Category Archives: Ranchers

A View from the Trenches – from my Perspective by Todd Macfarlane

This past week has been one of the hardest, saddest weeks of my life.
As many know, I am an attorney, and I represent the family of LaVoy Finicum. On Tuesday, LaVoy was ambushed and killed by the FBI and Oregon State Police in a roadblock as he was attempting to travel to an adjoining county.  It was characterized as a routine traffic stop that resulted in a “shoot-out”.  What even the video doesn’t show is all the other agents and vehicles involved – hiding either in the trees, or just around yet another bend.  And “shoot-out” implies an exchange of gunfire.  The thing I am going to be most interested in is an overlay of credible audio over the video.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown just couldn’t wait any longer. So after less than a week of actual attempted negotiations, in a very low-stakes game, the agencies involved were out for blood. 

Boiling Frogs

Has a Peaceful Protest over Government Over-reach Been Corrupted by Outside Influence in Burns, Oregon?

Questions & Potentially Serious Ramifications
On Saturday, January 2, 2015, a peaceful protest took place in Burns, Oregon. This protest had been planned for some time as an effort to bring attention to an ongoing legal case involving a local ranching family, the Hammonds.  Many people gathered, both from the Burns area, and from around the west, to march in support of Dwight and Steven Hammond, father and son, who have been ordered to return to prison for setting two fires on their own land.  Fires that subsequently spread to neighboring Bureau of Land Management property, leading to Dwight and Steve Hammond being prosecuted under the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.  People came to protest because they believe the Hammonds have already paid the penalty for those fires, and that the Federal government is over-stepping its authority by re-sentencing the men and requiring them to return to prison. 

Boiling Frogs
Katie Aguilera