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Refuge occupiers say they'll leave this morning

REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press

LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press

BURNS — The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff.

The development came as Cliven Bundy — who led a Nevada standoff with federal officers in 2014 and who is also the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon standoff — was arrested in Portland.

The four occupiers yelled at officers to back off and prayed with supporters over an open phone line as the standoff played out on the Internet Wednesday night via a phone line being livestreamed by an acquaintance of occupier David Fry.

Fulfilling A Dream

Submitted photo Diane Bean, left, was treated to a meet-and-greet with singer Celine Dion, center, at a concert in January. Bean’s daughter Jessica Dudek, right, and granddaughter Macy Dudek also met Dion.

Baker City Woman With Cancer Gets To Meet Her Favorite Singer

Diane Bean beat breast cancer in 2013, and still talks about how her coworkers rallied around her.

“You wouldn’t believe the support,” she said.

Bean has worked as a nurse in Baker City for 18 years, and she continued to work in the St. Alphonsus ER through radiation and chemotherapy. During that time, her coworkers often volunteered to drive her to treatments.

She got better.

“I recovered from that, and felt great,” she said.

Haines Stampede Rodeo seeks a place in the shade

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald file photo The Haines Rodeo Association is raising money to build a roof over the west-side bleachers. Bull rider is Johnny Owens from a previous Stampede.

As the Haines Stampede Rodeo approaches its 25th anniversary, efforts are underway to build a covered grandstand at the arena on the south edge of the town.

For many years the Haines Stampede Rodeo Association has wanted to add a covered grandstand to benefit spectators at the Fourth of July rodeo that bills itself as the “Biggest Little Rodeo in Eastern Oregon” said Colleen Taylor, the Association’s treasurer.

She is excited about the project and how it will benefit the community.

Message Delivered

Jayson Jacoby/Baker City Herald Jimmy Sullivan of Durkee held a sign during Saturday’s Rural Lives Matter rally near Halfway. The sign’s message refers to the death of Arizona rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who was shot and killed by Oregon State Police Jan. 26 in Harney County.

Crowd Gathers Near Halfway To Discuss Citizens’ Rights, Harney County

HALFWAY — Terrie Simons was heartbroken when she heard that Robert “LaVoy” Finicum had been shot and killed by Oregon State Police troopers Jan. 26 beside a Harney County highway.

But Simons’ sorrow galvanized her to action.

Peaceful action with a message and a purpose.

“Let’s start by trying to reunite our county and our community,” Simons, 49, of Halfway said a little before noon Saturday.

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