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Water, land – and the state

By Pat Caldwell
Malheur Enterprise

VALE – At first glance, water and land rights in the American West may seem to be straightforward concepts.

Yet each area comes with a complex array of history, legal theory and perception – and Monday night more than 100 people gathered in Ontario to learn more about that background.

Appearing at a town hall meeting at Treasure Valley Community College, two experts – attorney and Vale native Laura Schroeder, along with San Diego attorney John Howard – talked about water rights and state versus federal control of public land. The program . . .