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Nate Carlisle
Reporter Nate Carlisle and photographer Trent Nelson cover polygamy for The Salt Lake Tribune. You can follow the Polygamy Blog on Twitter at @tribunepolygamy. Follow Nate Carlisle on Twitter at @natecarlisle. Follow Trent Nelson on Twitter at @trenthead.
Updated on Sep 17, 2014 07:37AM

<freeform><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 school to he...

Updated on Sep 5, 2014 09:27AM

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 ...

Updated on Aug 30, 2014 08:30PM

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 to be published Monday. <...

Updated on Aug 29, 2014 11:23AM

Here’s an update to the story earlier in the week about Sarah Allred and the six children she was trying to reclaim.

Allred and her kids were reu...

Updated on Aug 28, 2014 07:37AM

Bannock County, Idaho, released a 70-page police report describing the discovery of nine boys living in a residence in Pocatello. The boys, and their caretakers, Nathan C. Jes...

Updated on Aug 26, 2014 12:55PM

In June of 2012, FLDS leaders told Sarah Allred to repent, according to her attorney.

She was sent out of the community without her six children....

Updated on Aug 12, 2014 09:36AM

For the first time in a decade, there is a public school in Hildale.

KUTV’s D.J. Bolerjack has the story.

— Nate C...

Updated on Aug 8, 2014 04:39PM

The people facing eviction in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., having been writing letters asking to remain in their homes, and they have received replies.

Updated on Aug 8, 2014 01:41PM

United Effort Plan fiduciary Bruce Wisan is scheduled to meet with residents Saturday in Colorado City, Ariz.

The first meeting is 11 a.m. at the ...

Updated on Aug 7, 2014 07:32AM

If you live outside of Hildale, Utah, or Colorado City, Ariz., you may be wondering what the big deal is with the requirements of living in a home owned by the United Effort P...

Updated on Aug 11, 2014 10:17AM

United Effort Plan fiduciary Bruce Wisan took the Fifth Amendment last week when asked whether he ever used the services of a prostitute, according to court documents filed Mo...

Updated on Aug 2, 2014 04:04PM

Some residents in Hildale apparently served with eviction notices have pitched tents at another home in the town.

A reporter for KUTV on F...

Updated on Jul 31, 2014 12:38PM

The first batch of evictions from a polygamous Utah town were posted Saturday, and some have responded by packing their belongings, said the man who served the notices.


Updated on Jul 26, 2014 05:52PM

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes has filed a one-paragraph letter concurring with his counterpart in Arizona — the marshals in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., have to...

Updated on Jul 18, 2014 01:55PM

Update: Third District Court Judge Denise Lindberg on Friday rejected three of the proposed sales. The revised figures for the sold properties are: 13 sold properties totaling...

Updated on Jul 7, 2014 09:19AM

On the Oklahoma Panhandle, the land that made the covered wagon famous, some new settlers have arrived.

They are members of the Fundamentalist Ch...

Updated on Jun 27, 2014 07:18AM

On Friday, I was about to type the story of the late Loana Broadbent and the dispute that arose during her funeral and visitation — a dispute that culminated in her being buri...

Updated on Jun 26, 2014 07:46AM

Bruce Wisan, the fiduciary of the United Effort Plan, is going to need to learn how to talk like an auctioneer.

Wisan plans to auction a slew of ...

Updated on Jun 19, 2014 09:17AM

The Arizona Attorney General is asking a federal judge to disband the marshals office in Colorado City, Ariz., and Hildale, Utah, and the basis for the request is a change of ...

Updated on Jun 4, 2014 04:51PM

KUTV last night had a story about an 18-year-old named Carl Holm, who recently graduated Brighton High School in Cottonwood Heights.

Holm says th...

Updated on May 30, 2014 03:53PM

The Utah Attorney General’s Office has filed a motion seeking to give Alan Steed immunity if he tells lawyers about the agreement he reached with his former wife, Elissa Wall,...

Updated on May 28, 2014 09:51PM

Willie Jessop, who obtained a $30 million judgment against leaders of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, used some of that money to buy wat...

Updated on May 21, 2014 07:17AM

Saturday we reported how Willie Jessop stands to receive some land and property in Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Ariz., at a discounted price.

Updated on May 19, 2014 02:26PM

Elissa Wall, the child bride whose testimony once helped convict Warren Jeffs, reached a confidential deal with her former husband requiring he not aid the parties she was sui...

Updated on May 18, 2014 09:43AM

Willie Jessop, the former Warren Jeffs bodyguard who already has claimed his old prophet’s compound, was arrested in Friday in Texas days before he is to receive proper...

Updated on May 16, 2014 10:06AM

You’ve probably heard about Boko Haram, the Nigerian group that has angered the world by kidnapping 270 girls.

At the Vancouver Sun in British Co...

Updated on May 15, 2014 09:48AM

Last week, Rebecca Musser visited a few Utah television stations to discuss her Claim Red Foundation.

While she was at Fox 13’s studios, she shar...

Updated on May 9, 2014 11:41AM

With Texas taking possession of the YFZ Ranch, we decided it was time to look back.

Photographer Trent Nelson collected photos of the ranch that ...

Updated on May 8, 2014 09:27AM

Texas can have the ranch, but, apparently, some former members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints still want some of the machinery found there. ...

Updated on May 7, 2014 09:36AM

Elizabeth Smart will be the featured speaker Friday at a fundraiser for people leaving polygamous families and communities.

The benefit is 6:30 p...

Updated on May 6, 2014 02:46PM

<freeform><p style=”margin-left:40px”><i> The interviews clearly showed the extraordinary control [Warren] Jeffs exercised over the community, remarkably in ...

Updated on May 6, 2014 02:43PM

What does a home belonging to someone in The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints look like? Talena Sanders knows.

Sanders ...

Updated on May 6, 2014 02:43PM

A recent column by Gene Healy in the Washington Examiner included this interesting paragraph.

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Updated on May 6, 2014 02:43PM

The heart of the debate over polygamy is whether it is inherently harmful to women and children, and that debate is sure to reignite as Utah challenges a federal judge’s decis...

Updated on Apr 25, 2014 07:35AM

As those who follow him on Twitter know, reporter Jim Dalrymple II left The Tribune last week.

Dalrymple, who can still be seen in the photo at t...

Updated on Apr 24, 2014 12:05PM

I’ve kind of wondered how the residents of Eldorado, Texas, feel now that the state has seized the YFZ Ranch, presumably evicting the last members of the Fundamentalist Church...

Updated on Apr 24, 2014 07:26AM

Utah Safety Net meets 9 a.m. on May 1 at the Division of Workforce Services Building, 1385 S. State St. in Salt Lake City. The meeting will be in Room 147.

Updated on Apr 21, 2014 09:11PM

United Effort Plan fiduciary Bruce Wisan has filed his annual report. On the whole, the report is upbeat.

Wisan described 2013 as a “transitional...

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...

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