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Brother Nathanael eviction coming soon? | VailDaily.com

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado Summit Countys most famous street evangelist Brother Nathanael may soon be banned from plying his trade on some local median strips, if the Silverthorne Police Department has its way.

Concern for the safety of both pedestrians and motorists has prompted Silverthorne to begin developing an ordinance to prohibit anyone from standing on highway medians, town manager Kevin Batchelder said this week.

We want to honor peoples constitutional right to free speech, but we want people out of busy intersections, he said.

Although any such ordinance, if enacted, would apply to all, Brother Nathanael said he has no doubt the impetus behind the current discussion is the Silverthorne Police Departments objection to his presence.

Its not a matter of safety. Its a matter of discrimination against Brother Nathanael, the former monk asserted.

Since his arrival in Summit County more than two years ago, the street minister has frequently pushed the limits of what local law enforcement will accept.

Despite that standing on median strips is legal in all areas of the county, he is regularly approached by police officers and told to move.

How many times do I have to tell them that its perfectly legal? he asked.

While he also appears in venues as diverse as New York Citys Times Square and Aspens X-Games, the cassocked Brother Nathanael lives in Frisco and can be seen most frequently on Highway 9 near the Frisco Marina and in Silverthorne near the Interstate 70 interchange, dancing and greeting commuters with a crucifix, an American flag and a smile.

Over time, his preferred spot in Silverthorne has moved from the intersection of Highway 6 and Rainbow Drive to a location a few hundred yards south on the median strip almost directly across from the westbound off-ramp from the interstate.

This new location worries Silverthorne Police Chief Mark Hanschmidt.

Number one, Im concerned with his safety, Hanschmidt said. Im also concerned with distracting drivers, because I think he takes some people by surprise.

Silverthorne police get several calls per month about Brother Nathanael, he added.

When any complaint is called in, whether for a barking dog, late-night noise or someone on the highway median, departmental procedures require an officer to check it out.

So when a passing motorist called last week and expressed concern about the unusually dressed man they saw dancing on the median strip, an officer was dispatched to be sure nothing was wrong.

I honestly think these calls are well-intentioned, Hanschmidt said. Theyre not just causing a ruckus.

Brother Nathanael disagreed.

Police dont like people who are going against the grain, he said. Its all about getting Brother Nathanael off the median strip.

Safety is not the issue, he believes.

Although Hanschmidt has shown him photographs of a nasty truck rollover that occurred a couple of years ago on the median in question, the monk believes he is in no danger at that location.

Theres never been an accident there ever since I came out and made the sign of the cross, he said.

Legal action

Any ordinance banning pedestrians from the median would require approval by the town council after two formal readings and associated public hearings, Batchelder said.

The town attorney is drafting an ordinance that could be presented to the council as early as this month.

The existing code prohibits pedestrians from soliciting employment, business, contributions or sales of any kind from the median, or entering the roadway to collect money from vehicles stopped at intersections.

Its not unusual for the Silverthorne police to have to tell non-local panhandlers to move along, Hanschmidt said.

People come up from Denver to panhandle. They think Summit County is an untapped market, he added.

Because he solicits no goods or money, Brother Nathanael has not been subject to the code.

If the proposed ordinance is passed, however, he could be ticketed.

Hanschmidt referred to a similar ordinance enacted in Boulder a few years ago as a possible template for Silverthorne.

The Boulder law prohibits anyone from occupying a median strip except while crossing the street.

Because it was enacted as part of the citys anti-aggressive panhandling code, local attorney Seth Murphy sees a significant legal distinction between the Boulder ordinance and any law developed to keep his client off the median.

I think with Brother Nathanael, its a very different thing, he said.

Both Batchelder and Hanschmidt emphasized repeatedly that safety is their primary concern

We dont have any problem with his presence, Batchelder said. We just want to balance his rights with public safety.

In the past, the towns police officers have brought him coffee and even offered to plow a space on the sidewalk for him, the manager added.

Although Silverthorne officials indicated the countys other municipalities might consider similar ordinances in the future, Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman said his town has no current plans to follow Silverthornes lead.

To his knowledge, no one yet has complained about Brother Nathanaels presence on the Frisco median.

Determined to challenge any law prohibiting his freedom of movement, Brother Nathanael has contacted a Denver law firm that specializes in First Amendment cases.

Im willing to compromise with the towns, he said. Ill stay on the wide part of the median strip.

