Group suing to block Christo’s “Over the River”

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Opponents of the artist Christo’s plan to suspend giant fabric panels over parts of the scenic Arkansas River are filing a lawsuit in federal court to try to block it.

University of Denver student lawyers are filing the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the group Rags Over the River. The group contends Christo’s “Over the River” proposal is an industrial-scale project that poses threats to residents, visitors and wildlife.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management last year issued a record of decision allowing Christo to go forward with what he and his late wife, Jeanne-Claude, envisioned, with dozens of measures to mitigate impacts on traffic, safety and wildlife.

Some local approvals are still needed. Fremont County was holding public hearings Wednesday and Thursday on Christo’s permit request there.