Town hall presses case for unity in times of discord

About 400 people packed the Vale High School gym March 3 for a wide-ranging town hall that touched on rural concerns and federal overreach, with a call for respect and unity.

Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe scheduled the event after the militant occupation of the federal wildlife refuge in neighboring Harney County came to a head last month.

Wolfe, flanked by student body officers from several county high schools and with a contingent of students bused in from Jordan Valley High, opened the meeting with a prayer and the Star Spangled Banner.

“We are a nation divided,” said Wolfe, “and we are on the onset of a county that is beginning to divide. We must unite and respect each other.”

The sheriff announced he had recently returned from a meeting in Portland, where he had the . . .