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Ronald and Jinjer Cooke are still fighting polygamous town for water

Published January 30, 2013 12:24 pm

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Ronald and Jinjer Cooke have been trying for years to have water hooked up to their home in Colorado City, Ariz.

But the water authority in Colorado City and Hildale, Utah, has refused to connect them. The Tribune reported on the Cooke's troubles and their lawsuit in 2010.

Our partners at KUTV updated the story this week. The Cooke family now has electricity, but is still hauling water to their home. He says it's because he left the FLDS many years ago and town leaders are discriminating against him.

At one point, Colorado City filed a counterlawsuit against the Cookes, saying the family didn't go through the proper procedures for water hookups.

The Cooke's lawsuit is in federal court in Phoenix. The sides have filed motions for judgement and are waiting for rulings from Judge James Teilborg.

— Nate Carlisle

Twitter: @natecarlisle