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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
l-r Lyle Jeffs, believed to be the FLDS bishop in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, and Nephi Jeffs appeared in U. S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Both men, who are Warren Jeffs' brothers, have been served subpoenas in a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit against Paragon Contractors, that provided labor for the Southern Utah Pecan Ranch near Hurricane. Both businesses are owned by members of the FLDS. Labor department investigators, according to court documents, believe that as many as 1,400 school-age children and their parents participated in the harvest. In court, wife of polygamous leader was worried children would be hidden from her
    Audio recordings of two April hearings concerning the children of Lyle Jeffs show that his estranged wife was worried her children would be shipped of...
    Updated Jun 10 2015 09:02 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Polygamist Joe Darger and his wives l-r Alina, Valerie and Vicki celebrate the ruling handed down by U.S. District Court judge Clark Waddoups that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional, December 13, 2013. Poll: American public finds polygamy more acceptable but is still opposed
    The latest Gallup Poll says 16 percent of the American public finds polygamy “Morally acceptable.” If that sounds low, consider this: The figure was ...
    Updated Jun 03 2015 11:57 am   |     |   Share
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    This undated image released by TLC, shows some members of the Duggar family from the reality series Anti-polygamy groups call for boycott of TLC shows after Duggar scandal
    Two groups opposed to polygamy on Friday called for advertisers to boycott two TLC shows, but it wasn’t one of the network’s shows about polygamy that...
    Updated May 29 2015 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
l-r Lyle Jeffs, believed to be the FLDS bishop in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, and Nephi Jeffs appeared in U. S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Both men, who are Warren Jeffs' brothers, have been served subpoenas in a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit against Paragon Contractors, that provided labor for the Southern Utah Pecan Ranch near Hurricane. Both businesses are owned by members of the FLDS. Labor department investigators, according to court documents, believe that as many as 1,400 school-age children and their parents participated in the harvest. Prosecutors aware of allegations against FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs, will question wife after she appears on ‘20/20’
    Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap left me a voice mail late Friday saying law enforcement is “very interested” in speaking with Charlene Wall Je...
    Updated Apr 27 2015 08:52 am   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
UEP fiduciary Bruce Wisan takes his seat prior to a meeting held at Mohave Community College in Colorado City to discuss the UEP distribution, Saturday, August 9, 2014. The annual report on Utah’s polygamous trust — more money, problem towns, problem people
    Bruce Wisan, the fiduciary in charge of the United Effort Plan, has submitted his annual report on the trust. On the whole, it describes an environmen...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 04:13 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Young girls and boys make a game out of running while on a school recess in Hildale, 2006. These days, it’s hard to be a child in the FLDS
    Growing up is hard no matter where you do it, but it’s looking exceedingly difficult within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Sa...
    Updated Apr 04 2015 05:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)  
A marshal with the FLDS Hildale/Colorado City Town Marshals on patrol in Hildale, Utah. No sanctions for polygamous town cops over altered police reports
    Polygamous towns on the Utah-Arizona line will not be sanctioned for police reports that were altered and lost after the U.S. Department of Justice re...
    Updated Apr 03 2015 10:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A woman rides a horse up Center Street in Colorado City toward the Canaan Mountains on a quiet day in 2008. Even voting is strange in polygamous town on Utah-Arizona line
    The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting looked again at voting patterns in Colorado City, Ariz. Like the last time, voting is strange there. T...
    Updated Apr 02 2015 10:04 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Young women on a walk in Hildale Monday, February 18, 2013. ABC News rides around Hildale and Colorado City, get followed by ‘God Squad’
    Reporters from ABC went to Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., collectively known as “Short Creek” and found a couple interesting things. First ...
    Updated Mar 31 2015 11:41 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Mark James, attorney for Willie Jessop, signs documents after Jessop, right, was the sole bidder at an auction on courthouse steps for a property previously used by Warren Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Latter-day Saints Thursday, April 25, 2013. The property includes several homes, a storehouse and what was formerly a public school.  At right is is Washington County Sheriff Deputy Johnny Owen. Willie Jessop, who once defended Warren Jeffs, talks to Oprah again
    With update below After Texas authorities raided the Yearning For Zion ranch in 2008, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ...
    Updated Mar 21 2015 03:06 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Former FLDS member and Colorado City Mayor Dan Barlow stands atop Berry Knoll in October 2008, recounting his experiences as a lookout from this very spot in the 1953 polygamy raid on Short Creek. In the background is the community of Centennial Park, whose members have offered to buy property from the UEP land trust including Berry Knoll, a spot with religious significance to the FLDS. Polygamous trust property goes to auction, not to the delight of all
    More than 40 pieces of property belonging to the United Effort Plan — the trust the state of Utah took over in 2005 — went to auction Tuesday in Hurri...
    Updated Mar 18 2015 10:44 am   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
l-r Lyle Jeffs, believed to be the FLDS bishop in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, Nephi Jeffs and FLDS attorney Jim Bradshaw appeared in U. S. District Court in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Both men, who are Warren Jeffs' brothers, have been served subpoenas in a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit against Paragon Contractors, that provided labor for the Southern Utah Pecan Ranch near Hurricane. Both businesses are owned by members of the FLDS. Labor department investigators, according to court documents, believe that as many as 1,400 school-age children and their parents participated in the harvest. Jeffs brothers fire attorneys, won’t be providing FLDS doctrine soon
    Thursday was supposed to be the deadline for Lyle and Nephi Jeffs to provide a federal judge with doctrines from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Ch...
    Updated Feb 05 2015 02:37 pm   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  Utah State Auditor 

The Utah State Auditor created this diagram to show the relationship between the utility Twin City Water Works and Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. The auditor determined a complete audit was not possible because the utility is incorporated in Arizona. Water utility does not funnel money to polygamous church, clerk says
    The clerk for Twin City Water works has submitted an affidavit saying the utility is paying its bills and sending no money to the polygamous Fundament...
    Updated Feb 05 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Young women on a walk in Hildale Monday, February 18, 2013. 2006 letter from current Colorado City mayor describes life under Warren Jeffs
    “I rejoice in gratitude for the privilege of checking in and keeping you up to date on the happenings here in the home.” That’s the opening of anothe...
    Updated Jan 28 2015 12:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  Statewide Auction Co.

