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  • Eco-saboteur Rebecca Rubin pleads guilty to arson, but won't give up any names

    10/13/2013 9:40:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | October 11, 2013 | Bryan Denson
    Rubin rose before Chief U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Portland, where she pleaded guilty to a dozen crimes – in Colorado, Oregon and California – as part of the underground Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front. ... Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen F. Peifer recounted Rubin's crimes as part of the largest group of eco-saboteurs ever taken down by the FBI. They called themselves The Family and committed an estimated $40 million in damage from 1996 to 2001. ... the terms of the highly structured plea agreement sets limits on the number of years Rubin will spend in prison....
  • Wake Up, America [re:Huntingdon Life Sciences/SHAC/ Animal Liberation Front (ALF), Earth Lib FR (E]

    03/04/2002 4:19:38 PM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 8 replies · 722+ views
    Consumer FReedom.com ^ | March 4, 2002
    "Arson, vandalism, burglary, grand larceny, firebombing, kidnapping, slander, conspiracy, computer crimes, and theft. If you think this sounds like a rap sheet for a hardened, malicious criminal, you would be close. It's your local neighborhood animal lover and tree hugger gone berserk," ex-Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.) writes. And columnist Todd Wilkinson notes, "Because involved individuals are anonymous, they could be anyone. Parents, teachers, church volunteers, your neighbor or even your partner could be involved." SHAC, a violent anti-medical research organization that has harassed and beaten individuals linked with Huntingdon Life Sciences, now says it will extend its campaign or terror ...
  • Michelle Obama Goes Skiing in Colorado

    02/19/2011 12:32:00 PM PST · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | February 19, 2011 | Keith Koeffler
    First Lady Michelle Obama is on “a private family trip” in Colorado where she is skiing with daughters Sasha and Malia, according to an administration official.“The First Lady and several close friends are chaperoning their children on a ski trip,” the official told the press pool reporter who is following President Obama today.Reports coming out of Colorado say she arrived Friday night and is staying at the Sebastian Hotel on Vail Mountain. Rooms start at $605 per night for a room with two queen beds and head north of $2,000 for multi-bedroom suites.Here’s a description from the hotel’s website: For...
  • Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing after telling Americans to sacrifice

    02/20/2011 9:54:50 AM PST · by Innovative · 119 replies
    UK Mail Online ^ | 20 Feb 2011 | David Gardner
    Full title: Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing just days after telling Americans to sacrifice their own holidays (shortenend to fit within word limit) President Obama has been accused of having double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on a costly skiing trip. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are said to be on a 'private family trip' to Colorado for Presidents' Day Weekend... Although the Obamas will pay for a portion of the skiing trip, taxpayers will still shoulder many of the...
  • Michelle Obama's Vail meal becomes talk-show topic (Claims meal was only 600 calories)

    02/22/2011 5:18:09 AM PST · by FTJM · 56 replies
    Vail Daily ^ | 2/21/11 | Randy Wyrick
    Some conservative bloggers and talk-show hosts act like the short rib in Michelle Obama's dinner entree was, like Adam's, extracted from them personally. The first lady, in Vail with her daughters and some friends for the Presidents Day weekend, dined at Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail Village Saturday night, enjoying a pickled pumpkin salad with arugula and a braised ancho-chile short rib with hominy wild mushrooms and sauteed kale. So, of course, some people are taking the short view of the short rib. A braised short rib is a relatively lean cut of beef, braised with most of the fat...
  • Michelle Obama's big 'sacrifces' on her Vail vacation

    02/21/2011 7:38:16 AM PST · by FTJM · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/21/11 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    It has been almost a month and a half since the Obama family returned from 10 days in Oahu. With all the breastfeeding advice she's been giving out lately, an exhausted First Lady is long overdue for some R & R. Relinquishing her role as tireless workaholic, Michelle decided to revisit last year's mother/daughter ski trip to the Ski Liberty Resort in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania. Only this year, the Obama women have taken to the slopes in Vail, Colorado on a "private family trip" accompanied by "several close friends." When unveiling his budget, Michelle's husband reminded Americans, "Everybody's going to...
  • Michelle Obama in Vail for weekend (Joe BiteMe visits Key Largo)

