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Needed: Volunteers to Restore Oregon Refuge Occupiers 'Trashed'

'The place is just trashed'

(Newser) - It's hard to imagine, but there was a time Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was a beloved bird sanctuary and not a clubhouse for armed anti-government protesters. But now that the last of those protesters has cleared out , various organizations are asking for volunteers to help clean and... More »

All 4 Oregon Occupiers Have Surrendered

David Fry, the last holdout, turned himself in just before 11am PST

(Newser) - As promised , four occupiers of the Oregon wildlife refuge who've been holed up there since January have surrendered to the FBI after a tense couple of hours in which one of the four refused at first to come out, the Oregonian reports. Shortly before 9:40am local time,... More »

Nev. Lawmaker Smack in the Middle of Oregon Standoff

Michele Fiore set to be present for surrender of occupiers she supports

(Newser) - A tense standoff between the FBI and the last four occupiers at Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge lasted into the wee hours of Thursday, with a Nevada lawmaker right in the middle of it. Assemblywoman Michele Fiore was in Portland Wednesday for a next-day press conference to show support... More »

Cliven Bundy Flies to Oregon, Gets Arrested

He faces same charge as his sons

(Newser) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy flew into Portland, Ore., on Wednesday night to support four occupiers at a wildlife refuge —and was promptly arrested by the FBI. The Oregonian reports that the 74-year-old was booked into the Multnomah County Jail after being arrested at Portland International Airport on charges relating... More »

Oregon Holdouts Agree to Surrender to FBI

Lawmaker intervened during tense standoff

(Newser) - After a dramatic standoff with FBI agents, the final four occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge have apparently decided that they want to leave alive. FBI agents in armored vehicles surrounded the armed group's camp on Wednesday night, leading to hours of tense negotiations captured on a live stream... More »

Remaining Occupiers Mock FBI on YouTube

David Fry and Sean Anderson are among those speaking out

(Newser) - The last four occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge have posted a series of defiant videos in which one of them calls FBI agents losers, shows defensive barricades they have erected, and takes a joyride in a government vehicle, the AP reports. The videos were posted Sunday on a YouTube... More »

No Bail for Oregon Occupiers

This was no Tea Party, judge says

(Newser) - The occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was no Tea Party, a federal judge decided Friday when she denied bail to Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and three other protest leaders. A lawyer for one of the men, Ryan Payne, had sought to link the militia's actions to America'... More »

FBI: Here's Why Oregon Occupier Was Shot

They say video shows Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum reaching for his jacket pocket

(Newser) - In what it said was an effort to address inaccurate and "inflammatory" reports, the FBI released a video of the shooting of Oregon militia spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum Thursday night. The video, taken from law enforcement helicopters on Tuesday, shows Finicum speeding away from police in a white... More »

Bundy Tells Ore. Occupiers to 'Go Home,' Arrests Follow

It isn't clear if any protesters remain at refuge

(Newser) - Another eight protesters have left the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, including three now in FBI custody. On Wednesday, militia leader Ammon Bundy—one of eight protesters arrested Tuesday after a deadly shootout —released a statement through his lawyer telling all protesters to stand down. "To those... More »

Militia Member Who Was Killed Vowed Never to Go to Jail

'I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box'

(Newser) - One of the militia members occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge told MSNBC on Jan. 5 that he'd be willing to die rather than go to jail. He was killed by authorities during a traffic stop exactly three weeks later, the Washington Post reports. "I have been raised in... More »

Stadium Crew Scores a Mammoth in End-Zone Dig

Oregon workers find bones belonging to Ice Age critter

(Newser) - Construction crews have scored big—and we mean big—in the end zone of Oregon State University's Reser Stadium. But this was no touchdown. While working on the Valley Football Center expansion, crews uncovered the remains of a mammoth that roamed the region at least 10,000 years ago... More »

'Dead Cowboy,' Arrests Leave Oregon Standoff in Disarray

Protest spokesman LaVoy Finicum is dead

(Newser) - Occupation over? Eight people were arrested after an anti-government protester was shot dead Tuesday evening , and it's no longer clear who—if anybody—is now leading the occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge. The man killed after FBI and state police stopped vehicles on Highway 395 has been identified... More »

1 Dead as Leader of Oregon Standoff Arrested

Ammon Bundy is in custody

(Newser) - The standoff by an anti-government group in Oregon has taken a violent turn: News reports say that one person is dead and group leader Ammon Bundy is in custody along with at least five of his supporters. It's not clear yet what happened, but CNN reports that police detained... More »

Oregon Militia Angers Tribe With New Video

Clip showing occupier looking through relics insults Paiute leaders

(Newser) - The Paiute tribe is really getting fed up with the militia occupying federal land in Oregon. The latest straw came Wednesday when an occupier posted a video showing him rummaging through Paiute artifacts and documents. LaVoy Finicum apparently had good intentions. "We want to make sure these things are... More »

Oregon College Creates 'Whiteness History Month'

It's been just a tad controversial

(Newser) - April is Whiteness History Month at Oregon's Portland Community College, NBC News reports. But instead of dissertations on the Tea Party, juice cleanses, and Macklemore, Whiteness History Month will attempt to "challenge the master narrative of race and racism through an exploration of the social construction of whiteness,... More »

Oregon Gov: Time for Feds to End Occupation

Occupiers say gov't will never get wildlife refuge back

(Newser) - Oregon's governor says she's frustrated with the way federal authorities are handling an armed group's continued occupation of a national wildlife refuge and that it's time to end it. Exasperated by a tense situation that has caused fear among some southeastern Oregon residents since it began... More »

College Football Player Dies After Minor Surgery

AJ Schlatter, 20, was widely hailed at Portland State

(Newser) - A freshman football player at Portland State died Sunday evening after having minor surgery—and his father says he's blaming himself. AJ Schlatter, 20, apparently suffered a blood clot after his tonsils were removed. "I failed my son tonight," his father, James Schlatter, writes on Facebook , per... More »

Oregon Occupier Arrested in Stolen Federal Vehicle

Cops found him in Safeway parking lot

(Newser) - Police in Oregon have arrested a member of the armed group occupying a federal wildlife refuge, but he may not have been the brains of the operation: Kenneth Medenbach, 62, was arrested at a grocery store after apparently driving a vehicle stolen from the refuge into the town of Burns... More »

Bundy Militia Steals Files, Breaks Fence

They say documents expose gov't discrimination

(Newser) - The armed group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon has scored what it sees as another victory against the federal government, exposing Ammon Bundy and his followers to an array of possible new criminal charges in the process. Bundy says that the group has gone through government documents... More »

More Armed Men Arriving at Oregon Wildlife Refuge

They say they're there to provide security

(Newser) - A convoy of more than a dozen pickup trucks carrying armed men arrived at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon on Saturday. Some of the men told journalists they were there to help with security for the group that has occupied the headquarters of the refuge since Jan. 2.... More »

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