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posted by takyon on Wednesday January 27 2016, @11:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the i-fought-the-law-and... dept.

Previously: Militia Occupies Federal Building in Oregon After Rancher Arson Convictions

Russia Today reports:

Ammon Bundy, the leader of the armed group occupying a federal wildlife refuge near Burns, Oregon, and four others have been arrested by law enforcement amid gunfire, according to the FBI.

At 4:25 pm on [January 26], the FBI and Oregon State Police "began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired", the Bureau said in a statement.

The FBI said one person who was "a subject of a federal probable cause arrest is deceased". He said they are not releasing any information on the person "pending identification by the medical examiner's office".

One person suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested and is in custody.

The arrested individuals include:
- Ammon Edward Bundy, age 40, of Emmett, Idaho.
- Ryan C. Bundy, age 43, of Bunkerville, Nevada.
- Brian Cavalier, age 44, of Bunkerville, Nevada.
- Shawna Cox, age 59, of Kanab, Utah.
- Ryan Waylen Payne, age 32, of Anaconda, Montana.

CNN, NYT, Washington Post, BBC, OregonLive.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by Thexalon on Wednesday January 27 2016, @03:56PM

    by Thexalon (636) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday January 27 2016, @03:56PM (#295362)

    Well, actually, most of the big agricultural breadbasket of the US is east of 100W, because that includes most of Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and about half of Texas. Also, it's not like there isn't agriculture at all in the east: over half of Ohio and Kentucky is farmed, for example. Even New York is about 25% cultivated.

    But really, the dependency goes in both directions: No farms => no food => no cities. But no cities => no farm equipment => no farms.

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  • (Score: 2) by curunir_wolf on Thursday January 28 2016, @12:30AM

    by curunir_wolf (4772) on Thursday January 28 2016, @12:30AM (#295680)

    Quite true, it's a symbiotic relationship (between urban and all the rural dwellers, in the East too). Unfortunately, many city dwellers don't see it that way, or don't understand what it's like to run the farms that produce the food.

    Anyway, that's not really relevant to Western state ranchers. Things are so spread out, there's really no farm equipment used for raising the cattle, just enough land to move around a lot. In fact, most of the fencing was put up by the BLM, in order to carve out the land the ranchers are required to pay grazing fees to use (and at what part of the year).

    I am a crackpot
  • (Score: 2) by Magic Oddball on Thursday January 28 2016, @12:58AM

    by Magic Oddball (3847) on Thursday January 28 2016, @12:58AM (#295688) Journal

    Well, actually, most of the big agricultural breadbasket of the US is east of 100W

    If you're referring just to grains (a literal "breadbasket") [], sure — but the vast majority of fruit, vegetables, and nuts are grown in California [].