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ARIZONA'S WHITE WATER SCANDALTHE RIVER GUIDE WHO DESTROYED QUARTZITE FALLS HAD PLENTY OF MOTIVES--NOT ALL OF THEM NOBLE

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Ranger McCombe has his theories, as well. "He blew it up so he could get through there on weekends," says McCombe. "He blew it up because he and his buddies had some damned Rambo complex."

McCombe does not disguise his bitterness about Stoner's demolition of the ledge. He recalls another encounter with the bomber: "About three, four years ago, I ran into him and a friend of his at Quartzite Falls. The river was really cranking, and they were in a little raft and they were going to run the falls. I talked them out of it. I wonder if I made the right decision.

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Michael Kiefer