Posted by: atowhee | January 15, 2016

MALHEUR OCCUPATION–THE FIRST ARREST

Oregon State Police today arrested an Oregon man for stealing federal vehicles from the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. The arrestee is 62 year old Kenneth Medenbach. He was busted at the Safeway, Burns’ largest grocery store. The two vehicles recovered by police belong the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that manage the refuge.  Since the occupation began two weeks ago the gunners have been using the federal vehicles they found at the headquarters.  Medenbach is one of the men who has been occupying the Malheur buildings and thus becomes–in the imaginations of the militia–their first “martyr.”

I researched car theft law in Oregon, doesn’t look like a hobby you want to take up…here’s the summary of punishment: “Theft of a commercial vehicle, such as a taxi or big rig truck, worth $10,000 or more is a Class B felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.”

Somehow, because we tax payers bought the trucks, the militia feels their mini-coup empowers them to use those vehicles for their own purposes.

The gunmen had announced plans for a public meeting between themselves and local residents…set it for tonight.  But the Harney County government refused to let the gunmen use any county facilities and it is far too cold for an outside meeting.

AUDUBON SUPPORT RALLIES

Audubon Societies across Oregon are organizing support rallies to show how popular the wildlife refuge and other public lands are.  Some rallies in Portland and Eugene and Bend are Tuesday, January 19.

AN OCCUPIER FROM THE 1970s

Here’s a first-hand by a young man who single-handed occupied Malheur NWR’s Museum.

ONE OCCUPIER TRAVELED BACK HOME TO UTAH

Here’s one writer’s account of meeting an “occupier” two state away in Utah.

RECENT “OREGONIAN” REPORTS:

Refuge supporters’ frustrations with the occupation:
Birders’ voices:
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  1. So the state police finally are feeling the heat. This is a good start. I hear they knocked down the fencing. I f he also did that, he should be “out of commission ” for many more years.

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