Ranchers whose case sparked standoff get grazing rights back
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The two Oregon ranchers whose conviction for intentionally setting fires on public land sparked a weeks-long standoff with anti-federal government protesters at a remote wildlife refuge have had their grazing rights restored.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Father and son ranchers, who were the focus of a battle about public lands and were freed from prison after receiving a presidential pardon, were welcomed home Wednesday in Oregon by relatives and horseback riders carrying American flags.
A lawyer for the family of Steven and Dwight Hammond said they remain focused on their attempt to restore grazing rights on Bureau of Land Management acreage.
Heroes or criminals? Trump pardons 2 Oregon ranchers
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Rugged individualists to some, dangerous arsonists to others, a father and son who were convicted of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon were pardoned Tuesday by President Donald Trump.
The pardon is raising concerns that it will encourage others to actively oppose federal control of public land, which is a sensitive issue in the U.S. West where the federal government owns almost 50 percent of the land.
The Latest: Pardoned ranchers released from custody
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the pardon by President Donald Trump of two Oregon cattle ranchers convicted of arson (all times local):
A family member says two cattle ranchers convicted of arson pardoned by President Donald Trump have been released from custody.
Lyle Hammond, son of Dwight Hammond, says his father and brother, Steven Hammond, were freed Tuesday. The Hammonds were being held at a federal detention center south of Los Angeles.