    02/19/2011 10:47:15 AM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Vail Daily ^ | 2/18/11 | Randy Wyrick
    Michelle Obama in Vail for weekendRandy Wyrick Friday, February 18, 2011 VAIL, Colorado — First lady Michelle Obama is among the Presidents Day weekend crowd. Obama arrived Friday night for a weekend of skiing in Vail and Beaver Creek, according to local sources. A motorcade of about a dozen vehicles, including 15 state and local law enforcement officers, traveled from the Eagle County Regional Airport to Vail on Friday night, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Roads were temporarily blocked to make way for the motorcade in Eagle. The motorcade entered an underground garage beneath the Sebastian hotel in Vail...
  • Police: Man punched skier on Beaver Creek (41-yr old man punches 14-yr old girl)

    12/21/2010 2:25:30 PM PST · by rawhide · 42 replies · 2+ views
    vail daily.com ^ | Monday, December 20, 2010 | Sarah Mausolf
    VAIL — Police have charged a man with child abuse for allegedly punching a 14-year-old girl in the face Friday on Beaver Creek Mountain, Eagle County Sheriff's Office Lt. Mike McWilliam said in a statement. The Sheriff's Office gave Scott Filler, 41, of Decatur, Ga., a summons to appear in court for misdemeanor child abuse, McWilliam said. The 14-year-old girl from Mexico had been skiing on a beginner run, which Beaver Creek officials have identified as Haymaker trail, with a ski school class when she swerved to avoid a skier who had fallen in front of her, the statement said....
  • Alleged Vail shooter has PTSD, lawyer says in court

    11/09/2009 7:07:03 PM PST · by frankenMonkey · 13 replies · 1,086+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 11/09/2009 | Beth Potter
    VAIL — A Vail man faces first-degree murder charges after he allegedly shot and killed a man outside a Vail bar over the weekend, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said today in a court hearing. Richard "Rossi" Moreau, 63, is being held without bond in the Eagle County Jail. He is expected to be formally charged in a Dec. 1 hearing, Hurlbert said. His attorney, Reed Owens, said Moreau has met with jail doctors. Owens said he wants to make sure Moreau can get the medication he takes for post-traumatic stress disorder while he is jailed. "We may have...
  • Bear Opens Car Door, Climbs Inside ( Video )( Colorado )

    08/29/2009 8:32:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 1,241+ views
    CBS4 ^ | Aug 28, 2009
    Police departments in the high country report a rash of bears breaking into cars and homes this summer. Penny Turilli captured video of a bear walking up to her car, parked in her driveway outside her Vail home. The animal opened the door and climbed inside...
  • Vail's ‘Dumb and Dumber' robber returned to Australia

    08/06/2009 7:01:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 468+ views
    vail daily ^ | August 5, 2009 | Edward Stoner
    Luke Carroll, half of the so-called “Dumb and Dumber” duo that robbed a Vail Village bank in 2005, was returned to his home country of Australia this week, immigration officials said Wednesday. Carroll was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in the WestStar Bank heist, in which he and friend Anthony Prince made off with about $130,000, only to be arrested a day later. Seasonal ski shop employees Carroll and Prince made headlines for their blunders during and after the robbery. As they robbed the bank using BB guns, they wore name tags from their ski shop...
  • Skier Suffers Exposure- Man Left Dangling Pantless After Vail Lift Mishap

    01/06/2009 7:05:32 AM PST · by Red Boots · 83 replies · 4,362+ views
    JANUARY 6--In a bizarre incident that will surely lead to litigation (or an out-of-court settlement), a skier at Colorado's ritzy Vail resort was left dangling upside down and pantsless from a chairlift last Friday morning.
  • OPERATION BACKFIRE Help Find Four Eco-Terrorists

