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Shawn Vestal: Tremors of Ruby Ridge in today’s national divide

A quarter-century after Ruby Ridge, the same fires burn. The same fault lines tremble beneath the same schisms.


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

25 years after Ruby Ridge, our divisions have grown

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 …


Journalist was eyewitness to tragedy, nightmare of Ruby Ridge

Ruby Ridge was an American tragedy that’s now a historic icon – one born in our region’s backyard. Yet 25 years later, many either don’t know about the event in …


Return to Ruby Ridge: ‘American Experience’ returns to the North Idaho mountain where one family and the government fatally collided

The story of the Randy Weaver family and Ruby Ridge – of the events leading up to the 11-day standoff – is being revisited this week on the PBS series …


Past opinions offer perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history Pinchot’s death, Oct. 7, 1946


Looking Back: Opinions offer historical perspective

Topics: FDR’s budget, Maple Street Bridge construction, Mideast arms sales, Ruby Ridge and the Washington State Lottery.


Huckleberries: Ex-mayor with Ruby Ridge role has Malheur advice

Sensible readers should agree with former Bonners Ferry Mayor Darrell Kerby, who says “Let’s hope those in authority are more concerned about life than (saving) face.”


Editorial: Don’t lose lesson on Ruby Ridge anniversary

Twenty years ago today, a 14-year-old boy and a deputy U.S. marshal were killed in a tragic firefight on a nowhere hillside called Ruby Ridge. The boy’s mother perished a …


Timeline from OPR report on Ruby Ridge

Timeline from the report to the Office of Professional Reponsiility of investigation of allegations improper government conduct in the investigation, apprehension and prosecution of Randall C. Weaver and Kevin Harris.


Ruby Ridge carved niche in history

Twenty years ago this week, the deadly siege at Ruby Ridge in North Idaho claimed the lives of a mother, her son and a federal marshal. The standoff became a …


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 …


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 …


Woman caught up in Ruby Ridge shows forgiveness

Sara Weaver-Balter has forgiven the federal agents who shot and killed her mother and brother 18 years ago on Idaho’s Ruby Ridge.


Tax protester headed north instead of to court

A Deer Park man, whose ex-wife said he might “go Ruby Ridge” if the government tried seizing his home for unpaid taxes, was ordered held without bond Thursday after being …


A Look Back

Randy Weaver ran afoul of the federal government in 1989 by selling a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms informer two illegal sawed-off shotguns and then refusing to help agents …


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 …


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

Harris gives up, but Weavers remain at cabin

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 …


Weaver discusses surrender at Ruby Ridge

Randy Weaver prayed to his god, Yahweh, Saturday and decided with his daughters’ support to delay any surrender at least one more day.


Negotiator Bo Gritz reports Vicki Weaver’s death

Randy Weaver’s wife Vicki died in a gunbattle last Saturday, said former Green Beret Bo Gritz, who marched up Ruby Ridge on Friday night and may have talked Weaver into …


Officers’ nerves on edge as tense Ruby Ridge standoff drags on

Randy Weaver yelled down to his sister from his ridge-top cabin Thursday, as the fugitive’s tense seven-day standoff with federal agents continued to fray nerves.


Feds get first, brief response from Randy Weaver

As a tense standoff on Ruby Ridge passed its 100th hour, fugitive Randy Weaver made his first contact with federal agents Wednesday after a robot dropped a telephone beneath his …


Agents not sure who killed Samuel Weaver

The son of fugitive Randy Weaver was killed instantly by a bullet during a gunfight Friday with deputy U.S. marshals, but authorities Tuesday night would not say who fired the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 4:53 p.m.

Agents find body of fugitive’s son; death of 13-year-old incites rage of crowd

Federal agents surrounding the cabin of mountaintop fugitive Randy Weaver found his 13-year-old son shot to death and lying next to the boy’s rifle in a shed.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Charges filed in marshal’s killing; separatist’s protege now fugitive too

Federal murder charges were filed Sunday against a Spokane man who has taken refuge in a mountaintop cabin with a fugitive who is far more notorious.


Authorities brace for long wait at Ruby Ridge as arms buildup continuing outside cabin

An army of police equipped with helicopters and armored personnel carriers poured into the woods Saturday where a U.S. marshal was killed, but they failed to dislodge a fugitive from …


U.S. marshal fatally shot at Ruby Ridge; fugitive’s cabin surrounded

A Federal marshal was shot and killed Friday while keeping an eye on the North Idaho mountaintop fortress of a fugitive who has vowed he and his family will not …