Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Oregon Public Broadcasting

There's almost as much buzz about the movie on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover as there was about the takeover itself. 

Armed protestors took control of the refuge in January 2016 and held it for more than a month. 

David Byars made a documentary about the takeover, "No Man's Land."

It already played film festivals in Klamath Falls and elsewhere, and has picked up some awards. 

The film will be the closing event at Varsity World Film Week, Friday (October 13th) at 7:30 in Ashland. 

Rick Bowmer/AP

40 filmed features and shorts are crammed into just three days at the Klamath Independent Film Festival, coming to Klamath Falls next weekend (Sept. 15-17). 

And they are all by or about people in Oregon and Northern California. 

The KIFF offerings include the Oregon premiere of "No Man's Land," a documentary about the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in early 2016. 

Understanding The Bundy Trial Verdict

Oct 28, 2016
Rick Bowmer/AP

Twelve people shocked the world on Thursday when they found all seven defendants in Malheur Refuge takeover trial not guilty. 

The whole world watched as Ammon and Ryan Bundy and their co-defendants asserted possession of the refuge for six weeks in early 2016. 

Oregon Public Broadcasting--OPB--covered the case from refuge to courtroom.

Bundy Trial Begins: The Reporters' View

Sep 6, 2016
Oregon Public Broadcasting

The story that began in the dead of winter enters a new phase as summer draws to a close. 

Jury selection begins Wednesday (September 7th) in the trial of several of the defendants in the armed takeover of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 

Ryan and Ammon Bundy are among the people being tried on multiple charges; the trial is expected to take weeks, if not months. 

Conrad Wilson from Oregon Public Broadcasting is one of two pool reporters assured of a seat in the courtroom. 

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The Oregon co-founder of the Pacific Patriots Network — a militia group that arrived in Harney County during the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge — is being investigated by the Burns Police Department for an alleged “domestic situation,” according to two local law enforcement sources.

Amanda Peacher/OPB

Barely a week and a half after the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge ended, the community of Harney County is taking a collective deep breath.

The fences and concrete barricades that surrounded the county courthouse in Burns are gone, but on the front doors, a new sign asks visitors to leave any guns in vehicles before they enter.

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Harney County, Oregon does not usually generate much news.  But it stayed in the headlines for 41 days this winter, the scene of the takeover by armed militants at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 

Oregon Public Broadcasting kept reporters on the scene throughout the series of events, which included 25 arrests and one death by police shooting. 

OPB's Dave Miller hosts this hour-long documentary about the extraordinary events of those five and a half weeks.


Deceased Militant LaVoy Finicum: Rancher, Patriarch, Bundy Believer

Jan 27, 2016
Amelia Templeton/OPB

Robert LaVoy Finicum, who died Tuesday in a confrontation with FBI and state police on the highway between Burns and John Day, was a man whose life was transformed by the 2014 standoff between Cliven Bundy and federal officials in Nevada.

Bill Hanley, the Jacksonville-born owner of the Double O Ranch in Eastern Oregon, operated five ranches and had access to thousands of acres of public range.  In 1913 his cattle operations covered 200,000 acres.