    11/19/2008 4:41:41 PM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 819+ views
    FBI.GOV ^ | November 19, 2008 | FBI.GOV
    We need your help in locating these four fugitives. Click on their names or photographs to see their wanted posters. It has been 10 years since a group known as “The Family” torched a ski resort in Vail, Colorado, causing $26 million in damage and drawing international attention to eco-terrorists—those who break the law in the name of the environment and animal rights. Since that time, we’ve joined our federal, local, and state law enforcement partners in establishing Operation Backfire to bring these criminals to justice. Our efforts have been successful, but four individuals under indictment remain at large. At...
  • Vail: Beetle battle begins again this summer

    05/15/2008 8:32:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies · 392+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | May 14, 2008 | Edward Stoner
    Crews will cut trees on more than 200 acres around Vail this summer in their continuing efforts to battle the pine beetle epidemic. This summer’s work will continue to create a ribbon of “defensible space” around the town that seeks to prevent the spread of fire... “It’s to protect lives, homes and property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire,” ... The work is part of the Vail Valley Forest Health Project, a multi-year effort coordinated by the Forest Service that seeks to combat the pine beetle infestation from East Vail to Edwards. The mountain pine beetle epidemic has killed up...
  • One dead in 50-car pileup on Vail Pass

    03/31/2008 2:20:17 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 42 replies · 2,315+ views
    Glenwood Springs Post Independent ^ | March 31, 2008 | Staff Report
    A 50-vehicle pileup has closed I-70 in both directions at mile marker 195 on Vail Pass. The initial accident occurred on the westbound side of I-70 at mile marker 189 in Eagle County. The eastbound lane has also been closed at this time to allow emergency vehicles to access the scene. According to dispatch, there are numerous injuries and several possible amputations. There has been a mutual aid request for backup and many patients are being transported to St. Anthony's Summit Medical Center for treatment. "So far we have one patient in critical condition and two more patients just arrived...
  • Ski crash lawsuit stirs backlash(suing an 8-year old)

    12/27/2007 7:32:53 PM PST · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 26 replies · 472+ views
    People upset over a man who sued an 8-year-old boy and his father over a Colorado ski collision have subjected him and his wife to "an electronic tar and feathering," their lawyer said. David Pfahler and Marlene Ambrogio left their Allentown, Pa., home for the holidays because angry people tied up their phone lines with repeated, automated calls since news reports of the lawsuit, attorney Jim Chalat said Monday. Some sent angry e-mails and calls to Chalat's Denver law firm, while others called Reader's Digest, where Pfahler works, and demanded he be fired, the Rocky Mountain News reported. The couple...
  • Timber to be burned Wednesday in Vail

    11/07/2007 10:06:28 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies · 109+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | November 7, 2007
    About 20 piles of downed pine and aspen trees will be burned Wednesday and Thursday ... The trees were cut down this fall by crews building a buffer between the forest and neighborhoods to prevent the spread of wildfires. Once more snow falls, some of the 250 piles of timber remaining on the upper bench of Donovan Park will be burned.
  • Lots of logs, not enough loggers

    11/07/2007 1:21:09 PM PST · by george76 · 51 replies · 180+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | February 1, 2005 | Cliff Thompson
    When the U.S. Forest Service received no bids on two small timber sales in Eagle County earlier this year, the agency's local rangers encountered what is becoming a problem throughout the intermountain West. The federal agency got a lesson in market economics and the three-way tug of war over lumber in national forests. There were no bidders for the timber "salvage" sales designed to remove trees killed by infesting pine beetles. The Forest Service also wants to sell the dead trees so they won't add extra fuel to wildfires. The glut of dead trees is occurring at a time when...
  • Vail creating barrier against fire

