Posted: Jun 14, 2013 9:48 AM by Katy Harris
Updated: Jun 14, 2013 9:52 AM
BUTTE - The Rainbow Family council is hunkered down near the Racetrack Campground as a council decides where to hold this year's gathering.
The family has been seen throughout Butte, Anaconda, Deer Lodge and Missoula lately.
On Friday, the Forest Service will send its own law enforcement personnel to meet with the Rainbow Family council. The two groups have been in contact and working with each other to co-exist.
A Forest Service public information officer says the Rainbow Family wants to ask the Forest Service questions about possible locations to hold the actual gathering. In the meantime, nearby communities like Anaconda are preparing for the potential the gathering could be held in their county.
"I don't think that we should be overreacting to things. I mean people are in your community every single day and you deal with whatever situation comes our way, but you know, they're still citizens and, you know, they're going to be treated the same way anybody else is going to be treated," Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Chief Executive Connie Ternes-Daniels said.
"They're going to set us up with as many officers as they can and then the surrounding counties also said that they would help if it should be in our county and same with us with if it should go to one of their counties," Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said.
Anaconda-Deer Lodge County government, police and fire departments and the ambulance crew have all had preliminary discussions to prepare for a possible gathering in the area.