'Burn boss' arrest inflames Western land use tensions
When U.S. Forest Service personnel carried out a prescribed burn in a national forest in Oregon on Oct. 13, it wound up burning fencing that a local family, the Hollidays, uses to corral cattle. The crew returned six days later to restart the prescribed burn, but the flames then spread onto the family's ranch and resulted in the arrest of “burn boss” Rick Snodgrass. Repercussions of the singular incident in the remote corner of eastern Oregon have reached all the way to Washington, D.C., where Forest Service Chief Randy Moore denounced the arrest. But the ranching family is applauding Grant County Sheriff Todd McKinley's actions.news.yahoo.com
Bundy: Campaigning counts as court-ordered community service
Far-right activist Ammon Bundy says time he has spent campaigning to be Idaho's next governor should count toward his order to perform community service after being convicted of obstructing police during his arrest for trespassing at the state Capitol.
Ammon Bundy: Report on far-right group undercounted members
Ammon Bundy took issue with the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights report, saying People’s Rights is actually much larger and more of a network than an official organization. The report, released last week, found that the organization has grown by roughly 53% in the past year to more than 33,000 members, rapidly expanding nationwide and making inroads into Canada. People's Rights now had 62,337 members as of Saturday, he said.news.yahoo.com
Report: Far-right anti-government group grows significantly
A far-right group launched by anti-government activist Ammon Bundy is rapidly expanding nationwide and making inroads into Canada, according to a new report from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. The quick growth happened despite legal problems faced by some prominent People's Rights leaders, and continued even as some of the organization's Facebook groups were removed from the social media platform. The organization has grown by roughly 53% in the past year in large part because of continued anti-public health sentiment, according to the report.news.yahoo.com
Rightwing protesters at Klamath Falls threaten to open reservoir headgates
Demonstrations have sparked fears of a confrontation between law enforcement and rightwing anti-government activists The downstream side of the headgates of a canal fed by Upper Klamath Lake. Photograph: Dave Killen/AP Fears of a confrontation between law enforcement and rightwing militia supporters over the control of water in the drought-stricken American west have been sparked by protests at Klamath Falls in Oregon. Protesters affiliated with rightwing anti-government activist Ammon Bundy’s Pnews.yahoo.com
Far-Right Vigilante’s ‘Alarming’ Gubernatorial Run Has Some Bracing for Chaos
Justin Sullivan/GettyBOISE, Idaho—Far-right agitator Ammon Bundy’s emerging bid to become the next governor of Idaho faces a peculiar roadblock: he is currently barred from entering the state Capitol where he would ostensibly need to conduct official business after being arrested there twice within 24 hours.But his campaign, teased in the filing of paperwork last month if not yet official, is anything but a joke.These days, Bundy—who along with his father Cliven became national icons of far-righnews.yahoo.com
Farmers buy land, make camp by shut Oregon irrigation canal
Two farmers with ties to anti-government activist Ammon Bundy have purchased land by a shut-off irrigation canal in Oregon that would normally deliver water to a massive federal irrigation project along the California-Oregon border and have set up a protest encampment there, Jefferson Public Radio reports. The move comes after federal regulators shut off all water deliveries from the project’s main “A Canal” due to extreme drought and the need to balance the water demands of farmers with threatened and endangered fish species in the Upper Klamath Lake and Klamath River. The two men who purchased the land near the canal, Dan Nielsen and Grant Knoll, have set up an information center at the site along with local members of the Oregon chapter of People's Rights Network, a group founded by Bundy last year, the radio station reported.news.yahoo.com
Ammon Bundy arrested after missing trial on trespass charge
(AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)BOISE, Idaho – Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy was arrested Monday after failing to attend his trial on charges that he trespassed during an Idaho legislative session last fall. The Ada County Sheriff's office said both Bundy and another man expected to appear for a jury trial on trespassing charges, Aaron von Schmidt, refused to wear masks so they could enter the courthouse for their trials. Both men refused, the Ada County sheriff's office wrote in a prepared statement released later that day. When a team of deputies tried to make the arrests, the protesters resisted, the Ada County Sheriff's Office said. Bundy was arrested for trespassing when he wouldn’t leave the room, and again the next day when he returned to the Statehouse despite a one-year ban.
Right-wing Idaho activists burn masks, claiming COVID restrictions infringe on liberties
More than a year into a pandemic that has claimed 523,000 lives in the United States, right-wing protesters in Idaho, including a handful of elected officials, set protective masks aflame Saturday, claiming face coverings stifle their personal liberties. The protesters held mask-burnings Saturday in locations across the state, where masks are strongly recommended but not required by Idaho Gov. At a gathering of more than 100 in the state capital, protesters tossed coverings into a flaming barrel and cheered at supportive remarks by Lt. Gov. “Even if you don’t have a mask — because in my district a lot of people don’t wear masks — it’s still symbolic,” Scott said. He worries that COVID-19 variants that have yet to be detected in eastern Washington and northern Idaho could contribute to another surge of the disease.latimes.com
Idaho bill to outlaw demonstrating at private homes advances
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo Ammon Bundy, center, who led the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, stands on the Idaho Statehouse steps in Boise, Idaho. Many of those testifying against the bill used terms common among anti-government activist Bundy and his People's Rights network, contending in general the people were having their rights taken away. Bundy, who has picketed at people's homes and encouraged others to do so, is banned from the Statehouse following his two arrests in the building in August during a special session called to deal with the pandemic. His People's Rights network has grown significantly during the pandemic as precautions to avoid spreading the virus, such as mask-wearing or limits on public and private gatherings, have been put in place. Republican Reps. Ron Nate and Julianne Young opposed the bill, saying they appreciated the idea but that it was too broad.