    08/28/2007 11:06:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 576+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | August 28, 2007 | Edward Stoner
    Crews cutting trees in hopes stopping wildfire from jumping between neighborhoods and the forest. As the color red has grown in the forest... The mountain pine beetle epidemic has hit ...hard. Whether it’s a lightning strike or a barbecue sparking a blaze, Spaeh says she understands the risk of a destructive forest fire. ....town, county and the U.S. Forest Service are cooperating to create a layer of “defensible space” — a 200-to-300-foot barrier — that aims to stop the spread of a fire, either from the forest into the neighborhood or vice versa. “This is a really good thing,” ......
  • America Supports You: Participants Grateful for Vail Program

    03/11/2007 12:42:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 225+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    VAIL, Colo., March 11, 2007 – As the Vail Veterans Program wrapped up the last day of its fourth annual winter sports clinic here yesterday, the veterans and their guests expressed their appreciation for what they’d gained at the four-day event. All 25 military participants in the Vail Veterans Program, their guests, and instructors gathered for a group photo March 11, in Vail, Colo., before their last day of fun in the snow. The veterans received three days of private lessons in skiing or snowboarding from adaptive ski and snowboard instructors trained to work with disabled athletes. Photo by...
  • America Supports You: Wounded Veterans Take On Snowboarding in Vail

    03/09/2007 3:42:28 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 236+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    VAIL, Colo., March 9, 2007 – While many of their comrades learned to ski, three injured veterans hit the snowboard hill under instructors’ guidance yesterday. Adaptive snowboard instructor Eric Norton (left) guides Army Spc. J.R. Salzman through the fundamentals of snowboarding March 8 during the first session of private lessons for wounded servicemembers participating in the Vail Veterans Program. Salzman lost his right arm in Iraq when a roadside bomb exploded. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The private lessons were the first of the Vail Veterans Program winter sports clinic here. The 25...
  • 2 guilty in Vail arson ( Eco-Terrorists )

    12/14/2006 8:28:08 PM PST · by george76 · 88 replies · 2,640+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 14, 2006 | Joe Garner
    Members of the ecoterrorism gang that torched buildings on Vail Mountain in 1998 will be sentenced in April, a federal judge ordered today. At a hearing in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore., two key members of the gang formally pleaded guilty to federal arson charges, although they already had admitted their role in the multimillion-dollar fires. They destroyed several mountaintop structures including the popular Two Elk Lodge, a restaurant that has been rebuilt. During the 10-minute hearing, Chelsea Gerlach and Stanislas Meyerhoff, both 29, acknowledged their guilt when asked by Judge Ann Aiken. Gerlach responded "yes," and Meyerhoff said,...
  • Officials deny Rainbow Family permit (Wildfire threat)

    06/23/2006 10:56:13 AM PDT · by Knitting A Conundrum · 43 replies · 1,037+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | 6/23/06 | Vail Daily
    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - A request for a permit for what's often described as a huge gathering of hippies was denied Thursday as U.S. Forest Service officials expressed concern over wildfire danger and frustration at trying to work with the group. About 2,000 people have showed up at the Rainbow Family's gathering spot on Routt National Forest land about 30 miles northeast of here. The weeklong July 4th event is expected to draw between 15,000 and 20,000 people to the forest. "The group showed up without any coordination with the forest service, even after numerous attempts," forest Supervisor Mary Peterson said...
  • Four indicted in Vail ecoterrorism

    05/20/2006 8:22:27 PM PDT · by Westlander · 15 replies · 919+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | May 20, 2006 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER -- A federal grand jury has indicted four suspects in the 1998 firebombing at Vail Mountain, then the costliest ecoterrorism attack in U.S. history and a crime that once appeared as though it would never be solved. U.S. Attorney William J. Leone announced yesterday that the grand jury had indicted Chelsea Dawn Gerlach, 29; Stanislas Gregory Meyerhoff, 28; Josephine Sunshine Overaker, 31; and Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 33.
  • 4 Indicted In Vail Resort Eco-Terrorism ( New Arson Charges )

