Saturday, November 5, 2011

Occupy Boise Pitches Tents Downtown, Encampment Begins

Posted By on Sat, Nov 5, 2011 at 11:47 AM

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When the temperature dips below zero and there's snow on the pumpkin, only the heartiest of Idahoans go camping.

"We're all Idahoans here," Occupy Boise member Dean Gunderson told Citydesk this morning. "Nobody's fooling themselves. We're accustomed to the cold."

Gunderson was busy setting up tents on the lawn in front of the old Ada County Courthouse in Downtown Boise today, preparing for day one of the Occupy Boise encampment. Gunderson said the movement was limiting the first wave of campers to 15, but expected the number to grow in increments of 15 in the near future.

"We'll start with 15, build to 30 and then to 45," said Gunderson.

The encampment includes a commissary, a 24-hour-a-day first aid tent, heated child care and even a lending library. The encampment's operations manual is 24 pages long, including details on safety and sanitation. The group will be using a so-called "groover" system for bathroom needs, a unit approved for use by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service. When needed, it will be emptied at a nearby RV park waste station.

Additionally, the Occupy Boise encampment will be regularly monitored by legal professionals who will assist in any possible tangles with law enforcement.

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