Shared from the 12/8/2018 Idaho Statesman eEdition

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Workers with the Oregon and Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife haul away a trapped California sea lion in March.

1 Ada deputy saves teen who OD’d on heroin

An Ada County sheriff’s deputy saved the life of a 16-year-old Boise girl who had overdosed on heroin that her older boyfriend allegedly watched her inject, the first time the department has used the opioid overdose-reversing treatment since deputies began carrying it in 2017, officials said.

Ada County Deputy Jason Piccola, a K-9 officer who carries NARCAN in his patrol car, saved the girl at the scene, around 6 p.m. on Nov. 29, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. NARCAN, or naloxone, is a heroin overdose antidote that can be administered through a nasal spray.

In a Facebook post Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office explained that the deputy arrived at a home, near Victory and Cole roads, after a family member found the girl unconscious. The deputy administered two doses of NARCAN to the girl. The first didn’t work, but after the second dose, she began to breathe.

“After a few minutes, she suddenly got up — confused, but alive and conscious,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote.

The girl was taken to a hospital, and Marshall S. Schrick, 20, of Nampa, was picked up at a local hotel and arrested. He is being held at the Ada County Jail, and online court records show he’s been charged with felony injury to a child and felony destruction of evidence.

2 Senate passes bill that OKs killing sea lions

A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate.

State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of investments to restore endangered fish runs.

Senate Bill 3119, which passed Thursday by unanimous consent, would streamline the process for Washington, Idaho, Oregon and several Pacific Northwest Native American tribes to capture and euthanize potentially hundreds of sea lions found in the river east of Portland.

Sen. Jim Risch, an Idaho Republican who co-sponsored the bill with senators from all three states, said the legislation would help ensure healthy populations of salmon.

Critics called the bill ill-conceived and say it won’t solve the problem of declining salmon, which face many other problems.

3 Mining company loses bid to toss lawsuit

A Montana judge has dismissed a lawsuit from an Idaho mining company that’s fighting to overturn its designation by Montana regulators as an industry bad actor because of pollution tied to its CEO.

District Judge Mike Menahan in Helena said in his ruling that the complaint from subsidiaries of Hecla Mining Co. was premature because the bad actor designation by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality was not final.

Montana’s bad actor law blocks individuals and companies who don’t clean up their old mines from starting new ones.

Hecla CEO Phillips Baker Jr. was former chief financial officer at Pegasus Mining, which went bankrupt in 1998 and saddled the state with more than $35 million in pollution cleanup costs.

A separate suit brought by the agency against Hecla and Baker is pending.

4 California teacher cuts boy’s hair, gets charged

A California prosecutor has charged a high school teacher in Vasalia with several child cruelty and battery counts after she forcibly cut the hair of one of her students.

Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said in a news release Friday that 52-year-old Margaret Gieszinger faces up to 3 years and 6 months in jail if convicted of all six counts.

In a video obtained by KFSN-TV, the science and chemistry teacher is heard belting the “The Star-Spangled Banner” while cutting the boy’s hair and tossing chunks behind her.

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