    05/19/2006 10:06:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 1,175+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2006 | Associated Press
    A federal grand jury in Denver has indicted four people on eight counts of arson for a series of eco-terrorism fires set at the Vail ski area in 1998. Those indicted are: Chelsea Dawn Gerlach, 29, Stanislas Gregory Meyerhoff, 28, Josephine Sunshine Overaker, 31, and Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 33. Gerlach and Meyerhoff are presently in federal custody in Oregon, facing separate arson charges. The whereabouts of Overaker and Rubin are unknown. The Two Elks Lodge and other structures on Vail Mountain were burned to the ground on Oct. 19, 1998. Damage was estimated at $12 million. A group called the...
  • Rumsfeld Pays Surprise Visit as Wounded Troops Hit the Slopes

    03/05/2006 11:00:14 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 16 replies · 558+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 5 March 2006 | Donna Miles
    Rumsfeld Pays Surprise Visit as Wounded Troops Hit the Slopes By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, March 5, 2006 – Wounded troops participating in the third annual Vail Veterans Program here got a surprise visit on the ski slopes today when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived to cheer them on and congratulate them for their accomplishments. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld poses with wounded troops participating in the Vail Veterans Program just before they begin their third and final day of skiing in the program at Vail, Colo. Photo by Donna Miles   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • America Supports You: Vail Opens Arms, Slopes, to Wounded Troops

    03/03/2006 5:09:52 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 225+ views
    VAIL, Colo., March 3, 2006 – Twenty-four servicemembers who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan are here reaping the hospitality of a community first established by returning World War II veterans and to schuss down the slopes of this world-class ski resort. The guests, all patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., along with their spouses or guests, are participating in the third annual Vail Veterans Program that kicked off March 1 and continues through March 5. The all-expenses-paid program is hosted by Vail Mountain and the Vail community and gives wounded war veterans an opportunity to...
  • 3 Indicted in Calif. on Ecoterror Charges

    01/26/2006 7:14:13 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies · 809+ views
    Associated Press ^ | DON THOMPSON
    Three environmental activists were cooking up plastic explosives and had planned to test a device the day they were arrested, federal prosecutors alleged Wednesday as they indicted them. The three face five to 20 years in federal prison if they are convicted of conspiring to use fire or explosives to damage property. The suspects planned assaults this spring in the name of the Earth Liberation Front, a 'loosey-goosey, sort of mist-of-the-fog kind of an organization' of environmental activists, U.S. Attorney McGregor Scott said. Eric McDavid, 28, Zachary Jensen, 20, and Lauren Weiner, 20, remain in jail. They could enter a...
  • Vail arson suspects indicted in fed crackdown

    01/20/2006 9:29:26 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 1,430+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 20, 2006
    The arrests could begin to close the book on one of Colorado’s enduring mysteries. At the time, the Vail firebombing was considered the costliest act of eco-terrorism in the country, causing $12 million in damage, destroying the Two Elk Lodge, a mountaintop restaurant, among other structures. "The indictment tells a story of four-and-a-half years of arson, vandalism, violence and destruction claimed to have been executed on behalf of the Animal Liberation Front or Earth Liberation Front, extremist movements known to support acts of domestic terrorism," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said at a news conference today. Appearing with Gonzales, FBI Director...
  • Ecoterror suspect released on bond

    01/19/2006 5:02:55 PM PST · by george76 · 121 replies · 3,675+ views
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | 01/18/2006 | LARRY HENDRICKS
    After a delay of nearly a month, a Flagstaff woman accused of being connected with the 1998 firebombing of a logging company in Oregon has been released from jail. Kendall Tankersley, 28, also known as Sarah Harvey, was released from an Oregon jail Jan. 10 on $150,000 bond. She is back in Flagstaff, ready to begin taking two classes at Northern Arizona University. Tankersley, a former employee at the university, was indicted in November by a federal grand jury in Oregon. She is accused of attempted arson and arson, acting as a lookout, in connection with a fire at U.S....
  • Two more arrests made in ecoterrorism arsons (9 in custody

