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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at

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Rancher Cliven Bundy declared that despite his sons Ammon and Ryan being arrested for their part in the takeover of a Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building that the occupation will continue. (Associated Press)

Bundy declares that occupation will continue on

It seemed last week as if the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters would soon collapse, but now Cliven Bundy says the occupation will continue indefinitely. Published February 2, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets voters as he visits a caucus site Monday in West Des Moines, Iowa. (Associated Press)

Heavy turnout boosts insurgents in Iowa

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders were locked in a tight battle in early returns from Iowa's caucuses Monday night, as were Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump on the GOP side, with the billionaire businessman looking for voters to validate his unorthodox campaign. Published February 1, 2016

A makeshift roadside memorial for rancher Robert "LaVoy" Finicum stands on a highway north of Burns, Oregon. Mr. Finicum was killed Tuesday in a confrontation with the FBI and Oregon State Police. Four people occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge held their position Sunday. (Associated Press)

Stubborn core still in refuge standoff

They are proving a small but stubborn band as the last four anti-government occupiers remained dug in Sunday at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge while activity swirled outside the perimeter. Published January 31, 2016