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Leah Sottile

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Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Leah:

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

Portland ICE protest grows; demonstrators seek to abolish agency amid immigration crisis

Long known for its protest culture, Portland is inspiring similar demonstrations across the country. → Read More

Cattle rancher, subject of possible White House pardon, had years of disputes with Malheur wildlife refuge

Dwight Hammond, a rancher in southeastern Oregon, is described in documents as railing against fences he says blocked his cattle from grazing, becoming increasingly angry with the federal government. → Read More

Bundyville Chapter Three: A Clan Not to Cross

A look into the Bundy family’s history reveals how they began to distrust the federal government. From nuclear testing programs in the 1950s to the decades-long Sagebrush Rebellion starting in the 1970s, Cliven Bundy came to believe that the government was out to get him and became emboldened to fight back. → Read More

Bundyville Chapter Two: By a Thread

The Bundy family’s belief that they are defenders of liberty have been shaped by their Mormon faith, but their convictions are connected to a prophecy that the modern Mormon church does not accept as church doctrine. A book of photocopied scripture and speeches by LDS prophets also gives clues to their motivations. → Read More

Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert

Cliven Bundy and his sons led two armed standoffs against the federal government and beat them twice in court. The Bundys and their supporters see themselves as Patriots fighting government overreach. Others see them as domestic terrorists rallying extremists and conspiracy theorists to their side. What is the truth? → Read More

Teen who started huge Oregon wildfire with a firecracker apologizes in court

Hikers decry loss of trails, but conservationists say wildfires serve a purpose. → Read More

A Teen and a Toy Gun

This is the story of the last day of 17-year-old Quanice Hayes’s life. It involves a police department that says they have no good way of deciphering between real guns and fake ones, and a family still searching for answers. → Read More

Idaho protects the rights of faith healers. Should it? —

A debate rages over the extent of religious freedom in the face of preventable deaths. → Read More

Judge declares mistrial in case against rancher Cliven Bundy, sons and militiaman

Government lawyers suppressed evidence related to 2014 standoff, a federal judge said. → Read More