    01/19/2006 5:07:10 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 26 replies · 674+ views
    Seattle P-I ^ | 1/19/05 | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Federal agents have arrested two more people in the investigation into a string of Northwest arsons claimed by the shadowy radical groups Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front. Criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene name the first suspect in the 1997 arson of a horse slaughterhouse in Redmond, Ore., for which ALF claimed responsibility, and another person accused of torching the offices of the Superior Lumber Co. in Glendale, now known as Swanson Group, in 2001, for which the ELF said it was responsible. Both were to appear in U.S. District Court...
  • Group with no members torched Vail

    01/07/2006 8:23:24 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies · 1,349+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | January 6, 2006 | Nicole Frey
    Earth Liberation Front claims no leaders or spokespeople When three buildings and four chairlifts on Vail Mountain went up in flames in October, 1998, the Earth Liberation Front, an underground environmental movement, proudly took credit for the arson. The Earth Liberation Front claims to be an underground movement with no leadership, membership or spokespeople... Anyone who commits an act of ecoterrorism or sabotage in the name of the environment is welcome to do it under the front's name... Call yourself an "elf" and you're part of the elite, invisible group. Last month, Chelsea D. Gerlach of Portland Ore. and William...
  • Vail, CO: County plans to pass smoking ban Tuesday

    01/07/2006 6:37:40 AM PST · by SheLion · 166 replies · 1,317+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | January 5, 2006 | Scott N. Miller
    EAGLE - Get ready to take it outside. The Eagle County Commissioners will probably pass a comprehensive smoking ban Tuesday. The ban will apply to areas including Beaver Creek, Edwards, Eagle-Vail and El Jebel. The ban is a tight one, and applies both indoors and outdoors, and restricting smoking to 25 feet or more from doorways and outdoor restaurant and bar tables. It also bans smoking in lift ticket and lift lines, chairlifts and gondolas. Define 'smoking' The county ordinance defines smoking as "...inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lighted plant or combustible substance in...
  • Eco-terrorists botched plans

    12/22/2005 6:39:35 AM PST · by george76 · 43 replies · 2,260+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 22, 2005 | Todd Hartman
    FBI document says group's missions plagued by errors Even as the Earth Liberation Front - a shadowy group of eco-terrorists that took credit for the Vail fires of 1998 - has eluded authorities for years, newly released evidence suggests some of the group's efforts have been plagued by almost slapstick gaffes. In one case, members driving on a mission to burn down a federal research facility in western Washington stopped along the way to shoplift some needed supplies from a big box hardware store. The plan was interrupted when one of the members was arrested for stealing sponges and a...
  • Woman indicted in 2 Oregon fires

    12/20/2005 7:05:57 AM PST · by Redbob · 32 replies · 963+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/17/5 | Valerie Richardson
    A suspect in a 1998 Vail Mountain firebombing was indicted yesterday in connection with two Oregon fires as part of a federal sweep aimed at resolving a wave of long-unsolved ecoterrorist attacks. U.S. Attorney Kirk Engdahl told U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Coffin that she was a suspect in the Vail arson, a $12 million rampage that destroyed buildings and ski-lift sites at the resort. The indictments came a week after a five-state sweep in which federal authorities arrested six suspects for a string of ecoterrorist attacks between 1998 and 2001 in Colorado and the Pacific Northwest. ...(ELF) and Animal...
  • Father defends woman named in '98 Vail fires 'She's not even a vegetarian,

    12/17/2005 5:10:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies · 931+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 16, 2005 | Joe Garner
    Father defends woman named in '98 Vail fires 'She's not even a vegetarian,' says dad in timber industry By Joe Garner, Rocky Mountain News December 16, 2005 SWEET HOME, Ore. - Federal authorities have the wrong woman in custody, says the father of an alleged eco-terrorist identified as a suspect in the 1998 fire bombings on Vail Mountain. The woman, Chelsea Gerlach, 28, of Portland, was named a suspect in the $12 million Vail arson case Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore., during a hearing to set bail on two federal eco-terrorism charges against her in her home...
  • Second person linked to Vail fire

