Jan 14, 2016 11:31 AM

Rochester man travels to Oregon to help negotiate end militia occupation of wildlife refuge


ROCHESTER - A NH man man says progress is being made to end the occupation of the Malheur national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon.

Jerry DeLemus flew out to the refuge to help coordinate meetings between the armed militia and local ranchers.
DeLemus is familiar with the leaders of the protest having spent time on the Bundy ranch in Nevada in 2014 as their head of security when they were in a similar situation with the federal government.

“It probably won’t take too long,” DeLemus told The Guardian. “There’s so much local support rallying behind what Ammon [Bundy] and those at the refuge are doing.”
On Friday, the occupiers planned to meet with people in Burns, the town closest town to the wildlife sanctuary.
“We will be going into town and holding a meeting with the community, to explain to the community … why we’re here and when we will be leaving. And that will be important,” said LaVoy Finicum, an Arizona rancher and a spokesman for the group.

Local residents have increasingly called on the militia to end the siege and leave Oregon. Some officials have estimated that the occupation is costing Harney County $75,000 a day.

DeLemus said that Bundy is working to have a "Harney County Committee of Safety," run by local residents, take over the fight against federal regulations.

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