Updated on Nov 27, 2013 03:54PM
It’s official: Harker Farm is being sold.
The Beryl, Utah, dairy Farm is currently part of the polygamous United Effort Plan — a trust created by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but is now managed by the state. However, a judge Friday approved a plan to sell the farm to men currently operating it.
The sale will close sometime in December, but an order approving the transaction is already filed with the court and as of Wednesday merely awaited a judge’s signature. Accompanying documents reveal the farm will be sold for $3.4 million dollars. That price includes nearly $400,000 for...
Updated on Nov 18, 2013 02:03PM
Texas moved a little bit closer to seizing the sprawling, polygamous Yearning for Zion Ranch earlier this month.
During a Nov. 4 hearing in Schleicher County, a pair of lawyers from the Texas Attorney General’s office told a judge they have served Isaac Steed Jeffs and Keith Dutson Sr. with papers relating to the state’s efforts to take the ranch, according to Texas AG’s spokeswoman Lauren Bean.
Officials still need to serve James Jerry Jessop. However, at the Nov. 4 hearing the attorneys told the judge they could not find Jessop and filed a “motion for substitute service.” Bean said the motion is used to s...
Updated on Nov 5, 2013 12:37PM
The ball is rolling faster and faster for a massive trust that holds much of the land in a pair of predominantly polygamous towns.
During a hearing Tuesday morning in Salt Lake City, attorney Jeff Shields announced that significant progress was being made with the United Effort Plan. The plan is a trust that holds large amounts of land in Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah — collectively known as Short Creek. Shields represents Bruce Wisan, an accountant appointed to over see the trust.
Probably the most finalized development coming out of the hearing is the sale of Harker Farm, a dairy farm in Beryl, Uta...
Updated on Nov 8, 2013 02:12PM
On Monday, Tribune reporter Jim Dalrymple II, photographer Trent Nelson and United Effort Plan fiduciary Bruce Wisan joined Trib Talk to discuss the latest issues facing the polygamous sect on the Utah-Arizona border.
Among other things, the group discussed a pair of Sunday stories providing new details of surveillance the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints took upon its members and about the civil rights lawsuit against the twin towns of Hildlae, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., claiming government officials were following directions from Warren Jeffs.
What are you thoughts or questio...
Updated on Nov 4, 2013 11:38AM
Over the weekend The Tribune published a story about the blurred lines between civic and religious authority in the polygamous Short Creek area.
The story referenced a pair of letters from George M. Allred, who claims to be the mayor of the community. Those letters are embedded above.
The letters mostly speak for themselves but, as I wrote in Sunday’s story, they’re probably the most explicit and compelling evidence that the city leaders in Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, defer to and enforce the edicts of religious leaders including Warren Jeffs.
The letters were filed as...
Updated on Nov 1, 2013 09:21AM
We’ve reported before on the unusual surveillance network in Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah. But during a recent trip to southern Utah, photographer Trent Nelson and I saw that network from an entirely new vantage point: that of someone apparently spying on the community.
That vantage point comes from a series of photos we obtained during our visit. The photos, which have somewhat mysterious origins, seem to have been mostly shot from inside a vehicle in southern Utah and document an array of people and activities in Short Creek — and beyond. The photos were shot from behind tinted glass or other obstructions — indicating that t...
Updated on Oct 31, 2013 09:48PM
Prosecutors have charged two people with vandalizing a compound built for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah.
The charges were filed in 5th District Court on Oct. 25 against a 20-year-old man and include a second-degree felony for criminal mischief as well as five counts of misdemeanor trespassing. An unnamed minor also has been charged, according to KUTV.
Court documents state the vandalism happened on or about Sept. 7. The damage to the property includes broken windows and a ripped-out drinking fountain, KUTV reports. Someone also reportedly shot up the buildings with a rifle.
Updated on Oct 14, 2013 10:06AM
Officials in the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights lawsuit didn’t just depose active law enforcement agents, as we previously reported; they also deposed Willie Jessop.
In the embedded transcript, Jessop discusses working security for the FLDS Church and mentions that years ago a member of the LeBaron group had FLDS leader Roy Johnson on a hit list. The situation was so dire the Washington County sheriff swore Jessop in as a deputy.
