In twist, Utah ranchers take Fifth in cattle gate case against Durangoan

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In twist, Utah ranchers take Fifth in cattle gate case against Durangoan

Cattlemen face investigation on suspicion of kidnapping and false imprisonment
In April 2017, this corral west of Bluff, Utah, in Bears Ears National Monument was the scene of a confrontation between ranchers and environmental activist Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Franklin. San Juan County, Utah, prosecutors allege the couple tried to deprive cattle of access to water by closing the gate. Now, the ranchers are facing a criminal investigation for their conduct in the confrontation and are not expected to testify at Franklin’s trial Jan. 16 in Price, Utah. Charges against Chilcoat have already been dropped.

In twist, Utah ranchers take Fifth in cattle gate case against Durangoan

In April 2017, this corral west of Bluff, Utah, in Bears Ears National Monument was the scene of a confrontation between ranchers and environmental activist Rose Chilcoat and her husband, Mark Franklin. San Juan County, Utah, prosecutors allege the couple tried to deprive cattle of access to water by closing the gate. Now, the ranchers are facing a criminal investigation for their conduct in the confrontation and are not expected to testify at Franklin’s trial Jan. 16 in Price, Utah. Charges against Chilcoat have already been dropped.

In twist, Utah ranchers take Fifth in cattle gate case against Durangoan

Rose Chilcoat at her Durango home.
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