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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Pre-pubescent boys dismount from heavy equipment they had been driving and riding on in Hildale, Wednesday September 14, 2016. Hildale and Colorado City — where the kids drive the machinery
    Hildale • Salt Lake Tribune photographer Trent Nelson and I went to knock on the door of a construction business here last week. As we approached the ...
    Updated Sep 21 2016 11:29 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A white board in investigator Sam Brower’s office shows FLDS leaders Warren and Lyle Jeffs, in Cedar City, Thursday January 15, 2015. Warren Jeffs’ sermons, Lyle Jeffs’ cars may be evidence in polygamous sect food stamp fraud case
    What the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints prophet told his congregation and what his brother drove are relevant to the fraud...
    Updated Sep 05 2016 06:57 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   A white board in investigator Sam Brower’s office shows FLDS leaders Warren and Lyle Jeffs, in Cedar City, Thursday January 15, 2015. Read the letter fugitive polygamist Lyle Jeffs sent his imprisoned brother
    “I humbly thank the Lord for the blessing of being able to communicate with you dear father, for it is truly life to me to be able to connected to you...
    Updated Aug 13 2016 09:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    AP Photo/Rick Bowmer | In this Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, brothers of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, Lyle, foreground, and Nephi, leave the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah says  Warren Jeffs, now imprisoned in Texas, has named Nephi Jeffs the new bishop of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., the traditional home base of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints.   Warren Jeffs orders rebaptisms, appoints different brother as bishop of polygamous church, government says
    A new court filing describes changes in the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints in recent weeks. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Utah says impr...
    Updated Aug 13 2016 08:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    Winston Blackmore (right). At rear is Leah Barlow. Polygamist Winston Blackmore holds a press conference at his home in Bountiful, British Columbia, to address Warren Jeffs and the immigration status of three of his wives. Photo by Trent Nelson; 5.16.2006 Hear why Winston Blackmore, who has married 27 women, doesn’t want polygamy legalized
    Winston Blackmore’s statements on polygamy in Canada drew a lot of attention this week. I wrote a blog post that published Monday about how Blackmore...
    Updated Aug 05 2016 02:19 pm   |     |   Share
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    The Children of Polygamy. Children of polygamist Winston Blackmore, playing the rural setting  Polygamist Winston Blackmore hugs his daughters Malla, left, and Marissa on the family farm in Lister, British Columbia, Canada. Canada’s biggest polygamist says he doesn’t favor legalizing polygamy
    The Canadian government is prosecuting him for polygamy. “And those suckers are after me day and night,” Winston Blackmore told an audience Friday in...
    Updated Aug 02 2016 10:59 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher bows his head at a memorial for the victims of a Sept. 14 flash flood. The memorial was held in Maxwell Park in Hildale, Saturday Sept. 26, 2015. Utah sheriff, prosecutor among those who will argue to disband polygamous town marshals
    The U.S. Department of Justice plans to call Washington County’s sheriff and county attorney as witnesses to testify why a judge should disband the po...
    Updated Jul 19 2016 11:35 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Patrick Pipkin waves flags and shouts, ’Freedom!’ as the Colorado City and Hildale Fourth of July Parade makes its way down Central Street in Hildale, UT, and Colorado City, AZ, as part of an Independence Day celebration Saturday July 2, 2016. Gallery: Thousands attend Independence Day party in polygamous towns
    Hildale • Residents in the polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., on Saturday threw an Independence Day celebration two days ear...
    Updated Jul 02 2016 08:43 pm   |     |   Share
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    Documentary short tells a family’s escape from the FLDS
    How did Brenda Nicholson, her husband and their six children leave the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? In the middle of t...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    FLDS women and children from the YFZ Ranch are escorted by Texas Child Protective Services workers and Schleicher County Sheriff’s deputies from the First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall to waiting buses Sunday, April 6, 2008. Here’s an inside look at life in the FLDS during the 2008 Texas raid
    “Oh Heavens! You will never guess what has happened! Oh! The Government raided Eldorado ....” That’s how then 16-year-old Jessica Rohbock began her j...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:07 pm   |     |   Share
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    Water Canyon High School is shown Friday, May 13, 2016, in Hildale, Utah. The school in a polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border that reopened two years ago unveiled a new building for high school students as the rebirth of the public education system in the town sets more roots. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) Video: Walls come down around old polygamous storehouse
    At various points over the years, leaders in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have predicted walls would come tumbling d...
