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Feds Release Photos of Trashed Oregon Refuge

Cleanup is going to cost more than $4M

(Newser) - The occupiers who seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for 41 days apparently hated cleaning up after themselves nearly as much as they hated the federal government. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released photos of trash and damage at the Oregon refuge , which a spokesman says is a... More »

Cliven Bundy, Sons Indicted for 2014 Standoff

'Tremendous step toward ending more than 20 years of law breaking'

(Newser) - A federal grand jury in Nevada indicted Cliven Bundy and four others Wednesday on 16 charges related to an armed standoff near his ranch in 2014 over unpaid grazing fees. The 69-year-old Nevada rancher was arrested Feb. 10 in Portland, Ore., where his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy are jailed... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

'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 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 »

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 »

Oregon Sheriff Offers Bundy 'Safe Escort Out'

Ammon Bundy says protesters won't leave until demands are met

(Newser) - A sheriff's offer of a "safe escort out" of Oregon for some 20 protesters who've been occupying a wildlife refuge in Harney County for almost a week was met with a staunch refusal on Thursday. Sheriff Dave Ward met with Ammon Bundy about 15 miles outside the... More »

Paiute Tribe Has a Message for Oregon Occupiers

To wit: 'We were here first ... get the hell out'

(Newser) - Ammon Bundy insists his Citizens for Constitutional Freedom is standing up for the little guy—the ranchers he thinks really own the Oregon sanctuary his group is occupying . But the Northern Paiute tribe, which the Washington Post says has hunted and fished on the land now inhabited by the Malheur... More »

Ammon Bundy Got $530K Loan From Government

Anti-government protester says it's not hypocritical

(Newser) - It turns out Ammon Bundy , the leader of a group of armed anti-government protesters currently occupying a remote government building in Oregon, is a lot more forgiving of the federal government when it's directly helping him out. CNN reports Bundy took out a $530,000 loan from the Small... More »

Feds in No Rush to Remove Oregon Occupiers

They'll wait it out instead of risking a bloodbath, experts say

(Newser) - Heavily armed occupiers are still in control of a federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon—and for now, the government appears to be in no rush to evict the activists calling themselves "Citizens for Constitutional Freedom." Authorities have set up a nearby command center, but experts tell the... More »

Militia Group: We'll Hold Ore. Refuge 'as Long as It Takes'

Sheriff says they plotted to overthrow government

(Newser) - The protesters who seized control of an unoccupied building at a national wildlife refuge in Oregon over the weekend are armed, angry, and apparently hunkering down for a long stay. "We will be here for as long as it takes," Army veteran Ryan Payne tells the New York ... More »

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