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Animal rescuer saves dog stranded on steep cliff in Idaho

(Information from: Idaho Statesman,

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Nobody knows how long the skinny white dog was trapped on the side of a steep, rocky cliff in rural Idaho, but when Dave Wright heard about the pup's plight he knew he had to get the animal down.

Wright, the founder of Friends Furever Animal Rescue, told the Idaho Statesman he saw a Facebook post about the dog's precarious position on Sunday. He got the coordinates, did some research and with the help of rock climber Richard Jensen scaled the cliff face to rescue the dog.

The trio made it down safely, and the dog — covered in fleas, with some bruises and sores — was whisked away for vaccinations and treatment. Wright says the Great Pyrenees, now named "Clifford," is sweet and gets along with both dogs and cats. Wright is trying to find his owner, but if that fails he says the rescue group will work to find him a new home.



Fighter jets could fly lower in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Air Force wants to fly supersonic fighter jets at lower altitudes in lightly populated areas of southwestern Idaho, northern Nevada and southeastern Oregon to better simulate combat conditions.

The Air Force on Wednesday said it plans to prepare an environmental impact statement to study the idea and will hold meetings and take public comments through Nov. 25 to help shape the study.

Mountain Home Air Force Base in southwestern Idaho operates flights over portions of the three states.

The Air Force says allowing jets to fly lower will give crews training in low-altitude tactics and radar masking using mountainous terrain for survival.

The first meeting is Nov. 4 in McDermitt, Nevada. Later that week in Idaho, meetings are planned for Boise, Grand View, and Mountain Home.


Man dead after high-speed police chase in southern Idaho

(Information from: The Times-News,

JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Police say a suspect died after a high-speed chase during which shots were fired in southern Idaho on Tuesday, but they declined to release many details.

The Times-News reports the chase began when an Ada County deputy tried to stop a vehicle on Interstate 84 late Tuesday morning.

Idaho State Police Capt. David Neth says the driver, who fled the traffic stop, was a suspect in two kidnappings and considered armed and dangerous. Law enforcement officers from several agencies gave chase, and when the suspect's car became disabled near Wendell the man allegedly stole a pickup at gunpoint and fled again. At some point officers fired shots at the suspect, and the chase came to an end at a dairy near Wendell.

Neth says pursuing officers found the suspect incapacitated and after life-saving measures failed the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The case remains under investigation by a Critical Incident Task Force.



2 Oregon counties offer vote-by-mobile to overseas voters

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two Oregon counties are offering the opportunity for members of the U.S. military, their dependents and others living overseas to vote in special elections this November with smartphones.

While some technology experts have warned that such a system could be insecure, Jackson and Umatilla counties have already advised hundreds of registered voters overseas that they have the option to cast ballots using blockchain-based mobile voting.

Jackson County Clerk ?Christine Walker said she has confidence in the system, and that it will help ensure that the votes of those living overseas will be counted. She noted that overseas mail systems can be unreliable.


Western governors want nuclear testing compensation expanded

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Western governors say atmospheric nuclear weapons testing exposed more states and more people to radiation fallout and resulting cancers and other diseases than the federal government recognizes.

The Western Governors' Association on Friday sent letters to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House urging passage of proposed changes to a law involving "downwinders."

The changes would add all of Nevada, Arizona and Utah, and include for the first time downwinders in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and the island territory of Guam.

The changes to the 1990 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act would also include increasing the maximum payment to $150,000 for someone filing a claim.

The U.S. between 1945 and 1992 conducted more than 1,000 nuclear weapons tests, nearly 200 in the atmosphere.


Man arrested after Pocatello woman stabbed several times

(Information from: Idaho State Journal,

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Police say a southern Idaho woman who was stabbed several times is expected to survive, and a man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing.

The Pocatello Police Department tells the Idaho State Journal that the woman was stabbed by an acquaintance at her Pocatello home Saturday night. The woman's name was not released, but police say she was in critical condition at a Salt Lake Hospital on Monday.

Twenty-nine-year-old Steven Skylar Drain was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery Sunday afternoon. Online court records did not show on Tuesday if he has been formally charged or if he has obtained an attorney.


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