Wyoming—Continued public fishing access to a blue-ribbon stretch of the North Platte River rides on the outcome of a lawsuit that goes before the Wyoming Supreme Court this week. The court on Tuesday will hear arguments from private landowners appealing a district judge’s ruling last year that boaters, anglers and hunters may continue to access a 2-mile stretch of the river at the Lusby Public Fishing Area, about 20 miles southwest of Casper. The state will argue that the area should remain open. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Casper-area anglers say continued access to the Lusby area, which has been open to the public since the 1960s, is critical to public fishing and recreation in the area.
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.