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New Indictment Alleges Damage To Burns Paiute Site

Mar 9, 2016

A new indictment unsealed Wednesday confirms the fears of members of the Burns Paiute Tribe that militants damaged an archaeological site during the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The new charge is against occupier Sean Anderson and another defendant whose name has been redacted, suggesting he or she may not be in law enforcement custody.

Investigators with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Harney and Malheur County district attorneys declared Tuesday the shots that killed militant LaVoy Finicum were justified and “necessary."

Investigators also said that, despite complaints from occupiers and their supporters that police shot more than 100 times into the truck carrying Finicum and other militants, only eight shots were fired – six from the Oregon State Police and two by members of the FBI hostage rescue team.

The sandhill cranes and the red-winged blackbirds are now landing in Harney County. The snow on the hay fields is melting. Bird calls fill the air near the still-closed headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The migratory birds may not sense any difference this spring as they flock to the lakes and wetlands, but for the 16 federal employees who work at the refuge, this season will be very different from years past.

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Oregon’s Assistant Attorney General testified before Congress Tuesday about combating pharmaceutical fraud and opioid abuse. He told the US Senate Finance Committee, Oregon was the first governmental entity in the country to settle with a pharmaceutical company over allegations they deceptively promoted a powerful opioid for off-label uses. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

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The U.S. Coast Guard continues to search for a man who reportedly jumped off the Yaquina Bay Bridge Monday morning. Two witnesses told Newport Police they saw the man on the east side, center span where he leaned over the bridge rail and then went over.

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A recent audit by the Secretary of State’s office finds transition programs for female youth in state custody lag behind those available to males. As KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the unequal service is a problem for county juvenile departments and the Oregon Youth Authority.

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Workers with Eugene’s Parks department are erecting fences this week under the freeway bridges that reach across Washington Jefferson Park.

David Fry implored law enforcement to shout “hallelujah” as he turned himself in to FBI agents the morning of Feb. 11. Audio of the final moments before Fry went into FBI custody shows agents fulfilling his request, letting out what sound like relieved "hallelujahs".

Fry’s surrender effectively ended the 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon and weeks of uncertainty for the citizens of Harney County.

Cliven Bundy Denied Bail At Hearing

Feb 16, 2016

A federal judge in Portland denied bail for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy at a hearing Tuesday.

Magistrate Judge Janice Stewart agreed with prosecutors that Bundy posed a flight risk, is a danger to the community, and should be held in jail while awaiting trial.

"I agree with the government, if he's released and goes back to his ranch that will be the last the court will see of him," Stewart said.

Salem-based attorney Noel Grefenson represented Bundy, and said he would appeal the judge's decision.

FBI Allows Media First Look At Malheur Refuge

Feb 12, 2016
Conrad Wilson / OPB

The FBI has started processing the crime scene at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.  It could be several months before the refuge is reopened. The police presence at the refuge is still significant.

After 41 days, the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge concluded when the last four militants surrendered to the FBI. Reactions to the occupiers’ every move came in real time online as negotiations streamed live.

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Jail has more than doubled its capacity since voters approved a public safety levy in May of 2013. An additional 20 local beds were recently made available.

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

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The leaders of the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have been arrested. But Harney County remains a tense, and in some ways, a divided place. Conversations about the occupation have dominated social media and dinner tables. Many locals say they’ve felt stressed and anxious for weeks.

City of Eugene

Vandals uprooted about 100 trees planted along Eugene’s Amazon Creek. The trees were planted last month in honor of The Martin Luther King Junior Day of Service.

Amanda Peacher / OPB

A crowd of Burns residents and self-described militia group members gathered outside the Harney County courthouse Monday. One group was protesting law enforcement and the death of an occupier, while the other group was there to support law enforcement.

Rob Kerr / AFP/Getty Images

The FBI says agents are negotiating with the four remaining militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to get the occupiers to come out peacefully. The occupiers seem willing to go, but say they don't want to face charges.

FBI video screengrab

The FBI confirmed Thursday that the militant who died Tuesday was fatally shot by law enforcement. The man shot was LaVoy Finicum, a spokesperson for the armed occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The FBI released aerial video showing the Tuesday evening encounter between two of the militants' vehicles and law enforcement.

Rachael McDonald

As the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge seems to be near an end, a fundraising campaign opposing it has been suspended. Leaders of the “Go Home” campaign say after a man died this week, they felt it was appropriate.

4 Remaining Militants Say They're Ready To Leave Refuge

Jan 28, 2016
Rob Kerr / AFP/Getty Images

Just four people remain at the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The group spoke with OPB by phone Thursday morning.

OPB/Multnomah County

New information came out in federal court in Portland today about the militants arrested Tuesday night and charged with occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The Federal Government outlined its case today against the group led by Ammon Bundy.

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As the events in Harney County continue to evolve, KLCC's Anni Katz spoke with several Burns residents, to get a sense of how the community is feeling.

Media Leaves Refuge

Jan 27, 2016
John Sepulvado / OPB

Most media outlets – including OPB – have pulled their teams out from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. As John Sepulvado reports, media left the occupied area after militants began to act erratic in the early morning:

Conrad Wilson / OPB

The monthlong occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge took a turn toward a possible conclusion Tuesday night – with the death of one militant after an officer involved shooting. At least eight others were arrested.

Nadia Raza

Nadia Raza, a tenured instructor at Lane Community College, has filed a federal lawsuit against the school. 

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

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.

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A federal lawsuit filed Thursday says Eugene police used excessive force and wrongfully arrested an African-American mother and son last summer. The suit was brought by the sister and nephew of the head of the Eugene chapter of the NAACP.

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A citizens’ group is crafting a community policing district levy for the Fern Ridge area for the May 17th election. A group backing the measure held a press conference Wednesday in Eugene.

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