Colorado Senate panel OKs plan to protect river rafters
DENVER (AP) – Colorado rafters say they will continue to fight for the right to navigate the state’s whitewater rivers after a Texas development company threatened to shut them down.
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval to a bill that would guarantee rafters’ right to continue using Colorado rivers after amending it to include all rafters, not just commercial rafters. The bill now goes to the full Senate for debate.
The dispute began when landowners who developed a fishing resort on the banks of the Taylor River near Gunnison tried to bar rafters from interfering with fishing.
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