    Updated Jun 20 2016 01:08 pm   |     |   Share
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    (File photo of FLDS ’prophet’ and convicted child-bride rapist Warren Jeffs, whose life sentence was determined by a Texas jury in August  2011. (The Salt Lake Tribune)  ) Petition tells Texas to monitor Warren Jeffs’ prison visits
    A Change.org petition is asking Texas’ prison system to prohibit Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints President Warren Jeffs from having unsuper...
    Updated May 07 2016 04:19 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   People gather to look at the Short Creek Wash in Colorado City, Arizona, Wednesday September 16, 2015. The Utah National Guard and law enforcement on Wednesday resumed searching for the last known victim of a flash flood that tore through this polygamous border town home to followers of Warren Jeffs, leaving 13 dead and three injured, all of them women and children. Photo preview: Here’s a child’s life in the FLDS
    On Mother’s Day, The Salt Lake Tribune will publish the story of a 16-year-old boy who used to be a member of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of ...
    Updated May 06 2016 08:10 am   |     |   Share
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    Ben Rothstein  |  Warner Bros. Pictures Roy (Michael Shannon, left) and Lucas (Joel Edgerton, right) risk all to transport Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) in the thriller ’Midnight Special.’ What ‘Midnight Special’ gets right about a Utah polygamous sect
    If a clairvoyant, religious savior with an ability to hear radio frequencies was born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Sai...
    Updated Apr 16 2016 07:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Think Mormon offshoots have the most polygamists in U.S.? Think again
    This weekend, The Salt Lake Tribune will publish an article about “The Polygamy Question,” an anthology from Utah State University Press of the latest...
    Updated Apr 15 2016 06:05 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    The twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah, where many followers of Warren Jeffs’ FLDS church reside. ‘I want us to function like a normal city’: Polygamous town holds first Republican caucus in years
    In what may be a sign of changing times, Republican voters held a caucus in Hildale on Tuesday night. It was the first Republican caucus in Hildale i...
    Updated Mar 23 2016 09:44 pm   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  Sam Brower   Lyle Jeffs poses for a photo with seven of his nine wives circa 2005. From left: Luella Roundy, Lenora Bauer, Mable Jessop, Dianabel Barlow, Charlene Jeffs, Pauline Barlow and Margaret Stewart. Charlene was legally married to Lyle, but divorced him in 2015. Where will the FLDS go from here? There are a few options
    The two top leaders are behind bars. The federal government seems poised to overhaul their municipal governments following the jury verdict in Phoenix...
    Updated Mar 10 2016 01:35 pm   |     |   Share
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    Trent Nelson  |  Tribune fle photo The LSJ meetinghouse in Colorado City, the building ex-members say houses the FLDS church’s surveillance camera operation. Why a church service held 12 years ago was raised in trial of polygamous towns
    Phoenix • A few minutes into her opening statements in the discrimination trial against Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., U.S. Department of Ju...
    Updated Mar 07 2016 12:22 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE- This July 8, 2015, file aerial photo shows a view of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints compound near Pringle, S.D. Top leaders from Warren Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, including his brothers Lyle Jeffs of Utah and Seth Jeffs of South Dakota, were arrested Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016,  in a crackdown on the group. Prosecutors accuse church leaders of orchestrating a years-long fraud scheme instructing members how to use food-stamp benefits illegally and avoid getting caught, according to an indictment from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah. (Chris Huber/Rapid City Journal via AP, File) TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT Federal arrests reveal South Dakota polygamist sect details
    Pierre, S.D. • A federal crackdown on an alleged food stamp fraud scheme by a polygamous sect on the Arizona-Utah border is offering details about a s...
    Updated Feb 25 2016 11:15 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Hildale Mayor Phillip Barlow, left, speaks with Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox at right, after nine people were killed and five remained missing Tuesday morning, the day after an SUV and a van were washed off a road during a flash flood in this polygamous Utah-Arizona border community. Polygamous towns to call prosecutors to witness stand in fifth week of discrimination trial
    The towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., will try to prove this week that their municipal governments are secular. The fifth week of the...
    Updated Feb 14 2016 09:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Kingston brothers Isaiah (left) and Jacob at Washakie Renewable Energy, which produces 10 milion gallons of biofuel a year. Washakie Renewable Energy held an open house in Plymouth on Thursday, September 1, 2011, to showcase its new production facility. Here’s who received political donations from Washakie Renewable Energy
    Washakie Renewable Energy, which has ties to the polygamous Kingston Group and whose offices were raided Wednesday, has given about $190,000 to candid...
