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Old 08-17-2005   #1
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BLM Issues Temporary Travel Restrictions in Gore Canyon

This just in from BLM this morning:


KREMMLING, CO — The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued
a temporary travel restriction for portions of public lands in
the Gore Canyon near Kremmling beginning Friday, August 19th
through Sunday August 21, 2005, in conjunction with the Gore
Canyon Race and Whitewater Cup.

To provide for public safety during the rafting weekend, the
travel restriction will include all BLM lands on the north side
of the Colorado River from Pumphouse Campground to the
confluence of the Colorado and Blue Rivers. Walk-in access is
restricted to the designated trail along the south side of the
Colorado River to a point where a ferry crossing will be
provided between Kirschbaum and Tunnel Rapid. From this point,
spectators may proceed up the river to Gore Falls on river
right following the flags marking the access boundary; however,
the walk beyond this point is difficult. All other routes and
areas within the travel restriction boundary are closed to all
forms of access and the railroad tracks are off limits to
pedestrians at all times.

Law-enforcement officers will be placed at the river put-in and
will be stationed throughout the railroad corridor to keep
everyone off the tracks and in compliance with the travel
closure. Anyone knowingly violating the temporary closure
could face a $1,000 fine and up to 12 months in prison. Dogs
are highly discouraged and the Grand County leash law will be
enforced at this event.

The travel restriction notice and maps of the restricted area
will be posted throughout the Pumphouse Campground, at the
confluence of the Colorado and Blue Rivers, and at the BLM
Kremmling Field Office. The closure map can also be viewed on
the web at http://mountainbuzz.com/viewtopic.php?t=6380 and
http://www.rapidpulse.com/events.htm under “Gore Canyon Race.”

The rafting weekend entails the Whitewater Cup as well as three
other races throughout Saturday and Sunday. The Whitewater Cup
is the selection race for the US National Men's and Women's
Rafting Teams, and will be run in combination with the
traditional Gore Canyon River Race.

If you have any questions about this temporary restriction,
please contact BLM Kremmling Park Ranger Ryan Homan at
970-724-3040, or Dennis Gale at (970) 724-3005.
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