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FLDS asked to cut back construction

Jason Ferguson
Published: Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Custer County officials recently met with officials from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in an effort to come to an agreement over FLDS construction hours. Whether or not the meeting amounted to much is yet to be seen.
At the Aug. 24 meeting of the Custer County Commission, commission chairman David Hazeltine told of the meeting, at which the head of the FLDS compound in southwest Custer County, Ben “Ed” Johnson, told county officials he would talk with landowners surrounding the compound and get back with them. Landowners around the compound have been up in arms recently over the compound’s 24-hour construction.
Commissioner Phil Lampert told the commission that Jim Farmer, owner of Canyon Rim Ranch which sits near the compound, told him he had been contacted by the FLDS, as had some of his renters. FLDS members hoped plates of cookies would pacify the neighbors.
The county is still weighing its options on whether or not to enact an ordinance that would tie building permits into hours construction could take place. FLDS officials were made aware of county restrictions that could be coming down the pike if some sort of agreement was not reached between them and their neighbors. The commission hoped to hear back from the FLDS prior to the Aug. 24 meeting, but did not. The commission decided it should get in touch with the compound to see what, if anything, was worked out between the FLDS and its neighbors.

Custer County officials recently met with officials from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in an effort to come to an agreement over FLDS construction hours. Whether or not the meeting amounted to much is yet to be seen.

At the Aug. 24 meeting of the Custer County Commission, commission chairman David Hazeltine told of the meeting, at which the head of the FLDS compound in southwest Custer County, Ben “Ed” Johnson, told county officials he would talk with landowners surrounding the compound and get back with them. Landowners around the compound have been up in arms recently over the compound’s 24-hour construction.

Commissioner Phil Lampert told the commission that Jim Farmer, owner of Canyon Rim Ranch which sits near the compound, told him he had been contacted by the FLDS, as had some of his renters. FLDS members hoped plates of cookies would pacify the neighbors.

The county is still weighing its options on whether or not to enact an ordinance that would tie building permits into hours construction could take place. FLDS officials were made aware of county restrictions that could be coming down the pike if some sort of agreement was not reached between them and their neighbors. The commission hoped to hear back from the FLDS prior to the Aug. 24 meeting, but did not. The commission decided it should get in touch with the compound to see what, if anything, was worked out between the FLDS and its neighbors.

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Disgusted
September 8th, 2011 at 13:58pm

I know we live in a free country which we are so blessed. However, it disgusts me to no end that the FLDS can live in our backyard. I wish they would have stayed in Hilldale and Colo City. We all know they are not honest and contributing members of our society. They break all kinds of laws and get away with it, from child abuse, rape, bigamy, adultry, don't educate their children, and only pay taxes when they want a building permit. Only a brainwashed person could give their child daughter to an old man in a so-called marriage to be raped and become a mother when she is still a baby herself. What happened to the instinct to protect one's young? It has to be programed out or out of total ignorance to "human traffic" one's own child. When the building is finished so will the county taxes end. My heart goes out to the people who are so unfortunate to live next to such a disgusting cult. I hope one day the FLDS members will wake up and realize they are brainwashed by mortal men, who are fakes and not the prophets they think they are following. Kudos to the Chronicle for the excellent coverage on this disgusting cult in our backyard.

gretchen
March 17th, 2013 at 16:15pm

Yes, indeed, that is exactly what flds does- heavy layers of mental conditioning from day one, to obey everything "the prophet" dictates or be in danger of hellfire. This includes abandoning young sons to dangerous construction projects, denying proper basic education skills to most members, denying medical care to anyone in particular, at the prophet's whim, and then often dumping the boys on the open road a little later, in many cases. Plus, a huge flds ingredient, of course, is the offering up of the girls to be concubines- if they are both cute AND smart, they get to "marry" the prophet. All the others go to less powerful males, the less favored, the less fancy the gals that they get. And yes, there is plenty of inbreeding. It is part of the flds landscape-when you don't want anybody leaving except young males, or older ones who don't think the prophet is totally cool anymore. But their money is still welcome.

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