Thursday, December 14th, two people pleaded guilty to federal arson charges for their role in the 1998 Vail ski resort fire. The blaze did $12 million worth of damage and gained national attention to the activities of radical environmentalists. The Two Elk Lodge, a restaurant, ski patrol office, and operators’ shack of four ski lifts were all burned in the fire. Chelsea Gerlach and Stanislas Meyerhoff, members of the Earth Liberation Front, a known eco-terrorism group, said that the group firebombed buildings and ski lifts at Vail to protect the development of wild Lynx. Both Gerlach and Meyerhoff are being held in Oregon and are expected to be sentenced in April.
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