Leah Sottile, High Country News

Leah Sottile

High Country News

Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Leah:

The 90-foot sentinel of Butte, Montana (The Sentinel) — High Country News – Know the West

What does a statue dedicated to mothers reveal about women’s rights? → Read More

Out West, we know the right-wing extremist threat just keeps rising

The Patriot Front came to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, just a lucky tip to the police may have averted big trouble. → Read More

Book Excerpt: When the Moon Turns to Blood

Leah Sottile explores an early case that reminded her of the child murders that inspired her new book in this prologue → Read More

How a trail in rural Oregon became a target of far-right extremism (Derailed) — High Country News – Know the West

To understand the state’s urban-rural divide, start by looking at Yamhill County’s proposed walking trail. → Read More

The Rough Road Ahead — High Country News – Know the West

In this issue, our feature story looks at the ways our culture criminalizes homelessness, focusing on an Oregon man who was caught in a cycle of poverty and policing that ended in his unexpected death. We also dive into the climate crisis, as drought further stresses the Colorado River Basin and impacts California’s Punjabi American farmers. Elsewhere, we consider what might change under the new… → Read More

Did James Plymell need to die? (Did James Plymell Need to Die?) — High Country News – Know the West

How homelessness is criminalized in small cities and towns across the West. → Read More

As a plague sweeps the land, zealots see a gift from heaven (Biblical Proportions) — High Country News – Know the West

Extremist pastors are using the COVID-19 pandemic to push their conservative religious ideologies. → Read More

What really is antifa? — High Country News – Know the West

Effie Baum, an ‘everyday anti-fascist,’ talks about President Trump’s threat to designate the movement as a terrorist organization, and corrects the record. → Read More

The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose? — High Country News – Know the West

How a Revolutionary War-era flag evolved into an anti-government symbol. → Read More

The residual power of Ammon Bundy (The residual power of Ammon Bundy) — High Country News – Know the West

What’s it like when the West’s most notorious anti-government figure comes to your town? → Read More

Barriers to Entry —

In this issue, we delve into the white supremacist past — and present — of Portland, Oregon. We meet Sam Thompson, a Portland resident who wants city officials to change racist policies that have persisted for decades. We also examine the impacts of the January government shutdown on residents of rural Washington — where federal workers aren’t exactly welcome. We explore an education model on… → Read More

Racist policing plagues Portland’s nightclubs (Barriers to Entry) —

A reckoning is coming for Oregon’s white supremacist past. → Read More

Ammon Bundy spoke kindly about the migrant caravan. The backlash has him rethinking his supporters.

One of the figureheads of the so-called Patriot Movement, Bundy made waves last week when he criticized the Trump for demonizing the migrant caravan. → Read More

The deadly consequences of Christian ‘faith-healers’ —

A new film explores a fringe sect’s concept of freedom and the child deaths caused by it. → Read More

FBI agent acquitted of lying about shooting at militia member during Malheur standoff

W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team, was the only federal or state officer charged in connection with the 41-day takeover. → Read More

Protests again convulse Portland, Ore., as groups on the right and left face off

The state's largest city has been the repeated scene of demonstrations, some violent, since the election of Donald Trump. → Read More

Malheur wildlife refuge occupation still reverberating as FBI agent goes on trial

Federal prosecutors say W. Joseph Astarita lied after firing two shots during the deadly encounter in Oregon two years ago. → Read More

Trump's Pardoning of Two Oregon Ranchers Is a Victory for the Bundys—and an Ominous Loss for Public-Lands Advocates

There is nothing more #MAGA than cowboys running the West. → Read More

This is the message that Trump’s latest pardon sends to the radical right

He isn’t just letting them out of jail. He’s saying that the fires they lit were perfectly acceptable. → Read More

Federal authorities dismantle portion of Portland ICE protest camp, make arrests

At least eight people were arrested when Department of Homeland Security officers swept through protest tent city early Thursday morning. → Read More