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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Oregon Governor Wants 'Swift Resolution' In Harney County

Chris Lehman
Northwest News Network
A small group of protesters demonstrated in front of the Oregon Capitol on Tuesday against federal land management policies in rural Oregon.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said she wants a "swift resolution" to the situation in Harney County. That's where an armed group has taken over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The occupation of the refuge began Saturday over federal management of public land. In a written statement issued Tuesday, the governor said her top priority is the safety of the people of Harney County and the City of Burns.

Many schools and government offices are closed this week and Brown wrote that she wants life to return to normal for Harney County residents. She also pointed out that the FBI is leading the response, but she said state police have enhanced their presence in the area.

The governor's office did not elaborate on what kind of swift resolution Brown is hoping for.

Full statement from Oregon Governor Kate Brown:

“Although the FBI is the lead agency responding to the situation, my top priority is the safety of the people of Harney County and the City of Burns. The Oregon State Police has enhanced its presence in the area, augmenting local and federal public safety resources and assisting with community outreach. I look for a swift resolution that allows Harney County life to return to normal.”