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Old 03-22-2005   #41
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I was informed by Amy Livingston today, that the Agr. Committee vote would be postponed till this Wed. I will let you know if I hear anything else. So, everyone keep calling and writing.

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Old 03-22-2005   #42
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Here's what the Denver Post says about the bill. I'm concerned about the line "The committee amended Senate Bill 62 to further tighten the amount of water kayak courses could claim"

Kayak water-claims bill stalls

After more than three hours of testimony, the House Agricultural, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 5-5 on whether to send a bill that creates new limits on water decrees for kayak courses to the Judiciary Committee or the full House.

Committee chairwoman Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, recused herself on advice of legislative counsel because of her involvement in a Gunnison kayak course case before her election.

The committee amended Senate Bill 62 to further tighten the amount of water kayak courses could claim but loosened additional construction requirements.

The Senate passed a version of the bill March 1.
While it sounds good that the bill stalled, I expect the Agricultural committee will eventually approve the bill. Perhaps they just want to hear more testimony that will further help the bill.

The part about further tightening the amount of water is very, very bothersome.

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Old 03-23-2005   #43
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It passed

Well, the bill has passed the committee, with 8-2 votes. My understanding is that:

1. the lobbying effort was huge -- 2 people lobbying against it, and something like 26 representing the proponents.

2. the bill will go to the house floor tomorrow, and be open for debate and then the final vote. If it passes the house, it'll become law.

If you haven't contacted your representative yet, now is the time.


PS. Denver Post had another article on it today:

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Old 03-23-2005   #44
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I am disappointed that I don't see the CWWA doing anything about this bill. I'm sure they posted on their web site for members to contact their representatives, but they haven't communicated what is happening, what it means, how to best respond, or anything. The CWWA should have sent a representative to testify at these hearing. As the main kayaking organization in the state, they should have found a way to testify.

I am really, really disappointed in the CWWA. This party is nice, but this bill is more important. How can I vote out the governing board of the CWWA? Or should I just drop my membersip?

Seems like we need to fight this bill without CWWA's help.
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Old 03-28-2005   #45
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Some more info

Here is some more info that I was forwarded today and asked to get out to the public: Keep up the good work everyone!

Update on the amendments to the bill:

· SB 62’s one size fits all approach is WORSE. Now it is not just limited to 350 cfs, but to 350 cfs or the average daily flow, which ever is less. This will lower the cap even more and in wet years it prohibits municipalities from claiming higher flows which would have otherwise been possible.

· SB 62 no longer includes a third side for the control structure

· SB 62 no longer applies to any governmental entity which has filed for or has a decree for a recreational in-channel diversion (RICD) prior to February 17, 2005.

We will win this fight and here is what we need to do to make that happen (other suggestions obviously welcome & appreciated):

1. NEW MESSAGE: We need to make it personal and focus our message on the fact that SB 62 is anti-tourism, anti-rural economies and anti-jobs.

2. CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and GET A FRIEND TO CALL! We need to generate a ton of citizen phone calls to all of our legislators using the above message. Please see sample phone alert which is pasted below and please pass it on to everyone you know!!!

3. WRITE A QUICK LETTER TO THE EDITOR and send it to many different newspapers around the state: We need Letters to the Editor to show the massive opposition of local governments, organizations, citizens, recreationists...etc The legislators read their local and statewide papers every day and the more they see our opposition to this bill, along with the phone messages from their citizens, the better chance we have! See attached letter to the editor talking points and newspaper contact information!

We are Large and in Charge:

Remember, we have a coalition of over 80 entities including local governments, business owners, conservationists and recreationists opposing this bill along with major media outlets including the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News.

This is a David and Goliath kind of fight so grab your slingshot (your phone will do) and lets get it on!

SB 62—Anti-tourism, anti-rural economy and anti-jobs
Letter to the Editor Tip-Sheet

A written letter to the editor is one of the most effective ways to express your opinion on state legislative issues. Here are some tips to help increase your likelihood of publication:
 Be concise (200-300 words is a good rule of thumb).
 Clearly state your point.
 Use vivid language and imagery.
 Where possible, refer to editorials or articles that the paper has printed.
 Recommend a course of action to the reader.
 Letter can be faxed, mailed, or in most cases emailed to the paper.
 Include your name, address, and phone number.
 If you are sending an email, write LTE in the subject line and copy/paste LTE in the body of the message.

