Flashback: Did pressure from Oregon Governor Brown lead to killing of LaVoy Finicum?

Brown’s appeal to Loretta Lynch for a ‘swift resolution’ to the matter was a rhetorical grenade thrown into the middle of an otherwise peaceful–though sometimes tense–situation. It’s ironic that ‘swift’ federal action was requested of the United States chief law-enforcement officer simply because a couple dozen peaceful ranchers were camped out at an abandoned federal structure on public lands. The leftist mantra, ‘keep public […]

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Jeanette Finicum to sue feds for killing of LaVoy one year ago

The suit will allege that the FBI fired at Finicum “when he’s getting out of his car to surrender,” Claypool said. “What’s critical is he’s not even out of his door and there are gunshots blowing through his windows. That’s excessive force 101.” Maxine Bernstein Oregon Live A federal civil rights lawsuit in the death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum will […]

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The legal basis for why Western ranchers own and do not rent their allotments

From Preference Rights to Grazing Allotments: Why Ranchers Own their Allotments By Angus McIntosh PhD Director Natural Resource Law & Policy Research Land and Water USA Foundation There are a lot of US Supreme Court decisions on the subject of “pioneer rights”, or settlers’ rights of “possession” or “occupancy” and “use”. The case that specifically refers to “pioneer rights” is […]

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Owyhee Monument opponents hope Trump will help them escape federal designation

Some Eastern Oregon ranchers believe Donald Trump’s victory makes it less likely that President Barack Obama will declare a national monument in Malheur County during his last months in office. Ranchers in Malheur County formed the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition earlier this year to fight a proposed 2.5-million-acre national monument, which would represent 40 percent of the county’s land base. […]

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Debate on federal lands management heats up, even as Oregon standoff news cools down

They all want to get to a point where the state can generate more economic activity on land currently owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service. “We’ll get it back and we can start making beneficial use of it, sell some of it (conduct) selective logging, start mining, farming and ranching,” Medenbach said. “Make […]

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Locals fear Owyhee monument would ‘inflame’ deep wounds in Oregon communities

In an open letter to President Obama, who has authority to declare a new monument and has done so several times in recent months, the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition said the verdict “does little to heal the wounds created in our state and nation by the unfortunate events of the past year.” Opponents: Owyhee monument designation will inflame divisions Designating […]

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Oregon standoff trial highlights federal vs locals public lands struggles

The occupiers argue the federal government can’t manage public lands as well as state, counties or private entities. They’d even like to see the land transferred. But that’s a pretty big political fight and a move environmental and conservation groups oppose. This Land is Our Land   On the newest episode of “This Land Is Our Land,” we look at the […]

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Oregon locals would be driven off lands by national monument

Special interest groups from Portland Bend are lobbying the president to create a national monument in Eastern Oregon’s Malheur County. But what they’re not considering is how a monument would devastate local families. Eastern Oregon monument would drive out local families from Our Land, Our Voice on Vimeo. Special interest groups from Portland Bend are lobbying the president to create […]

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Did federal informant’s tip result in killing of rancher LaVoy Finicum?

Court Documents Expose Mark McConnell as a Government Informant against Oregon Occupiers Tim Brown Freedom Outpost Court documents now prove that Mark McConnell, the man who was allegedly arrested the day LaVoy Finicum was murdered and claimed he was not an informant, was a government informant. Oregon Live reported: Mark McConnell, the driver of the Jeep that Ammon Bundy was […]

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Prosecution stumbles in ‘Oregon Standoff’ trial

Shari Dovale Redoubt News “The first was Linda Beck, a micro-biologist, that talked about how her normally messy office was very messy when she returned. Mr. Mumford, Ammon Bundy’s attorney, did get her to admit that the FBI could have made the mess in her office.” Court was back in session today for the Malheur Protest Trial in Portland. The […]

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