Las Vegas , Nevada

BYU v Arizona – Las Vegas Bowl

Las Vegas – at the Las Vegas Bowl, BYU vs. Arizona, college football Saturday December 20, 2008 at Sam Boyd Stadium. BYU fans Jessica Beckstrom and Rachel Beckstrom of Tooele

Las Vegas – at the Las Vegas Bowl, BYU vs. Arizona, college football Saturday December 20, 2008 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Las Vegas – at the Las Vegas Bowl, BYU vs. Arizona, college football Saturday December 20, 2008 at Sam Boyd Stadium. byu cougar marching band

Las Vegas – at the Las Vegas Bowl, BYU vs. Arizona, college football Saturday December 20, 2008 at Sam Boyd Stadium. BYU WR Michael Reed (3) and Arizona defender Trevin Wade reach for a fourth quarter pass in the end zone
Las Vegas – at the Las Vegas Bowl, BYU vs. Arizona, college football Saturday December 20, 2008 at Sam Boyd Stadium. BYU WR Michael Reed (3) walks off the field as Arizona celebrates in a sea of confetti

Holden , Utah

Holden

Holden – Snowy road just north of Holden Thursday December 18, 2008.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Moonrise

Salt Lake City – The full moon rises over the Wasatch Mountains, seen from the Gateway, downtown. Friday December 12, 2008.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Moon

Salt Lake City – nearly full moon over a christmas tree display on a downtown high-rise, Thursday December 11, 2008.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Rescue Mission Thanksgiving

Salt Lake City – Melissa Wilson of West Jordan kisses her 5-month old daughter Kalya McBride at an early Thanksgiving. A large number of homeless and low-income individuals were served an early Thanksgiving feast at the Rescue Mission Tuesday November 25, 2008. In addition to a turkey dinner with apple, pecan, cherry and pumpkin pie, there were free flu shots, free haircuts and free backpacks. Tuesday November 25, 2008.
Salt Lake City – Melissa Wilson of West Jordan kisses her 5-month old daughter Kalya McBride at an early Thanksgiving. A large number of homeless and low-income individuals were served an early Thanksgiving feast at the Rescue Mission Tuesday November 25, 2008. In addition to a turkey dinner with apple, pecan, cherry and pumpkin pie, there were free flu shots, free haircuts and free backpacks. Tuesday November 25, 2008.

Salt Lake City , Utah

Utah v BYU

Salt Lake City – . Utah vs. BYU college football Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Saturday November 22, 2008. utah fans swarm the field. Utah quarterback Brian Johnson (3)
Salt Lake City – . Utah vs. BYU college football Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Saturday November 22, 2008. utah fans with BJ on bodies (for Brian Johnson)

Salt Lake City , Utah

Bingham v Alta

Salt Lake City – Bingham vs. Alta High School, 5A State Championship game Friday, November 21, 2008 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Alta wins 21-17.. Friday November 21, 2008. alta’s ammon olsen celebrates win,
Salt Lake City – Bingham vs. Alta High School, 5A State Championship game Friday, November 21, 2008 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Alta wins 21-17.. Friday November 21, 2008. lt filiaga during haka

Salt Lake City , Utah

Utah Jazz v Milwaukee Bucks

Salt Lake City – Utah Jazz vs. Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday November 19, 2008 at EnergySolutions Arena. Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut (6), of Australia, Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer (5)

Saint George , Utah

UEP Land Hearing

St. George – FLDS members outside the courthouse. A hearing at the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 on the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value, was continued after the attorney general’s office stepped in and pressured both sides to seek a settlement. Willie Jessop leaves, shaking hands

St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.

St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.
St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.

St. George – Members of the FLDS church line up in front of the 5th district courthouse Friday November 14, 2008 to show their opposition to the proposed sale of UEP trust land including Berry Knoll, a site the FLDS say has religious value.




Salt Lake City , Utah

2008 UEP Hearing – SLC Federal Court

Originally posted August 13, 2009…

In November 2008, large numbers of FLDS members attended a pair of hearings on the UEP land trust. Here are my notes and photos from the first hearing in downtown Salt Lake City:

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I’m the first camera to show up at the courthouse. I’m early. Walking to court I spot various FLDS members walking around downtown. I see a man I had spent time with in Colorado City last month. He had been friendly and talkative then, but today says nothing, only acknowledging me with a nod.

I follow a large group to the courthouse and cross the street to put a little distance between me and the FLDS. Another group walks up to the court. It’s an older man accompanied by several women, maybe his wives. He looks across the street and sees me with my cameras and immediately turns the group around. He walks away looking at me over his shoulder, and boy does he look angry. His hair is gray and from this distance his eyes look black. I never see them come back.

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I wonder how many people made a long drive to Salt Lake City for this hearing and now won’t go in when they see me and my cameras in front of the court. So far I’m the only media out here but soon there will be more cameras. But for being early I’m not really getting anything. Time to step it up.

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2:10 and still no other media. Just me.

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There’s a wedding photographer across the street. As opposed to my situation, his subjects are very agreeable to being photographed.

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One group of FLDS crosses the street. After seeing them only in rural settings, seeing their familiar figures in the urban environment is striking. What a sight, them in the downtown setting.

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Bigger groups are now arriving, but the best photo will likely be at the end, after the hearing when everyone leaves at the same time.

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2:38 A big crowd just went in. I’m glad I came early. There are still seven minutes to go until the time I was told to show up.

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Other media have finally arrived, a camera crew from KSL TV. They missed the big group going in. Now it’s just two or three FLDS members arriving here and there. Up until they came it was just me and a homeless guy standing here on the sidewalk.

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The wedding photographer is still at work.

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