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Ore. Town Reacts to Cleric's Indictment

Dean Lawrence used to think it was a joke when he heard all the talk about terrorists thinking about training on a sheep ranch outside his tiny hometown of Bly, Ore. He was rethinking things Thursday after the arrest of a Muslim cleric in London on charges of trying to establish a terrorist training camp near Bly, a logging and ranching town in the sagebrush-dotted high desert of southern Oregon. “A small town like this I read in the paper one time there was 15 people came down to look” at the ranch, Lawrence said Thursday in a telephone interview from the gas station he owns in Bly. The unincorporated town of a few hundred people sits 50 miles east of Klamath Falls, the closest place to find a barber or doctor. The high school closed in 1968, and the town has been struggling to survive since a lumber mill shut down in the late 1980s. Full Story

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