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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 May 23 2016 07:59 am   |     |   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 May 19 2016 09:07 am   |     |   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 May 18 2016 09:40 am   |     |   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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    (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. ’For the first time in my lifetime--and in the last 100 years, we don’t have a cloud over our heads,’ said Joe of the ruling. ’This is historic.’ Polygamists to protest new Utah bigamy bill
    Utah is two steps away from making polygamy a felony in Utah again, and people practicing plural marriage are not happy. They plan a protest rally 5:...
    Updated Mar 05 2016 05:27 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 Apr 02 2016 03:30 pm   |     |   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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    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
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    (Nate Carlisle  |  Tribune file photo)   Family and community gatherin September at a memorial for the victims of a flash flood in the polygamous community of Hildale. Charity events being held this week for polygamous towns
    Two events are being held this week to supply toys, clothes and other household items for people in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz. From 2 p.m...
    Updated Feb 17 2016 03:36 pm   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Colorado City Mayor Joseph Allred at a memorial for the 13 (and 1 still missing) victims of a September 14th flash flood. The memorial was held in Maxwell Park in Hildale, Saturday September 26, 2015. Justice Department can’t find polygamous town mayor to serve him subpoena
    Missing: One mayor of a polygamous Arizona town. The U.S. Justice Department wants to serve Colorado City Mayor Joseph Allred with a subpoena orderin...
    Updated Dec 01 2015 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
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    Organization that helps people fleeing polygamy to open new house in Salt Lake County
    Holding Out Help, which has helped people leaving polygamous communities find lodging, work or get an education, is opening a new house in Draper. Th...
    Updated Nov 23 2015 12:00 am   |     |   Share
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    (Trent Nelson |Tribune file photo)   The twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona and Hildale, Utah, where many followers of Warren Jeffs’ FLDS church reside. Shown on September 20, 2007. Norwegian filmmakers visit polygamous towns, Norwegian ensues
    Ever laugh at something on the Internet and wonder, “Why am I laughing at this? I don’t even know what is going on.” That was my reaction to watching...
    Updated Nov 20 2015 10:15 am   |     |   Share
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    (Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   Polygamist Joe Darger and his wives l-r Alina, Valerie and Vicki watch as daughters Krista, 4, and Victoria, 3, kiss their 3-day old sister Alexandra Tess, the newest member of the family. The Darger’s celebrated 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. ’For the first time in my lifetime--and in the last 100 years, we don’t have a cloud over our heads,’ said Joe of the ruling. ’This is historic.’ Polygamy and marital rights subject of new book, forum at Vermont college
    Anthropology professor Janet Bennion studies polygamy, and has spent time with members of the Allred Group in Montana. On Thursday in Lyndon State Co...
    Updated Nov 13 2015 07:00 am   |     |   Share
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    Fifty women, followers of polygamous leader Warren Jeffs (in the portrait), pose for a photo, in an image from the documentary ’Prophet’s Prey,’ which will debut at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Sundance Film Festival Questionnaire asks potential jurors about exposure to polygamy, Warren Jeffs
    If summoned to jury duty in January at the federal courthouse in Phoenix, you may need to mark on question 84 if you’ve watched any television shows a...
    Updated Oct 27 2015 12:00 pm   |     |   Share
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    Here’s the ‘application’ an FLDS school told girls to fill out
    Are you a girl in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints applying for the job of mother? Have you learned to put the priestho...
    Updated Oct 26 2015 07:46 am   |     |   Share
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    |  Courtesy Sam Brower  Patrick Pipkin being placed under arrest. Protest against corruption planned for tonight in polygamous sect town
    Demonstrators are planning to gather tonight in Colorado City, Ariz., to protest what they consider corruption in town governments. The protest is sc...
    Updated Oct 24 2015 03:49 pm   |     |   Share