Jessop was a high-ranking FLDS official who did church security until he left the organization because, according to his deposition, he learned Warren Jeffs was “raping 12...
Updated on Oct 8, 2013 07:17AM
Here’s another deposition tidbit from the U.S. Department of Justice civil rights lawsuit against the twin towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz.
In this installment, Marshal Jeremiah Darger doesn’t want to answer questions about or draw a diagram of the Leroy S. Johnson Meeting House, even though he acknowledges being inside the meeting house while on duty.
Darger’s reticence is one example of the dispute reporter Jim Dalrymple II wrote about last week: Officials from the towns don’t want to answer questions pertaining to Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and say they have ...
Updated on Oct 7, 2013 09:59AM
On Saturday, Jim Dalrymple II reported on the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the twin towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., and a disagreement over whether town officials have to answer questions about their religion or if they have a First Amendment right against doing so.
This week, we’ll post some of the deposition excerpts entered into the court record.
One town official the government wants more information from: Marshal Shem Jessop.
In the attached deposition, you can read how Jessop claims not to know if he is a member of the Fundamentalist Church ...
Updated on Oct 5, 2013 03:31PM
Add the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, to the list of things affected by the government shutdown.
William Walker, a Tucson, Ariz., attorney representing the party that helped start the case, and Sandra Kane, an assistant U.S. attorney general in Phoenix, both replied in emails that depositions scheduled to be given next week were canceled.
Nationwide, many Department of Justice civil attorneys have been furloughed, thought it’s not clear whether the lawyers handling the civil rights case in Hildale and Colorado City are off the job.
Updated on Oct 3, 2013 09:40AM
Safety Net, which helps women and families wanting to leave polygamy, is meeting Thursday morning.
Follow the meeting live or watch the recorded video from the meeting. We’ve also embeded tweets from Utah Attorney General spokesman Paul Murphy, who is attending the meeting....
Updated on Sep 25, 2013 07:25AM
Colorado City, Ariz. • There have been a lot of housing disputes here in recent years, but the one on the corner of Academy Avenue and Barlow Street features some high profile names.
William E. Jessop, who is leading a group of dissidents who have left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is trying to move into the house. Its current occupant is Seth Jeffs.
He’s the brother of Warren Jeffs, the imprisoned leader of the FLDS. Seth Jeffs was arrested in October 2005, carrying money and letters meant for his brother Warren, who was still a fugitive at the time.
Updated on Sep 23, 2013 12:36PM
The polygamous United Effort Plan has been quietly doin’ its own sweet thing lately, but it’s been awhile, so I thought it might be time for an update.
First, the state has so far given $4,275,193.44 to the trust’s special fiduciary, Bruce Wisan, according to court documents. The last payment was made Sept. 16 and was for $ 1 million.
If you’ll recall, Utah lawmakers in March agree to hand over $5.6 million to Wisan over the course of year. The money is supposed to pay to keep the trust running and pay Wisan and others, who hadn’t actually received any money for their work for years.
Updated on Sep 20, 2013 09:55AM
As I was bouncing ideas around for the subject of today’s polygamy photo gallery, something from Rebecca Musser’s new book, “The Witness Wore Red,” came to mind.
She quotes Warren Jeffs as saying there will be no competitive games in Heaven as he bans more and more recreational activities from the lives of his followers.
Oh yeah, recreation. Sounds like something we can comb through the archives looking for. Here are photos of people we’ve met along the way recreating in their own ways. Some competitive, some solo and some creative.
These photos range from 2005 to 2007 and cover c...
Updated on Sep 18, 2013 09:59AM
The Rebecca Musser book tour is continuing in New York.
Musser says she’ll be on “Piers Morgan Live” tonight. It airs at 7 p.m., MST, on CNN.
Musser is promoting her book “The Witness Wore Red” about marrying Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints leader Rulon Jeffs at age 19. She was his 19th wife and years after his death, Musser testified against other FLDS in sex abuse trials.
Musser was on “Dateline NBC” last week.
Earlier this week, Musser was interviewed on NPR. She also appeared on “Fox & Friends.”
Updated on Sep 17, 2013 01:22PM
I casually monitor Twitter after some “Sister Wives” episodes. It appeared to me the latest episode drew a stronger reaction than normal.
