Colo. lawmakers trying to protect river rafters

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Colorado rafters say they will continue to fight for the right to navigate the state’s whitewater rivers after a Texas development company threatened to shut them down.

Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would guarantee rafters’ right to continue using the rivers commercially. The bill will be heard Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The dispute began when landowners who developed a fishing resort on the banks of the Taylor River near Gunnison tried to bar rafters from interfering with fishing.

- Associated Press