4,500 crosses go missing from Durango ski hill

DURANGO — Thousands of small crosses that were planted on Durango’s city ski slope to bring attention to childhood poverty have gone missing.

The Durango Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1b52wgh ) volunteers with the First Baptist Church of Bayfield planted 4,500 crosses in a cross pattern on Chapman Hill and had a permit from the city to keep them there for a month.

Police say the crosses were removed sometime between the night of July 9 and the morning of July 10. Sgt. Rita Warfield says the crosses might have been stolen to protest religious symbols in a public park.

City Manager Ron LeBlanc says he approved the church’s project, “thinking it more to be freedom of expression than a religious statement.”


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