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Utah Rainbow Gathering has harsh weather--come prepared~

This was posted to the rainbow listserve today
just returned from a week at the gathering... have business to tend, then intend to get back home for the 4th. got snowed in for a few days, then stuck in the mud. brother pulled me out on Wednesday after smashing in my bumper in the night... one of 2 dents from being stuck and spinning into a bus, etc. Anyhow... things were tough when i left. lots of kids not prepared for snow... no shoes or warm clothes. duct tape has been in use a lot, in kid village too. lots of babies without warm clothes, hats, etc. and some puppies born with a dead mama and no puppy formula. if you're going in soon, please see what you can do to bring extra gear... socks, shoes , bulk food, gloves, etc and stop by DOGSTAR kitchen with some dog supplies for all our lost or ditched dog friends... moses needs help there and it's all being run on family love. heard the weather was supposed to dry out, although it seemes to rain there daily on the mountain. but the snow, even if it stops, there's gonn! a be so much frickin mud and damage done... come prepared!!! looking forward to more family fun and essential community work to keep making this a thing of beauty and wonder. love, gypsysunshyne
Rainbow Riot Not Very Peaceful 27.Jun.2003 11:18

Homer

A bunch of folks including Sh_thead threw rocks at the cops and their horses and vehicles and broke one of their windows. One of the horses trampled a guy too, but I guess he is OK. This pissed off the cops, and now they shut down the main cutthroat road so be prepared to park and hike a ways.

Violence is not cool and not the purpose of the gathering, so let's practice what we preach and not tolerate violence even if you disagree with the police presence.

humane? 27.Jun.2003 11:54

dog lover

It makes me so sad to hear about the "lost or ditched" dogs. Isn't the Rainbow Family supposed to be about love? For the Earth and all her creatures? Puppies born to a dead mother?! What the FUCK?! If you don't have the resources to care for one dog, you shouldn't be getting her pregnant so you'll have more malnourished "lost or ditched" dogs. Or is it that you figure the universe will provide and it's not your personal responsibility? And now I'm supposed to use MY resources to drive out there and help take care of these poor creatures?!

official FS rainbow website 27.Jun.2003 12:04

more to worry about

This year's pr campaign for public consumption-- ie. lies that will be fed to the press, can be read here:

 http://www.fs.fed.us/wcnf/rainbows/index.shtml

what's the source? 27.Jun.2003 12:07

quill

No mention of any of this "rock through the window" on the lists or contacts that I am involved with.... where did you get this information? Seems real hard to believe, knowing my rainbow brothers and sisters -- not the M.O. of the Gatherings in general... We are all well aware that violence begets violence.

I heard that the Cutthroat Road was heavily controlled and that there was a possibility it would be impassable if it snowed too much... Could you be possibly mistaken about your facts? Again, what's your source?

site weather report 27.Jun.2003 12:30

repost

I've been watching what some are saying about the weather in the Northern
Utah area. I looked up the weather updates and forcasts for this area and
it doesn't sound like whats been said.

Look at this link.
 http://www.intellicast.com/Local/USLocalStd.asp?loc=usutpk120&seg=LocalWeather&prodgrp=Forecasts&product=Forecast&prodnav=none%20

if you have a pdf reader also see
 http://www.fs.fed.us/wcnf/rainbows/index.shtml

Most recent directions to the Gathering 27.Jun.2003 12:36

quill

The directions are: Take Highway 150 out of Evanston to FS 058. Take 058 over the newly melted out Elizabeth Pass. Go 2.5 miles past the summit to the Rainbow rock cairns and streamers. The trail is an unlabeled jeep trail (FS 307) called "Cut Trout Rd" by the locals. A topo view is at:  http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=12&n=4534438&e=531256&s=50&size=m This is basically a few miles west of Lyman Lake. There seems to be a difference of opinion on whether there was a consensus or not, but everyone has left the spring council site at Lyman Lake, and gone to this site. This is not the USFS site, but the one Val picked last summer. As a note, these directions are very different than the council ones because Elizabeth Pass on 150 is now clear of snow. It appears to be a 1-2 mile walk into the site from the parking lot. Some people will have to be shuttled in from near parking near Elizabeth Pass. - rob -
>From Salt Lake City take I-80 to Evanston, WY. At Evanston go south on 150 until it intersects FS Road 058. Take 058 over Elizabeth Pass. On otherside, 2 1/2 miles past the summit of the pass, turn at the Rainbow rock markers, also Rainbow flags & signs. This is FS 307, but is not marked. The locals call this road Cut Throat Road - named for the Cut Throat Trout, which is an endangered species that live out there. Find parking along this road and Welcome Home! Directions from the East: Take I-80 and get off at Lymon Lake, 414, or Ft. Bridger, any of these 3 exits work. Take 414 south to Mountain View. From Mountain View take 410 approximately 12 1/2 miles. Turn onto a gravel road marked 208. Take 208 approximately 12 miles to a fork, bear right onto FS Road 058. Follow 058 approximately 12 miles then turn right onto FS Road 307. You will see Rainbow rock markers, also Rainbow flags & signs. This is FS 307, but is not marked. The locals call this road Cut Throat Road - named for the Cut Throat Trout, which is an endangered species that live out there. Find parking along this road and Welcome Home!

