opposed the bill, saying tailoring legislation to one person would set a bad precedent for other agreements on national park land.


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