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Oregon standoff nears two weeks as ranchers, law enforcement remain at odds




Ryan Bundy speaks on his phone at the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on the sixth day of the occupation of the federal building in Burns, Oregon.
Ryan Bundy speaks on his phone at the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on the sixth day of the occupation of the federal building in Burns, Oregon.
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Occupation of a wildlife refuge in rural Oregon is entering its 13th day today with both sides still at an impasse on how to resolve the conflict peacefully.

The group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge says its members will meet with the community tomorrow to discuss a plan to leave, but it’s unclear whether they’re actually planning to do so or just restate their demands.

Ammon and Ryan Bundy met with Harney County Sheriff David Ward last week to try and work out a solution, but the occupiers say they’re not leaving until the county’s federal land is turned over to residents to manage.

In a more amusing twist to the story, the occupiers have reportedly been receiving frequent, and sometimes even phallic, hate mail after posting their address on their Facebook page and asking supporters to send supplies.

Today on AirTalk, Larry speaks with a veteran investigative reporter in Oregon who has been covering the standoff since it began and recently profiled Harney County Sheriff David Ward as part of his reporting.

Guest:

Les Zaitz, senior investigative reporter for The Oregonian and OregonLive.com; he tweets from @LesZaitz