Tag Archives: Oregon

Hammonds turn themselves in, but militia members stay put

It looks very unlikely thatNew York Magazines Jonathan Chait will get his wish to see any militia members killed in Burns, Ore., asranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steve, who were convicted on federal arson charges earlier this year, turned themselves in early Mondayafternoon.

As Harney County Sheriff David Wardexplained in a press statement, the incident began when out-of-staters arrived to prevent the Hammonds from returning to prison. With that cause having taken care of itself, what was left was the militia members, some bored reporters and some curious locals, a few of whom toured the militia-occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The Oregonian’s Les Zaitz reported surprise among some of the militia leaders that they were considering packing it in.

Ammon Bundy tweeted late in the day that the protest would continue until the Hammonds were freed.

Editor’s note: The @Ammon_Bundy Twitter account has been confirmed to be fake. Twitchy regrets including the tweets.

Got mayo? Militia members in Oregon issue wish list

When a small group of young #BlackLivesMatter activists recently threatened to occupy Baltimore City Hall until their demands were met, they soon found themselves locked in overnight and unable to use the restrooms or order pizza.

When militia members took over a building at theMalheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, Ore., in January, word was they were ready to die if necessary for their cause. And though photos of the occupied building tweeted by reporters showed what looked like a good assortment of supplies, the occupiers have put out a “wish list” of goods to help them maintain their takeover.

JJ MacNab is a writer at Forbes.

It is a pretty long list.

Don’t bother they tried that with the Texas legislature and accomplished nothing.

This Soldier Suffers From PTSD, But Found Therapy In Hiking With His Dog…And Cat

It’s always a gift to have a soldier return home from war, but nowadays, about 20% of veterans returning from the Middle East struggle with PTSD, which is a different kind of battle entirely.

When Stephen Simmons came back from Iraq in 2008, he had trouble adjusting to life at home. His body had become so accustomed to the endorphins that were triggered by his high-stress occupation. To combat this, Simmons created his own “adventure therapy” program. He, his dog Puppi, and his cat Burma hike Oregon’s mountains to help the vet get back on track.

I’ve never seen a cat so cool with hiking…and in the snow, no less! I guess if Simmons can use the hikes to get over his PTSD, Burma is willing to get a little wet in the process.

Citizens applaud sheriff’s call that militia members ‘go home’

The occupation of theMalheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, Ore., by militia members sounded terribly ominous at first, with estimates of up to 100militia members “willing to kill or be killed” present and a Facebook video calling for patriots from all across the Untied States to join their cause.

When reporters finally made it to the outpost and wandered aroundinside the number dropped to “maybe20” and images of rooms lined with semi-automatic rifles were replaced by photographs of “fuel, food, hiking boots.”

Residents of Burnsattended a town meeting this afternoon regarding the situation at the wildlife refuge, and many were fed up with the whole situation.

Harney County Sheriff David Wardhas been the only law enforcement officer seen in the area, and he let the militia know they weren’t welcome.

Some citizens saidthey were prepared to confront the occupiers face-to-face and ask them to move along.

Christina Applegate not happy with the Bundys in Oregon

Add Christina Applegate — the actress who played the beautiful, but ditzy blonde “Kelly Bundy” on the hit TV show “Married With Children” — to the list of those not happy with the real-life Bundys participating in the ongoing militia occupation of theMalheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

But in Applegate’s case, it’s personal, as she feels her TV reputation is getting tarnished by the “d bags in Oregon”:


No, This Is Not A Plane Crash In The Forest. Take A Step Inside This Thing – AWESOME.

From these pictures you might think an airliner miraculously landed in the woods, but that is actually one man’s dream home. You see, Oregonian Bruce Campbell doesn’t just love planes, he lives in one. After buying a Boeing 727-200 for $100,000 a few years ago, Bruce had it moved to his plot of land in the middle of the Oregon woods, parking it in what might be termed his garden. After the rather large mobile home was in place he got to work on turning the aircraft into a home for him to live in.

Campbell left most of the outside of the plane as was.

The entrance to the airplane home is at the back.

Instead of transforming the 1,066 sq ft interior of the plane to resemble a modern home, Campbell chose to leave a lot of the original equipment intact.

He uses the cockpit as a reading room and he even installed a computer monitor right in the middle of the instrument panel.

