On Jan. 2, armed men and women took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, according to a statement from the Oregon State Police. No employees were on site when the refuge was broken into, according to an update released by the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The Guardian and the Associated Press reported that the armed individuals said they plan to stay indefinitely. "These men came to Harney County claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers, when in reality these men had alternative motives to attempt to overthrow the county and federal government in hopes to spark a movement across the United States," said Harney County Sheriff David Ward in a statement. The statement also warns people to stay away from the refuge and if any of the individuals are seen, the police should be contacted. As the situation continues to develop, several organizations are working with law enforcement to resolve the dispute. Ward's statement also warns people not to approach any individuals currently occupying the refuge.
The Oregon Supreme Court did not consider an appeal filed against the expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus, according to an OSU-Cascades statement. This "marks the fifth decision in support of OSU-Cascades' site development plan for the 10-acre campus on Bend's west side. An independent hearings officer, the Bend City Council, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and the Oregon Court of Appeals all previously ruled in favor of the plan," the statement noted. OSU began construction on the campus in June and is planning for construction to be completed by fall 2016.
The City of Bend announced two openings on the Bend Accessibility Advisory committee. The City is accepting applications for the positions which involve advising the city on designing programs, activities, and services which are accessible by Bend citizens. The City Manager appoints committee members which will serve a two-year term. People can submit their applications until 5 pm on Friday, March 11 to Bend City Hall. Call 541-388-5505 for more information.
A regular Bend City Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 7 pm at Bend City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street.