Ammon Bundy is leading an on-demand, anti-mask militia. Some members have ties to alt-right organizations
Meyer’s 49-year-old daughter, Satin, an anti-mask activist licensed as her caregiver, had summoned the demonstrators, foot soldiers in a rapidly expanding network called People’s Rights. In an interview with The Times late last month near his home in Idaho, Bundy claimed it had grown to almost 50,000 people in 35 states. AdvertisementLast fall, Facebook removed an undisclosed number of People’s Rights pages from its platform after deeming the network a militarized social movement. Police arrested Bundy twice in two days, finally wheeling him out of the building in an office chair. In November, People’s Rights members carrying tiki torches gathered in front of Boise Mayor Lauren McLean’s house to protest coronavirus health restrictions.latimes.com
Mix of extremists who stormed Capitol isn't retreating
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol in Washington. Militia members, white supremacists, paramilitary organizations and fervent supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stood shoulder to shoulder, unified in rage. I’m afraid that we’re going to have to be prepared for some worst-case scenarios for a while," said Amy Cooter, a senior lecturer in sociology at Vanderbilt University who studies U.S. militia groups. To understand the mix of extremists in the Capitol melee, it helps to look at history. ___This story has been corrected to show that the “Texas Militia” group gathered at the Statehouse in Auston while Trump was at the Texas border.
State capitols step up security amid new safety concerns
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)State capitols across the nation stepped up security Monday, deploying National Guard units, SWAT teams and extra police officers while several legislatures convened amid heightened safety concerns following last week's violence at the U.S. Capitol. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee activated hundreds of National Guard troops to help state police keep order at the state Capitol. Oregon state police will conduct building security training for those who work at the state Capitol, including journalists, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Michigan lawmakers are to return to session Wednesday.
Armed statehouse protests set tone for US Capitol insurgents
FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo, protesters carry rifles near the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. In May, armed protesters forced their way into the Michigan Statehouse to object to pandemic-related lockdowns. Less than three weeks ago, crowds forced their way into the state Capitol in Salem, Oregon, to protest the building’s closure to the public during a special legislative session on coronavirus measures. “Anybody who was surprised by the fact that they stormed the Capitol, I don't know where they were. Indeed, protests by far-right militia groups are planned in Olympia, Washington, next week when the Legislature convenes there.
Bundy arrested at Idaho Statehouse for second time in 2 days
BOISE, Idaho Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy was arrested Wednesday for the second time in two days at the Idaho Statehouse. Idaho State Police put Bundy in a wheelchair and removed him from the Senate gallery. Bundy, who led the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, was arrested Tuesday in a committee room and charged with trespassing and resisting and obstructing officers. Idaho State Police say that he is prohibited from coming to the Statehouse for one year following the Tuesday arrest. Lawmakers on Tuesday had to abandon a committee room when a crowd shouted down lawmakers and forced them out.
Anti-government activist Bundy arrested at Idaho Statehouse
BOISE, Idaho Authorities on Tuesday arrested anti-government activist Ammon Bundy at the Idaho Statehouse after he refused to leave a meeting room where a few hours earlier angry protesters forced out lawmakers. Bundy didn't respond to a reporter's shouted questions as he was wheeled into an elevator in a chair he apparently refused to get out of. At least two others were also arrested after police cleared the room, and they also refused to follow police commands to leave. Another person was taken into custody earlier in the same room where protesters shouted down lawmakers. The House State Affairs Committee voted 10-5 to kill the legislation that was a primary reason Republican Gov.
2 standoffs in Oregon show differing views of US response
State leaders are imploring federal forces to leave the progressive city, saying they're escalating a volatile situation. Parker was charged with pointing a semi-automatic rifle at armed federal agents but ultimately pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Kate Brown has compared the presence of federal agents at the Portland protests to pouring gasoline on a fire. The idea that now federal agents are storm-troopers of death I find quite hypocritical." They surrendered as federal agents moved in Feb. 10.
Far-right activist Ammon Bundys rush to save an Idaho ranch ends without a standoff
Ammon Bundy, the far-right activist who led an armed takeover of federal land in Oregon, urgently warned followers this week to gear up for another big property-rights standoff in Idaho. Bundy, the bearded man in a cowboy hat whose compatriots occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, rushed with allies to a northern Idaho ranch, telling his large social-media following to get ready to join them. This time, Ammon Bundy, who lives in Emmett, Idaho, northwest of Boise, traveled 250 miles north to Orofino, in Clearwater County. Bundy said in a Facebook video Wednesday that he had arrived at the Idaho ranch that day with other men including Eric Parker, president of the Real 3% of Idaho, part of the far-right Three Percenters militia organization. They knew several months back that this was coming, the sheriff told local reporters this week.latimes.com
Oregon militia leader Ammon Bundy arrested, Trump ramps up attacks on Fox News: #CBSN10 Trending Stories
Oregon militia leader Ammon Bundy, and seven others, arrested in standoff; Donald Trump ramps up attacks on Fox News after announcing he won't take part in network's debate; and more of the stories you're clicking on.cbsnews.com
Armed activist leader in Oregon on standoff with federal government
An armed militia-style group is occupying five federal buildings in eastern Oregon in protest of a federal judge's ruling to send two ranchers to prison. Occupation leader Ammon Bundy joins “CBS This Morning” from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to discuss the activists' intentions.cbsnews.com