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Valley County Aryan Event Attracts 8

The Northwest Region of the Aryan Nation was supposed to have a “eat, greet, and meet” event June 27, at Valley County’s Lake Cascade State Park. According to fliers and a website, the event was to take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Idaho Parks and Recreation communications manager Jennifer Blazek told Citydesk a group of about eight individuals showed up at 5 p.m. and left at 9 p.m. “They set up their awning and flag, had a barbecue, and then left before sunset,” Blazek said, calling it a “non-event”/Jody May-Chang, Boise Weekly. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: What do you make of the poor attendance at the Northwest Region of the Aryan Nation gathering?

Tankovich: Not A Racist, Moves A Lot

In the jailhouse interview with KXLY, though, Tankovich insisted that he’s not a racist. But what about your Aryan Pride tattoos, asked reporter Sally Showman. His response? “I know its ties and what other people assume it means … In California it doesn’t have that meaning … I looked it up in the dictionary and it said ‘nomadic tribesman’ and it applied to my nomadic lifestyle with my wife Connie.” Right, and “Kill Whitey” just refers to a disdain for former Kansas City Royals manager Whitey Herzog. Tankovich says he intends to get the tattoo removed. “I started regretting this tattoo,” he said. “I thought ‘Wow, I better get this removed’”/Joel Smith, Pacific Northwest Inlander. More here. (KXLY video below)

Question: What do you make of Ira Tankovich’s explanation of his Aryan Pride tattoos?