The US Forest Service sent out the following press release yesterday. We have had no reports of Rainbow Children in Timber Lakes. The following entities are posting Rainbow press releases on their websites: U.S. Forest Service, Wasatch County and Heber City Police Department.
For Immediate Release Contact: Kim Osborn 801-710-3664 Kathy Jo Pollock 801-558-8016
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UPDATE June 26, 2014: Annual Rainbow Gathering
Heber City, Utah June 26, 2014 – Approximately 1144 Rainbow Family members have now arrived on the Heber-Kamas Ranger District site with numbers expected to increase daily. The gathering site is located approximately 15 mile east of Heber City in the West Fork of the Duchesne River area.
Wednesday was a fairly quiet day at the Rainbow gathering as more members arrived and began setting up camp. The Rainbow family members come from all walks of life all across the country. There are locals attending and some have come as far as North Carolina. The high elevation of approximate 9,200 feet is making it challenging for some gatherers that have come from sea level. Altitude sickness can cause dizziness, fatigue, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty in sleeping, and shortness of breath with exertion. The hike into the main gathering is at least half or one mile uphill making it difficult for some.
Forest Service resource advisors continue to visit the area daily checking the effects that attendees are having on the resources. Resource advisors are finding gatherers are abiding by the operating plan and impressed with the cleanliness of the camps.
The Rainbow Family gathering is continued to be managed by local, city, county and federal cooperators.