Who owns the Arkansas? Property owners, outdoor enthusiasts battle over access
Credit: ROBERT BOCZKIEWICZ, THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
DENVER -- Who would have thought fishing on the Arkansas River at Cotopaxi would turn into a federal case? It did.
A 76-year-old fly fisherman who likes to fish near the small town alleges the owners of a nearby home resorted to violence, including firing a gun, to stop him and friends from using the fishing spot.
The lawsuit alleges that Mark Everett Warsewa, the property owner who allegedly fired the gun, contends the riverbed at that spot is his property. Records show he is an appraiser for Fremont County government.
The fisherman, Roger Hill, attached to his lawsuit a hand-written note, which he says Warsewa wrote in 2012, that says: "Guys There are 63 miles of Public Water on the Arkansas River, Use Them! There are no easements on the River in this section. I know, I work for the Fremont County Assessors's Office, You can and will be charged with trespassing! I have your plate number. I'll have Sheriff Jim Beicker run it."
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