(topo map: Target is 40.9624N, 110.6286W - ELIZABETH MTN quad  http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=12&n=4534438&e=531256&s=50&size=m Photo  http://terraserver.microsoft.com/image.aspx?t=2&s=13&x=332&y=2834&z=12&w=1 )

Latest update: Evanston south on rt 150 to fs 058 over Elizabeth pass and 21/2 miles to Cut Throat road where folks will be routed to parking. the FS is playing with the roads. the road from Mountain view bridger is deep pot holes and a mess. fs grading, bet they will bill,058 funneling all trafic through ?? where they want it

more on thursday's front gate altercation 27.Jun.2003 13:12

quill

Latest word from the Rainbow Site: The FS has not confirmed (or denied) any of this with the local reporters in Evanston, but it seems that what happened yesterday was that LEO's on horseback were riding into a line of people sitting in the road. Apparently these folks were sitting down trying to prevent a car that was believed by many to be legally parked from being towed.

Snowballs, some with rocks in them were thrown in response. One FS vehicle window was broken.

Among the assembled Law Enforcement at the scene: it sounds like there were around 40 FS LEO's, and around 30 County Law Enforcement from 2 neighboring counties.

They were dressed in tactical gear, not riot gear.

Only 1 Utah State Trooper showed up to the call, seemingly to observe.

first satellite call from the site 27.Jun.2003 13:51

quill reposting

6-28-03
First satellite call from site this AM.

Snow almost melted, site drying out, hot days, cold nights.

Newly arriving vehicles are being redirected to the parking area from front gate BY SHANTI SENA:
Forest Service LEO presence.

The familiar voice on the phone says things are starting to come together; come home. The skinny from an eye witness i.e. the Familar Voice on the phone:

TWO DAYS AGO - LEO attempted or wanted to move a vehicle, that I understand was "lawfully" parked i.e.
all four tires off the road, from where it was parked.

People present did not want the vehicle moved without the owner being present and given the chance to move
the vehicle.

Those present linked arms, some sitting down in the road. Forest Service Law Enforcement Mounted Officers
tried to "move" the people off the road by riding the horses into the seated people, snowballs, some with
rocks in them, "flew" don't 'cha know," one of which hit and broke the window of a Forest Service vehicle.

"Several folks who were sitting in the road were "slightly" injured by the Horse Mounted Officer of the
Forest Service. More accurately, two people were treated by C.A.L.M. with one -Rainbow Hugs- being
transported to the hospital in Evanston. I've accented and stress "slightly" to mean Just That,.

The following day, yesterday, the Forest Service LEO's returned with Sheriff's Officers, dressed in TACTICAL
GEAR, NOT riot gear; at which time the Permit Signer, as well as others, sorted "things" out.

While this was all happening the entrance to the area was closed and remained so most of the afternoon and
evening, - over night is unclear - but as of this AM the Front Gate is "in the hands of" Gatherers, as one
might say.

That's the long and short of it, except to say: The Forest Service, and specifically the Incident Creation
Team would not confirm or deny any of the "events" of the past two days.

This AM, after being informed by a local newspaper editor of the above stated information, The Forest
Service verified the above, and had basicaly the same story. There may be some disagreement about the maner
in which the vehicle was parked.

What the Forest Service did not say was that an
officer was injured in the jaw. This was not stated to
the local editor, as it was received by "the outside
communications station" from a source other than the
Familar Voice on the phone, but at the same time a
"Most Reliable" Gatherer on site, having spoken with
said injured officer.

