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Remembering Ruby Ridge

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25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:31 a.m.

I find myself thinking about Ruby Ridge more and more lately, as I watch our country riven by these deep divisions – not just political differences – but a chasm of seemingly alternate facts, of entirely different realities. Communication without trust is difficult, but without agreement over basic reality, it’s impossible.

Ex-reporters recount Ruby Ridge standoff, aftermath

The 11-day siege known as Ruby Ridge became a bookmark in the lives of two Spokane journalists who covered the event before their careers moved in other directions. “I remember going to the Bonners Ferry airport the morning of the second day, as military helicopters and what appeared to be armored personnel carriers were deploying from the airstrip,” recalled former KXLY-TV reporter John Allison, who’s now a Spokane attorney. 

Woman forgives Ruby Ridge federal agents

KALISPELL, Mont. – Sara Weaver-Balter has forgiven the federal agents who shot and killed her mother and brother 18 years ago on Idaho’s Ruby Ridge. That’s the message she wants to impart to the nation and especially the people who did the shooting.

Weaver surrenders at Ruby Ridge

A federal fugitive whom more than 400 law enforcement officers held at bay for 11 days walked down from his mountaintop refuge Monday, ending a bloody siege that killed his wife, his son and a deputy U.S. marshal.

Harris gives up, but Weavers remain at cabin

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Kevin Harris surrendered at Randy Weaver’s mountaintop cabin Sunday, as former Green Beret Bo Gritz continued coaxing Weaver and his daughters to give up and bring an end to a 10-day siege by federal agents.

Blog Posts

Huckleberries: Why disparity in DUI sentencing?

In today's Huckleberries print column, KXLY's Robyn Nance wonders about the disparity in two recent fatal DUI sentences. In one, the judge threw the book at a man who killed a 16YO teen and severely injured his friend. In another, the judge sentenced a man who killed 3 to one-year fixed. Robyn has a personal reason to be upset.

Bay Views: It Started At Ruby Ridge

On the anniversary of the Ruby Ridge sage, Herb Huseland wrote an off-the-grid opinion re: loners like Randy Weaver & his family: It all started with disillusioned Viet Nam Veterans and other drop outs. The 1970's saw a huge movement toward, “back to the land.”...

20 years later, events at Ruby Ridge still reverberate…

Twenty years after the 11-day Ruby Ridge siege in North Idaho left three people dead, longtime Spokesman-Review reporter Bill Morlin examines the effect the event had on right-wing extremism in America, helping spark the militia movement of the 1990s; you can read his report here...

Sara Weaver Advocates Forgiveness

On the 20th anniversary of her family’s deadly standoff with federal law enforcement officers at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, Sara Weaver (shown in 2010 AP file photo) is an advocate of forgiveness. “Three years ago I Googled my name, and I thought – that’s not the...

P.S. Sara Weaver & Forgiveness

Sara Weaver-Balter is shown in this recent photo at Redneck Chic store, south of Kalispell, Mont. Weaver-Balter has forgiven the federal agents who shot and killed her mother and brother 18 years ago on Idaho's Ruby Ridge. That's the message she wants to impart to...

PM: Ruby Ridge Figure Forgives Agents

Roxanne Allenbach, 12, of Colfax, Wash., tries herding Buddy the pig through the Swine Barn entrance chute at the Palouse Empire Fair earlier today, outside Colfax. Allenbach was helping her brother and friends with the pigs. She will show a steer at the fair. (AP...

AM: Survivor Describes Ruby Ridge ‘Hell’

White separatist Randy Weaver points to his cabin on a model of his Ruy Ridge, Idaho, property while testifying on Capitol Hill Sept. 6, 1995, before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee which was holding hearings on the 1992 raid on his cabin. Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Arlen...

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