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Inside the Harney County standoff

Last week I filled in for the lone circuit court judge for Grant and Harney counties. Burns is the county seat of Harney County. Previously known for the bird haven Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the area is now also known for the armed occupation of that refuge.

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Huffman hopes two bills take flight

Weaponized drones, campaign finance reform to be considered

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FBI shows video of Tuesday shooting of Oregon occupier

BURNS (AP) — A video showing the shooting death of an occupier of an Oregon wildlife refuge appears to show the man reaching into his jacket before he fell into the snow. The FBI said the man had a loaded gun in his pocket.

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Arrests of OR standoff leaders leaves one dead

BURNS (AP) — Federal and state law officers arrested the leaders of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge, during a traffic stop along a highway in Oregon's frozen high country that prompted gunfire and left one man dead.

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Celilo station returns to service

The Celilo Converter Station in The Dalles went back online Thursday, Jan. 21, with the completion of a $370 million modernization of the one-of-a-kind station, according to the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).

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Gorge postmark now available

Customers at The Dalles Post Office can now request a Columbia Gorge postmark. All that is needed to obtain the free postmark at each of the seven locations is a stamped envelope or card. Post Offices in Bridal Veil, Cascade Locks, Corbett, Hood River, Mosier and Troutdale also have the postmarks available at customers’ request.

Local deputies travel to Burns

Wasco County is sending pairs of deputies to do five-day community policing stints in Harney County, as the militia takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge continues. Chief Deputy Lane Magill and Sgt. Chris McNeel took the first shift, going to Burns, the seat of Harney County, on Monday, Jan. 4 and returning Friday, Jan. 8.

Walden: A plea for change

Greg Walden address the U.S. House on situation in Harney County, Oregon. VIDEO

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Ranchers react to E. Oregon land dispute

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association believes the federal government has violated the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by requiring two members of the Hammond family in Harney County to serve more time behind bars.

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No fears of militia in Wasco County

Two members of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office went to Harney County yesterday as part of a mutual aid request to help contend with an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Winter weather advisory for Oregon

ODOT Warns of Winter Weather Hazards

Sunday weather/road advisories

Weather advisory US 97 both directions Weather advisory, Traction Tires are Advised and No Oversized Loads on US 97 both directions from milepost 3.0 to milepost 16 beginning at 9:43 am on December 20, 2015 until further notice.

Drought ends for W. OR, lingers in East

SALEM (AP) — Western Oregon has finally escaped the drought that has plagued it since last spring. A drought outlook map released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thursday shows Western Oregon either not in a drought or in a situation where drought removal is likely, reported The Statesman Journal.

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Chronicle turns a page

Frank Perea II takes lead role at local paper

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Groups rally against oil hub

Opponents in Gorge fight train transport

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