I would love to think favorably about the Preserve, given their tremendous role in local climbing. But their dogged determination in this issue really has me wondering if they have a stone heart bent on taking land any way they can. I hope that's not the case, but their intention to have this case tried yet again strongly hints at this. I hope they lose on appeal and drop this witch hunt once and for all.

Having said that, it's a bit worrisome to read this in the Record article:

"But in his ruling, Cahill said the Preserve's decision not to call its surveyor to the stand suggested to him that testimony would not have helped the Preserve's case."

I am not a lawyer, but if Cahill's ruling is based, even to a trivial degree, on what he THINKS a witness might have said IF HE WERE CALLED, that just seems to cry out for judicial review. Human nature being what it is, I can imagine a judge might wonder about un-called witnesses, but to state that in the decision? Yikes.