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Tuesday 011221

“Deadly Tornado.”  That’s how Idaho Governor Brad Little described 2020 in his state of the state address yesterday on day one as lawmakers return to do business.  The governor said Idaho is strong heading into the New Year with strong finances and a coronavirus vaccine now available. 

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme court rejected FMC Corporation’s final appeal to contest the jurisdiction of the Shoshone-Bannock tribes to regulate storage near Fort Hall.  In Eastern Idaho there are about 22 million tons of hazardous waste on the Indian reservation west of Pocatello.  Earlier FMC agreed to an annual permit but after four years when FMC closed in 2002 they refused to honor their agreement. 

The BLM in Burley announced the annual motorized use closure in the South Hills area.  Motorized uses in the area are not allowed starting this Saturday through March 15th to prevent damage and protect mule deer winter range and sage grouse habitat. 

An internet provider based in northern Idaho, says it will block Facebook and Twitter from its WIFI service for some customers.  The decision by Your T1 WIFI came after Twitter and Facebook banned President Trump from their platforms.  The company said it decided to block Facebook and Twitter for customers who request that starting next Wednesday.

The Idaho Legislature says a judge shouldn’t force its leaders to make additional accommodations for lawmakers during the coronavirus pandemic.  Two Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Sue Chew of Boise and Muffy Davis of Ketchum, sued the Legislature and House Speaker Scott Bedke last week, asking they be allowed to participate remotely. Attorneys for Bedke have asked the judge to refuse the request.

Governor Brad Little is expected to address the state this afternoon about the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine front.  Meanwhile those who fall under one of Idaho’s high risk groups will be able to make an appointment for the vaccine.  That group includes health care workers, emergency responders, long term staff, home care workers, dental, pharmacy and public health workers.

SPORTS

In local sports first for Boys High School varsity basketball, Gooding defeated Wood River 52 to 49.  Declo defeated Filer 41 to 30.  Green Canyon took the game win from Minico 50 to 41 and Kimberly defeated American Falls 49 to 38. 

For the girls, Camas County defeated Wendell 50 to 39.  Dietrich took the win over Castleford 52 to 44 and Butte County downed Carey 48 to 40.

New Boise State head football coach Andy Avalos new contract is worth at least $7.75 million over the next five years.  Avalos will make a base salary of $1.4 million the first year. Then for the following year, he will receive an annual raise of $75,000.  The first-year head coach will also have performance-based incentives in his contract that will not exceed $200,000 annually.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly sunny, with a high near 42. East wind 5 to 7 mph.

Tonight:  A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 35. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Rain likely. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Light and variable wind becoming west 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of rain before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 42. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 41.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.

 

M.L.King Day:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40