Border Patrol Agent Dies in Texas, Trump Renews Call for Wall

There are no details about who or what killed a Border Patrol agent on Sunday. It’s not clear whether he was the victim of an attack or an accident.

CNN

A Border Patrol agent died Sunday morning from injuries he suffered while on patrol in southwest Texas, the US Customs and Border Protection said.

Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his partner were responding to activity while on patrol in the Big Bend Sector, which runs along the US-Mexico border, and the partner reported they were both injured, the agency said. The agents were patrolling near Interstate 10, in the Van Horn station area of the sector.

Customs officials would not say what type of activity the agents were responding to.

Other agents responded, provided medical care and transported both to a local hospital. CBP was later told Martinez had died, and his partner remains hospitalized.

On Sunday night, President Trump tweeted about the incident, writing, “We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall.”

“On behalf of the quarter of a million front line officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Agent Martinez and to the agent who is in serious condition,” acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in the statement.

Carlos Diaz, a spokesman for the CBP, would not describe the incident in any further detail, saying the FBI is investigating.

“The FBI is still actively investigating the incident and gathering the facts,” FBI spokeswoman Jeanette Harper said.

The Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group and agents from CBP’s Air and Marine Operations were searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses, the agency said.

Martinez had been a border patrol agent since 2013, officials said.

Since there are a lot of Mexicans who live on the U.S. side of the border, there are a significant number of Border Patrol agents who are of Mexican backgrounds. One Mexican woman I used to know was gung ho on becoming an agent. She hated illegals as much as anybody and was determined to turn them around at the border if she could.

President Trump’s Tweet shows that he’s not backing down on the wall, which the people want, but the Republican establishment and Democrats don’t want.

FILE PHOTO OF BORDER PATROL ACTIVITY.

World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Opens in Swiss Alps

Engineering and construction courtesy of that much demonized white race and Western civilization.

Amazing accomplishment!

NBC News

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has been inaugurated in southern Switzerland, carrying hikers 1,620 feet across an Alpine ravine at a height of up to 300 feet.

It forms part of the Europaweg, part of a two-day mountain trail connecting the towns of Grächen and Zermatt, and saves walkers a long detour after a previous bridge was damaged by falling rocks.

The steel facility offers a stunning panorama of the surrounding Alps, but is only 25 inches wide and its grated surface means it is possible to look down into the Grabengufer ravine below.

The local tourism agency warned that the bridge, officially opened Saturday near the town of Randa, was “for hikers with no fear of heights.”

“The thrill of traversing the precipice is indescribable,” Zermatt Tourism said in a news release.

The bridge offers stunning views of the 14,783-foot Weisshorn — a mountain slightly taller than the more famous nearby Matterhorn.

Three Puppies And Parents Wolf and Cloud Saved From Italian Avalanche Hotel

WOLF AND CLOUD GREETED TOURISTS AT THE HOTEL. THEY’RE SAFE.

WOLF AND CLOUD’S PUPS. THEY’RE SAFE TOO.

The well-known tourist hotel in Rigopiano, Italy was buried under an avalanche last week. CNN reported 29 dead and 11 rescued. That story also mentions the pups but not their parents.

This is my good news post for the weekend. Enjoy and share.

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The three Abruzzese shepherd puppies, children of Cloud and Wolf, were saved: the forestry group of the police has in fact found them among the rubble Rigopiano Hotel, the hotel in an avalanche last Wednesday. The father and mother of the wolf cubs and cloud, mascot, had risen to the headlines to be able on their own to save themselves and to reach the town of Faringdon, near there. The cubs, born on 4 December, were saved by rescuers after they shot down a wall. They seem in good condition, but to say for sure it will be better to wait for the response of the veterinarian.

Also this time the news covering the animals were able to survive this terrible tragedy warms hearts and makes us understand that even in the smallest things and keep hiding the most precious and most significant feats. Moving the action of the rescuers who once again prove heroes risking their own lives to save the dogs, heedless and contemptuous of the threat constantly hanging over them, showing that if the Italian relief efforts sometimes guilty of disorganization, the human factor is always at the highest levels. The sad story of Farindola confirms that when they are in the game of life, no matter what species or what age, our rescuers put our heart, never surrender, even against the most desperate situations.

