Vandals smash nonprofit van’s windows |

Vandals smash nonprofit van’s windows

J.K. Perry
Courtesy of the Eagle County Sheriff's OfficeVandals twice broke windows in a Meet the Wilderness van, costing the nonprofit $1,200 and sapping the organization's budget. Eagle County Sheriff's deputies found no leads in the two cases.

MINTURN ” Two broken van windows and a pinched budget might be the toll nonprofit Meet the Wilderness paid to clean up a parking lot behind Minturn Middle School.

Dave Plain, Meet the Wilderness executive director, suspects the vandalism is retribution for having an abandoned car ” where kids drink ” removed from the same parking lot where the van was parked. He said he thinks a rock or BB gun was used to break the windows.

Now, the nonprofit that takes troubled kids on camping trips is suffering money-wise following the repair of two windows broken within 10 days.

“Unfortunately it’s the most expensive window to get replaced in the van ” it cost $600″ each time, Plain said. “It’s tough for us. We’re a nonprofit and it’s not in our budget to get these windows fixed.

“We’re looking for help to find who did it and we’re looking to raise funds to help pay for it,” he said.

But finding the $1,200 might be easier than nabbing the alleged vandal who broke the same window twice while the van sat behind Minturn Middle School.

A counselor sleeping at the school heard glass breaking on Aug. 8 and got up to see what happened, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s report. The man saw two vehicles parked beside the van, but he couldn’t identify them, the report says.

The window was replaced and broken again between Aug. 10 and Aug. 15.

Sheriff’s deputies found no leads in the vandalisms.

Meet the Wilderness ” formed in 1973 ” sponsors rock climbing clubs, outdoor trips and other programs for troubled children. The goal is to “teach life skills to young people, with a preference for underprivileged or at-risk kids,” Plain said.

While based in Edwards, the organization transports kids from Minturn Middle School to places such as Camp Hale during the summer, Plain said.

“It just takes away from our programming,” he said.

The van was moved to Edwards to prevent another attack, Plain said.

Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 748-2928 or

Vail, Colorado

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