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Harney County judge prevails in recall linked to wildlife refuge takeover

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Occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (file image) Occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (file image)
BURNS, OR (AP) -

A local official who opposed the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge has prevailed in a recall vote.

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty, the county's top administrator, faced the recall vote after he refused to allow the armed protesters to use a county building for a meeting. Unofficial results Tuesday night showed a strong majority of voters rejecting the recall effort.

The vote underscored divisions that remain more than four months after the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, ended in February. The occupiers said they were protesting federal land use policies.

More than two dozen occupiers were arrested amid the takeover, and one was shot dead at a roadblock confrontation with law enforcement. Several have pleaded guilty in federal court in Portland to conspiracy in exchange for the dismissal of a charge of having firearms in a federal facility. Most of the remaining defendants are scheduled to go to trial in September.

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