Private Property Rights

September 9, 2014--New Mexican ranchers sue over limited access to water due to endangered mouse listing (Associated Press)

New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas in the wake of a tiny mouse winning endangered species protections in the Southwest. Ranchers from throughout New Mexico, the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and several cattlemen groups filed their lawsuit Tuesday in U.S.


November 21, 2013--Bill is a disaster (Steamboat Today)

Last month, Representatives Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced H.R. 3189, the so called “Water Rights Protection Act.” While the bill was disguised as a minor “fix” for a narrow water rights conflict between Colorado’s ski industry and the U.S.


November 15, 2013--USFS water decision a win for farmers (Northern Colorado Business Report)

The Colorado Farm Bureau said a U.S. Forest Service decision to no longer pursue forcing ski areas to surrender their water rights to renew their operating permits bodes well for farmers. The Forest Service's decision represents a "huge win" for private property owners, including farmers with grazing permits, the Farm Bureau said in a statement.


July 25, 2013--Boaters, fences do not mix (Cortez Journal)

During spring runoff on the upper Dolores River, boaters sometimes encounter fences strung across the channel, left over from summer and fall ranching activities. The fences are legally installed to keep cattle from wandering, and they are usually pulled to the side during higher water, which cows naturally avoid.


Ritter Forms Recreation vs. Private Property Rights Task Force

In June, Governor Bill Ritter 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 prompted the pulling of an estimated 24 different ballot measures on the issue from the November slate.


June 15, 2010--Ritter touts rafting deal, sinks 24 competing ballot measures (Colorado Independent)

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.


May 15, 2010--Colo. property owners reach truce with rafters (Vail Daily)

Property owners have declared a temporary truce in a dispute with commercial rafters and will allow rafting on their property this summer. Jackson-Shaw, the company that owns the Wilder on the Taylor fishing reserve, said Friday it will grant the two Taylor River rafting companies, Three Rivers Outfitting and Scenic River Tours, permission to float through its property this summer.


April 23, 2010--Compromise sought on rafting bill (Sky-Hi Daily News)

The House on Friday rejected Senate attempts to turn a bill guaranteeing commercial rafters access to Colorado rivers into a study. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Kathleen Curry of Gunnison, says disputes over landowner liability and use of riverbanks by rafters can be worked out in a conference committee.


April 13, 2010--Governor hopes to settle rafting rift (Pueblo Chieftain)

A bill that pits river rafters against private property owners has run aground, but Gov. Bill Ritter said Monday that efforts are afoot to move the controversy downstream before it crowds the November ballot.


April 9, 2010--Water Congress chief rues rafting bill’s ride (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Colorado Water Congress could find itself up a creek or at least navigating some difficult rapids this summer if the state Legislature decides to ask the state’s largest water lobby to decide a contentious rafting issue. The head of the group said this has been a “failure” in water negotiations.


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