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Old 03-17-2010   #301
Lakewood, Colorado
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Senators called again.

One of them was listed as being a manager of a whitewater raft company. I assume he'll vote for it, but it doesn't hurt to ask again!

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Old 03-17-2010   #302
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Thanks everyone for taking action! Whew! I know most of us have other daytime jobs - but doesn't feel like it lately!

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Old 03-17-2010   #303
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These events should be a great reminder to everyone why it is so important to be a member of American Whitewater.

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"Let us cross the river to the other side and rest beneath the shade of the trees." ~ Last words of Thomas Jonathan ''Stonewall' Jackson
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Old 03-17-2010   #304
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Theophilus, I agree that AW is a great organization. We are very pleased we are able to work with Nathan. But CW is also a great organization and our members are as actively involved in access and conservation efforts as any affiliate club in the country. I don't want to minimize AW's contributions, but CW is a great group to be a member of as well.
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Old 03-17-2010   #305
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Senate floor debate on 1188 re-calendared for FRIDAY

Best available information from CROA this evening looks like the Senate floor debate on "2nds" for HB1188 has been moved from tomorrow to FRIDAY 3/19. Still time to call your Senator if you haven't yet.
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Old 03-18-2010   #306
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Despite a lengthy dialogue I am unable to budge Senator Al White. He remains a no vote. He represents Silverthorne to Rifle, Steamboat to Rangely.

Let him know what you think.
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Old 03-18-2010   #307
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Thanks for your effort @SBlue. Senator White is usually reasonable, but independent minded. Lobbyists are keeping a vote count so its helpful to know where he stands.
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Old 03-18-2010   #308
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Hey boaters,

It's getting late in the day, but there are a couple of key Senators we need to contact. One is Chafee County and the other is Golden, Wheat Ridge, and Arvada. Don't delay. The vote on the Senate floor is still scheduled for tomorrow.

Dear Outfitters and Friends: 3/18/10

12 noon update from the Capitol ...

HB 1188 should be heard and debated on the Senate Floor tomorrow 3/19 Friday morning.. it's unclear what exact time but sometime after 9:20am - link below to listen and/or watch.

2 new Senators that need our attention:

1. Senator Gail Schwartz has some new concerns on HB 1188
If you, friends, family, staff and customers live and operate a business in her district - We need your calls and emails into her TODAY.
Look and see if you're in Schwartz's district which includes Chaffee, Pitkin, Gunnison, Delta and the San Luis Valley-

Ask Senator Schwartz to support HB 1188 and support the narrow amendment to allow private boaters on historically run commercial stretches.
Senator Gail Schwartz: Phone303-866-4871 Email:

2. Senator Moe Keller is also having some concerns.... She Needs to hear from only GOLDEN, west ARVADA and WHEATRIDGE residents in her district.
Do you live or know someone whom lives in Golden, Arvada or Wheatridge?
We need help ! Please ask them to place a quick phone call to her TODAY.

Ask Senator Moe Keller to Support HB 1188 and keep rivers open for business and fun.
Senator Moe Keller Phone: 303-866-2585 Email:

Look and see if you and or friends in live and or work in Keller's district which includes Golden,west Arvada, and Wheatridge

The Future of River Running Heads to Senate Floor for Debate on Friday, March 19th!
YES ON HB 1188 - the 2010 River Outfitters Viability Act
Let’s keep Colorado rivers open for business and fun!

*You can listen to the debate on Friday... at click on Senate Chamber to watch or listen

Your calls and letters and emails to Senators are making difference!

Please take a moment and contact the KEY Colorado State Senators - listed below and ask them to support House Bill 1188. Contact information below - Pls ask your friends, family, staff, customers and everyone to do the same over the next couple days.

HB 1188 was amended in Committee Monday evening... It's not everything everyone wanted But it is a good first step, please consider the difficulty and scale of this issue we're working.

An amendment went on the bill yesterday that did five major things:
1. Rewrote the legislative declaration to declare that the right to float was based in existing law broadly rather than narrowly on English common law.
2. Removed all references to “navigation” and replaced them with the term “right to float”
3. Included private boaters in the definition of people who can exercise their right to float on runs historically floated by commercial rafting companies
4. Struck the ability to portage
5. Included language protecting landowners from liability for water diversions, agricultural practices, etc. and allowed the use of “incidental contact” to avoid them

Read the amended legislation online at: d_01.pdf

-------------ACTION ALERT --------------
The Future of River Running Heads to Senate Floor on Friday, March 19th!
Take Action BEFORE Friday 9am
YES ON HB 1188 - the 2010 River Outfitters Viability Act
Let’s keep Colorado rivers open for business and fun

Look up your own state senator at: or Project Votesmart:

Key State Senators to contact:
Sample script for phone/email/letter:
Dear Senator _______:

(Identify yourself: river enthusiast, Coloradan, business owner, outfitter whom employs many ppl. etc. Tell them if you live in their district. )

Please Vote Yes on HB 1188, the Colorado River Outfitters Viability Act.

We need Senator _______’s help to keep Colorado rivers open for business and fun! River running is a vital part of recreation, tourism, and business in the state.

Landowners, boaters, and fishers have been sharing the rivers for a long time in Colorado with few problems. Don’t let a few resort landowners close down the rivers for everyone in our state.

I hope I can count on your vote for the future of river recreation in Colorado.

(Add a personal note: why do you and your family enjoy boating?)


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Old 03-18-2010   #309
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Hello again,

It sounds like we have made some progress with Senators Keller and Schwartz. Three more Senators have made the "need to contact" list:

Key State Senators to contact: Updated 4pm 3/18/10
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Old 03-19-2010   #310
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2 LTE in the Denver Post today

both pro- boater

Blogs: eLetters | The Denver Post

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