BURNS, OR -- Occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge claim some in Harney County are taking action to battle government corruption, now that the county fire chief has resigned over a lack of government trust. One supporter said Thursday, "We just had three different in the school district resign because of some of the corruption going on here. And we want you to know that we will be here to support you and help you, and provide security for you in any way we can." But, it's unclear whether these latest resignations are related to the standoff.
The Superintendent of schools submitted her resignation last Friday, effective at the end of the school year. She says she was asked by the school board Chair to do so now, so there would be time to search for her replacement. Days later, the principal of Hines Middle Schools submitted his resignation, effective in June. In his letter, Jerry Mayes wrote, "I regret that this letter will reach you and the board during a time of community distress and upheaval. But, I want to reiterate that the events that this district and community are currently experiencing have, in no discernible way, had any influence on my decision to tenure my resignation." He said he wants to spend more time with his grandchildren while he still has his health.
Then, on Tuesday, the principal of Burns High submitted his resignation, also effective at the end of this school year. Brandon Yates cited his desire to pursue a position in a larger school, and his need to be closer to his ailing mother.
Meanwhile, militia leader Ammon Bundy says Friday's scheduled community meeting is uncertain as the county is refusing to let the group use public buildings.