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Glide estate told to file own lawsuit

Sheila Gardner

If representatives of the estate of Katrina Glide want access to personal items at the historic Dangberg home ranch, they should file their own action and not try to intervene in the county’s litigation, say parties in the lawsuit.

Attorneys for Dangberg Holdings LLC and Douglas County filed separate responses Monday to the Glide estate request to join the lawsuit which the county is attempting to settle.

“Douglas County recognizes that there are items of personal property which the estate of Katrina Glide may have an interest in at the Home Ranch, but at this point, Douglas County is not involved in the determination of the ownership,” chief civil deputy district attorney Bob Morris wrote in documents filed Monday.

“Based on the proposed settlement, Douglas County does not want to continue its suit and suggests that a separate suit by the estate may be a better procedure.”

Attorneys for Dangberg Holdings Nevada, LLC, owners of the property, contend the Glide estate does not satisfy requirements for intervention. Attorneys argued the motion was filed after Dangberg Holdings Nevada and Douglas County agreed to settle the action and the motion to intervene would cause severe prejudice to the county and the property owner.

The property owners’ lawyers also said it was impossible for the Glide estate to offer any legitimate reason for its delay in seeking to intervene.

Katrina Glide, the last granddaughter of Minden founder H.F. Dangberg, died on July 19, 1995. Upon her death, the home ranch was to be offered for sale to Douglas County or the state of Nevada for operation as a living history museum.

The Glide estate’s request was filed as Douglas County and Dangberg Holdings Nevada were attempting to settle a lawsuit filed by the county against DHN. The settlement included a $50,000 donation from Dangberg Holdings to the Carson Valley Historical Society and 145 items at the home ranch.

In return, the county would drop its litigation to claim the 33-acre home ranch for a museum. Commissioners voted 4-1 March 20 to accept the settlement offer after deciding the county could not afford to restore and operate the home ranch as a museum.

Representatives of Dangberg Holdings Nevada, LLC, owners of the 9,800-acre property where the home ranch is located, have argued that the county only had the right to the ranch’s personal items, if anything. The owners, Don Bently and Bruce Park, also were concerned about the prospect of a museum in the middle of an operational cattle ranch.

A hearing on the motion to intervene is scheduled May 9 in Douglas County District Court before Senior Judge Carl Christensen of Las Vegas. Douglas County judges Dave Gamble and Michael Gibbons have voluntarily disqualified themselves from the litigation.

“Allowance of intervention now will and already has subjected Dangberg Holdings Nevada to additional expense of litigation. Douglas County and Dangberg Holdings Nevada have intentionally delayed trial preparation both in an effort to reach settlement and based upon the settlement which has been reached. Douglas County commission has developed a budget for the county for the next fiscal year in part taking into consideration the settlement reached. Permitting intervention by the Glide estate would entangle Douglas County … and Dangberg Holdings Nevada … in litigation in which it it has no interest,” according to the opposition filed by attorneys for Dangberg Holdings Nevada.

“Douglas County does not oppose the intervention to determine the ownership of the Glide personal property if the county’s settlement can go forward,” the county’s response concluded. “If Douglas County is able to settle its lawsuit, it may be better for the administration of justice to have a suit with just the estate and Dangberg Holdings Nevada.”