News Roundup- HB 1188

This week, the Wall Street Journal took a look at HB 1188 and lawmakers held firm despite allegations of extortion attempts by rafting interests.

Critics question rafter’s motives after land, money talk
Denver Post, Jessica Fender
Landowners have questioned the motives of a river rafter at the heart of a legislative fight over access to Colorado waterways after he named in private negotiations his price – $750,000 and a fancy lot – to stay off a stretch of the Taylor River.

Lawmakers object to proposed rafting settlement
AP, Steven Paulson
Talks between a Taylor River landowner and a rafting company won’t affect legislation defining the rights of rafting firms to use private Colorado waterways, a state lawmaker said Wednesday.

In This Political Battle, a River Runs Through It
Wall Street Journal, Stephanie Simon
In a clash that some lawmakers have dubbed “Row v. Wade,” rafters and anglers are squaring off over rights to prized Colorado waterways. The debate has spilled into the state legislature and inspired at least 24 citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives.

(Image: Charlie Brewer)

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Doug Koehn on April 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Very interesting the way this is materializing. Am I right in thinking the landowner has given a license to the rafting company to pass through his property. If so, why is the legislation proceeding? Doug Koehn


  2. Posted by judd standifer on May 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    they are trying to do the same thing in Alaska on native owned property to.


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