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Re: Forest Service: Rainbow Family Members Slug Officers [Re: Microcosmatrix]
    #5810308 - 07/01/06 07:03 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I guess you didn't end up going?


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Re: Forest Service: Rainbow Family Members Slug Officers [Re: THE KRAT BARON]
    #5810325 - 07/01/06 07:09 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

No. Not yet anyway. Funds are tighter than anticipated is the main reason. I still might go later in the week for the last few days.


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Rainbow Family co-founder calls for Forest Service challenge [Re: motaman]
    #5813737 - 07/02/06 11:27 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

http://www.helenair.com/articles/2006/07/02/national/a03070206_02.txt

Rainbow Family co-founder calls for Forest Service challenge
By The Associated Press - 07/02/06

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A founding member of a hippie movement called the Rainbow Family suggested Saturday that it launch a federal lawsuit against a growing crackdown on their annual gatherings.

Barry Adams, known in the Rainbow Family as Barry Plunker, told a council circle at the first day of this year’s weeklong gathering at Routt National Forest that federal pressure has gone too far.

Dozens of Forest Service officers, county deputies and Colorado State Patrol officers are manning checkpoints and patrolling camps as thousands of hippies flood the forest about 30 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

Under federal rules, any gathering of more than 74 people in a national forest requires a permit. Officials have said that in a fire, the narrow dirt access road would become clogged and campers would be trapped.

The clash between Rainbows and federal officers at national parks has become such an annual tradition that the Forest Service in 1998 established a national response team to deal with the group. Members defying federal orders typically are issued citations for camping illegally.

Rainbows say this year federal officers are issuing hundreds of citations and set up a makeshift federal courthouse nearby.

‘‘There’s only one way to stop these people and that’s to take them on, legally,’’ Adams told about 100 Rainbows at the council circle.

Rainbows say they have no leaders to request permits, and they shouldn’t have to beg to express a constitutional right to freely assemble.

The Forest Service estimated that by Friday night about 6,000 tie-dyed hippies were camping in makeshift villages. That number swelled dramatically Saturday, the first official day of the gathering. An updated official estimate was not available.

Rainbows formed drum circles, exchanged beads, batik and crystals, and lined up at communal kitchens for meals. Everything is free, from meals to yoga classes to massage. Hugs are doled out at every turn and members greet each other by saying, ‘‘Welcome home.’’

Adams, 61, was drifting with a group of fellow hippies in the 1960s after his service during the Vietnam War when he decided to fulfill a vision of holding a giant gathering based on peace and love. Since the first Rainbow Family gathering in Colorado in 1972, he said, the federal government has denied permits and has done what it could to block the annual gathering.

Adams has spent months in jail for violating assorted bans and has fought his own cases. Traditionally, he said, the Rainbow Family has refused to let itself be pinned down as an organized group.

On Saturday, he said it’s time to realize the government already considers the Rainbow Family an organized spiritual group. Then Rainbows need to take advantage of that classification, hire attorneys and demand rights as a religious organization.

‘‘I never thought there would be a problem with our federal government for us to go out in the woods and pray,’’ Adams said. ‘‘We as a people have rights. We have a right to free speech.’’


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Re: Rainbow Family co-founder calls for Forest Service challenge [Re: motaman]
    #5813827 - 07/02/06 11:59 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I'm sorry, but there are a few obvious solutions running through my head right now....


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Rainbow tally tops 10,000 [Re: motaman]
    #5819342 - 07/04/06 12:01 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

http://www.steamboatpilot.com/section/frontpage_lead/story/38030

Rainbow tally tops 10,000

Number of law enforcement officers up to about 100

By Mike Lawrence

Tuesday, July 4, 2006

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Legal clouds could cast shadows on the Rainbow gathering's sunniest moment.

As a crowd now estimated at 10,000 joins together this morning for a communal prayer circle to meditate on world peace and harmony, law enforcement officers have issued at least 531 violation notices to participants in the gathering, which the U.S. Forest Service maintains is illegal and taking place during dry conditions that present an "extreme" wildfire risk.

"We have had a growing number of violations for drug charges, and possession of drugs," Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Ottaviano said Monday.

Ottaviano said law enforcement officers have issued violation notices to Rainbow participants for possession of marijuana, cocaine, hashish, LSD, PCP, mushrooms, Ecstasy and methamphetamine.

The leading cause of violation notices, she added, continues to be "illegal occupancy" of national forest land. Federal law requires a special-use permit for any gathering of more than 74 people on national forest land. Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Ritschard has said a permit will not be granted to the Rainbow family. Forest Service officials denied a permit application June 22, citing fire safety concerns.

