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The Polygamy Blog
Jim Dalrymple II and Trent Nelson
Reporter Jim Dalrymple II and photographer Trent Nelson cover polygamy for The Salt Lake Tribune. You can follow the Polygamy Blog on Twitter at @tribunepolygamy. Follow Jim Dalrymple II on Twitter at @jimmycdii. Follow Trent Nelson on Twitter at @trenthead.
Updated on Apr 11, 2014 09:48AM

A question I’ve heard over the years is: “Why would anyone want to live there?”

The “there” is Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., often ref...

Updated on Mar 27, 2014 08:05AM

A 14-year-old boy died in a forklift crash earlier this month in a mostly polygamous town, prompting investigations from numerous government agencies.

Updated on Mar 21, 2014 05:21PM

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office wants to eradicate discrimination in two polygamous towns, and after a court victory Thursday believes it may be able to do just that. <...

Updated on Mar 18, 2014 03:07PM

Phoenix • Sam Johnson said the FLDS Church doesn’t control a pair of polygamous towns Tuesday, but by the late morning attorneys were working to dismantle that claim at trial...

Updated on Mar 17, 2014 09:37PM

There’s a Texas Ranger named Nick Hanna, and he’s spent time chatting with Warren Jeffs.

Hanna is one of the many witnesses who has testified in t...

Updated on Mar 14, 2014 05:01PM

A prominent piece of desert in a polygamous community was sold Friday — for tens of thousands of dollars more than the original offer.

The 450-acr...

Updated on Mar 1, 2014 12:20PM

Two properties in mostly-polygamous Short Creek likely will be changing owners soon.

Block 45

The first and most sig...

Updated on Feb 27, 2014 04:50PM

Vincent Barlow hasn’t been FLDS for two years, but during that entire time and for years before he never saw any religious discrimination in his town, he testified Thursday.

Updated on Feb 27, 2014 11:09AM

Colorado City mayor Joseph Allred continued his testimony Thursday morning in the Cooke civil rights lawsuit. And just as he did Wednesday afternoon during a trial in U.S. Dis...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 03:28PM

Ron and Jinjer Cooke met sometime in about 2000 while they were both living and working in the Phoenix area. They quickly fell in love. They moved in together and married. Jin...

Updated on Feb 25, 2014 11:14AM

The Cooke lawsuit continued Tuesday morning with testimony from Seth Cooke, Ronald Cooke’s brother. Seth’s comments ranged from building permits to non-FLDS persecution in the...

Updated on Feb 19, 2014 05:01PM

Rebecca Musser will appear Thursday on the Dr. Phil TV show.

In a post on her website, Musser reveals that Dr. Phil will confront her “father abo...

Updated on Feb 19, 2014 10:39AM

Warren Jeffs looked frail and pathetic last week. And he was in a cage.

Jeffs — the imprisoned leader of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Chris...

Updated on Feb 15, 2014 09:31PM

Will the sale of a city block in a polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border spur economic development, or kill it?

Friday’s hearing on the Unite...

Updated on Feb 11, 2014 12:13PM

The polygamous stars of the TV show “Sister Wives” are not seeking any money following a legal victory that decriminalized their lifestyle.

The B...

Updated on Feb 5, 2014 04:11PM

Today is the last day for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or anyone else, to challenge the state of Texas’ effort to seize the Yearning for Zio...

Updated on Feb 26, 2014 08:43PM

Phoenix • The first week of the Cooke family’s civil rights lawsuit is over. I wrote quite a bit about it over the last few days, but if that is too much to read or if you’re ...

Updated on Jan 30, 2014 12:31PM

Patrick Barlow’s testimony Thursday in the Cooke civil rights trial was both lengthy and emotional.

Here are a few of the things that were intere...

Updated on Jan 30, 2014 08:49AM

The question in the Cooke case revolves around why the Short Creek family never received a water hook up at their home. Was it because they were being discriminated against? O...

Updated on Jan 30, 2014 08:49AM

Isaac Wyler’s testimony in the Cooke lawsuit took up most Wednesday afternoon and produced a lot of information, some of which wouldn’t fit into the main story. Among other th...

Updated on Jan 29, 2014 05:20PM

One of the more interesting things that came up in the opening arguments of the Cooke trial Wednesday was Pure Ph8 bottled water. We’ve known about this water for a while at T...

Updated on Jan 29, 2014 09:18AM

The first day of the Cooke trial is over and it was almost exclusively spent selecting a jury.

The 10-person jury includes six women and four men...

Updated on Jan 28, 2014 12:31PM

As of Tuesday morning , jury selection in the Cooke lawsuit was underway. I wrote yesterday about the basics of the case, but if you want an even briefer summery here it is: t...

Updated on Jan 18, 2014 10:17PM

The “Sister Wives” lawsuit that decriminalized polygamy in Utah was put on ice Friday while attorneys wrangle over a few final issues.


Updated on Dec 26, 2013 08:17PM

The Utah attorney general’s office has still not decided if it will appeal the ground-breaking decision that effectively legalized polygamy in Utah.

Updated on Dec 19, 2013 04:25PM

While photographer Trent Nelson and I were down in Short Creek last week, we reached out to members of the Centennial Park community. We were hoping to talk to them about thei...

Updated on Dec 17, 2013 05:02PM

Following last week’s court ruling decriminalizing cohabitation and, effectively, polygamy in Utah, the LDS Church issued a statement saying its members don’t practice plural ...

Updated on Feb 14, 2014 11:46PM

• So is polygamy legal? As defined as three or more people living together and one or more “spiritual” marriages existing among that group, yes. Bigamy remains a third-...

Updated on Dec 14, 2013 07:11PM

A judge in Utah made history Friday, striking down the parts of Utah law that made polygamy illegal.

Not surprisingly, the ruling made a massive ...

Updated on Dec 9, 2013 09:44PM

A year ago, reporter Lindsay Whitehurst and photographer Trent Nelson told readers about twins Heidi and Helen Holm and their friend Allie Steed.

Updated on Dec 7, 2013 09:13PM

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...

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 Schle...

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 hearin...

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 p...

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.


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 ...

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 ...

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...

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.

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 whe...

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.

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 ...

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...

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.

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.

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.

Updated on Sep 17, 2013 01:22PM

Correction appended.

I casually monitor Twitter after some “Sister Wives” episodes. It appeared to me the latest episode drew a stronger reaction...

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 d...

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 B...

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, pub...

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