Ritter touts rafting deal, sinks 24 competing ballot measures

Gov. Bill Ritter Tuesday announced an agreement to end the dispute between two commercial rafting outfitters and a private landowner along Colorado’s Taylor River that prompted a heated legislative battle this past session.

The accord between the Three Rivers and Scenic River Tours outfitters and the owners of the Jackson-Shaw property along the Taylor prompted the pulling of an estimated 24 different ballot measures on the issue from the November slate.

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Instead, Ritter will convene a task force under the auspices of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources that will develop a “framework for resolving future disputes” and make its recommendations to Ritter’s office by Dec. 31.

Independent state lawmaker Kathleen Curry introduced the rafting bill last session in hopes of allowing commercial outfitters to float through private property and touch land in the event of an emergency or the need to “portage,” or travel around a river obstacle on land.

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