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 62s 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 62Anti-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 Colorados economy and quality of life.
For example, the Arkansas river contributes over $80 million annually to Chaffee Countys 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 Colorados tourism will suffer the consequences
Statewide Newspapers and some Local Papers:
The Denver Post
Letters to the Editor
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
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
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
PO Box 6200 Vail, CO 81658
Fax: (970) 328-0573
Tel: (970) 32 TRAIL
40780 US Hwy 6&24 Avon, CO 81620
Tel: (970) 949-0555
E-mail: Submit a form online
401 State Ave. Alamosa, CO 81101
General Fax: (719) 589-6573
General Tel: (719) 589-2553
Ruth Heide (News Editor): email@example.com
Summit Daily News
PO Box 329 Frisco, CO 80443-0329
Tel: (970) 668-3998
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
10730 E. Bethany Drive Suite 304 Aurora, CO 80014
Fax: (303) 750-7699
Tel: (303) 750-7699
310 East Main Street Aspen, CO 81611
Fax: (970) 925-6240
Tel: (970) 925-3414