Man pleads guilty to trespassing at geyser
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.
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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.