Last week’s show included footage from an April panel at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas discussing polygamy. (Click here to read the Rebel Yell’s article about the panel. By the way, that may be the greatest college newspaper name in the world.)
There were allegations on Twitter that TLC edited the episode to make Kristyn Decker, a former plural wife turned polygamy opponent, look menacing. That’s still nicer than w...
Updated on Sep 16, 2013 07:23PM
The buildings that once comprised Alta Academy, where Rulon and Warren Jeffs taught FLDS children and the younger Jeffs committed some of his sex crimes, have been sold to a developer who plans to build new housing there, a bank executive said last week.
The property sits at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Although the location is prime real estate, the buildings have fallen into disrepair in recent years. The FLDS sold the property in 1998. But that wasn’t the end of the story for the property.
Wayne LaMar Palmer operated a company called National Note of Utah and purchased two properties that compr...
Updated on Sep 13, 2013 09:27AM
Another day, another major television show about polygamy.
This time, Keith Morrison of NBC’s Dateline previews “Unbreakable,” the story of how Bruce Willis defeats Samuel L. Jackson... with polygamy.
OK, not really. This program — which despite the name has nothing to do with M. Night Shyamalan’s last good movie — actually is about Rebecca Musser, who at the age of 19 was married to Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints leader Rulon Jeffs. Musser eventually left the religion and testified against Rulon’s son, Warren.
In the first clip, Morrison promises tha...
Updated on Sep 10, 2013 11:40AM
Add Al Jazeera to the growing list of TV networks fascinated by polygamy.
The Qatar-based news outlet, via its U.S. branch Al Jazeera America, published a video and an article earlier this week about polygamy in the Short Creek area. The video begins with the story of Ruby Jessop, who somewhat famously left the FLDS community in January. It also includes an interview with Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, as well as some background into some of the issues going on in Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah.
The article also includes some background and mentions interviews with Richard Holm and others. And wh...
Updated on Aug 29, 2013 02:14PM
The polygamy front has been relatively quiet lately, at least as far as major hard news goes, so thankfully TLC has decided to air another special on plural marriage to keep us all entertained.
According to entertainment website The Wrap, the network that brought us “Sister Wives” plans to air “My Five Wives” on Sept. 18. Though my gut reaction is that this is a knock off of the network’s already successful show about the Brown family — who are still waiting for a ruling in their court case, by the way — the article promises that viewers will be “pleasantly surprised by the show’s twist on polygamist values.”
Updated on Aug 23, 2013 08:56AM
Some people run away from polygamy. Others run for it.
Or at least, that’s what will happen Sept. 14 when Holding Out Help has its third annual 5K fundraising run at Draper City Park. The race will raise money for housing, education, and other services offered by Holding Out Help, which assists anyone with a polygamous background access needed resources.
Tonia Tewell, executive director for Holding Out Help, said about 180 people ran the race in 2012, generating as much as $15,000. Organizers hope to double attendance this year. To that end, Tewell said, they added a 10K race for more advanced runners. In add...
Updated on Aug 22, 2013 07:10AM
A bunch of government agencies in Texas need more cash, and now they’re saying it’s partly because no one has paid taxes on the FLDS Yearning for Zion Ranch.
The Eldorado Success reported earlier this week that the YFZ ranch — which belongs to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was raided in 2008 — is now worth about $34 million. It also lost its tax-exempt status because its owners didn’t file the proper paper work.
That means it should be generating money for Schleicher County, where it’s located, in the form of property taxes.
But apparently it...
Updated on Aug 20, 2013 01:36PM
Procrastinators take note: you’ve been given a second chance to take over a controversial polygamous trust.
Earlier this week, Utah 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg set a Sept. 30 deadline for applications to the United Effort Plan board of trustees. The deadline previously was scheduled for July 11, but only 13 applicants met that deadline.
The UEP is a trust holding much of the land in the polygamist-dominated border towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. The state took over the trust in 2005 and appointed Bruce Wisan to oversee it, but has been trying to untangle itself ever since.
Updated on Aug 16, 2013 09:40AM
The Tribune’s Trent Nelson has been the primary photographer for the newspaper’s polygamy coverage for much of the last decade. In those years, he’s captured a lot of interesting moments.
In this photo gallery, Nelson offers a collection of interesting signs he’s found on the beat. Some are poignant. Some are funny. Some are head scratchers. Enjoy.
