Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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.

Recorded On: September 13, 2019

Air Date: September 16, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

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 collaborations processes in place in Harney County allowed the community to rally and resist the call of the occupiers to confront.  How did that happen?  What lessons can be learned to help other communities solve problems.

The end of the six-week trial for seven people who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon can be summed up in two words: not guilty.

A 12-person jury found occupation leaders Ammon and Ryan Bundy not guilty Thursday of the government's primary charge: conspiracy to impede federal officers by force, threat or intimidation. Their five co-defendants — Jeff Banta, Shawna Cox, David Fry, Kenneth Medenbach and Neil Wampler — have all been found not guilty as well.

Deschutes County Jail

A self-proclaimed reporter with links to the Malheur Refuge occupation was arrested Friday by the FBI on weapons charges. Michael Ray Emry made his initial appearance in Federal Court in Eugene today (Monday).

Michael Emry entered the courtroom in shackles. Magistrate Judge Jolie Russo asked if he wished to accept a court appointed public defender. Emry nodded and then mumbled ‘yes.’

Bradley W. Parks/OPB

Law enforcement and state officials continue to receive death threats from people angered over the shooting of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupier Robert “LaVoy” Finicum.

“Kill cops because they are cops, if for no other reason,” one man believed to be from Oregon wrote on social media. “Just walk up asking for directions and shoot them in the [expletive] face.”

Amanda Peacher / OPB

Organizers who opposed the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge raised more than $130,000 in support of nonprofit organizations and the Burns-Paiute Tribe.

Photo of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives, on Wikimedia Commons.

The occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge cost taxpayers millions of dollars. GOHOME – a campaign dedicated in part to the occupiers' eviction – raised $125,000.

Wikipedia

The attorneys for Ammon Bundy, could potentially be violating Oregon State Bar guidelines.

Cliven Bundy Calls For Refuge Occupation To Continue

Feb 2, 2016
John Locher/AP

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy said Monday that the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge would continue.

In a notarized letter from Clark County, Nevada, Bundy wrote to Harney County Sheriff David Ward that “We the People of Harney County and also We the People of the citizens of the United States DO GIVE NOTICE THAT WE WILL RETAIN POSSESSION OF THE HARNEY COUNTY RESOURCE CENTER.

The letter was also sent by certified mail to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and President Barack Obama.

Malheur Refuge Occupiers Go Silent

Feb 1, 2016
Bradley W. Parks/OPB

After 30 days of near-continuous digital broadcasts on YouTube, Periscope and Facebook, the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has gone offline.

Merkley Talks Occupation Costs, Reacts To FBI Video

Jan 30, 2016
Bradley Parks / OPB

Oregon delegates continue to react to the occupation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley was in Eugene Friday and said the occupation has been a tremendous cost to the State, and federal government because of the FBI time and local community expenses.

Ammon And Ryan Bundy Denied Bail

Jan 30, 2016
Amanda Peacher / OPB

A judge at the federal courthouse in Portland Friday denied bail to five of the militants arrested near Burns earlier this week in connection with the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Rachael McDonald

A large crowd gathered in downtown Eugene Tuesday to rally against the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

Predator Defense

Coyote Hunting contest is happening this weekend in Harney County . Predator advocates are condemning the event, especially given the ongoing occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge by armed militants .

Corey Arnold / Birding Without Borders

The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon is now in its 2nd week. The spot in remote Harney County is a favorite for Eugene area birder and author, Noah Strycker, who just returned from a record-breaking “big year” journey around the world.

Manuel Valdes / AP

The Burns Paiute Tribe Wednesday denounced the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife headquarters.

Devan Schwartz / Earthfix

What could be the largest carp removal project in history is underway at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Oregon.

EarthFix’s Devan Schwartz reports on the attempts to curb the invasive fish that has destroyed bird habitat for decades.

Minnesota fishermen are pulling in thousands upon thousands of carp from Malheur Lake, the main feature of the national wildlife refuge.

Tim Adams tosses carp from net to boat.