Originally Posted by Conundrum
Maybe it's different in CO but I've ran the MFS, Main and Lower many times and have seen a gov trip one day out of all my days on the river.
Thing is, if someone is on official business, whether it be a river patrol or some scientific purpose, they don't need a permit, so they don't compete for scarce permits with the public. And if a government employee isn't on official business, they DO have to get a permit, and they face the same odds as everybody else. I can't say there has never been a case of cheating, but I don't know of one, and if it was common practice, I would know.