— Nate Carlisle
Updated on Aug 13, 2013 03:41PM
Breaking up is hard to do. Especially if you happen to be a woman leaving polygamy.
In an effort to help women leaving the polygamous lifestyle behind, Safety Net’s Shelli Mecham is organizing a support group. It’ll more or less be what you imagine: people sitting around in a circle discussing the challenges of a major life change.
Mecham — who works as Safety Net’s Clinical Coordinator — said she has been wanting to organize the group for months in response to at least half a dozen people mentioning a desire for a place to meet like minds. The transition out of polygamy can be a disruptive one, and Mecham s...
Updated on Aug 8, 2013 03:29PM
The Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank, on Thursday released results of a voters poll covering the National Security Agency, alcohol sales and polygamy.
Click here to read the poll results. Here’s a synopsis: Utah voters are generally OK with the NSA’s new Utah Data Center, but not so much the NSA’s data collection and they want to reduce the legal limit to drive to a .05 blood-alcohol level but want to ease alcohol restrictions.
If those positions sound in some conflict, then here comes voter uniformity: those surveyed opposed polygamy.
Voters want Kody Brown to lose h...
Updated on Aug 8, 2013 03:12PM
Cable TV network Lifetime is jumping on the polygamy bandwagon.
Later this month the station known for lowbrow melodrama will air the ingeniously-titled “Escape from Polygamy.” According to the press release, the “independent film” is about a recently widowed woman and her 17-year-old daughter who move to a polygamous compound. The daughter, a “free thinker,” naturally falls in love with the son of sect’s charismatic prophet, Ervil. Get it? “Ervil” was the name of the late, violent polygamist leader Evril Lebaron.
Needless to say, this movie will be an exercise in subtly.
Updated on Aug 6, 2013 07:04AM
You know how we call it an “elevator” and the Brits call it a “lift”? Or how we talk about going to college while Britons attend university?
I could go on, but I’ll stop at this one: Apparently, what we in Utah call a “plural wife” the fish and chip eaters call a “co-wife.”
That’s just one of the nuggets from an article The Daily Beast posted yesterday about Muslim polygamy in the United Kingdom. The article quotes Muslims as saying plural marriage is increasing.
However, none of the sources or the writer are able to offer any data supporting the increase. NPR did the same thing ...
Updated on Aug 2, 2013 10:46AM
Darger is the daughter of Joe and Vicki Darger. Joe has two other wives: Alina and Valerie. The essay is reprinted with permission of the Darger family.
Being born into a polygamist family has had its many ups and its numerous downs. I have three moms, one dad and twenty-three brothers and sisters that I would not trade for the world. In Utah polygamy is a third degree felony and ...
Updated on Jul 30, 2013 09:56AM
Another month has come and gone and so it’s time for another Safety Net meeting.
This time, the meeting will take place 9 a.m. Thursday at Mohave Community College in Colorado City. Here’s the agenda:
1. Welcome and introductions
2. Review and approve the July Safety Net meeting minutes
3. Paul Murphy: Message from Attorney General’s Office
4. Presentation by Bob Green of Washington County School District
5. Quarterly Report Review by Shelli Mecham
6. Community and A...
Updated on Jul 26, 2013 10:34AM
We’ve got a deep archive of photographs here on the polygamy beat. As I scrolled through them this morning I found many that haven’t been seen.
Some were shot for stories that went unwritten and others just never found a place. This post is the first in an occasional series of unpublished photos and extended edits from the past several years.
The photos in this gallery were taken on a quick tour of the school building at the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints’ YFZ Ranch near Eldorado, Texas, on Thursday May 29, 2008. Our team was on the secretive property for a few hours that morning. It was just me a...
Updated on Jul 25, 2013 07:36AM
One man from the Kingston group and one from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have their obituaries in today’s newspaper, though in only one case can you tell the deceased’s affiliation.
Let’s start with that one. Robert Louis Steed’s obituary announces: “He was a devout member of the FLDS Church and was always loyal to his prophet and his God.”
Steed died at age 50. The obituary goes on to discuss Steed’s work in the trucking business. His survivors are listed as his wives, Gayle Darger and Shirley Darger, and 15 children.
The other obituary doesn’t...
