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DOW names new area wildlife managerThe Colorado Division of Wildlife has named a new top official in the area that includes the Roaring Fork Valley.Perry Will took over Monday as the new area wildlife manager for the Glenwood Springs office. He will oversee the wildlife division’s duties in all of Pitkin County and parts of Garfield and Eagle counties. He takes over for Pat Tucker, who was recently promoted to head the DOW Habitat Partnership Program, which works with private landowners to address and resolve conflicts with wildlife.Will is well-acquainted with Garfield County. He worked for 25 years as the district wildlife manager in the Rifle South District. He received the division’s John D. Hart. Wildlife Officer of the Year award in 1996. It is a top annual honor to a wildlife division employee. For the last year, Will has been the wildlife manager for the Montrose area.”My career has been a dream come true for me,” Will said in a prepared statement. “I wanted to be a game warden for as long as I can remember. I have spent most of my life with the people and wildlife in Garfield County and I’m excited to be home.”Recreational water bill on way to OwensDENVER (AP) – A compromise bill aimed at limiting the amount of water set aside for whitewater parks was on its way Monday to Gov. Bill Owens.Environmentalists back the proposal (Senate Bill 37) now that it has been changed to give state and county governments more flexibility in asking for water rights for the parks. The state Senate backed those changes Monday, sending it to the governor’s desk.There aren’t any current limits on how much water can be set aside for whitewater parks, which has led some to worry that those water rights could block future development by taking all the remaining water available in a river.Last year, lawmakers killed a bill that would have limited all water parks to 350 cubic feet per second of water – about 157,500 gallons of water per minute, or enough water to supply about 1,400 families for a year. But environmentalists and recreationists said the one-size-fits-all approach didn’t work for all rivers.Drew Peternell, a lawyer for Trout Unlimited and a kayaker, said he wasn’t completely satisfied with this year’s bill but hoped it meant that lawmakers would stop trying to erode recreational water rights, which lawmakers established in 2001.
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