Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
The Polygamy Blog
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.

» E-mail Nate Carlisle

» Subscribe (RSS)

(D.J. Bolerjack | KUTV) Tents sit outside a home on Homestead Street in Hildale on Aug. 1, 2014. People in the tents appear to be residents recently served eviction notices for failure to pay taxes and a $100 a month occupancy fee to the United Effort Plan.
Tents erected in Utah polygamous town where evictions served

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

A reporter for KUTV on Friday saw about a dozen tents before residents of the home on Homestead Street closed a gate to block the view. Walls line the property.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

Hildale resident Guy Timpson said he saw about 25 tents, along with mostly women and children, pitched on the property Thursday night.

Hildale and adjoining Colorado City, Ariz., are home of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Much of the homes and property in the two towns are held in a trust called the United Effort Plan.

The state of Utah seized the trust in 2005 over concerns that FLDS President Warren Jeffs was mismanaging the trust and people were at risk of losing their homes.

UEP managers charge occupants $100 a month per home and require them to pay the property taxes. An estimated 80 percent of occupants have failed to pay the fee or the taxes. Last month, 3rd District Court Judge Denise Lindberg approved a plan to begin serving eviction notices on the delinquent occupants.

Sixteen homes were served on July 26. The notices said they had three days to vacate or face a lawsuit forcing them to leave. However, the UEP’s fiduciary, Bruce Wisan, has said anyone who pays what is owed, or begins to pay, can stay.

"Those guys didn’t need a move," said Isaac Wyler, the trust employee who served the eviction notices. "It would be a simple deal to work out an occupancy agreement with the trust and even to work out something with the occupancy fees owed."

Timpson said the people in tents remain loyal to Jeffs, who has generally forbid his followers from speaking to or cooperating with Wisan.

People who have left or been excommunicated by Jeffs have refused to pay, too. Some have refused because they do not think the state should be managing their homes and has not sufficiently listened to their wishes. Others think the fees that have been paid Wisan and his attorneys to manage and defend the trust have been excessive.

Timpson has said he was told he owes about $3,000,

"The whole damn thing is not right," Timpson said. "We really need to get it out of Bruce Wisan’s hands and get the state out of it. We got ourselves into it. Let us get ourselves out of it."

It wasn’t clear Friday who is living at the house on Homestead Street where the tents have been pitched, or who is in charge. Wyler said he knew who lived there at one point, but it appears to have new occupants.

Jeffs followers have been known to move people in and out of homes without telling trust managers.


Twitter: @natecarlisle

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.