Silverthornes threat of a legal action, however, is something he says he cant ignore.

I feel very hurt by the way they treat me, he said.

I feel sorry for these people.

They have now placed themselves as enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Tesla’s Future: AI Chips and China Factories

According to recent reports, Tesla is banking their future on two key areas — factory expansion in China, and in-house A.I. development.

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The Verge Defends Sarah Jeong’s Bigoted Tweets

Tech news site the Verge published an editorial piece recently defending New York Times tech writer Sarah Jeong’s racist tweets.

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Les Moonves Asked Zero Questions About Sex Assault Claims on CBS Earnings Call

In a call with analysts, Les Moonves expressed confidence about the company’s future but did not address the pending investigation and no analysts brought it up during a question-and-answer session.

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‘Lost’ Star Evangeline Lilly ‘Mortified’ After Being Pressured into Partially Nude Scenes

Marvel superhero star Evangeline Lilly now says she felt pressured to do a partial nude scene in the ABC series Lost , the series that brought her instant fame between 2004 and 2010.

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L.A. Production of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Replaces Nazis with ICE Agents Hunting for ‘LatinX’ Illegals

A modernized theatrical production of The Diary of Anne Frank in Los Angeles will reimagine the Jewish Frank family hiding from the Nazi with Latino immigrants hiding from Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement (ICE) officials, its directors have revealed. 

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WashPost Fact Check: ‘Wringing’ Sarah Sanders’ Neck Different from ‘Choking’ Her

The far-left Washington Post fact checked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and smeared her as a liar because “wringing” her neck is different from “choking” her.

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Kris Kobach: Democrats’ ‘Long-Term Strategy’ is Importing Foreign Voters to Replace Americans

Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach says the Democrats’ “long-term strategy” is to import foreign-born voters to replace Americans.

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FNC’s Wallace: ‘Awful Lot’ of Republicans Think a Government Shutdown Before Midterms Is a ‘Terrible Idea’

Friday on Fox News, host Chris Wallace weighed in on President Donald Trump saying he would “personally prefer” a shut down of the government before the midterm elections in November last night at a rally in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Wallace said, “It’s been interesting to watch his sort of stream of consciousness because he’s been very open in the various arguments for and against this. He thinks one, it’s a good issue and brings out the base. He also thinks—and that means doing it before the election around September 30 when the government would run out of money. And he also thinks that it will put more pressure on Democrats because it will be a big issue and they will be asked about it.” He added, “On the other hand there are an awful lot of the Republicans—remember he is not on the ballot in November, it’s congressional Republicans in Senate and House on the ballot—they think it’s a terrible idea, given all his threats, that he will be blamed and seen as the person who led to the shutdown of the government. Generally speaking, in the polls you see that the American public does not like the idea of a shutdown and tends to

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Brother Nathanael eviction coming soon? | VailDaily.com

