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Colorado City Loses Appeal On FLDS Discrimination Case

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a court's judgment against the town of Colorado City, Arizona, on Monday.

Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah, are known for being home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS. In 2016, the towns and some of their departments were found guilty of religious discrimination.

Initially, both Hildale and Colorado City appealed this decision, but last year the city of Hildale withdrew.

To explain this, The Show spoke with reporter Sarah Ventre, who covers the towns collectively known as Short Creek.

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Sarah Ventre produces KJZZ’s two-hour daily program, The Show. Prior to working at KJZZ, she was a producer and editor at NPR headquarters in Washington for a number of shows, desks, podcasts and the national newscast. Her reporting ranges from understanding the relationship between faith, culture, and community among those who have left the FLDS church, to political implications of world music showcases at SXSW. Ventre’s work has been featured on Weekend Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, and on member station WAMU. Ventre also freelances for the Phoenix New Times, Bitch magazine, and several other publications. Ventre grew up in the Valley and is a founder of the nonprofit organization Girls Rock! Phoenix, which puts on a rock ’n’ roll camp for girls, trans, and gender nonconforming youths every summer. She also participates in live storytelling events, and occasionally performance art. Ventre holds a degree in anthropology from Arizona State University. She is always up for a good laugh or a great chile relleno, and is happy to have returned to her hometown to tell stories within her community.