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Yosemite West lodge owner settles with county

Two views show a leaking pipe at Yosemite Four Seasons, a lodge located at Yosemite West. (Russo & Duckworth, LLP | CONTRIBUTED)Two views show a leaking pipe at Yosemite Four Seasons, a lodge located at Yosemite West. (Russo & Duckworth, LLP | CONTRIBUTED)Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 - 2:30 p.m. - Yosemite West lodging owners Richard and Marcia Long today accepted a six-figure settlement from Mariposa County, spokesman Barry Turner said this afternoon.

Turner, General Manager at the Yosemite Four Season resort, would not disclose the precise amount of the payment. 

Also on Friday, County Counsel Steve Dahlem confirmed that a settlement had been reached. Dahlem declined to make any other comment.

Turner, who works for the resort property owners, said the lodge did not want to soak county taxpayers with a huge settlement amount.

"(The result) was good to both sides," Turner said. "I'm a Republican, and I don't want to see the (county) taxpayer have to pay a large amount."

Last month, attorney Scott Russo said his client's total damages exceeded $300,000.

The lawsuit, which was heading for a spring jury trial, sought compensation for what the plaintiff said was corrosive county water that caused numerous pipe leaks.

Read the Thursday, Feb. 19, MARIPOSA GAZETTE for more on the legal case outcome.



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