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Family Wants Land Back From Government At $17.88 An Acre

July 17, 1985

AGANA, Guam (AP) _ The Artero family says the U.S. government paid only about $17.88 an acre when it condemned their land in 1948, and now that the land is surplus they want to buy it back - for 12 dozen eggs and six chickens.

Members of the family visited the General Services Administration officer here Tuesday and presented the poultry, which they said was worth roughly $17.88.

The family said the action was symbolic. They just don’t want the government to go ahead with a planned auction.

″At the price they took it away from us, it should not be sold to the highest bidder,″ said Tony Artero Sablan, a family spokesman.

GSA official John Neal told them the agency is interested in a fair resolution of the issue.

Neal asked the family to take the chickens and the eggs back. They took the chickens, but left the eggs.

Following World War II, roughly 2,100 acres of Artero land was condemned so Andersen Air Force Base could be built. Earlier this year, the GSA decided 2,000 acres of land was surplus, including some of the former Artero land.

Land not bought by the government of Guam is to be sold to the highest bidder.

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