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Tuesday 061521

Idaho is growing in population.  The U.S. Census Bureau has released some of the census numbers and it shows cities grew by about 10 percent in the past ten years.  Twin Falls had a 16 percent growth with 51,411 calling it home.  Jerome 12-106.  Burley 10-712.  Buhl 4524.  Filer 3939 and Kimberly 4161.

Four housing organizations in Idaho are getting coronavirus relief funding to help cover the cost emergency housing vouchers.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $2.4 million total.  As of January 2020, Idaho had around 2,300 people “experiencing homelessness on any given day” officials said.

Water managers are cutting off irrigation flows to farmers in Idaho’s Wood River basin and wildlife officials are scrambling to move fish to safer waters as a severe drought grips the area.  Farmers got 27 days of water this year before the Magic Reservoir reached 4% capacity.  This is the canal company’s shortest irrigation season since at least 1977. Typically, the dam isn’t closed until mid-September.

While the price of gas went up again this past week, the increase has slowed down.  In Idaho, the price jumped a penny as crude oil prices topped 70-dollars a barrel.  That’s the highest price since October 2018.  In the area, the average price is $3-25 a gallon.  Nationwide the price jumped three cents to 3-08.

The College of Southern Idaho has identified a need for individuals whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19.  With help from the Federal emergency relief funding the College will offer training focused on obtaining a new job, improving skills for a current job or upskilling to be eligible for a higher paying job.  100-percent of the cost will be covered by the federal government. 

Did your property tax assessment skyrocket?  You are not alone.  The trend is statewide.  Assessors say the assessments are based on actual sales.  Blame it on low interest rates they say. Some relief is possible.  Check to make sure you are signed up for the homeowners exemption that provides up to $125-thousand dollars.

SPORTS

The most valuable players for high school baseball and softball have been announced following the recent state championships where Kimberly took third in Baseball and Filer took the first place in Softball.  Kimberly’s Brennen Chappell is baseballs MVP. The coach of the year is Simon Olsen.  For softball the MVP is Samantha Taylor and the Coach of the year is Buck Taylor. 

The Twin Falls county planning and zoning commission has approved a request clearing the way for a new motocross park.  The lot that the motocross club wants to use is owned by the county and the city of Twin Falls.  It’s near the Magic Valley Regional Airport.  The 50 acres is next to the Magic Valley Speedway.   This would be the first track in the Twin Falls area.  Others are located in Rupert and Boise.  The commissioners unanimously approved the project with conditions establishing what times and months the track would be open.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 10 to 13 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 84. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West northwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. Breezy.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 61. Breezy.

 

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93.