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Thu., Aug. 14, 2014, 11:54 a.m.

Polygamists Face Charges In Canada

Two leaders of a polygamous Mormon community in Bountiful, British Columbia, face criminal charges of keeping more than one wife, according to Canadian officials. Winston Blackmore and James Oler have ties to other members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in Boundary County, Idaho, as well as in communities in Arizona, Texas and Utah. They teach that the only way to go to heaven is if men have multiple wives and have as many children as possible. In 2009 it was reported that Blackmore had fathered more than 100 children and had at least 19 wives, according to a story in The Spokesman-Review. A handful of those wives were among the estimated 100 to 300 FLDS members living in Boundary County at the time/SR, AP. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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