Saturday

A survey released recently shows that Medicaid expansion is likely blazing a trail for gubernatorial hopeful Paulette Jordan.

According to a news release from Clarity Campaign Labs, lieutenant governor and gubernatorial candidate Brad Little’s lead on Jordan has shrunk to single digits.

While Little’s lead still sits at 8 percent, Jordan is popular for health care and Medicaid expansion, according to the news release.

The poll of 826 likely Idaho voters showed 45 percent support for Medicaid expansion with 36 percent undecided. Only 19 percent of respondents said they do not support Medicaid expansion.

Of those supporting the Medicaid expansion, roughly 64 percent are also supporting Jordan, according to the news release.

According the the news release, Jordan polled at 41 percent among independent voters, which make up about a third of the electorate.


Independent women favor Jordan 47 percent support to Little’s 20 percent. Jordan also leads among all women voters 34 percent to 33 percent.
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When AJ and his brother Toby arrived at Carson Animal Shelter the two dogs had no way of knowing they would be left behind by their family, who surrendered the two dogs because they couldn’t afford to take care of them any more.

The two dogs were smiling and fine until they became separated and soon realized they were away from their family, each other, and everything they knew. Their home was replaced with loud barks and a cold kennel surrounded by strangers.

The two dogs “did great walking on a leash next to each other when they came in but now they are confused and alone and missing each other and home” explained Saving Carson Shelter Dogs who began an online campaign to save the two dogs.

Six-year-old AJ was especially hard hit after being separated from his brother and was so scared that he sobbed in his kennel. It was video of AJ crying in his kennel that would soon capture everyone’s attention.

“AJ is 100% pure sweet, gentle, loving beauty, he loves other dogs and he is missing his brother, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs wrote. “He is shutting down, he has a cold and he needs your help…”

The video instantly went viral and just days after the video was released, the rescue community sprung into action to save AJ and his brother from euthanasia.


AJ’s tears would soon be replaced with a happy wagging tail when he was pulled from the shelter. Rescuers were on hand to film his freedom walk out of the shelter.

At the time of his rescue, Saving Carson Shelter Dogs wrote, “This beauty touched the hearts of a lot of people and today he was lucky enough to take his FREEDOM Walk out of the Shelter, even while he is struggling with a cold. He was rescued and we are hoping tomorrow that Rescue will work with the different Rescue that is saving his Bonded Brother TOBY, so they can be reunited. Both have been seriously depressed since they were separated… Happy life sweet AJ.”


And that’s exactly what happened. AJ was adopted by a loving new family shortly after. Even better, the family also decided to adopt Toby too! It was a happy ending for both thanks to the rescue effort of many, who refused to give up on the two dogs.
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On Esther Island in Alaska, a mother bear and her two recently born cubs were shot dead by a father and son.

The killing was captured thanks to a motion-detecting camera that had been set up in the bear den as part of a joint three-year study between the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Once the sow black bear and her babies were inexplicably shot, the perpetrator realized that the mother bear was collared – and tried to cover up what had been done. Fortunately, the attempts were futile, and the men are now facing felony and misdemeanor charges.

The 41-year-old Andrew Renner and his 18-year-old son Owen Renner of Palmer, Alaska were caught on camera skiing past the bear den on April 14, 2018, CNN reports.

It was then that they noticed the mother bear. According to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, having seen the animal, Owen Renner shot the adult bear twice, after which the frightened cubs began “shrieking.” The man then killed both the babies as well.

The video recorded by the camera was not released to the public. Court documents say that the killer is captured on the video saying the words: “It doesn’t matter. Bear down,” and then: “They’ll never be able to link it to us.” The men were also recorded two days later returning to the site to pick up shell casings and dispose of the cubs’ bodies. Two weeks later, Renner brought the mother bear’s skin and collar to the officials at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and claimed that he realized after shooting her that she was a nursing bear and had not seen any cubs.

Trooper Col. Steve Smith said that numerous crimes, including felonies, were believed to have been committed in the case. The truck and boat used to transport the Renners to and from the bears’ den have been seized. The men have been charged with unlawfully taking a female bear with cubs, unlawfully taking a bear cub, and possessing and transporting illegally taken “game.” Andrew Renner has also been charged with tampering with physical evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


Killing a nursing bear and her completely helpless just-born cubs is not only an example of poaching but also of completely needless and inexplicable cruelty towards other living beings, a cruelty that cannot be tolerated.
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Thursday

A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday ordered the U.S. State Department to do a full environmental review of a revised route for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline, a move that could delay the project and prove a setback for the Trump administration.

For more than a decade, environmentalists, tribal groups, and ranchers have fought the $8-billion, 1,180-mile (1,900-km) pipeline to carry heavy crude to Steele City in Nebraska from Canada’s oilsands in Alberta.

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris ruled for the Indigenous Environmental Network and other plaintiffs, ordering the review of a revised pipeline route through Nebraska to supplement one the department did on the original path in 2014.

In his ruling, Morris said the State Department was obligated to “analyze new information relevant to the environmental impacts of its decision” to issue a permit for the pipeline last year. Supporting the project are Canadian oil producers, who face price discounts over transport bottlenecks, and U.S. oil interests and pipeline builders.

TransCanada Corp, which wants to build Keystone XL, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling. It hopes to start preliminary work in Montana in coming months and begin construction in the second quarter of 2019.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the State Department. The ruling was “a rejection of the Trump administration’s attempt to flout the law and force Keystone XL on the American people,” said Jackie Prange, a lawyer for the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.


In 2015, then President Barack Obama, a Democrat, rejected the pipeline, saying it would add to emissions that cause climate change and would mostly benefit Canadians. President Donald Trump, a Republican, pushed to approve the pipeline soon after he took office. A State Department official signed a so-called presidential permit in 2017 allowing the line to move forward.

However, Morris declined the plaintiff’s request to vacate that permit, which was based on the 2014 review. Last year, Nebraska regulators approved an alternative route for the pipeline which will cost TransCanada millions of dollars more than the original path.

In a draft environmental assessment last month, the State Department said Keystone XL would cause no major harm to water supplies or wildlife. That review is less wide-ranging than the full environmental impact statement Morris ordered.
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Wednesday

These heroic Samoan fire crew after fighting the fires in California take the time to sing their traditional song and is a sight to see.

About a dozen American Samoa crew members performed their ritual beside a Cal Fire helicopter in the mountains near Fort Bragg.

Drew Rhoads posted the video to Facebook Sunday night and most comments praise the men for their hardwork battling the wildfires.

Samoans were renown through the Pacific for their seafaring culture and thus was named the Navigator Islands by the first European visitors upon witnessing first hand the Samoan people's seafaring skills.

The Samoan people and culture form a vital link and stepping stone in the formation and spread of the Polynesian culture, language and religion throughout Eastern Polynesia.

A Polynesian culture of trade, religion, war, colonialism are important identifying markers within the Polynesian culture that almost certainly formed its roots within the Samoan culture.


Samoa's colonial history with the kingdom of Tonga, Fiji and French Polynesia forming the impases for what is the modern Polynesian cultural marker points.

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