UPDATED: Michigan trails on trial

December 12, 2007
After a defendent no-show, the case of MiDOT versus Leukema, Kiilunen and Miller has been postponed until an unspecified date said Neil Marietta.
“In the interim, the fences will remain up,” he said. “And I had everything lined up to take them down.”

December 10, 2007
A case that could have a lasting affect on Michigan rail trails is coming to a head at the Houghton County Court House in Houghton, Mich., on Wednesday.
In the case of MiDOT versus Leukema, Kiilunen and Miller, MiDOT is asking for the court to grant an immediate injunction to remove blockages from railroad grade trails. The trails in question are not officially a part of the groomed trail system, but they are designated by the state for snowmobile use. It includes a corridor between Houghton and Chassel.
Neil Marietta, owner of Bunker Hill Recreation, has a goal of filling the 200-seat court room with trail supporters. “And if the judge rules against us, we’re all going to stand and boo him,” he said.
The hearing starts at 10 a.m. and is expected to last two hours. It is a part of the Circuit Court.

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