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Idaho GOP Legislators Visit Eastern Oregon Standoff: 'Grievances Are Being Ignored'


Rep. Healther Scott (R-Blanchard) - IDAHO LEGISLATURE
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Saying they "would like to avoid any type of similar situations in our own districts," three GOP members of the Idaho House announced Tuesday they recently traveled to Burns, Ore., where armed militants are now in their second week of occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

In a press release to Idaho media Tuesday, Rep. Heather Scott (R-Blanchard) wrote she accompanied Reps. Judy Boyle (R-Midvale) and Sage Dixon (R-Ponderay) "among a selected group" of lawmakers invited by an Oregon legislator "because of our commitment to liberty, freedom and efforts to curb federal government overreach."

This morning's Oregonian reports neighbors of the refuge told eastern Oregon law enforcement that they have been repeatedly harassed by sympathizers of the occupiers, telling police that cars and pickups with Idaho, Arizona and Montana license plates have been photographed in the area. "Police and community members say the menacing is real and has been going on for weeks," according to the Oregonian.

Members of the so-called Citizens for Constitutional Freedom, the self-styled militia at the refuge, insist their group had no role in any intimidation, the Oregonian reports. 

Meanwhile, Scott said her delegation "received a petition of grievances" from the militants, which she insisted were "still being ignored" by authorities. 

The militia members now say they'll wait until Friday, Jan. 15 to inform residents and law enforcement when they'll be leaving the area. The group said it was working on securing a location in Burns for their Friday event, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.

  • Adam Rosenlund