Temple almost complete
Still no sign of fugitive FLDS prophet
A year after adventurer and noted author Jon Krakauer flew over the YFZ Ranch and photographed a dedication ceremony at the temple site, work on the first-ever temple built by and for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Saints is nearing completion.
The massive white temple, surrounded by a 12-ft.. tall white wall, dwarfs everything else on the ranch. Recent aerial photographs of the temple complex revealed workmen rolling out sod on the ground surrounding the structure.
Nearby, a second building, connected to the temple’s North side by an elevated walkway, was also nearing completion. A sloping ramp leading up to the smaller building’s north face, appeared nearly finished. The ramp is large enough to handle a car or small truck.
FBI offers additional $50K reward for Jeffs following new round of subpoenas
YFZ temple complete — new construction projects begin
FBI Special Agent Deborah McCarley of the agency’s Phoenix, AZ office announced Tuesday that the FBI is adding another $50,000 to the $10,000 reward already in place for information leading to the arrest and conviction of FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs.
The news came after FBI agents served a series of grand jury subpoenas Saturday in and around Colorado City, AZ.
Jeffs, whose followers recently completed construction of a massive white temple on the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado, is wanted in Arizona for arranging and performing polygamous marriages between several of his male followers and under aged girls within the church.
Feds want FLDS members to testify
The Success reported on January 19th that FBI agents served grand jury subpoenas in and around Colorado City, Arizona, the stronghold of the FLDS church, shortly before raising the reward for the church’s fugitive prophet from $10,000 to $60,000.
Thanks in part to a report by Phoenix New Times reporter John Dougherty, and in part to sources inside Colorado City, the Success has learned that six FBI agents appeared at the Leroy S. Johnson Meeting Hall on Saturday, January 14, hoping to find a number of Jeffs’ followers gathered for a regular Saturday work meeting. What they found, however, was a meeting hall packed with FLDS faithful who had gathered there for a church-related service.
Is the YFZ Ranch under high-tech surveillance?
Construction never stops inside isolated polygamous enclave
A large Air Force AWACS jet took several slow turns over the YFZ Ranch late Tuesday afternoon, prompting several local citizens to question whether law enforcement authorities were raiding the property.
The huge 4-engine jet, sporting a dish shaped radar dome on its back, was seen making several low passes over the ranch.
Local pilot, J.D.. Doyle was one of the first to notice the plane. He stopped by the Success office to alert editor Randy Mankin. By that time, however, the plane could be seen gaining altitude and flying eastward away from the ranch.
Work progresses on 280,000 gallon water storage tank at YFZ Ranch
State officials confirmed for The Success on Tuesday that the water storage tank being built at the YFZ Ranch is part of the colony’s public water system. The tank has a capacity of 280,000 gallons and is being built in accordance with rules laid down by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The massive tank once again raises questions about the number of people who will be living at the YFZ Ranch when the community is completed.
According to the City of Eldorado’s Utility Superintendent Floyd Fay, a ground storage tank should be large enough to contain 100 gallons of water per person served by the water system. Using that number the system could easily serve a community of 2,800 people, a number that is greatly higher than any ranch personnel have shared with city or county officials up to this point.
New FLDS compound uncovered in S. Dakota
Is Jeffs hiding in the Black Hills?
A 100 acre parcel of land in a remote corner of the Black Hills of South Dakota turns out to be owned and operated by loyal followers of FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs, and may be one of the fugitive prophet’s hideouts.
The Success received an anonymous e-mail tip about the property, followed by an equally anonymous phone call in which the caller provided details about the property and the people who bought it.
It was a very familiar story. A man named David Allred had fronted the purchase of the property on Oct. 3, 2003, for the sum of $135,000.00. Allred was acting in his capacity as president of Details Unlimited, Inc., a corporation based in Washington County, Utah.