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Old 05-19-2010   #1
 
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Animas river days

It's been a year since I have boated in durango and I'm planning on heading up for the river days. I heard there has been a crack down on beer at the put in / take out. I want to put my buddy in an inflatable with a 5 gallon keg for the river parade , how far will he make it until I'm bailing him out of jail? I think community beer for the parade would be nice. What should we expect this year?

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Old 05-19-2010   #2
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The event has been renamed Animas River Days / County Jail Nights
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Old 05-19-2010   #3
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I was confronted 2 weeks ago while floating- the cops asked me to pull over so they could check to see if we had beer- unfortunately they were near a place where it would have been impossible and even dangerous for me to pull over so I assured them we had no beer, waved, smiled, and kept rowing. They looked a little frustrated.

You can bet they will be out in full force during the parade.
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Old 05-19-2010   #4
 
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Too bad the cops are wasting our time and their time harassing boaters. I wonder if you could decline to let them search your boat with out any probable cause, or sometimes those eddys are just too hard to catch.... what would a parade be with out beer. One of my favorite breweries is sponsering the event.
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Old 05-19-2010   #5
 
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Dam, sounds like Utah...... How can they search your cooler without a warrant????
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Old 05-19-2010   #6
 
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$5 to the first boater who makes a jack-in-the-box cooler with a little dude that pops out loudly with a sign that says "Read the 4th Amendment" It has to be filmed by another boater and posted to YouTube. Another $5 if you can get the cop to actually shoot the jack-in-the-box puppet.
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I cannot believe they are attempting to 'pull people over' on the river to search their coolers.

What if I do my grocery shopping and chose to use my raft to take my groceries(which may include beer) home instead of inside my automobile? Can they write someone a ticket for simply transporting goods?

I like TakemetotheRiver's smile and a wave method, or the 'I just can't safely make that eddy...sorry!'

Fokkers.
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Old 05-20-2010   #8
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A few things to note:

They cannot search the boat without probable cause.

What constitutes probable cause is ambiguous.

The "smile and wave- can't catch that eddy" method works great on the river, but beware them waiting at the takeout. (If they ask which takeout, tell them DallaBetta or High Bridge, then takeout at 4Corners.)

Conceal all containers before arriving at the takeout and be discreet when floating.

A friend of mine the other day offered me his Nalgene at the put in and when I asked what it was he said- "Tequila- since the cops banned beer, this is my only option." The irony is ridiculous.

The problem is usually caused by tubers in late July, early August- so by the next Spring, the cops are all fired up and ready to bust whoever is on the river- well, in May/June- that's us. Then by July, the cops have gotten slack about it again and here come the drunken tubers. It happens this way every year, but this year the topic has become so public that it will be worse. My .02 anyway.
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I (can almost) understand the cops harassing drunken adolescent tubers, but grown-ups having an adult beverage or two? Just ain't right...
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Are we sure the new statute says beer and not alcohol? That would be like Durango City Council to have a word wrong and to have a loop hole.
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