Man pleads guilty to tres­pass­ing at geyser

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Idaho man pleads guilty in daugh­ter’s gun death

A South­west­ern Idaho man who shot and killed his adult daugh­ter has pleaded guilty to in­vol­un­tary manslaugh­ter.

Johnathan Pugh, 61, pleaded guilty Fri­day in Fifth District Court to killing Malani Lang, 36, on May 9, the Times­news re­ported. Court doc­u­ments say Pugh and Lang had re­united a week be­fore the shooting.

Pugh told the court a man brought a pis­tol into Pugh’s saddle shop in Shoshone to use to buy a saddle. Pugh says he later drank four al­co­holic drinks and smoked mar­i­juana with Lang be­fore they got into an ar­gu­ment about Lang be­ing put up for adop­tion.

Pugh says he held the pis­tol to his head be­fore the gun went off, hit­ting Lang in the head. She was flown to a hospi­tal, where she died.

Lo­cal holiday clo­sures for Vet­er­ans Day

What’s open and closed Mon­day (Vet­er­ans Day ob­served):

Schools, uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges will be open.

Fed­eral of­fices will be closed. City, county and state of­fices may be open. Call ahead.

Trea­sure Val­ley li­braries may be closed to­day and/or Mon­day. Call ahead.

Post of­fices will be closed Mon­day and no mail will be de­liv­ered, ex­cept Ex­press Mail.

Trash col­lec­tion will op­er­ate nor­mal sched­ules.

Val­leyride city buses will run their nor­mal sched­ule.

State liquor stores will be open. Con­tract stores may be open.

Most malls, stores and su­per­mar­kets will be open.

Most banks will be closed. Some banks in­side gro­cery stores may be open; check with your branch. Cat­tle graze on Garfield County’s Aquarius Plateau in the Dixie Na­tional For­est in Utah. State au­thor­i­ties are can­cel­ing graz­ing per­mits in fa­vor of more prof­itable land uses.

Ja­cob Cor­ban Coleman, 21, pleaded guilty Fri­day, the Bon­ner County Daily Bee re­ported. Pros­e­cu­tors dropped their pur­suit of the death penalty as part of the plea deal.

Po­lice say Coleman in Au­gust 2017 called a cab and 22-year-old Ga­gan­deep Singh of Spokane picked him up at Spokane In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Au­thor­i­ties say Coleman told po­lice he be­came homi­ci­dal and bought a knife dur­ing a stop at a store. Singh stopped in Koote­nai, Idaho, when it be­came clear Coleman didn’t have a des­ti­na­tion. Po­lice say Coleman then stabbed Singh, who died at the scene.

‘Glamp­ing' re­places graz­ing in Utah lands

Ru­ral lead­ers in Utah who of­ten chafe at how fed­eral of­fi­cials man­age pub­lic lands are now also grow­ing frus­trated with state au­thor­i­ties who are in­creas­ingly can­cel­ing graz­ing per­mits in fa­vor of more prof­itable land uses.

In one case, Garfield County passed an or­di­nance that would tem­po­rar­ily block a planned $200 mil­lion tent re­sort for high-end glamor camp­ing, or “glamp­ing,” on for­mer graz­ing land (seen above), the Salt Lake Tri­bune re­ported.

The de­vel­op­ment would sit a few miles from Lake Pow­ell, and could bring in thou­sands of new jobs as well as $26

mil­lion into the school lands trust, ac­cord­ing to Kim Christy, deputy di­rec­tor at the School and In­sti­tu­tional Trust Lands Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The land pre­vi­ously brought in $140 a year from a graz­ing lease.

But for county lead­ers, the can­cel­la­tion of that lease is part of a trend that threat­ens their way of life. Garfield County Com­mis­sioner Leland Pol­lock said just 3.5 per­cent of the land in the county is pri­vately owned, so ranch­ers are de­pen­dent on graz­ing leases to feed their an­i­mals.

A 27-year-old Colorado man who walked dan­ger­ously close to Old Faith­ful geyser in Septem­ber is banned from Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park and nearby Grand Te­ton Na­tional Park for five years.

Gabriel Vil­lalva of Gree­ley pleaded guilty Thurs­day to dis­or­derly con­duct and foot traf­fic on a ther­mal area in Yel­low­stone. He was sen­tenced to five years of pro­ba­tion, dur­ing which time he can­not en­ter the parks.

Tourists took videos of Vil­lalva stand­ing within a few feet of Old Faith­ful on Sept. 14. Five days later, he was ar­rested in Cheyenne, Wy­oming, af­ter a po­lice chase in which his ve­hi­cle caught fire. He re­mains jailed over that in­ci­dent.

BRIAN MAFFLY The Salt Lake Tri­bune via AP

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