We are a little late posting this newsletter to our website, although it was mailed out in late December after the judge in our Baker City case handed down her decision. Testifying at this trial in October was a great experience. The judge in Pendleton, Oregon seemed to be fascinated by history. And objectively (I think!), the story of Baker City was very interesting. It was a frontier town that gained fame in the mid-19th century through a gold strike in the surrounding mountains, and that remained vibrant through its fertile soil and the river which waters it. In many ways, the story of Baker City is the story of the West, but of course it maintains its uniqueness because of the individuals who settled it and made it what it is today. The case itself, litigated between the Forest Service and the City, involved the implication of NEPA for repairs to a ditch that was well over 100 years old. It’s a common story and one in which history plays a major role in order to determine legal rights of way. We were pleased to work for a great client and happy that the case worked out in their favor.
Be on the lookout for SHRA’s first newsletter for 2012 in June.