- Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The settlement of a claim on property owned by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska will allow the land to be sold to the city of Anchorage for a park.

The dispute over 17 acres on Waldron Lake was addressed in an out-of-court settlement this month, the Anchorage Daily News (https://bit.ly/1r5tOWH) reported.

Marcy Trent obtained the land as part of a 160-acre homestead she worked with her first husband, Roger Waldron, who died in a plane crash in 1962.

A decade later, Marcy Trent sold the 17 acres to the Boys’ Club for $10,000 even though it was valued at $160,000. Her family said she intended it be preserved as parkland. She was later killed in a bear attack.

Lioudmila Trent, the widow of Marcy Trent’s second husband, filed a lawsuit over the property in a case that reached the Alaska Supreme Court.

Lioudmila Trent moved from Russia in 1994 and speaks limited English, according to the lawsuit. She claimed that the Boys and Girls Clubs duped her into signing away her claim to the property, which stemmed from her husband’s will.

A lower court ruled in favor of the Boys and Girls Clubs last year. Lioudmila Trent appealed.

Details of the settlement are confidential, said Alana Humphrey, the Boys and Girls Clubs‘ CEO. Trent’s attorney, Phillip Weidner, declined to comment.

Steve Waldron, one of Marcy Trent’s sons, said his mother would have wanted the lake transferred to the city for preservation.

“None of us Waldron children and none of John Trent’s children had anything to do with that lawsuit, or supported it in any way. We were all against it,” he said. “I’m sorry that the plaintiffs got anything.”

The city will buy the land with a grant from the Alaska Legislature.


Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.adn.com

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