    12/17/2005 7:35:30 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies · 1,213+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 17, 2005 | Brian D. Crecente
    FBI agent testifies Arizona bookstore owner is suspected... A federal agent on Friday named an Arizona activist bookstore owner as the second suspect in the 1998 arson attacks at Vail resort that stood for years as the most damaging single act of eco-terrorism in the nation. Catalyst Infoshop owner William C. Rodgers was the second suspect this week linked by a federal law enforcement official to the $12 million conflagration that has been cloaked in mystery for seven years. FBI Special Agent Doug Linter testified in U.S. District Court in Flagstaff, Ariz., that investigators suspect the Prescott, Ariz., bookstore owner...
  • Woman Suspected in Several Ecoterror Cases

    12/14/2005 7:58:43 AM PST · by george76 · 88 replies · 2,296+ views
    Associated Press...my way ^ | Dec 14 | JEFF BARNARD
    A woman charged with damaging a transmission tower also is suspected in half a dozen other ecoterror crimes, including a firebombing at a Colorado ski resort, one of the costliest such crimes in the U.S. Chelsea Gerlach was ordered held without bail after Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Engdahl made the allegations against her. Gerlach, 28, was among six people arrested in five states last week on indictments alleging they set fires and damaged property between 1998 and 2001 in Oregon and Washington. The Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front took responsibility for most of the crimes. Gerlach, of Portland,...
  • Illegals run for the snow after wreck (Vail Colorado)

    11/15/2005 2:04:31 PM PST · by dennisw · 28 replies · 1,216+ views
    vaildaily ^ | November 14, 2005 | Nicole Frey
    VAIL — As the Ford pickup spun off the road on Interstate 70, 13 men and one woman jumped out of the vehicle at 10 a.m. Sunday. Dressed in jeans and short-sleeved shirts, they ran through the snow on Vail Pass, each in a different direction. When Vail police officers arrived, they followed the footprintS the illegal immigrants had left in the snow, said Tim Counts, the spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Police contacted customs enforcement while they rounded up the runaways: 12 from Mexico and two from Guatemala. Some...
  • Will the Vail Valley look like this?

    10/07/2005 8:39:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 2,070+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | October 6, 2005 | Nicole Frey
    The opposing hillside was a stark scene of skeletal trees creating a jagged horizon reaching for a backdrop of cloudy sky. Up close, you could see the charred bark peeling away from the petrified tree trunk. The ghost forest, a product of the 2002 Big Fish Valley and Lost Lake fires in the Flat Tops Wilderness in Garfield and Rio Blanco counties, may foreshadow the future of the Vail Valley. After suffering a beetle infestation in the 1940s and 1950s, similar to the infestation attacking our valley now, wind swept through the wilderness downing trees. ...lightning struck twice July 17...
  • Vail Ski Weekend for Disabled Iraqi War Veterans

    02/24/2005 5:16:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 438+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 02/24/05 | unattributed
    VAIL, Colo., Feb. 24, 2005 – Vail Resorts has joined the Defense Department's "America Supports You" campaign, an ongoing nationwide program designed to showcase America's support to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Vail Mountain and the Vail community will host 19 soldiers over the weekend of February 24-27. These soldiers are all recuperating from the loss of a limb, having been treated at the Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington, D.C. This is the second annual Vail Veterans' Ski Weekend, and provides the opportunity for soldiers who were wounded in action in Iraq to learn to...
  • Lawyers, Guns and Muzzles (more left on right crime/vandalism)

