$12 million 1998 Vail ski resort arson
Eugene, Oregon - Chelsea Gerlach, who was arrested last Wednesday along with six other individuals suspected of animal and earth liberation arson charges, was arraigned Tuesday in the Portland Oregon U.S. District Court. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Engdahl alleged that Chelsea who is charged with loosening the bolts to topple high-tension power lines near Bend, Ore. in 1999, is also responsible for the Oct. 11, 1998, attempted arson at Bureau of Land Management wild horse corrals in Rock Springs, Wyo.; the Oct. 19, 1998, firebombing of a ski resort in Vail, Col.; the Dec. 25, 1999, arson of a Boise Cascade office in Monmouth, Ore.; the firebombing of the Jefferson Poplar Farm in Clatskanie, Ore., for which two others have been arrested; and the May 21, 2001, firebombing of the University of Washington horticultural research center in Seattle.

When the 80-foot Bonneville Power Administration tower was toppled on Dec. 30, 1999, the FBI said it appeared to be a case mischievous vandalism rather than a Y2K terrorist attack. The vandals used a wrench to loosen the tower's support cables and left numerous beer cans at the scene. The power was rerouted in less than a second after the high-voltage line was broken.