With a sigh of relief, Box Elder County commissioners said they have no business under Utah law sponsoring a citizen militia.

The commissioners were leery of liability if they sponsored a county militia as requested by a group of about 50 or so Box Elder County citizens headed by Doug Christiansen of Tremonton.Christiansen said Wednesday that 11-member militia squads already have been formed in Willard, Brigham City, Tremonton, Bear River City and the northern section of Box Elder County.

Christiansen said the Box Elder County militia is interested only in upholding the constitutions of both Utah and the United States and not in overthrowing the government.