SILVERTHORNE, Colorado Summit Countys most famous street evangelist Brother Nathanael may soon be banned from plying his trade on some local median strips, if the Silverthorne Police Department has its way. Concern for the safety of both pedestrians and motorists has prompted Silverthorne to begin developing an ordinance to prohibit anyone from standing on highway medians, town manager Kevin Batchelder said this week. We want to honor peoples constitutional right to free speech, but we want people out of busy intersections, he said. Although any such ordinance, if enacted, would apply to all, Brother Nathanael said he has no doubt the impetus behind the current discussion is the Silverthorne Police Departments objection to his presence. Its not a matter of safety. Its a matter of discrimination against Brother Nathanael, the former monk asserted. Since his arrival in Summit County more than two years ago, the street minister has frequently pushed the limits of what local law enforcement will accept. Despite that standing on median strips is legal in all areas of the county, he is regularly approached by police officers and told to move. How many times do I have to tell them that its perfectly legal? he asked. While he also appears in venues as diverse as New York Citys Times Square and Aspens X-Games, the cassocked Brother Nathanael lives in Frisco and can be seen most frequently on Highway 9 near the Frisco Marina and in Silverthorne near the Interstate 70 interchange, dancing and greeting commuters with a crucifix, an American flag and a smile. Over time, his preferred spot in Silverthorne has moved from the intersection of Highway 6 and Rainbow Drive to a location a few hundred yards south on the median strip almost directly across from the westbound off-ramp from the interstate. This new location worries Silverthorne Police Chief Mark Hanschmidt. Number one, Im concerned with his safety, Hanschmidt said. Im also concerned with distracting drivers, because I think he takes some people by surprise. Silverthorne police get several calls per month about Brother Nathanael, he added. When any complaint is called in, whether for a barking dog, late-night noise or someone on the highway median, departmental procedures require an officer to check it out. So when a passing motorist called last week and expressed concern about the unusually dressed man they saw dancing on the median strip, an officer was dispatched to be sure nothing was wrong. I honestly think these calls are well-intentioned, Hanschmidt said. Theyre not just causing a ruckus. Brother Nathanael disagreed. Police dont like people who are going against the grain, he said. Its all about getting Brother Nathanael off the median strip. Safety is not the issue, he believes. Although Hanschmidt has shown him photographs of a nasty truck rollover that occurred a couple of years ago on the median in question, the monk believes he is in no danger at that location. Theres never been an accident there ever since I came out and made the sign of the cross, he said. Legal action Any ordinance banning pedestrians from the median would require approval by the town council after two formal readings and associated public hearings, Batchelder said. The town attorney is drafting an ordinance that could be presented to the council as early as this month. The existing code prohibits pedestrians from soliciting employment, business, contributions or sales of any kind from the median, or entering the roadway to collect money from vehicles stopped at intersections. Its not unusual for the Silverthorne police to have to tell non-local panhandlers to move along, Hanschmidt said. People come up from Denver to panhandle. They think Summit County is an untapped market, he added. Because he solicits no goods or money, Brother Nathanael has not been subject to the code. If the proposed ordinance is passed, however, he could be ticketed. Hanschmidt referred to a similar ordinance enacted in Boulder a few years ago as a possible template for Silverthorne. The Boulder law prohibits anyone from occupying a median strip except while crossing the street. Because it was enacted as part of the citys anti-aggressive panhandling code, local attorney Seth Murphy sees a significant legal distinction between the Boulder ordinance and any law developed to keep his client off the median. I think with Brother Nathanael, its a very different thing, he said. Both Batchelder and Hanschmidt emphasized repeatedly that safety is their primary concern We dont have any problem with his presence, Batchelder said. We just want to balance his rights with public safety. In the past, the towns police officers have brought him coffee and even offered to plow a space on the sidewalk for him, the manager added. Although Silverthorne officials indicated the countys other municipalities might consider similar ordinances in the future, Frisco Police Chief Tom Wickman said his town has no current plans to follow Silverthornes lead. To his knowledge, no one yet has complained about Brother Nathanaels presence on the Frisco median. Determined to challenge any law prohibiting his freedom of movement, Brother Nathanael has contacted a Denver law firm that specializes in First Amendment cases. Im willing to compromise with the towns, he said. Ill stay on the wide part of the median strip. Silverthornes threat of a legal action, however, is something he says he cant ignore. I feel very hurt by the way they treat me, he said. I feel sorry for these people. They have now placed themselves as enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Tesla’s Future: AI Chips and China Factories

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The Verge Defends Sarah Jeong’s Bigoted Tweets

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Les Moonves Asked Zero Questions About Sex Assault Claims on CBS Earnings Call

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‘Lost’ Star Evangeline Lilly ‘Mortified’ After Being Pressured into Partially Nude Scenes

Marvel superhero star Evangeline Lilly now says she felt pressured to do a partial nude scene in the ABC series Lost , the series that brought her instant fame between 2004 and 2010.

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L.A. Production of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Replaces Nazis with ICE Agents Hunting for ‘LatinX’ Illegals

A modernized theatrical production of The Diary of Anne Frank in Los Angeles will reimagine the Jewish Frank family hiding from the Nazi with Latino immigrants hiding from Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement (ICE) officials, its directors have revealed. 

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WashPost Fact Check: ‘Wringing’ Sarah Sanders’ Neck Different from ‘Choking’ Her

The far-left Washington Post fact checked White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and smeared her as a liar because “wringing” her neck is different from “choking” her.

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Kris Kobach: Democrats’ ‘Long-Term Strategy’ is Importing Foreign Voters to Replace Americans

Kansas Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach says the Democrats’ “long-term strategy” is to import foreign-born voters to replace Americans.

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FNC’s Wallace: ‘Awful Lot’ of Republicans Think a Government Shutdown Before Midterms Is a ‘Terrible Idea’

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