Compromise sought on rafting bill |

Compromise sought on rafting bill

DENVER (AP) – A river rafting bill is still churning in the state Legislature.

The House on Friday rejected Senate attempts to turn a bill guaranteeing commercial rafters access to Colorado rivers into a study.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Kathleen Curry of Gunnison, says disputes over landowner liability and use of riverbanks by rafters can be worked out in a conference committee.

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 after granting them permission last year. Both sides are threatening to ask voters to decide who is right.

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