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(Burns, OR)  --  Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward says there are steps being taken to end the standoff with armed militants who are occupying a federal wildlife refuge headquarters.  Ward says the FBI and other federal agencies are handling the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns.  Ward told "The Oregonian" his main focus is to protect people from possible militant violence in town.  The standoff began after a protest of the imprisonment of two ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who turned themselves in Monday to start their sentences in California. 

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