Sample Talking Points to Use in Your Letter:
• I am writing to urge our State Legislature to VOTE NO on Senate Bill 62 which is an anti-tourism, anti-rural economy and anti-jobs piece of legislation.
• Water-based recreation and tourism, like rafting and kayaking, contribute significantly to Colorado’s economy and quality of life.
• For example, the Arkansas river contributes over $80 million annually to Chaffee County’s economy from commercial rafting and fishing, private floaters and kayakers.
• The City of Golden estimates that its recreational water park brings in $1.4 to $2 million annually.
• SB 62 will eliminate local jobs dependent on the river, and rural communities and Colorado’s tourism will suffer the consequences

Statewide Newspapers and some Local Papers:

The Denver Post
Letters to the Editor
1560 Broadway
Denver, CO 80202-1577
fax: (303) 820-1502
voice: (303) 820-1331

The Rocky Mountain News
Letters to the Editor
100 Gene Amole Way
Denver, CO 80204
fax: (303) 892-2568
voice: (303) 892-5477
The Boulder Daily Camera
Mailing Address: PO Box 591
Boulder, CO 80306
Main Address: 1048 Pearl St. Boulder CO 80302
fax: (303) 449-9358
voice: 303-473-1305

The Fort Collins Coloradoan
1212 Riverside Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80524
voice: (970) 224-7733
The Pueblo Chieftain
PO Box 4040
825 West Sixth St. Pueblo CO 81003
fax: (719) 544-5897
voice: (719) 544-3520

The Colorado Springs
Gazette Telegraph
30 S. Prospect St. Colorado Springs CO 80903
fax: (719) 636-0202 voice: (719) 636-0210 (Sean Paige)

The Colorado Springs Independent
235 S. Nevada Colorado Springs, CO 80903
fax: (719) 577-4107
voice: (719) 577-4545

The Greeley Tribune
PO Box 1690 Greeley, CO 80632
fax: (970) 356-5780 ?
voice: (970) 352-0211

The Durango Herald
1275 Main Ave. Durango, CO 81301
e-mail address: Go to letters to the editor, fill in a form, and then hit send
General Tel: (970) 247-3504
voice: 375-4560 (Bill Roberts)

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
PO Box 668
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Fax: (970) 244-8578
Voice: (970) 242-5050

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent
2014 Grand Ave Glenwood Springs CO 81601-4162
Fax: (970) 945-4487
Voice: (970) 945-8515

Montrose Daily Press
PO Box 850 Montrose, CO 81402
General Tel: (970) 249-3444
Fax: (970) 249-2370
News Editor: (970) 252-7036 (Mike Robuck)

Steamboat Pilot & Today
PO Box 4827 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
E-mail: Submit online
Fax: (970) 879-2888
Tel: (970) 879-1502
Vail Trail
PO Box 6200 Vail, CO 81658
Fax: (970) 328-0573
Tel: (970) 32 TRAIL

Vail Daily
40780 US Hwy 6&24 Avon, CO 81620
Tel: (970) 949-0555
E-mail: Submit a form online

Valley Courier
401 State Ave. Alamosa, CO 81101
General Fax: (719) 589-6573
General Tel: (719) 589-2553
Ruth Heide (News Editor): krc@fone.net
(719) 589-2553

Summit Daily News
PO Box 329 Frisco, CO 80443-0329
Tel: (970) 668-3998

Mountain Mail
PO Box 189 Salida, CO 81201
Tel: (719) 539-6691

Gunnison Country Times
218 N. Wisconsin Gunnison, CO 81230
Fax: (970) 641-6515
Tel: (970) 641-1414

Douglas County News-Press
PO Box 1270, Castle Rock, CO 80104
Tel: (303) 688-3128

Aurora Sentinel
10730 E. Bethany Drive Suite 304 Aurora, CO 80014
Fax: (303) 750-7699
Tel: (303) 750-7699

Aspen Times
310 East Main Street Aspen, CO 81611
Fax: (970) 925-6240
Tel: (970) 925-3414
Edwards, CO
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Old 03-29-2005   #46
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My people tell me that SB 62 has been DEFEATED on the house floor today!

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Old 03-29-2005   #47
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Great! What was the final vote?

But, I bet the sponsors of this bill will try again next year.

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