Updated on Jul 22, 2013 12:08PM
Watchers of Warren Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS) got an early Pioneer Day treat over the weekend. A YouTube account, FLDS Productions, popped up with a dozen interesting videos. Some, like the time-lapse video showing an entire home being built in a single day by members of the community, have been posted before. But others offer an interesting glimpse into Short Creek life.
The videos all appear to have been made prior to 2008.
My favorite is the 29-minute videotape of Colorado City’s 24th of July (Pioneer Day) Parade in 1997. The poor, videotaped quality almost adds...
Updated on Jul 18, 2013 07:38AM
Six months ago the world was fairly different.
But at least one thing hasn’t changed: We still don’t know what’s going to happen in the “Sister Wives” lawsuit.
As of Wednesday, it has been six months since the last hearing in the Brown family’s legal challenge to Utah’s bigamy statute. In case you don’t remember — it has been a long time, after all — the Brown family became famous on th...
Updated on Jul 16, 2013 07:07PM
Our partners over at KUTV published a story Monday about rumors of a new Warren Jeffs edict. And it’s a scary one: apparently the imprisoned FLDS leader has ordered all women and girls older than 12 to get pregnant.
Since the rumors began circulating, I’ve been trying to find someone who can confirm their origin. But so far, I haven’t had much luck.
Paul Murphy, a spokesman for the Utah Attorney General said he was aware of the rumors but had no way of knowing how true they may be. I also talked to Kim Nuttall, a victim’s advocate for the Mohave County prosecutor’s office, and Jean Goode, the Safety Net admini...
Updated on Jul 16, 2013 03:32PM
The United Effort Plan continues to hurtle toward a conclusion, but not everyone is convinced it will work.
Last week I wrote about the deadline to apply to the board of the controversial polygamous trust. That deadline came and went Thursday.
Tuesday afternoon, I called attorney Roger Hoole to see if he thought the process was going to work. He wasn’t optimistic.
Hoole, who represents several people who have left the FLDS church, has long favored distributing the trust’s assets. Tuesday, he expressed skepticism that authorities would be able to find enough qualified people to fi...
Updated on Jul 13, 2013 05:48PM
James Dee Harmston, leader of the True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of The Last Days, died June 27 in Sanpete County.
Last week, The Sanpete Messenger published two stories on Harmston and his church. I encourage you to buy a copy of the paper if you’re in Sanpete County or go to the Messenger website if you’re not. But here are a few important points from the coverage.
The Messenger had some more details on how Harmston’s views developed in the early 1990s and his excommunication from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The newspaper quoted Greg Maylett, who was the Manti Stake P...
Updated on Jul 11, 2013 02:12PM
Anyone wanting to help manage a controversial trust holding assets benefitting the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has until the end of today to apply.
During a Safety Net meeting I attended Thursday morning, Utah Attorney General spokesman Paul Murphy said that officials are currently taking applications to serve on the board of the United Effort Plan. The plan is a multi million dollar trust that holds much of the property in Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah.
The call for applications is a major step forward after years of contention surrounding the trust. Founded by members...
Updated on Jul 11, 2013 09:41AM
Reporter Jim Dalrymple II is covering the Safety Net meeting this morning. Follow his tweets on the left or @jimmycdii.
Safety Net formed in 2003. It’s aim is to assist people living in or trying to leave polygamy....
Updated on Jul 10, 2013 09:53AM
Since the U.S. Supreme Court made largely favorable rulings for gay marriage last month, there has been hope in some quarters, even predictions, that polygamy is next.
The thinking, by people favoring polygamy and opposing it, seems to be the court has started a slippery slope, and the slope’s next ledge is allowing plural marriage.
Maybe that is where the law is going. But I see one big political science difference between gay marriage and polygamy.
It’s said one thing that boosted gay marriage supporters is the personalization of the issue. Gays and lesbians came out, expresse...
Updated on Jun 28, 2013 12:02PM
As The Tribune reported online Thursday and in Friday’s newspaper, James Dee Harmston, leader of The True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of The Last Days, died of a heart attack in Sanpete County.
Harmston, who was 72, was a polygamist who made headlines over the years for questionable business dealings, provoking officials in the town of Manti and doomsday predictions. But I’ll point out a search of Utah court records reveals no criminal prosecutions against Harmston.
