Crime

Prom invitation painted on Ada County cliff

There's a good chance that whoever spray-painted a prom invitation on the Black Cliffs east of Boise isn’t going to have any money for a tux or limo, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reports.

The creator of the pink-and-blue message DESTINY, PROM? could face a misdemeanor charge of injury by graffiti, punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Since the area is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the graffiti also could draw a federal misdemeanor charge of willingly defacing a natural area.

And then there’s the cost of cleanup, which the person could have to cover.

"We realize prom proposals are a big deal these days, but this one was just a really bad — and illegal — idea, which caused some serious aesthetic and cultural damage," ACSO said on Facebook Tuesday evening.

The colorful message in question is on the side of the Black Cliffs in East Car Body Canyon, a popular rock climbing spot along Idaho 21 west of Lucky Peak.

Climbers in the area Tuesday told investigators they first saw the message on Saturday afternoon.

Cleanup will likely be difficult and costly since it takes a long hike and scrambling over boulders to reach the spot, the sheriff's office reports. No decisions have been made about how to clean the paint off the rocks.

The Black Cliffs area is a culturally significant area for Native American tribes, ACSO reports, and the BLM has been notified of the incident.

Anyone with information about the graffiti is asked to call ACSO Deputy Tony Eason at 577-3700.

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