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Residents Lose Fight to Save Tree



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Residents of a Saratoga Springs neighborhood lost a court battle to prevent a developer from removing a 100-year-old tree -- but vow to continue fighting.

A judge says residents failed to prove that the injury they would suffer if the tree were removed outweighed the financial losses the developer, Russell-Packard Development, would incur if unable to develop affected lots.

Attorney Jerome Hamilton, who represented 21 residents, filed an injunction last week to prevent the developer from removing the cottonwood tree. He says he's disappointed but yesterday's defeat.

Residents say the tree is going down tomorrow, and it will be a sad day because it could have been saved.

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Information from: Deseret Morning News

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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