    10/24/2004 2:54:21 PM PDT · by FreeRadical · 8 replies · 618+ views
    The Vail Trail ^ | Oct 21, 2004 | Joy Overbeck ?
    Politically-charged attacks escalate the stakes in this year’s hotly contested elections - 10/21/04 When Republican Barry Goldwater and Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson were locked in a nation-dividing presidential battle in 1964, Wendy and Dick Gustafson (he’s a former Eagle County Commissioner) and their family lived in San Rafael, California. One day Wendy was run off the road by a screaming fist-shaker who called her a “John Bircher,” referring to a well-known politically conservative group. She figures it had something to do with her car’s Goldwater bumper sticker. “And that’s the last bumper sticker I’ve ever put on my car,” she...
  • Bryant Prosecutors Can't Bar Testimony

    08/16/2004 10:31:02 AM PDT · by buzzyboop · 19 replies · 1,599+ views
    AP / Yahoo ^ | August 16, 2004 | JON SARCHE
    In another setback to the prosecution in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, the Colorado Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal of a key ruling that allows the NBA star's attorneys to tell jurors about the accuser's sex life.District Judge Terry Ruckriegle last month ruled that the defense can use information about the woman's sexual activities in the three days before her hospital exam, which occurred 15 hours after her encounter with Bryant. In their one-page order, justices did not explain why they decided against considering the appeal. The order was released as Bryant's final pretrial hearing got...
  • Jail ghost linked to 1884 haunting

    07/13/2004 6:01:01 PM PDT · by CurlyBill · 57 replies · 2,614+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | 12 July 2004 | Roger Peterson
    Jail ghost linked to 1884 haunting Roger Peterson July 12, 2004 LEADVILLE - It's interesting how history and hauntings can repeat themselves. Phantoms inhabiting the Lake County Jail environs are nothing new. Most recently, Memorial Day manifestations disturbed and terrified jail inmates and sheriff's employees. For a week leading up to the holiday, paranormal manifestations in the lockup took a variety of forms. Beginning as unexplained problems with a television set, an apparent unseen presence went on to move and stack objects, weave a cross of nylon cord, produce a cryptic message on paper and leave voices on a cassette...
  • Disabled Iraqi Freedom Vets to Hit the Slopes

    03/03/2004 11:14:31 AM PST · by Calpernia · 8 replies · 264+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 3, 2004 | By Donna Miles
    Seven soldiers who lost legs during incidents in Iraq will get the chance this weekend to schuss down the slopes of Vail, Colo. Vail Ski Association, with support from a broad range of local and national donors, is providing the soldiers, their wives or girlfriends and their children an all-expense-paid visit to one of the world's premier ski resorts. The Vail community and corporate sponsors will roll out the red carpet with free lodging, meals, lift tickets, ski equipment and lessons. Cheryl Jensen from the Vail Ski Association said the weekend will allow soldiers to enjoy the exhilaration of skiing...
  • Ten-four, good buddies

    12/05/2003 8:22:09 PM PST · by Holly_P · 82 replies · 567+ views
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | 12/05/03 | Editorial
    The Vail Town Council has postponed adoption of an ordinance that would have prohibited the use of jake brakes on Interstate 70 through the mountain town. Truckers lambasted the proposed ordinance, with good reason. Not only would the proposed law unfairly single out their industry, but it would increase the risk of accidents on the highway that drops 500 feet from east Vail to west Vail. Jake brakes, or engine compression brakes, help large trucks reduce their speed without burning up conventional brakes. But they also produce a loud, booming clatter, that upset some of the good citizens of Vail....
  • Vail cabbie says Bryant was with entourage, police

    07/09/2003 7:52:21 AM PDT · by Recourse · 9 replies · 185+ views
    ESPN ^ | July 9, 2003 | ESPN
    Wednesday, July 9 Vail cabbie says Bryant was with entourage, police ESPN.com news services CORDILLERA, Colo. -- Kobe Bryant left a Colorado hospital approximately 12 hours after the time frame in which he is accused of committing sexual assault against a 19-year-old woman, the Orange County Register reported Wednesday. Terry O'Brien, a 38-year-old Vail Taxi dispatcher and driver, told the Register that he picked up the Lakers star from the emergency room at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. According to the newspaper, Bryant was with three members of his entourage and flanked by Eagle County sheriff's officers. Bryant pulled...