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Commissioner visits 'clothing optional' hot spring

By Jonathan Petramala, Weekend Evening Anchor/Reporter, jonathan.petramala@krdo.com
Published On: Nov 08 2013 12:05:07 AM CST

Before Pueblo County deputies confronted Commissioner McFadyen about a suspicious vehicle, she was at a clothing optional hot spring.

FLORENCE, Colo. -

At the end of a winding, dead end County Road 110 near Florence, sits the Desert Reef Hot Spring.

According to their website, the mineral water flows from a source over 1000 feet below the surface.  In the winter, the crystal blue waters can reach 102 degrees.  And you don’t even need to bring your bathing suit…its clothing optional.

Last January, Pueblo County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen told a Pueblo County Deputy that she and County Democratic Party Chair Ron Greenwell had just been dropped off by friends at a commuter lot on Swallows Road and Highway 50 in Pueblo West after spending “family night” at Desert Reef Hot Spring.

While the Desert Reef Hot Spring is clothing optional on most days of the week, according to the website, “All day Friday is designated a suit only day and will not be clothing optional.”  McFadyen and Greenwell were at the springs on January 25th…a Friday.

Deputies were investigating a suspicious vehicle when they spoke with McFadyen and Greenwell.  McFadyen says she only had a glass of wine.  Greenwell denied drinking anything, but a breathalyzer test resulted in .140, nearly twice the legal limit.  Both were considered intoxicated by deputies, who had them call for a ride home.

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