Today I met with two other church members who live alone and went to dinner with Elijah at A. J. Spurs. Penny got a lot of time to run around today. She got two hours when I was visiting with my friends, another run on the way to meet Elijah, and a fine run in Miner’s parking lot (after they were closed) on the way home from dinner.

Today 11 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by County Health bring the total of cases in the county to 317. There are currently two people in the hospital both in the ICU, 35 are recovering at home, and 279 people have recovered. There has been one death in the county due to the virus.

The cities with the highest number of reported cases are Paso Robles with 123, Atascadero with 46, and Nipomo with 31. By areas of the county the North region has 192 cases, the South region has 73 cases and the rest of the county has 52 cases. The highest number of cases by age group is 151 for those between the ages of 18 and 49.

The person who San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office identified as the gunman that ambushed officers, shooting a deputy in the face and killed a man on Wednesday was shot and killed this afternoon in a gun battle with law enforcement officers. He has been identified as Mason James Lira.

At about 2:10 p.m. today, the sheriff’s office says a report came in of an officer shot in the area of Ramada Drive and Volpi Ysabel Road in Paso Robles. “Officers then arrived at the scene and started conducting a search for the suspect. The suspect opened fire on the officers, wounding two of them,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

The three officers that were shot are with the California Highway Patrol, Arroyo Grande Police Department and Kings County Sheriff’s Office. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says the three officers injured during the search for Lira are expected to survive. All injuries to the officers are described as non-life threatening.

“The suspect attempted to flee from the riverbed towards Highway 101 when he was shot by law enforcement officers,” according to the press release. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s office says Lira was in possession of two guns believed to have been stolen from a burglary at a business in San Luis Obispo a few days prior to the shooting incident Wednesday morning that prompted the manhunt for the 26-year-old suspect.

Lira, the man who police say was responsible for shooting a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy in the face and killing a man in Paso Robles on Wednesday, had a history of arrests in multiple counties across the state of California. Lira was arrested on May 20, 2020, for trespassing, obstructing a peace officer, fighting in public, and threats. Lira served time and was released just eight days ago on June 3.

Lira was confirmed dead Thursday afternoon after a nearly 37-hour-long manhunt. It came after multiple shots were reported from the Salinas Riverbed in the area of Ramada Drive and Highway 46 West and three officers were injured. All are reported to be in good condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Parts of the nation have seen a surge in certain crimes amid protests and riots that flared in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

Cities including Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed, as well as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, have seen an uptick in burglaries, shootings and even, in some cases, murders.

Floyd, a black man, died after he was pinned to the pavement on May 25 by a white Minneapolis police officer who put his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, even as Floyd said he could not breathe.

Protests have been held in cities and towns around the world calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism. But public and elected officials have said the protests have devolved in some cases into organized riots, and some opportunists have used the diverted police attention as a chance to commit crimes.

The racial tensions and political climate have also prompted attacks on police in parts of the nation.

Multiple high-ranking police officials in a number of cities, including Boston, Washington, Atlanta, and New York have had their personal information shared on social media, including their home addresses, email addresses and phone numbers, the Department of Homeland Security recently warned.

In Las Vegas, a 29-year-old officer reportedly remains on life support after he was shot on June 2, as police tried to disperse a large crowd of protesters in front of a casino shuttered because of the novel coronavirus.

Early Wednesday morning, a San Luis Obispo sheriff’s deputy was shot in the head but survived an “ambush” by a gunman intent on harming or killing police and authorities said that night.

The shooter opened fire around 3:45 a.m. on the back side of the police station in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said. Officers were inside at the time and windows and a door were shot out, but no one was injured.

After wounding the San Luis Obispo County deputy in the small city of Paso Robles, police believe the shooter killed a transient and then eluded an intense manhunt. After wounding three more law enforcement officers on Thursday he was shot and killed by officers.

If Democrats, anarchists, and leftists have their way, Americans will be left with no rights. The Left’s persistent, virulent attacks on police officers and police departments are undermining the police power of government, which is designed to protect the rights of all.

Now, these extremely dangerous cranks want to defund police departments and actually disband police departments in some cities. Democratic Party elected officials have proposed a new, different kind of police force.

Cops perform an extremely difficult job. Every time they put on a uniform and go out into our neighborhoods and streets, they run a risk that they will not return home at the end of their shift. They protect the defenseless. Their presence allows all of us to work, play, and enjoy our associations with one another.

