Can Oregon Counties Secede To Idaho?
Last year, two counties in Oregon – Jefferson and Union – voted to leave their home state and head east to Idaho. Just last week, five additional counties joined the quest: Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur, and Sherman.
In the grand scheme of secession, there are many details to be completed before new borders can be drawn. According to a report from KTVB-TV in Boise, there is a lot to do: “To make it a reality, the group would need all 19 counties to approve of it, plus portions of a few others. Then it would need both the Oregon and Idaho legislatures to pass it, and Congress would also give it the OK.”
But it has happened in the United States before:
- 1792: Kentucky was created from Virginia’s territory.
- 1820: From Massachusetts, Maine was created.
- 1863: During the Civil War, when counties were divided by North and South, West Virginia was carved into the latest U.S. state.
The voter turnout in the special secession election was high: 43% – of which 63% voted to become part of Idaho. Petitioners are now encouraging eastern parts of California and Washington state to sign up as well.
Now That’s a Fish Story
A 240lb sturgeon was pulled out of the water as it came up for a snack, unceremoniously weighed and measured, and then released.
Now the old gal has done her part for research and can live many more years in peace and quiet. Now that is an epic fish story.
India Battles Covid Variant
Doctors in India, who have recently battled a deadly surge in COVID-19 cases, are now worried about a rise in mucormycosis – a rare and possibly fatal infection known as black fungus. It seems that those people with underlying health issues such as autoimmune deficiencies, diabetes, or who have recently survived a bout with COVID-19 are contracting black fungus. After hundreds of hospitalizations, at least 90 people have succumbed to this uncommon contagion.
According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), the treatment for the infection is intravenously distributed ant-fungal medication. Amphotericin B is what Indian states are using to combat this latest epidemic. Early diagnosis and treatment are the key to recovery and survival, health experts say.
At this time, there is no evidence that the United States has any cases associated with COVID-19. Yet much is unknown about the lingering effects of the many strains and variants of the Coronavirus.