Community members in Harney County are scheduled to gather Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the county fairgrounds to discuss the situation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward wants the armed occupiers of the Wildlife Refuge headquarters to leave the county. In a recorded statement, Ward said the goal of the meeting is for the community to unite around that message.
“I would like to address my citizens about the issues at hand," he said, "and talk with the community members and discuss your concerns and make sure that our community’s not left in the dark on what we’re doing here.”
Ward also said he wants to hear about any security concerns that residents might have.
While some say they support the occupiers, many in Harney County say they want them to leave.