But there is no home without a bathroom, so he got one of the original plane bathrooms up and running.

He’s managed to turn the plane into quite a cozy space, but his most intriguing renovation has to be the transparent floor.

The original floor was torn out and replaced with translucent panels, allowing visitors to see the super structure’s ribs and controlling cables running from the cockpit to the wings and tail.

There is plenty of storage in the cargo hold and the wings serve as a great deck.

It must be awesome to meet new people and invite them back to his place…umm, his plane.

While most of us would use these stairs to get off a plane as quickly as possible, he sees it as a welcome home sign.

It’s wonderful when people have such a passion for something in their lives.

If anything, that is a very unique home, even if the interior is a bit plane.

A Boat Builder Had A Crazy Idea In The Forest. One Year And $11,000 Later, THIS Perfection Exists.

I’ve never met Brian Schulz, but he’s now my hero. He had an idea to build a Japanese Forest House in the middle of an Oregon forest… and after 1 1/2 years and $11,000, he completed it. What’s even better about this home in the woods, it was mostly built from natural, locally sourced materials. In other words, this place was mostly funded by his hard work and innovation – something truly inspiring. Take a look at Schulz’s home and his journey along the way below.

Inspired by Japanese architecture, this is the finished home in the woods of Cape Falcon, Oregon.

As mentioned above, the truly inspiring part about this house is that nearly everything you see was locally sourced.

Schulz said, “it is undeniable that the pursuit of local materials connects more deeply to your landscapes.”

“The simple act of searching adds richness to our lives,’ he added.

The entire idea started when he went to a recycling center and found a brass sink.

He started fantasizing about building an entire house around it.

So… he did.

He set out to salvage all of the necessary materials.

It’s incredible that so much of what you see in this house was pulled from his local surroundings.

Schulz says, “With deep enough pockets a person might be able to duplicate such a structure by writing a large check to a talented builder, but that would risk missing the point entirely.”

He also did quite a bit of traveling to find all the right resources. He conveyed that this was one of the best parts of the process.

“You meet people, you discover new places, you have adventures, you learn things, AND, you come home with beams, windows, doors, and shingles.”

No home would be complete without an outhouse.

A (mostly) natural outhouse.

This is Brian with a kayak that he built. He clearly has an unbelievable talent.

Schulz stated that the $11,000 cash mostly went to concrete, insulation and shakes. After all, it’s tough to build a home this awesome completely from your surroundings. All in all, he did a fantastic job that should inspire the creativity in all of us. As much as I love the house, his experience building it is absolutely priceless. Source: Cape Falcon Kayak A year and a half of work deserves some credit. Share this awesome house with others; inspire them.

This Beach Used To Be A Forest What’s Left Today Is Haunting

In Oregon, there lies something rather haunting: a natural look into the ancient past and possibly the future. In Neskowin, a small coastal town, an old forest was once buried beneath hundreds of years’ worth of sand. After being unearthed in 1998 due to a storm that eroded much of the beach away, these ancient tree stumps have become a permanent fixture on the coast.

The stumps of this ghost forest found under Neskowin Beach are estimated to be nearly 2,000 years old.

They were unearthed after a storm in 1998, which eroded much of the coastline.

It is believed that the forest was buried between the years 1680 and 1720 by a massive tsunami that enveloped the trees.

Other evidence points to an earthquake that may have hit Oregon around the same time that would have caused massive landmass changes.

No matter how it happened, it stands as a reminder that Mother Nature is nothing to mess with.

(via Amusing Planet)

What a beautiful and haunting reminder of the destructive (and redemptive) forces of nature.

‘Shifting blame’: Ore. Governor to sue over failed Obamacare exchange

Apparently Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber thinks so. A news release from his office states:

According to the Associated Press story, Oracle is confident that they are not at fault.

“Contrary to the story the State is promoting, Oracle has never led the Oregon Health Exchange project,” Oracle’s statement said. “OHA (the Oregon Health Authority) and Cover Oregon were in charge and badly mismanaged the project by consistently failing to deliver requirements in a timely manner and failing to staff the project with skilled personnel.”

The governor is trying to shift blame from where it belongs, the company said, adding it is confident an investigation would “completely exonerate Oracle.”

Sounds like they paid them on hope and change.