Search and rescue teams, already stretched thin, see surge in calls
When search and rescue volunteers in Utah’s Washington County received three separate calls for help on a recent Sunday, every available member of the team was deployed in response. As they tended to injured hikers and mountain bikers, things quickly went from bad to worse.“Before we were done with the third call, we got a fourth one, and five minutes after that we got a fifth one,” said Sgt. Darrell Cashin, who serves as the county sheriff’s liaison to volunteer rescue teams in southwest Utah.Cashin was forced to split off team members to respond to the new situations, while also deploying sh...
Meatpacking production is nearly normal, but workers are still coping with COVID-19
Salvador Ramirez, a meatpacking worker at JBS in Worthington, Minn., died alone in a house not much bigger than a studio apartment a mile from the plant.His state death certificate said he was 53, but he was 66, said his wife, Maria. The two had been married for 25 years and raised two sons in Chicago. They lived separately after he started working in Worthington.Ramirez had diabetes. When his wife first saw reports of a COVID-19 outbreak at the plant, she called him.“I was pleading with him to be careful,” she said. “He told me they kept making him work. He told me he felt sick, but he told m...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Trump Ordered Fireworks Displays At Mt. Rushmore Speech Despite Prohibition Due To Wildfire Risk
President Donald Trump visited South Dakota’s Mt. Rushmore on Friday for his July 4th celebration, “Salute to America,” with a big fireworks display. Fireworks were banned in the area in 2009 due to wildfire and pollution concerns, but Trump personally ordered the fireworks display. Amid the re-surging coronavirus cases and the recent racial protests, many Americans found it harder to celebrate the Fourth of July.During the remarks, Trump called the protesters members of the “radical left.”“We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and...
Protesters tear down statue of Spanish missionary and saint Junipero Serra in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A statue of Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest who helped to establish the Spanish missions in California, was torn down by protesters in Sacramento’s Capitol Park on Saturday night after a day of marches throughout the city.Demonstrations across the country Saturday had a focus on the rights and historical struggle of indigenous people, partly a response to the annual celebration of the Fourth of July.In Sacramento, protesters advocating for the Black Lives Matter movement marched from the Tower Bridge to the Capitol, where they joined another group. Some carried a ban...
The Sacramento Bee
Trump Jr.'s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle tests positive for coronavirus
One of President Donald Trump’s top campaign fundraisers — and the girlfriend of his son Donald Trump Jr. — tested positive for coronavirus Friday in South Dakota hours before Trump gave a speech at Mount Rushmore.“After testing positive, Kimberly was immediately isolated to limit any exposure,” said Sergio Gor, chief of staff to the Trump Victory Finance Committee, which Guilfoyle chairs.“She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic, but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events,” Gor said in a statement. “Donald Trump Jr was tested ...
New York Daily News
For the third time this week, Trump plays golf amid Russian bounty scandal, coronavirus spikes
President Donald Trump kicked off his holiday weekend with a Friday morning visit to his private Virginia golf club, hitting the links for the third time in less than a week despite growing outrage over the Russian bounty scandal and coronavirus spikes across the country.The president arrived at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling shortly before 10 a.m., according to the White House pool reporter. A small group of protesters greeted Trump at the club’s entrance, including one woman holding a sign saying “Trump is a Traitor.”After his golf outing, the president was expected to depart for S...
New York Daily News
Group of veteran California Republicans will campaign against Trump and senators who back him
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Now that the Lincoln Project has the nation’s attention with its ads baiting and attacking President Donald Trump, the political action committee is going grassroots.To start, the Lincoln Project, founded by well-known conservatives late last year, is tapping veteran California Republicans to fundraise and volunteer for campaigns in a handful of states against GOP incumbents who the committee considers Trump sympathizers.Among the 12 Californians joining the cause to make phone calls, build the network and raise some cash are Rosario Marin, treasurer under President George...
The Sacramento Bee
Dennis Anderson: Canceling pheasant brood survey in South Dakota won't fool hunters for long
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesotans who in recent months believe they have toggled up every movie worth watching should give home entertainment one more chance by searching for the 1966 classic “King of Hearts.”A French production, the movie is exemplary both as a comedy and life lesson, especially when viewed through a summer 2020 lens, when, as in “King of Hearts,” nothing seems to make sense, yet, paradoxically, as one reviewer noted, nothing doesn’t.I was thinking of “King of Hearts” the other day after listening to a recording of the June 4 meeting of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) Com...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
To travel or not to travel? It's the existential question of this pandemic summer
To travel or not to travel?That existential question is afflicting many Americans in this strange summer of 2020, as we wonder whether to take a trip, and if so how and where.In the past few days, I’ve been Googling flights to Oregon even as the voice of caution says, “Stop it. You’re not crazy enough to fly somewhere in the midst of a pandemic.”As I keep Googling, the voice asks. “Are you?”“No,” I whimper dutifully to myself, but still I keep checking out flights.I do it in part the way I flipped through travel magazines in a pre-digital age, as a way to dream and remember. But I also do it b...
Gettysburg, home to America's most hallowed battlefield, reckons with symbols of the Confederacy
GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The nationwide push to take down symbols of the Confederacy, to question why anyone flies a rebel flag at all, has come to Gettysburg, a city of barely 1,100 on the South Dakota prairie, where the buffalo once roamed.Gettysburg, South Dakota, is approximately 1,400 miles northwest of its sister city in Adams County, Pa., where Union troops defeated Confederate forces in the pivotal battle of the Civil War in 1863. The South Dakota city got its name, according to one account, because soldiers who fought in Pennsylvania settled there. Its slogan is “Where the Battle Wasn’t.” It...
The Philadelphia Inquirer