Utah SLC Tribune Coverage 27.Jun.2003 14:52

repost

Tensions grow at Rainbow camp as melee erupts
By Christopher Smart
The Salt Lake Tribune
Friday, June 27, 2003

BLACK FORK RIVER, North Slope of the Uinta Mountains -- To get to the
Rainbow Family gathering, revelers will have to put on their walking shoes.
Make that boots -- it's awfully muddy at 9,000 feet.
A special incident team for the U.S. Forest Service closed a spur off
the North Slope Road here Thursday morning after a melee in which
Forest Service officers and Rainbow members suffered minor injuries.
Early on Thursday afternoon, Forest Service incident Commander
Malcolm Jowers said the 2.5-mile road would be closed until further notice.
That left Rainbow Family members hoofing it in to various campsites
scattered around 4,000 picturesque acres near the Utah-Wyoming border.
For decades, Forest Service law enforcement officers and the
Rainbow Family have danced around each other at this annual gathering. But the
waltzing turned ugly Wednesday evening when officials decided to tow a
car that was in a restricted parking area, said Jowers.
Versions of the story vary, but both sides agree a group of young
Rainbow members encircled the car, preventing the towing. A special
mounted police unit was dispatched to disperse the crowd.
Snowballs and rocks were hurled at the mounted police, who then
rode into the crowd.
Two Forest Service riders suffered minor injuries, said Jowers. And
two Rainbow members were kicked or stepped on and taken to an Evanston,
Wyo., hospital, where they were treated and released.
One man was arrested.
Jowers met with Rainbow leaders Thursday afternoon, but said for
now the road would remain closed.
Garrick Beck, a Rainbow follower who signed the Forest Service's
special use permit, said the events were unfortunate.
"Some young people made a peaceful blockade," he explained. "The
Forest Service called for horses . . . Then in an unbelievable move of
stupidity, some people threw rocks at the officers . . . It's regrettable that a
few young fools would take it into their heads to commit those aggravated
acts."
In the coming days as the Rainbow gathering grows, people will see
the celebration as a peaceful one, Beck said. "People will see this as a
very good scene, a very cooperative scene -- learning community values,
learning respect for nature and making the gathering an example of peaceful
cooperation."
Nonetheless, many Rainbows were rankled at the incident, including
a man known by the handle Free Rainbow Hugs, who was kicked in the hip by a
horse and taken to the hospital where an x-ray revealed no broken bones.
"We circled up in the middle of the road," said Hugs, still
limping. "They told us to get out of the way, and then charged in."
Some of Hugs' family members described it as the action of a police
state. The Rainbows will pray for peace on July 4.

source of info 27.Jun.2003 15:02

e-mail received

Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 13:16:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Principle" < matterof@yahoo.com>
To: "agr" < agr@agr.welcomehome.org>
Subject: Sat Phone from site this AM

6-28-03
First satellite call from site this AM.

Snow almost melted, site drying out, hot days, cold
nights.

Newly arriving vehicles are being redirected to the
parking area from front gate BY SHANTI SENA: Forest
Service LEO presence.

The familiar voice on the phone says things are
starting to come together; come home. -editorial note
- I have discovered colons and semi-colons, - and at
my age.

I am going to go to the site. I do not want this to be
an indication of my position, IT HAS NOT CHANGED. I
don't know if I will stay.

At this time my purpose in going to the "site," other
than being in the vicinity, having responded to the
potential invation, and having stretchers, oxygen, and
nearly one hundred sweaters and sweatshirts, is to
assertain the situation and degree of threat to my
liberty.

If I choose to stay my purpose will be, after
spiritual, to protect my rights and liberty. I will
not participate in ANY NON-GATHERING or Sponsored
event. I don't do concerts, only one Barter Fair, and
no religious or political "anythings."

The skinny from an eye witness i.e. the Familar Voice
on the phone:

TWO DAYS AGO - LEO attempted or wanted to move a
vehicle, that I understand was "lawfully" parked i.e.
all four tires off the road, from where it was parked.
People present did not want the vehicle moved without
the owner being present and given the chance to move
the vehicle.

Those present linked arms, some sitting down in the
road. Forest Service Law Enforcement Mounted Officers
tried to "move" the people off the road by riding the
horses into the seated people, snowballs, some with
rocks in them, "flew" don't 'cha know," one of which
hit and broke the window of a Forest Service vehicle.

"Several folks who were sitting in the road were
"slightly" injured by the Horse Mounted Officer of the
Forest Service. More accurately, two people were
treated by C.A.L.M. with one -Rainbow Hugs- being
transported to the hospital in Evanston. I've accented
and stress "slightly" to mean Just That,.

The following day, yesterday, the Forest Service LEO's
returned with Sheriff's Officers, dressed in TACTICAL
GEAR, NOT riot gear; at which time the Permit Signer,
as well as others, sorted "things" out.

While this was all happening the entrance to the area
was closed and remained so most of the afternoon and
evening, - over night is unclear - but as of this AM
the Front Gate is "in the hands of" Gatherers, as one
might say.

That's the long and short of it, except to say: The
Forest Service, and specifically the Incident Creation
Team would not confirm or deny any of the "events" of
the past two days.

