BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a big hole in the southwestern Idaho desert has landed one man in a whole lot of legal trouble. Dean B. Anderson was charged with misdemeanor depredation of government property last month after Bureau of Land Management rangers said they found him near a six-and-a-half-foot deep hole that was 43 feet long and had Anderson's Chevrolet Suburban parked inside.

According to a document filed with the federal court, Anderson told officials he believed he had a right to dig the hole on public land and pleaded not guilty. The case file didn't indicate why prosecutors think Anderson dug the hole, and federal attorneys wouldn't comment on the case, noting that a trial has been set for Friday.