Hilary Markin, public information manager for the National Rainbow Incident Management Team, reported that U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers had issued 91 enforcement actions so far. Monday, June 27 to participants in the 50e Rainbow Gathering anniversary at Adams Park in northern Routt County.
Markin said the enforcement actions covered issues such as damage to natural resources, inoperable equipment, possession or distribution of narcotics, aggravated assault on a peace officer, criminal in possession of firearm and an officer’s resistance or escape.
“A lot of it ends up being investigated, and I can’t divulge any additional information,” Markin said Tuesday of the enforcement action.
“Most of our interactions with family members (Rainbow) have been educational in nature and have not resulted in any enforcement action being taken,” Markin noted. “It’s been relatively quiet.”
Routt County Deputy Sheriff Doug Scherar said two people at the Rainbow Gathering were arrested on Sunday, June 26 after coming into contact with sheriff’s deputies following law enforcement issues on the circulation. The men, both in their 30s, were found to have outstanding minor warrants from outside Routt County, Scherar said.
During the 2021 National Rainbow Gathering which took place about half an hour south of Taos in the Carson National Forest and drew 7,000 attendees, authorities issued 600 enforcement actions, including arrests, tickets, written warnings and incident reports documenting a situation, Markin said.
Markin said the total costs associated with the 2021 National Rainbow Incident Management Team were approximately $535,000, including law enforcement costs and Forest Service administrative costs.
Attendance at the Rainbow Gathering at Adams Park was estimated at 2,500 as of Monday, June 27.
“We will see the numbers increase throughout this week with the high point coming on July 4,” Markin said.
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