BLANDING -- Two southern Utah men will pay $35,000 in fines and serve probation after pleading guilty in federal court to damaging sensitive archaeological sites by creating an off-road recreational vehicle trail.
The Salt Lake Tribune says 67-year-old Kenneth James Brown and 38-year-old Daniel Lee Falstead were each charged with a misdemeanor for damaging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management property in Recapture Canyon in 2005.
Brown and Falstead pleaded guilty to the charges Friday in Salt Lake City federal court, admitting they used picks and shovels to build a trail for ATVs east of their hometown of Blanding, about 310 miles south of Salt Lake City.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba ordered Brown to pay a $27,000 fine and serve one year of probation. Falstead was ordered to serve two years probation and pay an $8,000 fine.
Information from: The Spectrum, http://www.thespectrum.com