We’ve reposted some old stories about Harmston and his group on our website. Here’s a collection.
Updated on Jun 27, 2013 10:01AM
Yesterday I spoke with polygamists and lawyers about their responses to end of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8.
But lawyers and polygamists weren’t the only ones making the connection between the supreme court rulings and plural marriage. Among the more popular responses bubbling up from the dark corners of the internet was a series of comments from conservative... person Glenn Beck, who seemed to express fear that the rulings would lead to polygamy in the United States. Naturally, Beck’s response also includes references to Muslims.
Writing for BuzzFeed, my fellow BYU alumnus McKay Coppi...
Updated on Jun 25, 2013 12:56PM
All eyes are trained on the U.S. Supreme Court this week, but people involved with polygamy are paying a little extra attention.
Lawyer Ken Driggs said Tuesday that he plans to spend Wednesday morning reading the decisions on California’s Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Driggs, an Atlanta-based historian and attorney who has studied polygamy and is currently working on a book about the issue, said he expects the decision will probably have a “peripheral” impact on cases involving plural marriage.
However, he won’t know what that impact will be until he reads the decision.
Updated on Jun 20, 2013 06:07PM 20 Comments
A federal magistrate isn’t buying an argument that the names and ages of people who helped harvest nuts at the Southern Utah Pecan Ranch aren’t available.
Magistrate Judge Evelyn Furse called the claim “disingenuous” and suggested that the Hildale company and its president be ordered to provide that information.
Furse also recommended that Brian Jessop, president of Paragon Contractors Corp., be ordered to name the church leader at the time an estimated 1,400 school-age children and their parents participated in the Hurricane ranch harvest. Jessop is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of La...
Updated on Sep 14, 2013 11:21PM
Photographer Trent Nelson recently visited Rulon Jeffs’ old compound at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and found rust and high grass.
Everything looks like it could use a scrubbing or new coat of paint.
The FLDS also operated the Alta Academy school on the site. Old photos show some of the compound and school in the heydays.
Jeffs and his son, the school’s headmaster, Warren Jeffs, closed Alta Academy in 1998 and sold the property. Rulon Jeffs died in 2002.
Judging from property records, the current owners haven’t done much with it. The Salt L...
Updated on Jun 11, 2013 06:50PM
The city manager of the polygamous community of Colorado City, Ariz., has been put on probation for misusing public money.
The Kingman Daily Miner reported this week that David Darger was sentenced to 3 years on supervised probation.
Authorities have said the fire district’s money was put into an unauthorized account and used for personal purchases. Darger, who previously served as secretary-treasurer of the fire district, was charged alongside former fire chief Jacob Leonard Barlow in an Arizona court. Both pleaded guilty and received probation. However, the Miner reports, Darger remains city manager and enj...
Updated on Jun 7, 2013 05:28PM
As we reported earlier, the Safety Net conference took place all day Friday. Photographer Trent Nelson and I spent the day at the conference and heard people with varying connections to the polygamous community speak about the unique challenges and issues it faces.
There was way too much to report on everything that happened, but I’ve included a few highlights below.
At the end of the conference Safety Net director Shelli Mecham acknowledged that many of the stories shared Friday represented one end of the polygamy spectrum. She said that was intentional because service providers “work mostly with people who...
Updated on Jun 5, 2013 08:42AM
Fresh on the heels of a their new National Geographic show, the Centennial Park group was featured this week in a piece by ABC News.
The report appeared Tuesday and offers some brief background on the group, which is based just down the road from the Short Creek area on the Utah-Arizona border. However, much of the piece uses the Cawley family — including patriarch Michael and daughter Rose Marie — to explore topics including marriage and the criminalization of polygamy.
Not surprisingly, the people quoted in the article express a desire to see polygamy decriminalized and say they are tired of being grouped wi...
Updated on May 31, 2013 09:07AM
Have you ever wondered how you can be “obeying the law while you’re breaking the law”?
If so, the upcoming Safety Net conference — where attorney Drew Briney will speak on that topic — may be for you. The conference will be held June 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the State Capitol Office Building Auditorium.
I’ve never been to one of these before, but the flyer promises other sessions with titles like “What about the children? Bridging the legal gap,” and “Where do I go from here? Adults who left plural communities and what helped.”
Speakers include attorney Roger Hoole, Holding ...
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