Mar 26, 2010 4:04 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Rafters, fishermen float alternatives to raft bill

Rafting and fishing supporters are floating last-minute compromises, hoping to avoid a fight over a bill that was originally intended to protect rafters' rights to continue using Colorado rivers.

Rep. Kathleen Curry, a registered independent from Gunnison, said Friday that groups from both camps are threatening to take the issue to the ballot in November.

Curry says she hopes to force the Senate to back down on an amendment to the bill that would delay it for a year to study its impact. She said lawmakers should deal with the real issues: whether rafters should be allowed to use the rivers they have floated for decades, or whether landowners should be able to bar them to protect their property rights.

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