Provo , Utah

Pleasant Grove Over Timpview

While I’m waiting for the parking lot to clear out, here is my take from Pleasant Grove’s victory over Timpview, which snaps Timpview’s 36-game state record winning streak.

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Jason Fanaika celebrates his first half touchdown

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Jeff Harris knocks Timpview quarterback Trevor Brown out of bounds

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Timpview’s Ofa Latu (bottom) tries to rip the ball from PG’s Kyle Tucker

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PG quarterback Dallas Lloyd leaps to get the ball inside the five yard line

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Timpview’s Zack VanLeeuwen runs the field for a touchdown, under the eyes of sideline photographers

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Timpview’s Bronson Kaufusi (right) pulls down PG quarterback Dallas Lloyd

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PG’s Jason West juggles the ball after running in a touchdown pass

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Timpview’s Colby Jorgensen puts his head down after dropping a pass on the 2 yard line late in the fourth quarter

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Celebrating the win are PG’s Shoney Ivens (88, left to right), Ruben Garces (39), Mike King (51) and Donny Lewis (15)

Provo , Utah

Timpview v Pleasant Grove

Provo – Timpview vs. Pleasant Grove high school football Friday, August 21 2009..

Salt Lake City , Utah

Second Place Sports Photo – SPJ

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University of Utah gymnast Katie Kivisto stares down the beam during her routine Friday, January 4, 2008 at the Huntsman Center.

Another award. I’m trying to get these contest posts out of the way before my friend Bob starts ridiculing me like he did last year: “Look at Me! I’ve got Awards!”

Contests are funny. I thought the other sports photos I entered were stronger than this shot. It’s hard to predict what’s going to win. No, impossible. Having judged many contests I can tell you which photos are likely to make it into the final selection, but predicting which finalists will take the top three spots is impossible.

Years ago an editor was upset that the photo department had submitted “too many” contest entries. At fifteen bucks per entry, he had an interest in keeping down costs. He wanted to put more oversight over our entries so that we were “only entering the ones that will win.”

Of course, if we knew which photographs were going to win awards, we could save plenty of fifteen dollars.

Eldorado , Texas

Raid on Polygamy – First Place Photo Essay – SPJ

This edit of my work on the Texas raid on the YFZ Ranch that won 1st place from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Utah Headliners. I could only submit twelve photographs in which to tell the story.

