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Racist fliers found on driveways

Nick Foster

Fliers attacking immigrants and promoting white supremacy were tossed onto Steamboat Springs driveways Friday night, residents and police said.

Calls complaining about the fliers began coming into the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office early Saturday morning. Officer Nate Morton of the Steamboat Springs Police Department responded to the first call at Sandhill Circle, where a couple with Asian children had called because they did not want their children to see the fliers, Morton said.

The fliers were stuffed in plastic bags and weighted with rocks.

Morton said it did not appear those responsible for the fliers were targeting ethnic groups in distributing the propaganda because the fliers were left in most driveways on Sandhill Circle. Morton said he collected most of the fliers before people woke up.

The fliers are titled “Immigration or Invasion?” They attack immigration from Central America and say immigrants are here “to take our jobs.” Reports of the fliers’ distribution came from Tamarack Drive, Cherry Drive and Sandhill Circle.

Cherry Drive resident Ellen Hoj noticed the flier in the snow by her driveway Saturday evening. The same type of fliers were thrown in driveways along her road about 6 p.m. on a Friday evening last summer, she said, and she reported them to police.

“I’m not just iritated; I would like to file charges against the person,” she said. “I feel intimidated and violated. This is totally unacceptable.”

Sandhill Circle resident Jim Weber said he found one of the fliers in his driveway, as well.

Sandhill Circle resident Jim Weber said he found one of the fliers in his driveway, as well.

“I was offended by it,” Weber said. “A police officer was stopped across the street, and I gave him my copy. I don’t feel it was appropriate.”

Sgt. Troy McDaniel of the Routt County Sheriff’s Office said the sheriff’s office would try to contact the organization distributing the fliers, National Alliance, which bills itself as “an organization of whites who aren’t afraid to speak up for our race,” to ask why the fliers were distributed in Steamboat.

McDaniel said the organization possibly could be charged with littering, but what is printed on the fliers is not illegal; it is protected by the freedom of speech.

“I really think the only option to look at is a littering violation,” McDaniel said. “We’ll probably contact them and request if they are going to do this to use some other form of communication. We don’t need these things blowing all over our area.”

The National Alliance, lists a Denver mailing address and three Web sites on the fliers, as well as a phone number that reaches a recorded message declaring European descendents the supreme race.

“This is not something we can tolerate,” Hoj said. “People can go to their Web site (if they want to read about the group), but it’s not welcomed around our neighborhood, not where I’ve got children playing in my front yard.”

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