Amanda Peacher

Amanda Peacher is an Arthur F. Burns fellow reporting and producing in Berlin in 2013. Amanda is from Portland, Oregon, where she works as the public insight journalist for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She produces radio and online stories, data visualizations, multimedia projects, and facilitates community engagement opportunities for OPB's newsroom.

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President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday that could foreshadow changes for two national monuments in Oregon and Washington.

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Northwest lawmakers reacted Friday to the canceled vote on the Congressional Bill that would have replaced the Affordable Care Act. House GOP leaders pulled the bill just before the vote when it became clear that it didn't have enough votes to pass. 

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The American West had record low snowpack last year, likely because of high temperatures and greenhouse gases. That’s according to a new report out of Oregon State University’s Climate Change Research Institute.

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More than 100 people attended a Forest Service community meeting in John Day Tuesday, about last summer’s Canyon Creek Fire.

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The Vancouver City Council voted unanimously Monday to rescind a resolution opposing a Cowlitz tribal casino.

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Grant County, Oregon commissioners heard from the public Wednesday about a resolution calling for an end to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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The federal indictment released Thursday charges with conspiracy sixteen people involved with the occupation of the Malheur refuge. But it doesn’t include dozens of people who were also part of the occupation.

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  A crowd of Burns residents and self-described militia group members gathered outside the Harney County courthouse Monday.  One group was protesting law enforcement and the death of an occupier, while the other group was there to support law enforcement.

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The FBI confirmed Thursday the militant who died Tuesday was fatally shot by law enforcement. The man shot was LaVoy Finicum, a spokesperson for the armed occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

An aerial video was released by the FBI showing the Tuesday evening encounter between two of the militants' vehicles and law enforcement.  FBI special agent Greg Bretzing said he wanted to correct inaccurate versions of the fatal shooting circulating on social media. 

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The FBI said agents are negotiating with the four remaining militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to get the occupiers to come out peacefully. The occupiers seem willing to, but said they don't want to face charges.

One of the lingering militants, David Fry said that he and the three others that remain have loaded up their cars and are ready to leave. But they want FBI assurances they won't be arrested. 

Officials in Harney County won’t allow a group that’s been occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to host a meeting in county facilities. The group was expected to outline its exit strategy at a meeting Friday night.

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