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  •  i'm curious... (0+ / 0-)

    ...when was the last time somebody got shot over water. i think we all manage to get along very well, even the ditchriders who have to shut off the supply to junior water rights holders...

    The radical invents views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. - Mark Twain

    by FemiNazi on Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 05:11:21 PM PDT

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    •  I know of one (0+ / 0-)

      and heard of another, in late 80s, eastern Id. Neither killed, both guilty as far as I know. The practice seemed to be non-confrontational mention, then direct accusation, and if still happening, shoot in the leg. and although everyone cursed the ditchriders, no one ever bothered them.

    •  I have a little story to tell (8+ / 0-)

      about water in CO. I was at the very end of the 'Big Stick Ditch', and owned 37 shares. Didn't sound like a lot and heck, I admit I was no rancher or farmer. So, when the water got scarcer and scarcer, I just kinda figured the guys up-ditch needed the water more than I did. Finally went to the annual Ditch meeting, and the good ole boys were shocked that I wasn't getting my water (evidently, on that ditch, 37 shares was a bunch). They IMMEDIATELY sent out a rider to see what was up and it turns out that my upstream neighbor had poached himself all my water (turning it into his holding pond, and building half his house over the ditch to boot). They advised him that if he didn't re-route the ditch within 24 hours, they'd do it for him, at gunpoint and with the biggest damn 'hoe they could find, just to mess up his property (and knock down the offending portion of his house).

      I had water by dawn.

      •  wow.... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...an amazing story....i take you're not still holding 37 shares. you could sell 'em to the city of aurora right now and be sitting pretty.

        The radical invents views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. - Mark Twain

        by FemiNazi on Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 06:27:40 PM PDT

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    •  Go to Montana (0+ / 0-)

      and block access to a prize winning trout stream...

      Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. -Thomas Paine

      by exconservative on Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 05:36:59 PM PDT

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      •  well, that's a bit different... (1+ / 0-)
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        opinionated

        ...i understand the "nobody gets between me and my fishing pole" thing a whole lot.

        i was born in montana, grew up in colorado, lived in wyoming as an adult, and now i'm in pueblo colorado.

        i'm a high-plains prairie girl. :)

        The radical invents views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. - Mark Twain

        by FemiNazi on Sat Aug 16, 2008 at 06:30:52 PM PDT

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