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Garfield sheriff (CO): Hikers shouldnt be deterred by exposure cases
Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | 5/15/12 | Dennis Webb

Posted on 05/16/2012 9:15:20 AM PDT by GSWarrior

CARBONDALE—Recreationists shouldn’t let reports of naked men and indecent exposures stop them from enjoying local trails, Garfield County Lou Vallario assured some Carbondale-area residents Tuesday night.

“Be a little more prepared, be a little more aware, take some precautions, but you need to do what you enjoy in life,” Vallario said at a meeting designed to update people on the incidents and cover means of self-protection.

Only five members of the public, all women, attended the event. One said she was a witness to one of the recent incidents, when she came across a man masturbating off the Rio Grande Trail, a local bike path.

“I’m just never going to hike alone anymore,” she said. “That’s sad because we moved to this beautiful valley, I built a beautiful house in a beautiful neighborhood and that’s my backyard.”

Vallario told those at the meeting, “You shouldn’t be afraid to do things in your life. You shouldn’t be afraid to do things in Garfield County.”

Sheriff officials say a spate of cases of indecent exposure on trails around Carbondale and in Glenwood Canyon began back in 2008. Several have been reported this spring on three Carbondale-area trails.

Authorities believe several men are involved, and are trying to determine if any of them are involved in multiple cases.

Vallario noted that none to date have involved crimes any worse than public indecency or indecent exposure.

“Right now we have no other reason to feel that we have anything more aggressive,” he said.

While there are rumors that a naked man chased one female hiker with a stick, sheriff’s officials said they have taken no such reports.

The sheriff’s office has been sending plain-clothed deputies on trails and using remote cameras as part of their investigation.

One camera produced a photo of an unclothed man and investigators released to the public an edited version showing him from the shoulders up. They since have identified him and have arranged to interview him.

The man, who also was seen walking, clothed, around Carbondale Tuesday, is only a suspect at this point and his name hasn’t been released.

Vallario said authorities aren’t ruling out the possibility that some of the incidents might involve some sort of ritualistic activity involving nakedness that hikers stumbled upon, but an indecency charge still would apply.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis emphasized the importance of such precautionary actions as hiking with a partner or at least a dog, carrying a cell phone, screaming and reacting aggressively to any perceived threats, and reporting incidents immediately to authorities.

She said it’s also important not to focus just on the current concerns regarding trails, but to be prepared to act and protect one’s self from threats that might arise in everyday life.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: nudity
Everyone seems to go out of their way to not mention the 'H' word.
1 posted on 05/16/2012 9:15:20 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

I always had my camera ready, but now I would also carry a weapon.


2 posted on 05/16/2012 9:19:09 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: GSWarrior

“Hairy” ?


3 posted on 05/16/2012 9:19:31 AM PDT by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: GSWarrior
Everyone seems to go out of their way to not mention the 'H' word.

What?

"Handgun"?

As in, don't leave home without one?

4 posted on 05/16/2012 9:21:00 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: GSWarrior
some of the incidents might involve some sort of ritualistic activity involving nakedness

Ummmm ... what the heck are they talking about?

5 posted on 05/16/2012 9:22:32 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: huldah1776
A camera (especially video with sound) IS the new weapon.

Just ask the cops while you are "filming" them.

6 posted on 05/16/2012 9:23:50 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: GSWarrior

Do not scream!!! That is precisely the reaction they are seeking!!!
Stand back, point at the little winkie, and laugh like you have never laughed at anything in your life!!!
A squirt gun filled with ammonia works great.


7 posted on 05/16/2012 9:25:31 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: huldah1776

Colorado IS an open carry state.

Mr. Ruger, Mr. Wesson & his partner Mr. Smith, Wesson’s brother Dan, Mr. Colt, and others are always close at hand when a helping hand is needed in a defense situation. They are your friends.

Hike with a ‘friend’ and hike safely.


8 posted on 05/16/2012 9:28:07 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: ArrogantBustard

It could be a gay cruising area. Or not.


9 posted on 05/16/2012 9:31:10 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GladesGuru

Colorado has a bunch of critters, like mosquitoes and chiggers, that bite exposed body parts. Chiggers itch like crazy. I hope those “nature lovers” use bug spray.


10 posted on 05/16/2012 9:32:24 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: huldah1776
A camera (especially video with sound) IS the new weapon.

Just ask the cops while you are "filming" them.

11 posted on 05/16/2012 9:35:47 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: GSWarrior

Horny?


12 posted on 05/16/2012 9:40:18 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: jayrunner

Damn horseflys and deerflys will send you running for the 6 12.


13 posted on 05/16/2012 9:42:35 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: huldah1776
but now I would also carry a weapon.

I thought carrying weapons was usual practice for Recreationists


14 posted on 05/16/2012 9:50:50 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy
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To: GSWarrior

Carbondale and Glenwood are beautiful areas. My son just got back from an annual bike trip to Glenwood with his Troop. Too bad the crazies have to muck it up for everyone.


15 posted on 05/16/2012 9:52:34 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Oztrich Boy
I wonder what a little spritz on the privates would do...


