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Michael Smith: The real river pirates

Michael Smith
Almont, Colo.

These are the commercial rafters who trespass on private property in Taylor Canyon on a daily basis in order to have lunch, relax, and do whatever they please on other people’s private property. The issue of Jackson Shaw’s property on the Taylor River has been an issue in Gunnison County for more than a decade. It is unfortunate that people who have never rafted or kayaked this river do not even know that this property in question is more than 12 miles from Taylor Reservoir, and 10 miles from the barbed wire which does not even cross the river, as Baxter Pharr claims. That wire has been in place protecting the bank of the river which is on private property for more than 20 years. It in no way endangers kayakers, rafters or fisherman, and does not cross the river at any point. Let’s just forget the fact rafters pull up there boats on my property, damaging the environment, leaving trash behind, and claiming their illegal lunch break is just a “portage.”


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