    Updated Sep 08 2016 10:07 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Cliven Bundy rides in a procession at the funeral for Robert ’LaVoy’ Finicum, in Kanab, Friday February 5, 2016. Finicum was shot and killed by police during a January 26 traffic stop. Finicum was part of the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge. Here is what polygamous sect member Ross LeBaron Jr. wrote in support of the Bundy family
    The movement for the states to take control of federal lands has strong support along the Utah-Arizona line. So does polygamy. LaVoy Finicum, the lon...
    Updated Feb 10 2016 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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    Courtesy  |  Sam Brower   Lyle Jeffs poses for a photo with seven of his nine wives circa 2005. From left: Luella Roundy, Lenora Bauer, Mable Jessop, Dianabel Barlow, Charlene Jeffs, Pauline Barlow and Margaret Stewart. Charlene was legally married to Lyle, but divorced him in 2015. 5th Amendment will be on display in fourth week of polygamous towns’ trial
    If you love the right against self incrimination, this is your week in the trial of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. The U.S. Department of Ju...
    Updated Feb 07 2016 01:41 pm   |     |   Share
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    Sean Reyes • Utah attorney general Supporters of polygamy urged to attend conversation with Utah attorney general
    Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is scheduled to attend a screening of the film “Prophet’s Prey” on Wednesday in Cedar City, and followers from a poly...
    Updated May 24 2016 07:03 pm   |     |   Share
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    FILE - In this May 20, 2008 file photo, Seth Jeffs, the brother of imprisoned sect leader Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, exits the Tom Green County courthouse in San Angelo, Texas. Jeffs has told the state of South Dakota that members of the FLDS, need more water for gardens, orchards and animal herds at the group’s ranch in the Black Hills near Pringle, S.D., prompting concern by neighbors and law enforcement about a possible influx of members who are being displaced from a compound on the Utah- Arizona border. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) South Dakota pondering what to do about polygamous sect
    It’s a bad sign when a meeting is being held for people “interested in doing something about” you. It’s a worse sign when the meeting is organized by ...
    Updated Feb 02 2016 08:56 am   |     |   Share
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    Helaman Barlow, deputy marshall for Colorado City at a meeting where Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith met with the Hildale City Council. Photo by Trent Nelson, 3.14.2006 Former polygamous sect members to keep testifying in trial of Utah-Arizona towns
    The civil rights trial for the towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., is scheduled to begin its third week on Monday, and the U.S. Departme...
    Updated Jan 31 2016 09:22 pm   |     |   Share
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    Charlene Jeffs, left, the former sister-in-law of Warren Jeffs, church leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints sect, walks with U.S. Justice Department attorney Sean Keveney, right, as they leave the Sandra Day O’Connor United States District Court together after her day of testimony during a federal civil rights trial against two polygamous towns on the Arizona-Utah line Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Polygamous towns trial: what we’ve learned so far
    Phoenix • The Justice Department lawsuit against the polygamous towns of Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., is in recess until Monday and is sch...
    Updated Jan 29 2016 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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    (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)    Willie Jessop attends United Effort Plan hearing in front of Judge Denise Lindberg Friday July 18 in Salt Lake City.  The judge approved many of the auctioned land parcels but also denied several auctioned parcels that were too low in estimated value in the Hilldale, Utah-Colorado City, Arizona area. Here’s what and who to expect this week in discrimination trial against polygamous towns
    The civil rights trial against Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., resumes Monday in Phoenix. So far there’s been testimony about how the towns a...
    Updated Jan 24 2016 01:30 pm   |     |   Share
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    The Sandra Day O’Connor courthouse in Phoenix, where jury selection tool place Tuesday in a lawsuit involving the largely polygamist town of Colorado City. Short Creek trial: Finding 12 not-so angry jurors who have no opinion of polygamous towns
    The federal discrimination trial pitting the U.S. Department of Justice against the towns Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., began this morning ...
    Updated Jan 19 2016 05:01 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   FLDS leader Lyle Jeffs lives in the large Jeffs compound, known as ’the block’, in Hildale, Wednesday December 2, 2015. no parking any time Preview: Here’s a look at the mansion where polygamist Lyle Jeffs lives
    This weekend, The Salt Lake Tribune is scheduled to publish a package of articles about Lyle Jeffs, the bishop who runs the day-to-day operations of t...
    Updated Jan 01 2016 08:00 am   |     |   Share