Eldorado, Texas - In April 2008, Child Protective Services (CPS) raided a polygamous sect's Texas ranch and removed 416 children after receiving phone calls, now believed to be a hoax, from someone claiming to be an abused sixteen-year-old girl. This raid on the FLDS Church's YFZ (Yearning for Zion) Ranch became the largest child custody case in United States history. Here, on the first night of removals, young FLDS women and children are taken into shelter at the First Baptist Church in Eldorado, Texas.
Eldorado, Texas – In April 2008, Child Protective Services (CPS) raided a polygamous sect’s Texas ranch and removed 416 children after receiving phone calls, now believed to be a hoax, from someone claiming to be an abused sixteen-year-old girl. This raid on the FLDS Church’s YFZ (Yearning for Zion) Ranch became the largest child custody case in United States history. Here, on the first night of removals, young FLDS women and children are taken into shelter at the First Baptist Church in Eldorado, Texas.
Eldorado, Texas - As law enforcement officials fearing a Waco-type incident prepare to breach the polygamous sect's temple at the YFZ Ranch, Texas State Troopers speed through a roadblock, en route to reinforce the assault which would meet with only minimal non-violent resistance.
Eldorado, Texas – As law enforcement officials fearing a Waco-type incident prepare to breach the polygamous sect’s temple at the YFZ Ranch, Texas State Troopers speed through a roadblock, en route to reinforce the assault which would meet with only minimal non-violent resistance.
Eldorado, Texas - After removing nearly 500 women and children from the polygamous sect's YFZ Ranch, local law enforcement officials and the FBI breached the bolted doors to the polygamous sect's temple, producing thousands of boxes of evidence to be sifted through in a search for proof of sexual abuse and underage marriage.
Eldorado, Texas – After removing nearly 500 women and children from the polygamous sect’s YFZ Ranch, local law enforcement officials and the FBI breached the bolted doors to the polygamous sect’s temple, producing hundreds of boxes of evidence to be sifted through in a search for proof of sexual abuse and underage marriage.
Eldorado, Texas - In justifying the removal nearly 500 women and children from the YFZ Ranch, Marleigh Meisner, spokesperson for Texas Child Protective Services, expressed the agency's concerned opinion that the FLDS culture was one of abuse which raised young girls to be married off to older men and young boys to become sexual predators.
Eldorado, Texas – In justifying the removal nearly 500 women and children from the YFZ Ranch, Marleigh Meisner, spokesperson for Texas Child Protective Services, expressed the agency’s concerned opinion that the FLDS culture was one of abuse which raised young girls to be married off to older men and young boys to become sexual predators.
San Angelo, Texas - Janet, an FLDS matriarch, tearfully embraces young girls as they arrive at the old historic Fort Concho, where nearly 500 FLDS women and children would be temporarily sheltered in primitive buildings such as former horse barns. The large amount of people that Texas Child Protective Services called victims overwhelmed the state's foster care system.
San Angelo, Texas – Janet, an FLDS matriarch, tearfully embraces young girls as they arrive at the historic Fort Concho, where hundreds of FLDS women and children would be temporarily sheltered in primitive buildings such as former horse barns. The large amount of people that Texas Child Protective Services called victims threatened to overwhelm the state’s foster care system.
San Angelo, Texas - Young FLDS women gather behind a fence at Fort Concho, waving to other FLDS women in another building out of view. Texas Child Protective Services and Texas State Troopers made every effort to keep the nearly 500 women and children in custody out of view, going so far as to confiscate cel phones and other electronic devices.
San Angelo, Texas – Young FLDS women gather behind a fence at Fort Concho, waving to other FLDS women in another building out of view. Texas Child Protective Services and Texas State Troopers made every effort to keep the nearly 500 women and children in custody out of view and out of contact, going so far as to confiscate their cel phones.
San Angelo, Texas - A group of FLDS boys run from journalists at Fort Concho after being ordered away by Texas Child Protective Services officials. Soon CPS would separate the mothers from their children and spread the children throughout the state into foster care.
San Angelo, Texas – A group of FLDS boys run from journalists at Fort Concho after being ordered away by Texas Child Protective Services officials. Soon CPS would separate the mothers from their children and spread the children into shelters throughout the state.
Eldorado, Texas - Back on the YFZ Ranch for the first time since the raid began ten days earlier, Marie Musser, an FLDS mother of three, clings to a post for support while telling the story of CPS taking her three children from her away earlier that day. For a secretive group that had long kept the outside world at a distance, the thought of their children living in the modern world among outsiders and without their parents had become a painful reality.
Eldorado, Texas – Back on the YFZ Ranch for the first time since the raid began ten days earlier, Marie Musser, an FLDS mother of three, clings to a post for support while telling the story of CPS taking her children from her earlier that day. For a secretive group that had long kept the outside world at a distance, the thought of their children living in the modern world among outsiders and without their parents had become a painful reality.
San Angelo, Texas - Hundred of attorneys, officials, and FLDS members lined up to get through security and into the Tom Green County Courthouse for the initial 14-day hearing to decide the fate of the 416 children removed in the raid on the FLDS Church's YFZ Ranch. As each child and parent were entitled to a state-appointed attorney, the hearing was quickly bogged down with objections from dozens of attorneys. After two long days of hearings, including twenty-one hours of testimony, Judge Barbara Walther ruled that CPS could keep the FLDS children in foster care until at least the next hearing, scheduled for two months after the raid began.
San Angelo, Texas – Hundred of attorneys, officials, and FLDS members lined up to get through security and into the Tom Green County Courthouse for the initial hearing to decide the fate of the 416 children removed in the raid on the FLDS Church’s YFZ Ranch. As each child and parent were entitled to a state-appointed attorney, the hearing was quickly bogged down with objections from dozens of attorneys. After two long days of hearings, including twenty-one hours of testimony, Judge Barbara Walther ruled that CPS could keep the FLDS children in foster care until at least the next hearing, scheduled for two months after the raid began.
San Angelo, Texas - FLDS member Dan Jessop and his wife Louisa Bradshaw wade through media cameras as they leave the Tom Green County Courthouse after a custody hearing on the status of their newborn son. CPS had refused proof that Bradshaw was an adult until her child was born in state custody, at which point they sought to take custody of the newborn. Bradshaw did her case no good by refusing to answer such seemingly simple questions as who attended her wedding and who else lived in her home.
San Angelo, Texas – FLDS member Dan Jessop and his wife Louisa Bradshaw wade through media cameras as they leave the Tom Green County Courthouse after a custody hearing on the status of their newborn son. CPS had refused proof that Bradshaw was an adult until her child was born in state custody, at which point they sought to take custody of the newborn. Bradshaw did her case no good by refusing to answer such seemingly simple questions as who attended her wedding and who else lived in her home.
Eldorado, Texas - Nearly two months after 416 FLDS children had been removed from the polygamous sect's YFZ Ranch, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that CPS must return the children due to a lack of evidence. Having spent two months in a shelter, Edson Jessop's young sons Zachery, Ephraim and Russell Jessop wanted nothing more than to see an end to the persistent media coverage and return to their quiet family life on the ranch.
Eldorado, Texas – Nearly two months after 416 FLDS children had been removed from the polygamous sect’s YFZ Ranch, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that CPS must return the children due to a lack of sufficient evidence. Having spent two months in a shelter, Edson Jessop’s young sons Zachery, Ephraim and Russell Jessop wanted nothing more than to see an end to the persistent media coverage and return to their quiet family life on the ranch.
Eldorado, Texas - FLDS member Sarah Draper waits to testify to a grand jury at the Schleicher County Courthouse. Though CPS was forced to return over four-hundred FLDS children to their parents, evidence seized in the raid led to grand jury hearings that resulted in sexual abuse and underage marriage charges being filed against several FLDS men including the polygamous sect's imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs. The men are currently awaiting trial.
Eldorado, Texas – FLDS member Sarah Draper waits to testify to a grand jury at the Schleicher County Courthouse. Though CPS was forced to return over four-hundred FLDS children to their parents, evidence seized in the raid led to grand jury hearings that resulted in sexual abuse and underage marriage charges being filed against several FLDS men including the polygamous sect’s imprisoned leader Warren Jeffs. The men are currently awaiting trial while courts examine the validity of the search warrants.

