Skip to comments.Locals tense ahead of "Rainbow" gathering
Posted on 06/27/2008 2:13:55 PM PDT by fullermedia
RIVERTON Tie dye, tee-pees, and cries for free love and world peace.
If it sounds like an image of the 1960s, residents near Pinedale may believe they've traveled back in time next week when a large band of "hippies" hold their annual gathering at a national forest near Pinedale.
Federal officials began arriving in Riverton earlier this month to prepare for the arrival of the group, which calls itself the Rainbow Family of Living Light.
Anywhere between several hundred to a few thousand members of the group are expected, and their arrival has already drawn the ire of some locals. Civilians and councilmembers alike are concerned over rumors and speculation which seem to follow the group around the country.
To help aleviate fears, the Rainbow Family participated in a town hall meeting in Pinedale last week, saying they were a "people of peace," and asking for a moment of silence.
Still, local law enforcement in Green River has advised the public not to pick up hitchhikers as members of the group begin to arrive in the area for the gathering, which is scheduled to begin in full July 1. Residents who are disturbed by the arrival of the group have cited reports of fires and crime which have arisen in the last week near the area where members of the Rainbow Family have already assembled to justify concerns.
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Aren’t these the same type of people who go to the Burning Man event in Nevada every year?
They best pen up the sheep. Those folks have infestations.
These wacky jokers came here to perform their synchronized public copulation ceremony about 10 years ago. What a fiasco that was. Their dumpster diving habits did take the strain off the local landfills for a while though. I guess that’s a good thing.
Now that we care more than you, we’re going to go smoke pot at a Phish concert.
Wanna fight global warming? Smoke pot.
Wanna fight racism? Listen to Phish.
Doubt me? You’re a tool of the corporate military establishment reinforced by Bush to make money for Haliburton...
The locals there should not worry about the Tainbow Family people. I have talked with scores of these people since I love hiking as well as visiting hot springs in Oregon. They are generally harmless and won’t steal from you.
On the other hand, the people who should be worried are those in Denver. There are scores of people with long records of taking everything they can get their hands on planning to meet there late this summer for a very important event.
Old hippies never die, they just smell that way!
Tell me about it. Every nutjob in the country is headed here.
My kid brother has been to Burning Man. He says the people he meets there all tend to be gainfully employed, a disproportionate number in the tech field.
It’s sort of a Rolling Thunder or Sturgis for a different breed of folks. They spend a week or two wearing wacky outfits and making loud noises in a strange place, then go back to their lives.
LOL, at first glance I thought it said 'tie dye and pee-pees'. Which is probably more accurate...