The Pueblo Chieftain has a new format that does not seem to allow deep links. Click here for the online article (Chris Woodka). You can then follow the links through the new online edition. From the article:
Last month, Schwartz was named the new water judge for Division 2. Unlike district courts, which follow county boundaries, the water courts are separated into seven divisions according to the drainage basins of major rivers. Division 2 covers the entire Arkansas River basin. Luckily, Schwartz’s fishing spot is near Crested Butte in the Gunnison River basin — so, no conflict of interest there…
“Water law has always been interesting to me,” Schwartz said, when asked why he applied for the water judge job. “It’s always amazing to look at the technical information and preparation that goes into these cases.”
Schwartz, 56, who studied some oil and gas law at the University of Oklahoma law school, never practiced water law. A graduate of Central High School and the University of Southern Colorado, Schwartz returned to Pueblo after law school and worked in the district attorney’s office for two years before going into private practice. He became a district court judge in 2008. He and his wife, Julie, have three grown children.
More water law coverage here.