Blogger releases sensitive info about Malheur occupation

Prosecutors in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge investigation in Oregon are calling on a judge to order blogger Gary Hunt to remove sensitive material about the trial’s informants from his website Outpost of Freedom.

Zinke is no zealot, but ranchers and greens have much to worry about

Rep. Ryan Zinke, a Montana Republican, is reportedly president-elect Donald Trump’s choice to run the U.S. Department of the Interior. Zinke, who has both voted against the transfer of public lands to states and advocated for full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund — a priority for sportsmen — is not as divisive a pick as other rumored contenders, such as oil-friendly Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin or former Alaska Gov. Sarah “drill baby drill” Palin. That said, environmentalists aren’t exactly cheering, either.

Malheur verdict: Fire bell or false alarm?

The acquittal of by federal jurors of seven leaders of the 41-day armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is hailed, alternately, as a verdict for liberty or an invitation to anarchy. "Most onlookers blamed prosecutorial over-reach — that the government stretched its case too far to fit the events at the refuge — or to stumbles in the presentation of evidence," said the New York Times.

Let the show begin: Bundy trial starts this week

The trial for Bundy brothers, Ammon and Ryan, and six other defendants charged in the 41-day occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon starts today, reports High Country News.

GOP platform may support shifting federal land to states

The committee writing the party platform for the Republican National Convention gave its support to "legislation providing the timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to the states," says Oregon Public Broadcasting. "The language echoes some of the demands of the armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon earlier this year."

Gun-toting Nevada legislator aims for U.S. House

Second-term Nevada state Rep. Michele Fiore, who helped negotiate the surrender in February of anti-government activists occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, is running for the Republican nomination in the third congressional district of Nevada, says Roll Call.

GOP politicians negotiated for Malheur militants

Lawmakers from at least five states tried to negotiate on behalf of rancher Ammon Bundy and his followers, when they took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon this January, says Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Ranchers gather in Boise to call for control of public lands

Boise, Idaho — The Storm Over Rangelands property rights conference got underway sharply last Saturday, with protestors outside the city center shouting “Public lands in public hands!” and “Biodiversity not bullies!”

Malheur occupation turns deadly, with eight arrested and one killed

After more than three-weeks of national media attention, the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon took a violent turn Tuesday afternoon when federal officials stopped several of the militia members on a state highway outside of Burns, Oregon, reports the New York Times.

Invasive carp to Malheur militia: Thanks!

What do the renegade militia members in Oregon have in common with carp? They both have a habit of invading. Ever since the Bundy boys and their crew came into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on January 2, well-armed and calling for the takedown of public lands, refuge staff have been forced to abandon a critical invasive carp removal program, reports High Country News.