16 posted on 05/16/2012 9:53:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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17 posted on 05/16/2012 9:53:57 AM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called “gay” instead.)
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To: CodeToad

A tazer would be more fun.


18 posted on 05/16/2012 9:55:16 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: beaversmom
Carbondale and Glenwood are beautiful areas. My son just got back from an annual bike trip to Glenwood with his Troop. Too bad the crazies have to muck it up for everyone.

No kidding. But that's what pompous, fascist liberals do. Look at what they did to California.

And they think their scat doesn't stink either.

19 posted on 05/16/2012 10:01:58 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: GSWarrior

Only if it shoots the darts...wouldn’t want to touch the perv.


20 posted on 05/16/2012 10:02:05 AM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called “gay” instead.)
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To: GSWarrior

Oh yeah, taking your Doberman with you would be an excellent idea.


21 posted on 05/16/2012 10:02:33 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: WestwardHo

A squirt gun filled with ammonia works great.

I was thinking a can of bear pepper spray administered right to the groin area. That will give the perp a HOT time!


22 posted on 05/16/2012 10:06:32 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: MrB
GMTA.

A retractable baton would also be worthy of experiment.

23 posted on 05/16/2012 10:06:59 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Flycatcher

Yep, then when they muck up a perfectly good state like CA, they spread out to infect other states. I’m sure most of us on here feel the same way, but I’m very much not liking the destruction that is being done to our country. I wish I could leave the planet some days because more and more I just don’t want to be around anyone besides my husband and kids.


24 posted on 05/16/2012 10:07:20 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: GSWarrior

“...a man masturbating off the Rio Grande Trail...”

Pervs can love the outdoors, too.

/S


25 posted on 05/16/2012 10:09:45 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: txrefugee

“Meet my dog. Wanna know why his name is Darwin?”


26 posted on 05/16/2012 10:10:59 AM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: CodeToad

You use a shotgun style load in a pistol? Enquiring mind ... ;-)


27 posted on 05/16/2012 10:20:25 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: 43north

I was thinking a can of bear pepper spray administered right to the groin area.

There are a number of items on my shelf. Long shot wasp spray is a great personal defense.
Women who will not carry a gun need to think out a strategy.
A clothed woman is more than a match against a naked man.
Just reacting in anger...”What in hell do you think your doing. Do you know how stupid you look?” Works wonders.
Don’t be a target or a victim.
(I love my little .38. Point and shoot!)


28 posted on 05/16/2012 10:24:33 AM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: beaversmom
Carbondale and Glenwood are beautiful areas.

And soooo much nicer back when I-70 was just a lane and a half on the river bank through the canyon, and Rifle to Junction was a high-speed two lanes.

29 posted on 05/16/2012 10:30:20 AM PDT by kitchen (America or obama - you can't have both.)
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To: beaversmom

In the good old days, locals from Colorady used to bitch up a storm about Texans. That all ended when the state headed toward Californication (courtesy that state’s astronomically high real estate prices).

Best bumper sticker I ever saw:

“At least the Texans went home after ski season”.


30 posted on 05/16/2012 10:38:56 AM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: kitchen

I never made it over to the Western Slope before the highway. I do like the highway though.


31 posted on 05/16/2012 10:41:46 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: GSWarrior

It wouldn’t require very many naked corpses lying around to end that crap...


32 posted on 05/16/2012 11:15:18 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Tunehead54

I looked it up - perfectly safe for your handgun.
You may have to clean the barrel more often due to lead buildup if you put a lot of shotshells through it.


33 posted on 05/16/2012 11:17:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: kitchen

34 posted on 05/16/2012 11:22:42 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Tunehead54

Sure, just make sure it is not a ported pistol. Speer makes these loadings just for that purpose. They usually come in 22, 38, 44, and 45 caliber. You can even order just the blue plastic casings and load your favorite sized shot. I just ordered a bunch of 44 caliber for a 44 magnum and will load #9 shot for snakes.


35 posted on 05/16/2012 11:37:56 AM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called “gay” instead.)
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To: GSWarrior
That looks like the country west of De Beque. Never climbed above the road, though.
36 posted on 05/16/2012 11:47:55 AM PDT by kitchen (America or obama - you can't have both.)
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To: kitchen

I grew up in De Beque. That is the old highway before I-70 was built. See the Cameo plant in the background?


37 posted on 05/16/2012 12:08:07 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: WestwardHo
Just reacting in anger...”What in hell do you think your doing. Do you know how stupid you look?”

and . . . "Your folks came within 1/2 inch of having a daughter!"

38 posted on 05/16/2012 12:17:29 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: GSWarrior
Gotcha. Love the rest stop, BTW. We've still got some just like that one on Hwy 13.
39 posted on 05/16/2012 12:28:06 PM PDT by kitchen (America or obama - you can't have both.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

LOVE IT - Memorial Day at Neshaminy St Park!


40 posted on 05/16/2012 12:46:55 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Oatka

Hah!!! Took me a minute to get that “1/2 inch”!!!! LOL!!!
Very good!!!


41 posted on 05/16/2012 12:58:11 PM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: GSWarrior

A shot of bear repellent spray on the offending exposed body part might be effective in stopping that nonsense.


42 posted on 05/16/2012 1:38:19 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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