Refuge standoff: Our federal public servants deserve better

By Rocky Barker | January 28, 2016

When a longtime U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee returned here from his Christmas holiday, he immediately was ordered to take his family and leave.

“We had heard there was going to be a Fish and Wildlife Service person taken hostage,” explained Jason Holm, assistant regional director for external affairs.

I spent a long weekend in Burns talking to people on all sides of the debate over the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. I walked through the refuge headquarters compound, the streets of Burns and on refuge rangeland.

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