Ottaviano said about 90 cases were on the docket Monday for a makeshift federal court at a rural fire station in North Routt County. Monday marked the fifth day of court hearings for members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light, which is holding its annual gathering this year on Routt National Forest land near Big Red Park, 35 miles north of Steamboat Springs.

The Rainbow crowd nearly doubled in size this weekend, as a steady stream of cars drove to the gathering site in anticipation of today's gigantic prayer circle, the culmination of the weeklong event scheduled to end July 7.

While the event officially began Saturday, some participants have been camping in the area for more than two weeks. Communal kitchens, a large theatrical stage fashioned like a pirate ship, Hare Krishna songs and dances, yoga classes, impromptu drum circles, a children's playground and colorful tent sites can all be seen and heard around the four-square-mile gathering site.

About 100 law enforcement officers, from various county, state and national agencies -- including the Routt County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol -- are working at the gathering.

In a three-day span over the holiday weekend, state patrol troopers made 250 "contacts" with drivers on County Road 129, Ritschard said. Six abandoned vehicles, including two roll-overs, along the road were expected to be towed away Monday.

Also over the weekend, six people were placed in custody at Routt County Jail on Rainbow-related charges, as "courtesy holds" for the Forest Service.

A jail official said the Rainbow arrests are placing a strain on the county facility.

"(The gathering) has definitely been a lot more work for us, for sure," said Sue Gaskill, detentions deputy with the sheriff's office. "We've been non-stop -- constantly busy."

The number of arrests and violations is drawing nationwide attention. A volunteer group that has advocated since 1993 for freedom of assembly rights -- especially for Rainbow gatherings -- sent a letter Sunday to Mark Rey, undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Forest Service.

The letter disputed the arrests and violation notices, saying law enforcement at the gathering is responsible for "ongoing civil rights violations of unprecedented scale and scope." The letter, also sent to national Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth, asked Rey to amend Forest Service "group use" policies regarding public lands.

"An intensive, invasive police presence continues, with persistent civil rights violations and a climate of fear around the site -- reportedly the worst ever," the letter reads. Scott Addison, coordinator for the Free Assembly Project in St. Louis, signed the letter.

Ottaviano is the spokeswoman for a National Incident Management Team managed by the Forest Service. Ottaviano is based in Washington, D.C., and was brought in to manage the gathering along with about 50 other team members, she said.

"I don't believe we are using excessive force," she said Monday. "Up until this weekend, we only had 30 officers (at the site) -- do you consider 30 officers dealing with 10,000 people excessive?"


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Rainbow Family gets lessons on fire risks, land reclamation [Re: motaman]
    #5819387 - 07/04/06 12:21 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_4820900,00.html

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Rainbow Family gets lessons on fire risks, land reclamation

By Tillie Fong, Rocky Mountain News
July 4, 2006

ROUTT NATIONAL FOREST - U.S. Forest Service officials have turned their attention to educating the thousands of people attending the Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering about fire and land reclamation issues, pulling back on the number of citations being written for illegal camping.

"We are focusing our efforts on rehabilitation of the land," Diann Ritschard, spokeswoman for the Routt National Forest, said Monday.

"The group needs to do a lot of work before they disband," she added. "We're working with them to protect water sources and dealing with human waste and dog waste issues."

From June 12 through Monday, 531 citations had been issued to attendees, most for illegal camping. Last month, the Rainbow Family was denied a permit to use the forest for their annual gathering because of the high fire danger.

"In the beginning, it was an illegal gathering and we were trying to prevent the gathering from happening," said Denise Ottaviano, spokeswoman for the Forest Service's National Incident Management Team. "Once the numbers were overwhelming, we had to shift our resources and our objectives."

As of Monday, an estimated 10,000 people had arrived for the gathering in the Routt National Forest north of Steamboat Springs. The attendance is about half of what was expected.

"We're not receiving the numbers we were first estimating because of the issue of the permit and with the fire danger," said Ritschard.

Last Wednesday , fire restrictions were put in effect for Routt National Forest because of dry conditions and beetle damage to trees in the area.

"The fire restrictions were not placed for the Rainbow gathering but for the entire forest because of the fire danger," said Ottaviano.

Conditions in the forest are similar to those in 2002, when almost 40,000 acres of the Routt National Forest were lost to wildfires, she said.

Still, a limited number of fire permits were issued to Rainbow Family members this weekend.

"Since there are kitchens that are feeding large numbers of people, on a case-by-case basis we're issuing permits to those people who have small fires in enclosed areas," said Ritschard.

