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U.S. should follow Canada and scrap COVID-19 border rules, lawmakers urge White House

Lawmakers from the northern United States are cheering reports that Canada is poised to abandon COVID-19 vaccination rules for foreign visitors, and want President Joe Biden’s administration to follow suit.

Montana Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas this week to urge him to lift the vaccine requirement for truck drivers and other travellers entering the U.S.

“Recent reports indicate that the Canadian government is planning to terminate its vaccination requirements for Americans and other non-citizens entering the country in the coming days,” Tester wrote.

“It is past time for America to do the same.”

Read more: Canada to drop COVID-19 vaccine mandate at border, make ArriveCAN optional: source

Vaccine mandates at the border are making international trade “harder and more expensive,” particularly in states like Montana that enjoy a special trading relationship with their northern neighbours, he continued.

“Fertilizer, hay and other agricultural products from Canada are critical for farmers and ranchers in Montana and across America,” Tester wrote.

A co-ordinated approach to reciprocal measures, he said, would “prevent unnecessary confusion, increase trade and boost economies on both sides of the northern border.”

New York congressman Rep. Brian Higgins, co-chair of the multipartisan, bilateral Canada-U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Group, said the question of vaccination rules at the border was a hot topic during recent meetings in D.C.

Higgins said it would defy logic for the U.S. to maintain its vaccine mandate for foreign travellers in light of Biden’s own claim in a recent “60 Minutes” interview that “the pandemic is over.”

“I don’t know if I agree with that entirely,” he


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Major flooding, rockslides force closure of all entrances to Yellowstone National Park - - state Montana - Billings, state Montana - county Yellowstone
Major flooding, rockslides force closure of all entrances to Yellowstone National Park
close all entrances to Yellowstone National Park through Wednesday at the earliest.NPS officials said there has been substantial flooding, rockslides and mudslides across numerous roadways after areas picked up at least 3 inches of rain, with some areas seeing a half-foot or more.HOW TO WATCH FOX WEATHER ON TVThat amount of rainfall combined with rapid snowmelt has allowed for the Yellowstone River to rise above levels that haven't been seen in more than 100 years.Flooding and rockslides have closed entrances to Yellowstone National Park.  (Yellowstone National Park)The National Weather Service in Billings, Montana, said the Yellowstone River at Corwin Springs is at 13.85 feet, well above the previous record crest of 11.5 feet.WHAT DOES THE TERM '100-YEAR FLOOD' ACTUALLY MEAN?People along the river in the Paradise Valley, especially those camping along the river, are being advised to seek higher ground immediately.Severe flooding in the Yellowstone area on Monday, June 13, left many roads inaccessible in Red Lodge, Montana. (Credit: @Norseman on YT via Storyful)The NPS said there would be no inbound visitor traffic allowed into the park until the situation stabilizes and officials can begin to assess damage to roads, bridges and other facilities within Yellowstone National Park.All entrances to Yellowstone National Park are closed.
Missing Montana 4-year-old found 'in good spirits' after two days alone - - county Pierce - state Montana
Missing Montana 4-year-old found 'in good spirits' after two days alone
(Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)LINCOLN COUNTY, Mont. - A 4-year-old boy who had been missing in northwestern Montana for two days was found on Sunday "in good spirits," despite being "hungry, thirsty, and cold," the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office announced. Ryker Webb disappeared around 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon while playing with his family's dog in the Bull Lake area of the Kootenai National Forest.  (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)RELATED: Body found in CO identified as Pierce County woman who went missing 28 years agoRELATED: Sammamish man's body recovered from Lake Keechelus after paddleboarding accidentOver the next two days, dog teams and ATVs combed the ground while a boat unit was deployed on the lake and Montana Air National Guard helicopters searched from the sky."It was extremely difficult to get the additional air assets into the Bull Lake valley due to very poor weather conditions which consisted of rain, low visibility, and low ceiling," the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said, noting that "dense vegetation" also challenged ground searchers. Several law enforcement agencies and experienced outdoorsman in the area pitched in on the search, while a local Church and supermarket provided meals and other support.  (Several law enforcement agencies and private outdoorsmen joined the search for 4-year-old Ryker Webb. (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office))On Sunday, as more than 50 people searched the area, Ryker was found a couple of miles mile south of Bull Lake. The little boy was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation but was "in good spirits and apparently healthy," Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said.