The people of the web welcomes with joy and gladness saving three cubs. <>. On the Facebook home page had been recently published photos of the puppies before the immense tragedy of the last days.

Before the puppies were found, their mum and dad were found after the dogs had dug out through 12 feet of snow:

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If there was a chance to save some of the people trapped in the hotel Rigopiano probably merit is too. We’re talking about Wolf and Cloud, the two Abruzzi shepherds were born and raised at the Hotel Rigopiano and known by all tourists who have visited the facility. Dogs are able to reach the town, where the inhabitants were immediately welcomed and fed. But before that they dug four meters of snow, until you break through. From there they then reached the rescuers, signaling a strategic point for commissioning except people.

The photos he immortalized the event was posted on Facebook by Martina Rossi, a girl who worked recently as a bartender at Rigopiano and therefore knew the two dogs. Wolf and Cloud had just had some puppies, whose pictures had been posted recently on the Facebook home page Rigopiano, among many cheerful and carefree images. The dogs, affectionate and good with everyone, they were welcomed in a special way, as if you could see in them the hope of all those who were buried under the snow and still have not been recovered. Wolf and cloud are extraordinary, for them there is a great life force, a character that inspires confidence in everyone he meets them. This is their gift from birth, and their company is certainly auspicious sign. Perhaps it is not much, but hopes are now brighter than ever.

“I do not know how, but they managed to get to my district, a fraction of Farindola (Villa Cupoli) safe and sound – writes Martina Rossi -. This certainly can not fill the emptiness and destruction that crosses a country still hopeful knee, waiting only for positive news, me personally. But these two beautiful cagnoloni, revising them, certainly managed to get me back to your heart beat, at least for a few seconds, bringing hope ”

The translation mangled the thoughts, but we get it. The dogs coming out alive gave hope that all the humans would be safe too. Sadly, that did not happen. But we can give thanks for God sparing the lives of this beautiful canine family.

Brave Teen Girl Hikes Out of Rugged Wilderness Area: Sole Survivor of Small Plane Crash

AUTUMN VEATCH. HER SURVIVAL STORY HAS IMPRESSED MILLIONS.
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AUTUMN VEATCH

Sixteen year old Autumn Veatch is being hailed by the national press as a hero. The teen was lucky to survive the small plane crash in a remote mountain area in Washington state that killed her step-grandparents.

Autumn was brave and used her God-given smarts to figure out how to walk out of that wilderness area to find help. There’s very little in American society today that teaches the mental and physical toughness that would be required to live through a wilderness experience like hers.

She gives credit to her father, with whom she watched the “Survivor” TV series. Obviously, there’s more to her ability to make her way to safety than that. Luck, intelligence, and youth played their parts.

Kudos to Autumn for showing that at least some of today’s teens are tough and tough-minded.

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Autumn Veatch, the sole survivor of a small plane crash in the mountains of Central Washington, was released from the hospital in Brewster on Tuesday evening.

Veatch, 16, hiked to safety Monday after the crash and was picked up by some hikers. The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office said Veatch told them her grandparents, Leland and Sharon Bowman, did not survive.

The hikers drove Veatch 30 miles east to a general store in Mazama, where employees called 911.

THEY DIDN’T SURVIVE.
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Let’s pick up an account of Autumn’s story from the Associated Press

With her step-grandparents dead or dying in the burning wreckage of their small plane, 16-year-old Autumn Veatch needed to somehow find her way off the remote, thickly forested Washington state mountainside where they crashed Saturday afternoon.

Bruised by the impact, singed by the fire, fearing an explosion and knowing she couldn’t help the other victims, the girl did what she could: She headed down the steep slope, following a creek to a river. She spent a night on a sand bar, where she felt safer. She drank small amounts of the flowing water but worried she might get sick if she drank more.

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Inspirational Quote of the Day: One From Sir Edmund Hillary

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An inspirational quote from the first man to climb mighty Mount Everest.

Fairy Tale Mountain Village: Lofoten Island of Senja, Norway

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Note that the photographer created the image via a composite of two images.

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