Some communal fires also are being allowed so Rainbow Family members can keep warm, but all individual campfires have been banned.

"The gathering participants have designated people as fire watch," said Ottaviano. "They're making sure there are no individual campfires and no kitchen fires without a permit. So they're cooperating with us in that respect."

Five resource officers were added to the Forest Service staffing over the weekend to approve fire permits and to educate Rainbow Family members about fire safety.

So far, there have been no wildfires in the area, although there have been a few lightning strikes.

Meanwhile, hearings continued Monday at a temporary federal courtroom set up at a nearby fire station on the citations that have been issued. Ninety cases were on the docket, but as of late Monday, it was not known what the outcomes were.

Last Friday, 110 cases were heard, resulting in 10 trials. Nine of the trials resulted in guilty verdicts, with one case being dismissed. Most of the violators were levied $40 fines, but some were banned from all national forest lands for a year.

At least three people also were ordered to leave the Routt National Forest immediately. One of the three who had been ordered to leave the gathering was caught trying to return Monday and was facing additional charges.

The Colorado State Patrol said it made contact with 250 motorists on Routt County Road 129 during the weekend to warn them about mountain driving hazards. A number of traffic citations also were issued.

Six abandoned vehicles, two of which were involved in rollover accidents, were towed away Monday.

It was not known how many citations were issued Monday, but Ottaviano said many of those cited earlier have failed to appear in court, resulting in warrants being issued for their arrest.

The Rainbow Family gathering is scheduled to end Friday, although a number of those at the event are expected to start leaving Wednesday. The gathering's most popular event - a prayer circle - will be held today.

Ritschard said she had heard that it is customary for some Rainbow Family members to stay behind after the gathering ends to help clean up and reclaim the land.


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Rainbows leave paths of damage in forest [Re: motaman]
    #5834489 - 07/08/06 10:34 AM (14 years, 7 months ago)

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_4830158,00.html

Rocky Mountain News

Rainbows leave paths of damage in forest

By Charlie Brennan, Rocky Mountain News
July 8, 2006

Now that the Rainbow Family is wrapping up its annual return to nature, the U.S. Forest Service is examining what it will take to return their campsite to its natural state.

Forest Service spokeswoman Denise Ottaviano said aerial photography of the countercultural campers' 4-square-mile settlement in the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District of Routt National Forest revealed "40 to 50 miles" of newly improvised trails requiring restoration in the visitors' wake.

"It's shocking," Ottaviano said. "Now there's just this enormous trail system" in a previously pristine area.

At its peak, the Rainbow gathering, which officially ran July 1 through Friday, drew an estimated 15,000 free spirits from across the country.

The attendance figure, released by the Forest Service, is based in part on the estimated 3,100 cars, plus numerous vans and buses parked at the campers' settlement.

By Friday, their presence was down by about half, with the expectation that their numbers would continue to rapidly dwindle this weekend and beyond.

But, Ottaviano said, it will be weeks - at least - before the Rainbows are gone completely.

"There's a large number that will stay behind to help the Forest Service with the rehab, and there are a large number that will stay behind just to camp out because they are transient and really don't have anywhere else to go," she said.

It is expected, based on past Rainbow gatherings around the country - this was their 35th annual get-together and their third in Colorado - that some will seek short-term employment in the Steamboat Springs area in order to raise travel money, and inevitably, that some will be so enamored of their surroundings that they will settle there.

While Ottaviano voiced concerns about preliminary assessments of the environmental impact resulting from the Rainbows' visit, a more positive view was offered by Michael Zopf, director of the Routt County Department of Environmental Health.

"As far as we were concerned, they were good guests," Zopf said. "The environmental ethic that they live and that they practiced, at least in Routt County, was exemplary."

The Rainbow participants were never granted a special-use permit by the Forest Service due to concerns relating to high fire danger and safety questions stemming from the limited access to their chosen gathering site.

As a result, law enforcement issued more than 600 violation notices, including at least 298 for illegal occupancy and use, and at least 181 for drug-related offenses.

Another legacy of the gathering, according to Ottaviano, will be cars and dogs. She said the Forest Service is anticipating a number of broken-down or stolen vehicles will be left behind, and said that 20 to 30 lost or abandoned dogs have been rounded up.


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Re: Rainbow Family co-founder calls for Forest Service challenge [Re: motaman]
    #5834932 - 07/08/06 02:10 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

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"As far as we were concerned, they were good guests," Zopf said. "The environmental ethic that they live and that they practiced, at least in Routt County, was exemplary."




Great Scott! An honest politician!  :eek:


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