Salt Lake City , Utah

2008 UEP Hearing – The Exit

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Now everyone is inside the federal court (no cameras allowed) and the hearing is presumably going on. Standing out front it’s hard to know what’s happening. You don’t. It’s time to wait. And while we wait it is getting dark outside. Really dark.

The hearing ends. A few TV cameras stand by and film the large group of FLDS as they stream out of the court and onto the sidewalk. A couple of them give short responses to questions from the cameras.

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They go off in all directions and I don’t bother chasing anyone down. The photo I want needs to have the courthouse in the background.

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Salt Lake City , Utah

2008 UEP Hearing – SLC Federal Court

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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Hildale , Utah

Pray and Obey

Hildale -, Wednesday August 12, 2009.
pray and obey on brick chimney at jeffs home

Hildale -, Wednesday August 12, 2009.
pray and obey on brick chimney at jeffs home

Hildale , Utah

Naturally Young Essentials

Hildale -, Wednesday August 12, 2009.
Dianna Peine and Roxanne Johnson sell their handmade soaps under the label “Naturally Young Essentials”

Hildale , Utah

Machinist

Hildale -, Wednesday August 12, 2009.
machinist

Hildale , Utah

Most Wanted Jeans

Hildale -, Wednesday August 12, 2009.
Mirinda Barlow in her shop where she sells jeans under the label “Most Wanted Jeans”

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