Malheur means misfortune

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was aptly named; since the mid-19th century, the area has been the scene of tragedy, adversity and misfortune—meanings of malheur, the name some trappers applied after disappearance of their cache. I don’t know for sure about the several thousands of years when native Americans roamed, hunted, fished and farmed the area—before they were rounded up and moved away—but I’d bet they had their share of bad times here long before Europeans arrived.

  • The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is part of a complicated history of land in the western U.S. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CC BY-SA)

    The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is part of a complicated history of land in the western U.S. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CC BY-SA)

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  1. I would like to know why Bundy is allowed to pasture his cows against the law and he is not paying his one million???? Also is there no law against breaking in to a State, Federal building? Puzzled……..Kellie C

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