More than a dozen conservation groups have signed on to a legal brief filed last week in support of a Durango couple facing felony charges over the closing of a gate in San Juan County, Utah.

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A woman who was forced into marriage at the age of 14 in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been awarded $16 million from church President Warren Jeffs. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a Utah district judge last week awarded Elissa Wall, now 31, $4 million in damages and $12 million in punitive damages. Wall maintains that in 2001, Jeffs forced her to marry her 19-year-old cousin in Hildale, Utah, against her wishes. She says she endured multiple miscarriages and years of sexual abuse.

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San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge and two of his deputies will appear in district court in Monticello this Friday morning at 9am.


The community of Mancos has an unlikely connection to Detroit, Michigan. Detroit resident Desmond Ricks was exonerated from a wrongful 25-year prison sentence last week with the help of Mancos resident Claudia Whitman.

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A wrongfully-imprisoned Detroit man has been freed, thanks to the efforts of a Mancos woman.