Two sons of a Ricks College professor pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to defacing a historic site in Canyonlands National Park.
The boys, 15 and 17 years old, were hiking with their father in Horseshoe Canyon April 25. The teens used charcoal and rocks to scratch their names, the date and peace signs on the Alcove Site. Their graffiti didn't cover Indian drawings estimated to be 8,000 years old, but it did cover "historic graffiti" left by early settlers.Gordon Black, the boys' father, said he didn't see his sons writing on the rock but would have stopped them if he had.
Black paid the $1,364.61 cost of removal, and the boys were fined $600 and $300.