Air Force wants owners to give up property near secret Area 51

LAS VEGAS (AP) –  The U.S. Air Force is giving an ultimatum to owners of a remote Nevada property that over time has been surrounded by a vast bombing range including the super-secret Area 51.

They're being told to take a $5.2 million "last best offer" for their property by Thursday -- or the government will seize it through condemnation.

The owners include descendants of a couple who lost their hardscrabble mining enterprise after the Air Force moved in in the 1940s. Nuclear tests then began in 1951, their mine mill mysteriously exploded in 1954 and they ran out of money to seek reparations from the government in 1959.

Family representatives say they'll reject the deal -- at least for now.

Air Force officials are calling it a matter of national security.

Family members say the site is a symbol of their grandparents' and great-grandparents' blood, sweat and tears.

Up Next:


Up Next

  • Air Force wants owners to give up property near secret Area 51
  • Police kill bear that was roaming in shore town
  • Russian news anchor's hilarious reaction when dog crashes live broadcast
  • Firefighters expect full containment in Mandeville brush fire in Brentwood
  • El Mirage family wakes up to spray painted racial slurs on home, neighborhood comes together to help
  • Community helps homeless veteran locate missing medical alert dog
  • AP source: Kushner back channel with Russia involved Syria
  • Police: Suspect in Portland stabbings ranted about Muslims
  • Child thrown from slide at new water park
  • No threat after Newark Airport suspicious package evacuation