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FBI: Vail ecoterrorism suspect spotted in Canada?

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Aspen, CO Colorado

PORTLAND, Ore. ” The FBI said Friday that a woman suspected in a string of arsons by radical environmentalists around the West in the late 1990s may have been spotted recently in Canada.

The FBI received a tip that Rebecca Rubin was seen near Vancouver, British Columbia, where she has relatives.

The 25-year-old Rubin is linked to a radical environmental group called “The Family.”

In 2001, 11 members were indicted on charges accusing them of arson attacks between 1996 and 2001 in the name of the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front in Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado and Wyoming.

The 17 attacks resulted in about $26 million in damage. Three other members still being sought are Joseph Dibee, Josephine Overaker and Justin Solondz. The FBI believes all are living abroad.

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Rubin was one of four people indicted in May 2006 by a Denver federal grand jury in connection with the 1998 firebombing of Vail’s Two Elk Lodge, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The attack was a protest against Vail’s expansion into Blue Sky Basin, but also swung public sentiment in favor of the ski company’s plan. Blue Sky Basin has become a wildly popular partof Vail Mountain.


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