Planned Parenthood gunman was a "marijuana newcomer" say rural neighbors

Residents of Hartsel decry newcomers spurred by legal marijuana who move in without power or water

HARTSEL — Robert Dear Jr.’s arrival here was part of a frenetic migration some locals derisively call the “green rush.”

Just as people rushed haphazardly into the Rockies for gold in 1858, many of Hartsel’s newcomers moved here from across the country after recreational marijuana was legalized in 2012, rancher Keith Wells said.

Locals identify Dear, the man accused of killing three…

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