Report: Thousands of Colorado residents without heat after ‘intentional attack’ on gas service

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ASPEN, CO– With temperatures registering three degrees in Aspen, Colorado as of 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 30th, authorizes are eager to catch those responsible for deliberately vandalizing gas lines, leaving thousands without heat. 

The FBI has now joined local authorizes in the criminal investigation of what police believe to be an “intentional attack” on the gas service at three separate Black Hills Energy gas line sites, one being in Aspen and two other locations in Pitkin County.

Work crews are scrambling to restore gas service, and local authorities handed out electric space heaters to residents still without heat Tuesday, as a storm is forecast to bring up to 8 inches of snow in the Rocky Mountains region this week, according to ABC 7

Aspen police said the apparently coordinated acts of vandalism occurred Saturday night, December 26th. 

Police reported that at one of the targeted sites, they found the words “Earth first” scrawled, and investigators were looking into whether the self-described “radical environmental group” Earth First! was involved.

Aspen Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn told reporters that the saboteurs appeared to “have some familiarity” with the natural gas system.

Linn said:

“They tampered with flow lines. They turned off gas lines,” 

Linn went on to say that the FBI, which has a critical infrastructure protection unit, is helping in the investigation.

Black Hills Energy officials said about 3,500 customers were affected by the gas outage, and crews had to go to each natural gas meter to manually turn them off and relight the pilot lights. Black Hills Energy officials are also asking residents to wear appropriate PPE, and will ask them a serious of COVID-19 related questions before crew members can enter the homes and businesses to restore service. 

Officials reported that natural gas service has been restored to about 65% of Aspen customers, and are hopeful that gas service should be restored to all residents by late tonight. 

Linn said the police department was handing out about 6,000 portable space heaters to residents at the Aspen Police Department, and when they ran out, residents were able to obtain heaters at the Aspen Fire Department.

At a time when businesses are trying to make every dollar they can between COVID-19 shut downs, Linn added that numerous establishments, including restaurants and hotels, had to shut down due to the loss of gas.

Pitkin County Commissioner Patti Clapper, who lost heat in her home due to the vandalism, told The Aspen Times newspaper:

“It’s almost, to me, an act of terrorism,”

Clapper continued:

“It’s trying to destroy a mountain community at the height of the holiday season. This wasn’t a national gas glitch. This was a purposeful act. Someone is looking to make a statement of some kind.”

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New Colorado GOP Representative sends message to America, tweets out ‘Speak Loudly and Carry a Glock’

December 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – A newly elected Republican Representative from Colorado has already made waves because she allegedly asked for permission to carry her firearm on federal property. 

Now, in another move that will be sure to infuriate liberals, she has tweeted out, “Speak Loudly and Carry a Glock.”

Representative Lauren Boebert, a well-known firearms advocate, sent the tweet on December 8:

“I’ve always heard to ‘speak softly and carry a big stick.’  I prefer to speak loudly and carry a Glock.”

Boebert was elected after upsetting five-term Republican Scott Tipton during the June primaries.  It is widely believed that she won the election because of her strong support of the Second Amendment, and because she bashed Tipton for not supporting President Donald Trump enough.

Boebert initially made national news when it was reported by two unnamed congressional officials, a Republican and a Democrat, that she had sought out permission from the Capitol Police to carry her firearm while at an orientation for newly-elected lawmakers. 

While Boebert’s team never acknowledged whether or not this was the case, Laura Carno, one of her aides, said:

“This was a private conversation and inquiry about what the rules are, and as a result, the Congresswoman-Elect won’t be going on the record.”

The Capitol Police also did not acknowledge whether or not the conversation that Boebert had with them had anything to do with her asking permission to carry her firearm on federal grounds.  They have also refused to acknowledge in the past when other lawmakers have asked for permission and had it granted.

A regulation on Capitol Hill from 1967 allows lawmakers to have and maintain firearms in their office or while transporting them within the Capitol grounds.  The regulation states:

“[No law] shall prohibit any Member of Congress from maintaining firearms within the confines of his office [or] from transporting within Capitol grounds firearms unloaded and securely wrapped.”

Of course, Democratic leaders are ‘up in arms’ over the idea that anyone is allowed to have a firearm on federal property, regardless of what the laws or regulations state.  Democratic lawmaker Jared Huffman is one of those who do not believe that firearms should be allowed on the grounds.  He said:

“Members could have a loaded AK-47 sitting on their desk and no one would do anything about it.”

After this was reported, Boebert sent out a tweet that seemed to acknowledge the request:

“The violent crime rate in Washington DC is 158% higher than the national average.  Look at how they treated Rand Paul on the streets & now won’t even investigate who assaulted him.  As a five-foot-tall woman, yes, I want to carry and it’s my right.”

Another member of Congress, Republican Thomas Massie, believes that having legally owned firearms on federal grounds is acceptable.  He pointed to the active shooter situation in Alexandria, Virginia as an example.  In that example, a Democrat-minded madman decided that he was going to kill Republican lawmakers and tried to do so in 2017.  Massie said:

“As soon as you leave the Capitol property, you are a target.”

Another Republican lawmaker, Marjorie Taylor Greene, not only thinks that it is a good idea for elected officials to carry guns on federal property, she believes everyone should that is legally allowed to do so.  She said:

“Not only do I support members of Congress carrying a firearm, I believe every American has the right.  I will work every day to end ALL gun-free zones.”

Regardless of whether or not she will carry her legally owned firearm while on federal property, Boebert seems to be taking a liking to poking the bear.  On December 3, she tweeted:

“Democrats should think of concealed carry as masks for our guns.  Maybe then they’d support it.”

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