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Ruling in takings case not the end
Published September 2, 2005
"Of course we are
disappointed with the judge's ruling, but the case
goes on," said Steve Kandra, president of the
Klamath Water Users Association. "We just go on to
the next phase."
But he first needs to meet
with his clients and see what legal avenue they want
to pursue. He plans to meet with them late next
Allegra said the irrigators may have a contractual claim to the water, but suggested the case was weak and they "face an uphill battle."
Allegra ruled that fishermen
and American Indian tribes also had to be considered
by federal water managers, along with fish and
wildlife - key arguments by the government and the
"I would give you a bigger
perspective, that it is bad for America when
citizens are deprived of the ability to make a
living," he said.
True, however, said the
ruling reflects a more mainstream legal view about
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