The former Colorado City Fire Department auxiliary building. Empty home, fire station to be auctioned in polygamous towns
    For sale by owner: About 100 properties in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona. If the buildings on them were ever finished, then they are used...
    Updated Jan 10 2015 10:06 am   |     |   Share
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    ‘Escaping Polygamy’ looks at Utah’s Kingston Group
    Television’s latest foray into polygamy looks different from what we’ve seen recently. While series like “Sister Wives” and “My Five Wives” show poly...
    Updated Dec 30 2014 09:36 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)   

FLDS member Mary Harker, right, speaks with UEP trust administrator Bruce Wisan following a 2009 court hearing. More on Bruce Wisan remaining with polygamous trust, new tax problems
    Third District Court Judge Denise Lindberg issued her order keeping Bruce Wisan as fiduciary of the United Effort Plan late in the business day on Wed...
    Updated Dec 20 2014 01:21 pm   |     |   Share
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    (The twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah, where many followers of Warren Jeffs' FLDS church reside.
Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune)  ; 9.20.2007 Lawsuit seeks to shut off the spigot at polygamous towns’ water utility
    Where does Warren Jeffs and his followers get the money for ranches, cars, lawyers and other items? For years, it’s been alleged a lot of money was f...
    Updated Dec 15 2014 07:47 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  Tribune file photo)  
A Hildale/Colorado City marshal patrols in Hildale, Utah, in 2006. Despite years of complaints, polygamous towns’ marshals look firmly in place
    Photographer Trent Nelson and I still laugh about our first polygamy assignment together, though maybe we shouldn’t It was just about this time of ye...
    Updated Jan 30 2015 10:03 am   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A home in Hildale, Utah, is adorned last year with bricks spelling out UEP. New lawsuit seeks to send polygamous Utah, Arizona towns back to 1942
    The year 1942 was a big one for the people of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. That year, residents created a legal framework to manage proper...
    Updated Nov 10 2014 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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    Updated Oct 22 2014 01:05 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
A candid reaction to a photographer, from a young man in the back of a passing truck in Hildale, Thursday September 25, 2014.
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    Updated Oct 21 2014 12:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
These aerial views of the YFZ (Yearning for Zion) Ranch outside of Eldorado, Texas, were taken on Tuesday, April 8, 2008, just days after law enforcement officers raided the FLDS compound. A handful of residents remained on the property, along with a large number of officers who were still conducting operations. Charges dropped against polygamous sect doctor — wherever he is
    It seems one defendant from the 2008 raid on the Yearning For Zion Ranch has escaped without a conviction. It’s physician Lloyd H. Barlow, 45. The mi...
    Updated May 02 2015 07:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The home where up to a dozen FLDS kids were found last week in Pocatello, Idaho Wednesday August 20, 2014.  Idaho releases more documents on FLDS children — kind of
    We’re still trying to follow-up on the discovery of nine boys from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints found living in a ho...
    Updated Oct 15 2014 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Former Warren Jeffs follower, and area resident Ross Chatwin asks a question of UEP fiduciary Bruce Wisan at a meeting held at Mohave Community College to discuss the UEP distribution, Saturday, August 9, 2014. Eviction served on fire department, businesses in polygamous Arizona town
    A Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints storehouse and the Colorado City, Ariz., Fire District are the latest recipients of evict...
    Updated Oct 15 2014 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The home where up to a dozen FLDS kids were found last week in Pocatello, Idaho Wednesday August 20, 2014.
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    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    People play basketball in one of a series of photographs found on a memory card and alleged to have come from an FLDS church security team. FLDS cites ‘Hobby Lobby’ case to fight subpoena on child labor
    Updated with Vergel Steed’s correct first name and more about his relationship to the FLDS. The U.S. Department of Labor had some more questions for ...
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:32 pm   |     |   Share
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    A young girl sits on a bike in one of a series of photographs found on a memory card and alleged to have come from an FLDS church security team. Here’s more on federal investigation into FLDS child labor
    <ul><i>“Good afternoon, this is a message from the Bishop’s Office. This is a call for all schools to take the rest of the week off of sch...
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:32 pm   |     |   Share
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    A few notes on the death of J. LaMoine Jenson and the ‘Sister Wives’
    If you don’t know much about the Apostolic United Brethren ­— I didn’t know much before yesterday — this might be the best way to start. The New York...
    Updated Oct 03 2014 02:18 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The Juvenile Detention Center in Pocatello Wednesday August 20, 2014.  More notes on the FLDS boys living in Idaho
    Another follow-up story on the nine boys found in Pocatello, Idaho, in a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints home is scheduled ...
    Updated Aug 30 2014 08:30 pm   |     |   Share