Ranchers whose case sparked standoff get grazing rights back
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The two Oregon ranchers whose conviction for intentionally setting fires on public land sparked a weeks-long standoff with anti-federal government protesters at a remote wildlife refuge have had their grazing rights restored.
Ranchers Pardoned By President Trump Return Home
The Latest: Pardoned ranchers released from custody
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the pardon by President Donald Trump of two Oregon cattle ranchers convicted of arson (all times local):
A family member says two cattle ranchers convicted of arson pardoned by President Donald Trump have been released from custody.
Lyle Hammond, son of Dwight Hammond, says his father and brother, Steven Hammond, were freed Tuesday. The Hammonds were being held at a federal detention center south of Los Angeles.
Walden seeks pardon for 2 Oregon ranchers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, has asked President Trump to pardon two ranchers whose prison sentences triggered the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.
Key Oregon standoff figure sentenced to 3 years in prison
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A military veteran described as the architect of the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge was sentenced Tuesday to three years and a month in prison, the longest sentence for anyone convicted in the case.
At the federal courthouse in Portland, Ryan Payne of Anaconda, Montana, apologized to those disrupted by his actions and to the American people in general. He also promised to sever ties with militia groups.
Oregon congressman trying to soften law used in Hammond case
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, is sponsoring a bill that would soften the federal statute used to convict the Harney County ranchers whose imprisonment was central to last year's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff.
The bill would exempt from prosecution people who violate the law under circumstances similar to Dwight and Steven Hammond.
Refuge occupier Bundy urges jurors to ‘stand for freedom’
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — National wildlife refuge occupier Ryan Bundy twice referenced the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during his closing argument Wednesday, and he told jurors to "stand for freedom" and find him not guilty.
What to know as the Oregon ranching standoff trial continues
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The trial of Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and five others who occupied a national bird sanctuary in rural Oregon has hit the one-month mark.
The federal courthouse in Portland — 300 miles northwest of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge — has been on heightened security since jury selection began Sept. 7. An unusually large amount of spectators and small daily protests, including the occasional man on horseback, have added spice to the normally buttoned up building.
Leader of armed standoff describes what led him to US refuge
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The leader of an armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge took the witness stand in his own defense, tearfully telling jurors he was initially reluctant get involved in the plight of two Oregon ranchers ordered to return to prison.
Ammon Bundy, 41, of Emmett, Idaho, wore blue jail scrubs Tuesday afternoon and had a copy of the U.S. Constitution in his front pocket. He has rejected the option of civilian clothes, contending he's a political prisoner.