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City Club of Eugene: Collaboration Defeats Confrontation at Malheur Part 2

Recorded On: September 27, 2019

Air Date: September 30, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

In partnership with the City Club of Eugene, the City Club of Central Oregon hosted the second session of a two-part forum.

In January of 2016, armed occupiers from outside Oregon took over the Malheur National Wildlife Preserve in Harney County, making national news for weeks. In the end, the collaborative processes in place in Harney County allowed the community to rally and resist the call of the occupiers for a confrontation. How did that happen? What lessons can be learned to help other communities solve problems?

Part 1, held in Eugene on September 13 featured UO Professor Peter Walker, Judge Steve Grasty, Sheriff Dave Ward and Pauline Brayman, former newspaper editor and Oregonian reporter. Although this event was in Eugene, it was also live streamed on the City Club of Eugene’s Facebook page.

Part 2 of the Malheur program was held in Bend, and featured some of the people who founded and guided the collaborative process in Harney County long before the occupation.  It was live streamed on the City Club of Central Oregon’s Facebook page back to the City Club of Eugene’s Friday Forum meeting.


Gary Marshall is a rancher and owner of Broken Circle Company.  He is the Board Chair for the High Desert Partnership.

Chad Karges is a co-founder of the High Desert Partnership and a manager for the US Fish and Wildlife Service Malhuer National Wildlife Refugr.

Brenda Smith is the Executive Director of the High Desert Partnership.

Copyright KLCC, 2019

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.