Tuesday

A local artist is contributing to the huge comeback for Marvel’s first Native American character.

The character first debuted way back in Avengers #80 then starred in his own short-lives series in the 1970’s set in the Old West.

The new Red Wolf will fight crime in the American Southwest, and Jeffrey Veregge, an acclaimed Pacific Northwest artist, is part of new Red Wolf team.

Veregge is a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe based out of Kingston, Washington, and is also of Suquamish and Duwamish decent. Veregge will create covers, design and consult on the title. The artist on the book is Dalibor Talajić.

“There’s not a character like Red Wolf out there right now,” Veregge told Mashable. “As a native, I’m really excited to see that he can do things, he can figure out things and stand with Captain America, and hold his own in this universe.

That’s what’s awesome about it: You have all these characters of different nationalities and ethnicities, but it’s not all about their culture.


 It’s about them being a hero.” Veregge also created the new logo for longtime Seattle comic book shop, Zanadu Comics. You can see his work online, or wait until December when Red Wolf #1 arrives.



Monday

This year’s coin recognizes the accomplishments of Olympian and multi-talented Native American athlete Jim Thorpe.

The U.S. Mint in Denver released a new dollar coin on Thursday. David Bledsoe of the Denver-based American Indian College Fund joined Colorado Matters to talk about the coin and the man it features: Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, who's been called "the greatest American Olympian of all time."

He won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon in 1912. Thorpe went also played college and pro football and helped form the NFL, becoming its first president in 1920. He also had pro basketball and baseball careers, and was even a ballroom dancing champ.

Since 2009, this $1 coin has displayed an annually-changing reverse design that recognizes the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States.

This year’s coin recognizes the accomplishments of Olympian and multi-talented athlete Jim Thorpe. The reverse design depicts Thorpe, with the foreground elements highlighting his football and Olympic achievements. Inscriptions are “JIM THORPE,” “WA-THO-HUK” (his native name), “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” and “$1.”

The obverse (heads side) design retains the central figure “Sacagawea” carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. The inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”


Thorpe has received various accolades for his athletic accomplishments. The Associated Press named him the "greatest athlete" from the first 50 years of the 20th century, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted him as part of its inaugural class in 1963. A Pennsylvania town was named in his honor and a monument site there is the site of his remains, which were the subject of legal action. Thorpe was portrayed in the 1951 film Jim Thorpe – All-American, and appeared in several films himself.


The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.


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Sunday

A tender moment captured on video between a 1,400-pound bear and his caretaker caught the internet's attention over the last week.

Jim Kowalczik, who owns the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York, is seen in the clip sweetly cuddling and petting Jimbo, the Kodiak bear.

'I’m sure you all do the same for your bears when they have had a hard day,' the caption reads.

Jimbo, at the age of 24, wasn't feeling his best earlier in February, the organization told ABC News. Kowalczik is seen hugging the bear around the head, gently rocking to and fro, before extending his gloved hand to rub Jimbo along his neck.

He keeps his hand there as he settles in next to the animal, before sitting down completely and removing his glove. Then Kowalczik puts his hand into Jimbo's mouth, gazing down at him while he licks his hand.

At this point, Jimbo is resting his head squarely on Kowalczik's though, with his front legs slightly curled, and somewhat underneath the man's left leg. Kowalczik gives the bear a pat on the snout, before Jimbo turns away from his buddy. The man pets Jimbo a few more times, before the bear bumps him in the leg, prompting him to say, 'Ow!' with a bit of a chuckle.


'What are you doing to me?' the caretaker is heard saying, with a laugh, before wrapping Jimbo's head again in an embrace.

The video comes to an end with more loving pats from Kowalczik, and Jimbo settles in again, resting his humongous head in the caretaker's lap. The group explained that Jimbo, who stands 10 feet tall, had recently completed a veterinary examination.


Jimbo had come down with an unknown illness that left him uncomfortable and agitated, the group told ABC. Kowalczik wanted to show Jimbo 'some extra love' and is seen petting him and talking to him softly. Jimbo has been at home at the Orphaned Wildlife Center since he was a cub.


The bear suffered injuries early in life, and was never able to resume living in the wild. Kowalczik is a retired corrections officer who now works in excavating. He owns the Orphaned Wildlife Center with his wife, Susan.


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Saturday

A Crestline woman said she spotted a sasquatch in the San Bernardino mountains and filed a lawsuit to prove it.

"If they wanted to hurt us that day they could have," Claudia Ackley said. "We were right there."

Ackley was hiking a trail in Blue Jay with her two daughters on March 17, 2017, between 6:30 and 7 p.m. She said her daughters noticed it first.

"They're standing right there frozen looking at something," Ackley said. She believes they were looking at Bigfoot.

"He looked like a Neanderthal man with a lot of hair," Ackley said. "About 800 pounds. I was trying to tell it to please not hurt us, and that's when he just stared at me."

Ackley said the sasquatch was perched in a tree, about 30 feet above the ground. She said there were two other sasquatches nearby.


"All I'm thinking is please don't get near us because I have my children," she said. Ackley called 911, but said the authorities didn't believe her.

"I'm sorry you saw a bear,'" Ackley said. "And I said no; this was no bear. I know what I saw."


Ackley has filed a lawsuit against the state of California, as well as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, for refusing to acknowledge the existence of the species of Bigfoot. The spokesperson for the CDFW would not comment because of the pending lawsuit.

"They're on our property. They knock on our walls. They look through our windows," Ackley said. "It's more and more and more."
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Friday

Meagan Duhamel, the two-time world champion pairs skater has adopted a dog in Pyeongchang that was destined for the dinner table.

Meagan Duhamel first adopted a dog in South Korea when she visited last February. That dog, a two-year-old miniature dachschund called Moo-tea, was adopted through Free Korean Dogs – and has lived with Meagan and her family ever since.

Now the Olympian has rescued a second dog – although this one won’t live with her, as she doesn’t have enough room.

‘I don’t have the luxury of keeping another dog in my small condo,’ she told The Sun. ‘As much as I would love to.’ The South Korean government ordered restaurants close to the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang to stop serving dog meat.

Pyeongchang County government official Lee Yong-bae told AFP that signs advertising dog meat dishes have also been switched to more neutral ones in order to avoid giving ‘a bad impression to foreigners’ during the games.

However dishes such as dog meat soup are still being served, after sales plummeted when they swapped the dog meat for pork or goat. ‘We’ve faced a lot of complaints from restaurant operations that we are threatening their livelihood,’ Mr Lee said.


Meagan has now added her voice to the campaign against dog meat being sold in the country.

Earlier this week, the charity Humane Society International rescued around 90 puppies and dogs from a farm after charity workers persuaded the farmer to give up his trade. The dogs were being kept on a farm just 40 minutes away from the Olympic village.




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