Seeking A Peaceful Resolution & Burn Bans
We mentioned the other day that several burn bans have been put into place over stagnant air in the northwest. One of those bans has been lifted for open burning on all Indian reservations in Western Washington due to improved air quality although and earlier burn ban remains in effect for the Yakima Nation Reservation. However, the Stage 1 burn ban in Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties is being extended to 10 a.m. Thursday.
Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond left their homes yesterday to report to a federal prison after being charged with arson for starting fires that burned over onto federal land. The incident has sparked a standoff and occupation of a federal wildlife refuge by armed protesters. The FBI has stepped in to take charge of the issue. Kayli Hanley with the Oregon Cattleman's Association says they are keeping a close eye on the situation.
HANLEY: The Oregon Cattleman's Association does not support or endorse the illegal action taken against the government. This includes the militia takeover of government property such as the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. We do support the Hammond's and believe the current sentence they are being asked to serve is an overreach of federal government.
A peaceful protest was held over the weekend in nearby Burns, Oregon but has been overshadowed by the armed takeover.
That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.