Cole Randall of Flora Cash accused of defacing Montana monument

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Flora Cash on YouTube
The names carved into Pompeys Pillar tell the story: Cole + Shpresa <3 10/10/2013.

Authorities say the names carved into the historic sandstone butte in Montana refer to husband and wife musicians Cole Randall and Shpresa Lleshaj of the Minneapolis indie-folk band Flora Cash.

The problem is that the love declaration was etched just feet away from the signature of Captain William Clark -- the Clark of Lewis & Clark fame -- who made his mark there in 1806.

Now Randall could face serious charges for defacing a federal monument.

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The couple was discovered and questioned by authorities at the monument on October 10 after setting off a silent alarm. But it wasn't until a week later that an employee noticed the vandalism.

Scrubbing the signatures from the rock face could cost upward of $5,000, according to local boosters.

The case is somewhat reminiscent of the recent story of the Boy Scout leader who pushed over an ancient rock formation in Utah, earning him widespread disdain.

The band's website appears to have been recently made private, but videos of Flora Cash performing -- including this cover of Mumford & Sons' "Hopeless Wanderer" in a parking garage -- can still be found on YouTube, and their recordings are on iTunes. According to their now-private Facebook page, they're working on their debut album, Assemble the Journey. Notably, the clip for "Mighty Fine" shows at 0:38 that they're no strangers to carving their names into things.

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From Flora Cash's "Mighty Fine" video


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jeremycw23
jeremycw23

I really like these two...  It's funny how people get so upset over carvings on an old rock... adding their names won't take away the history.  Now there's some current history on the rock; about a man who feared he would lose his wife to cancer, so he engraved their names together.  


All of you who are upset should listen to their songs, maybe you'll calm down a bit :)

RationalReader
RationalReader

Are you guys kidding me? Grow up. The so-called "carving" you show from the Mighty Fine video is scratched on to some ice, not into the wood itself. Way to go! As far as the carving on the sandstone, an apology has been issued and Mr. Randall has agreed to cover the costs to repair.

mtmama
mtmama

All you crappy people that dont think they did anything wrong, flee free to stay the hell out of montata. We dont want you here or those scumbags to ever come back

mtmama
mtmama

All you jerks that dont think they did anything wrong please feel free to never come to montana. Those scum bags will never be welcome back.

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

tr.v. ef·fect·ed, ef·fect·ing, ef·fects 1. To bring into existence. 2. To produce as a result. 3. To bring about. af·fect·ed adj. 1. Acted upon, influenced, or changed. 2. Emotionally stirred or moved. 3. Infected or attacked, as by disease. Tense is moot. And see #2, Tiger. Kudos for sticking up for your friends, though.

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

and need to shave and take a bath..they look dirty

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

but these 2 were caught so punish them..how about that jerk who knocked the monument over a couple weeks ago..where do we draw the line..

Nick Longworth
Nick Longworth

Because the action is past-tense it ceases to be a verb, producing the noun, effect. All you got out of that was a (wrong) pot-shot about grammar? Why am I not surprised..

Nick Longworth
Nick Longworth

The culprit is thousands upon thousands of people who have signed the rock, along with a dead old racist we epitomize as a grand explorer..

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

stupidity should be punished..if you know who the culprit is the authorities should act..

Nick Longworth
Nick Longworth

Really? Apparently you didn't even finish the article.. It can be removed.

Nick Longworth
Nick Longworth

Along with, ya know, the thousands of others? Or are you just wanting a witch hunt over the most recent two?

Nick Longworth
Nick Longworth

I know right? The nerve of that racist, Lewis Clark.

Nick Longworth
Nick Longworth

Yea, Joe, because that's what their signatures (along with the literally thousands of others) all imply? That's a real stout inference.

Nick Longworth
Nick Longworth

Clark's signature is also protected by glass and in no way effected by this.

Nick Longworth
Nick Longworth

Whats with all these hasty generalizations? Have any of you ever been (or even looked up, for that matter) Pomey's Pillar? It's a rock that was carved by William Clark in 1806. Until 1992, every Tom, Dick, Jane or Sally could carve their name in the rock as they pleased. Literally, thousands of signatures are on the rock. So all you want to lynch the just most recent two people to carve their names? That's rational.

gtrailblazer
gtrailblazer

funny how it takes this sort of thing for gimme noise to give a seemingly busy local band some ink

Andrew Casey
Andrew Casey

I hope Clark is retrospectively fined or jailed also for etching his name into the wall.

Linnaea Lindahl
Linnaea Lindahl

Wow. Thanks, City Pages, for yet another empty news story. I'm glad to see we're focusing on what's really wrong with our world. If these two individuals weren't from MN this article would have never seen paper, and no one would have missed it.

Andrew Casey
Andrew Casey

The things that occur in this world and the city pages and many of its followers want to talk about 2 people in love etching there names in a rock.

Andrew Casey
Andrew Casey

Seeing the image of the "vandalism" that occurred it seems like jail time might be a bit excessive. Thanks to the city pages again for providing pointless news stories.

Brad Conley
Brad Conley

But you can tell by the picture that they're really emotional people, probably just got caught in the moment. I mean, c'mon, really.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours topcommenter

Boycott Flora Cash. Damn wannabe musicians. Get a job, dirty hippies. #TweetsAreYours

Ran Dazzle
Ran Dazzle

some nobody singer thinking they can do whatever they want..arrest them

Kim Meldahl
Kim Meldahl

These two need to do jail time. This can never be undone. Idiots.

cheepsoda
cheepsoda

@Dr.No The "stupid kid" is actually a really smart, articulate individual.


Dr.No
Dr.No

@Nick Longworth Hey, junior. Get off my lawn. 

jeremycw23
jeremycw23

@TweetsAreYours  They are actually quite talented musicians; whether or not you like this genre is beside the point.  They are just doing their own thing-- they goofed up once,  So what?  Respect

tsnazzy13
tsnazzy13

Are you kidding jail for sketing in a rock hes paying to have it etched out so yes it can be undone wow people are extreme let's focus it's not a hit a run it was a declaration of love like the other 1,000 people did there except the others did it before 1991 lame get a grip in realality buddy

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

@Kim Meldahl Did you read the article? Especially the part about it costing $5K to scrub it off? But jail time and a hefty fine should cover it.  But I would agree that they are idiots for covering a Mumford & Sons song.

cheepsoda
cheepsoda

@Dr.No no, because literally thousands upon thousands have already done it as part of tradiition

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours topcommenter

@jeremycw23 arrogant punks deserve to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. talent is not an excuse for idiocy.

Dr.No
Dr.No

@cheepsoda @Dr.No So, would you do it too? You haven't been able to carve into the national monument for over 20 years, there's signs everywhere saying not to do it. It's a felony. He carved his name three feet away from Clark's. What rational person would think that's ok? He's a foolish self-absorbed young hippie. 


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