- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A trial has been postponed for four men charged in an ATV protest ride through an off-limits area of southeastern Utah last May.

The men were originally scheduled to stand trial for the Recapture Canyon protest on Dec. 22, but a judge has pushed that back to late March.

In the meantime, a judge will hear arguments about whether one of the men charged should be allowed to keep a court-appointed attorney.

The four men have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and illegal use of all-terrain vehicles.

They are among some 50 people who rode ATVs into Recapture Canyon to protest what they call the federal government’s overreaching control of public lands.

The Bureau of Land Management closed the canyon to motorized vehicles after discovering an illegally constructed ATV trail had damaged archaeological sites.

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