This AM, after being informed by a local newspaper
editor of the above stated information, The Forest
Service verified the above, and had basicaly the same
story. There may be some disagreement about the maner
in which the vehicle was parked.

What the Forest Service did not say was that an
officer was injured in the jaw. This was not stated to
the local editor, as it was received by "the outside
communications station" from a source other than the
Familar Voice on the phone, but at the same time a
"Most Reliable" Gatherer on site, having spoken with
said injured officer.

More later sorry need phone

Stephen Principle

"They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never
kept but one; They promised to take our land, and they took it."
--Red Cloud

"This is not the time to be giving up our rights. Once they are gone
there is no getting them back." -Helen Thomas White House Correspondent
5-28-02


Rainbows condemn attack on Forest Service officers 30.Jun.2003 07:58

repost

Comments from various individuals who identify themselves with the Rainbow Family have overwhelmingly condemned the assailants who threw
rocks at Forest Service officers at the 2003 Gathering:
>
> Razzbar  glakk@potatoradio.f2s.com
> Oh, this doesn't look good at all...
> Throwing rocks at cops on horseback...
> Well, you know that the gathering always attracts some people who
> don't get it.
> Don't make excuses for them, don't offer conspiracy theories that
> they were planted by the fedz or Burning Man, inc, or try to
> deny that it happened.
> Just disown them. Fuck 'em. They got busted, they asked for it.
>
>  thunder5200nospam@hotmail.com
> No self-respecting Rainbow Gatherer at the world gathering for
> peace and healing would've done so. It was a misplaced wanderer,
> a plant, or an agent provocateur, or just some violence-prone
> individual with little respect or caring for others who was just
> hanging out to party. . ..
>
> [S]omeone who walks the walk
> (living peaceful-like) wouldn't throw rocks at the cops.
> No, the lack of respect tendered in the
> rock-throwing has as much to do with ignoring the wishes
> (consensus) of most gatherers by being violent, as it does with
> ignoring the rights of the police to not be assaulted. . .
>
> [R]ock-throwers [are] . . .
> certainly not anyone who is purposely and knowingly welcomed at a
> Rainbow Gathering.
>
> mt  nospam@newsranger.com
> Every word true, but you're preaching to the choir, here.
> It does make one tired, though, doesn't it?
>
>  mirandaraven@aol.com
> ALL ROCK THROWERS LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES! STOP!
>
> Garrick Beck  garrick@nets.com
> In an unbelievable move of stupidity,
> some people threw rocks at the officers . . . It's regrettable that a
few
> young fools would take it into their heads to commit those aggravated
acts."
>
> David  ny@mindspring.com
> Those who threw rocks not only attacked the Forest Service officers,
but
> everyone in the Gathering who is committed to peaceable assembly.
>
>
>

NEED HELP>INFO. ON RUMOR FRIEND @ GATHERING WAS POISONED 01.Jul.2003 23:54

JIM Palantir@sbcglobal.net

DEAR PEOPLE; I've just gotten rumor that a good friend of mine who went to the Gathering - with some unknown-friends - had (I believe it was on Monday-) gotten some-kind-of poisoning, & was taken away in an ambulance. I have no-way of contacting-anyone who can provide more information. I WOULD LIKE: A) That anyone there could research the verity, that friend was poisoned/taken-away; B) To be personally-notified of the identities of WHAT HOSPITALS/LAW-ENFORCEMENT ORGANIZATIONS ARE PERTINENT TO THAT-AREA so that I could apply direct inquiries of the rumored mishap; C) My friend's name is "EUGENE" = Eugenio Miguel Cuevas = (he doesn't even-vaguely-look Latino, is 1/2 Scottish; has tattoo on back of neck, reads: "Surenos") = AGE 20.; D) Whatever-his-condition, he would be vividly-SPIRITED to hear that I was concerned for him!!!!; E) My Toll-Free# is 1-(866) 224-5351. ~~~ Thanks, a bundle! YOU-ARE-DOING-THE-WORK which makes the world-worth-bothering-with, at all! ~ Love, Jim. mailto:Palantir@sbcglobal.net - Quantum Mechanics: the dreams stuff is made of. - ~ Prioritize>Others

1-866-224-5351

LOKING FOR MY SON 01.Sep.2003 10:50

RETA Carnes emerald_nm2002@yahoo.com

Hello....I am looking for my son ...he was to be at the Gathering this year. The las time I head from was on Mothers Day and he was in Montana. My e-mail address is  emerald_nm2002@yahoo.com ..please write me and I will give you information about him and send a pic.. Thank you...RETA