The tragic death of George Floyd should not result in the emasculation of police forces. The attack on police by leftists will result in more crime. Defunding departments will mean that there will be fewer officers, with inadequate equipment and training. Will that make us safer? Will that result in the kind of lawful society that allows individuals to pursue their dreams?

No. It will actually result in oppression by lawless bullies and domestic terrorists. And, unfortunately, it will be disproportionately oppressive to the neighborhoods that need the most policing.

Those on the Left are asserting that police need more training on how to deescalate tense situations. I agree. That is why I introduced numerous pieces of legislation to provide funding for these types of training programs when I served in the Arizona legislature. Not one Democrat joined in sponsoring the legislation, nor did any vote for the bills.

Occasionally, an individual police officer will abuse his authority, and sometimes someone will have contact with an officer who acts like a jerk, but the vast majority of cops play it straight. By far, most officers do a great job.

But good cops have endured relentless attacks from the Left, it was a group of Black Lives Matter activists that chanted such peace-promoting slogans as, “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want it? Now.”

As this dangerous attitude has filtered up to members of Congress, state capitols, and city governments, police will have little reason to stick around. As it is, most big-city police departments have a hard time filling their forces with qualified trainees.

Ideas floated by Democrats that will result in increased crime include defunding and abolishing enforcement of our immigration laws, defunding or abolishing police departments, elimination of qualified immunity for police officers, elimination of no-knock service of arrest warrants, and prohibition of the use of military equipment.

Each of those ideas is designed to reduce the capacity of police to enforce our laws and protect the communities in which they serve. Failure to enforce laws, including immigration laws, emboldens people who are already inclined to violate the law to continue; you lose specific and general deterrent effects. Defunding police departments means training and equipment will be inadequate. Abolishing departments — no one even knows what that will look like.

Officers will be personally liable, not just for gross negligence or intentional wrongs. Even though departments are already liable without immunity and can punish an officer for any misconduct, officers will face increased scrutiny by avaricious trial lawyers. Good luck keeping and recruiting great officers.

Providing notice to bad guys that you are coming in and giving them the equipment edge will put the public and officers in harm’s way.

My colleagues in Congress have asserted that they merely seek justice, yet every officer involved in a high-profile case this year has been fired and charged with crimes. The U.S. attorney general, at the direction of President Trump, is investigating the Floyd case.

Here are two predictions about the results of the Left’s congressional agenda now being floated: One, it will cost billions of dollars, which we do not have and which will not be properly accounted for, as their policies fail to deliver on whatever promises Democrats make; and two, it will result in increased crime rates, if they honestly count the data.

Democrats always tell us to give up our guns and simply call the police when we are under attack by armed bad guys. Now, they tell us we should abolish the police.

They are wrong about their proposed policy changes. They are wrong about the Second Amendment. They are wrong about their desire to defund and abolish the police. They cannot even bring themselves to admit that the “peaceful” protests were none too peaceful, killing innocent people, maiming others, and destroying hundreds of millions of dollars of property representing the life’s work of many. They are even wrong on the extent of Congress’s role in this matter.

We count on our police forces to protect the rights of everyone. The Left’s design is to undermine our civil society. Instead of meaningful change, they will inflame passions.

Rep. Andy Biggs, a Republican, represents Arizona’s 5th District in Congress. He is chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. You can follow him on Twitter: @RepAndyBiggsAZ.

Boyden Cavern is a show cave located in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. The cave is a solutional cave formed in Mesozoic marble. It is a cave with many varieties of natural speleothems, including rare “shield” formations. Boyden Cave or Boyden Cavern is located in the deepest river cut canyon of the United States, the 8,200-foot deep Kings Canyon. The cave entrance lies beneath the 2,000-foot (610 m) high marble walls of the famous Portals of the Kings, near the Kings River.

Both stalactites and stalagmites are types of speleothems, mineral deposits that form on the insides of caves through the deposition of soluble minerals such as calcium carbonate, which forms limestone.

Stalactites form exclusively on ceilings as dissolved minerals drip down in the form of mineralized water, whereas stalagmites form where the dripping mineralized water touches the floor and deposits its minerals.

Because they are formed as two parts of the same process, stalactites and stalagmites can grow to the point where they connect with one another. Such connected formations are called columns.

The way I learned to remember which was which was by the saying “stalactites hold tight to the ceiling and stalagmites might reach the ceiling.”

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I am a retired disabled veteran and am actively involved with a Baptist Church on the Central Coast of CA. I am a photographer who likes to shoot portraits and scenic photographs.

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