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Beaverhead County Seeks Help With Rainbow Gathering

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Beaverhead County is seeking state help with the law enforcement and other costs related to the Rainbow Family gathering being held in the county.

On Monday, Gov. Steve Bullock signed a state of emergency executive order for the county, allowing it to access state emergency money and services to cover the cost of the gathering near Jackson.

County commissioners voted Monday to levy two taxes totaling nearly $27,000 on the unincorporated towns in the county, which is required before gaining access to state funding.

County DES director David Marx says the county also will have to spend $3,100 in reserves before being able to use state money.

The U.S. Forest Service estimated 6,000 people were at the gathering on Monday.

Rainbow Family members gather annually, in part, to pray for world peace.

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