Rainbows Keeping Things Mostly Legal

Rainbows Keeping Things Mostly Legal

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John Hollenhorst ReportingClose to 10-thousand people are now converged on the north slope of the Uintas for the annual celebration of the hippie counter-culture of the Rainbow Family.

After a near riot last week, things seem to have tamed down considerably. A federal magistrate did process misdemeanor cases against about a dozen rainbows today, but overall, the counter culture seems to have worked out a cooperative arrangement with the official culture.

There have been no major incidents since last week. And the mood here seems close to what the rainbows advertise -- peace, love, respect -- while maintaining a standoffish approach to anything that resembles government or mainstream culture.

The big surprise is that the numbers are low, only about half the 20-thousand that were expected. Some say rainbows around the country were unhappy that one of their people gave in to the forest service and signed a permit putting the event on a firm legal footing.

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