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Religious, farm leaders pray for snow in the West

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Updated: 2/02 2:49 pm
MARTIN GRIFFITH
Associated Press

RENO (AP) -- Religious leaders and farmers held special events to ask for divine intervention in delivering the West from the grips of a serious drought.

Religious leaders prayed for snow and rain during a multi-faith service Saturday at a Mormon church in the Reno suburb of Sparks.

And on Sunday, the Utah Farm Bureau asked the public to join in prayer and fasting for moisture for livestock and crops as part of its Harvesting Faith event.

Weber County, Utah, dairy farmer Ron Gibson told the Deseret News that farmers "can't go to the Legislature to ask for help, (so they instead) decided to go to the guy upstairs."

Rajan Zed, who organized the Nevada service, says it drew Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and other faith leaders, and they're confident it'll bring positive results.

Zed notes that many counties around the West have been declared as drought disaster areas, with California, Nevada and Oregon the worst affected.

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