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Friday 081222

The Bureau of Land Management Idaho Resource Advisory Council’s Proposed Lava Ridge Wind Energy Project Subcommittee will meet to discuss the proposed project on Thursday, August 25. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. It begins at 9:00 a.m. on the BLM website.

Five health clinics that serve rural Idaho communities will receive a total of about $3.6 million in emergency grants to use for costs related to COVID-19 and to continue providing medical care to rural Idahoans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Terry Reilly Health Services will receive $1 million in funding for a clinic in Homedale. The Nez Perce Tribe will receive $1 million. The Adams County Health Center will receive $1 million.  Valor Health will receive $447,325. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe will receive $112,475.

A federal judge has ordered the state of Idaho to pay $321,224.50 in legal fees stemming from a lawsuit over a bill the Idaho Legislature passed in 2020 regarding birth certificate changes.  The issue will go to the full board for a vote in the Aug. 16 meeting.

The City of Twin Falls will be implement some new fee and rate increases that will most likely go into effect in October.  The Twin Falls City Council approved new fee and rate increases, which they say were necessary to help fund increasing costs and operational expenses.

The Boise Police Department is lowering its education standards for future candidates looking to become police officers.  Previously an officer candidate needed 60 college credits. The change now only requires a high school diploma or a GED.  Currently the department is down 32 officers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is developing proposed aquatic life water quality standards for mercury pollution in Idaho that could have statewide ramifications. The agency made public a proposed remedy resulting from a federal court’s 2021 ruling in a lawsuit.

A boil water advisory, which affected parts of Kimberly, has now been lifted.  The boil water advisory went into effect on Monday night.

SPORTS

Here is another look at a local high school football program. This time we head to Wendell where for the Second season Jon Helmandollar will return as head coach. Last season the 2-6 record Wendell amassed may not seem impressive. But when you consider that Wendell's program won one game combined in 2019 and '20, the job that Helmandollar did in Year One was impressive. Five departed seniors helped lay the groundwork for Wendell in 2021.

WEATHER

Today:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon.

Tonight:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind 6 to 8 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. East southeast wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

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

 

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

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Wednesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Thursday 081122

An Idaho School district is considering a state record when it comes to Bond Issues.  The Kuna District is looking at presenting a 300-million dollar bond as part of a long range growth plan.  Meanwhile this fall the Idaho Falls district will float a 250-millon dollar bond November 8th which would then be the second largest in the state. 

Former Caldwell Police Department lieutenant Joseph Hoadley has been indicted by a grand jury on two additional federal charges stemming from an ongoing FBI investigation.  This superseding indictment includes two new charges: tampering with a witness by harassment and tampering with documents..  He will be arraigned at 3 today.

Republican Rep. Russ Fulcher of Idaho, joined 43 other U.S. House members to send a letter to the CEOs of eight major banks expressing opposition to the companies’ established policies of paying travel expenses for employees seeking abortions in other states.  Republican members of Congress said the policies are not only morally wrong but also a violation of fiduciary responsibilities to shareholders.

U.S. officials won’t approve a natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming until additional environmental studies are completed.  A lawsuit the groups filed in 2020 contended an 18-mile portion of the pipeline would cut a corridor through Caribou-Targhee National Forest and create a road through six Roadless areas.

The Blaine county school district is working to provide a bigger law enforcement presence in all the schools rather than just three.  During a school board meeting, concerns were brought that the majority of the schools in the district are lacking law enforcement presence.

The attorneys general of 10 states, including Idaho’s Lawrence Wasden, are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant to get poultry grower’s fair agreements with meat processors, but they want stronger oversight.  The proposal would require poultry dealers to provide information to producers about the minimum number of chicks they might be given to raise and what the dealers have paid other producers.

SPORTS

College of Southern Idaho assistant women’s basketball coach Joshua Edwards is moving on to a future Big 12 school.  Edwards, who spent eight years at CSI, will join former Burley head coach Amber Whiting’s staff at BYU in a digital analytics/player development role.

The Minico Storm’s Legion baseball season ends with a runner-up finish at the Northwest Class A American Legion Baseball Regional Tournament.  The Final Butte Miners 4 Minico Storm 0

If you're a fan of the Idaho Vandals or the NFL, you might see a familiar face on the College of Idaho sidelines during the 2022 football season.  Mike Iupati was an All-Pro NFL offensive lineman, with stops in Seattle, Arizona and San Francisco. It's an addition Yotes' head coach Mike Moroski says adds a level of prestige to the College of Idaho football program.

Here is another look at a local high school football program.  This time we head to Wendell where for the Second season Jon Helmandollar will return as head coach.  Last season the 2-6 record Wendell amassed may not seem impressive. But when you consider that Wendell's program won one game combined in 2019 and '20, the job that Helmandollar did in Year One was impressive.  Five departed seniors helped lay the groundwork for Wendell in 2021.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Calm wind becoming east southeast 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93. East wind 5 to 8 mph.

Friday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

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

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Wednesday 081022

Sixteen Idaho cities have rejected a combined $700,000 in federal coronavirus rescue money, and one city that accepted $550,000 might have to return it if it doesn’t approve spending it.  It’s a small part of the $5.74 billion Idaho received in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act. Hansen is leaving the most on the table at about $276,000. But Mayor Joe Ratto said he wants to give it another look now that it’s clear the money could be used for infrastructure projects.

The U.S. Department of Justice asked a federal judge this week to bar Idaho from enforcing its near-total abortion ban while a lawsuit pitting federal health care law against state anti-abortion legislation is underway.   Meanwhile, the Republican-led Idaho Legislature is asking for permission to intervene in the federal case, just as it has done in three other abortion-related lawsuits filed in state courts.

Idaho State Police is investigating a fatal vehicle collision yesterday afternoon just after 2 on eastbound I84, in Minidoka County.  A 2006 Ford Focus was traveling eastbound, driven by a 49-year-old woman from Lynnwood, Washington, where the driver lost control. The vehicle rolled multiple times.

Governor Brad Little and 14 other governors recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing their disagreement with proposals from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Education that may require institutions receiving federal funding to allow biological males to access women and girls’ locker rooms, bathrooms, and dorms.

The Idaho Army National Guard will hold a sendoff event for the families and friends of deploying 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team Soldiers at 10:15 this morning on Gowen Field.  More than 600 personnel from the Idaho National Guard’s largest unit will deploy to Southwest Asia.

Lights and Lasers is returning for their fifth year, but they’ll be moving.  Organizers say the event will be at Idaho Central Legacy Fields, In Filer, to create more space.

SPORTS

2021 NJCAA second-team All-American Kylie Baumert will finish her collegiate softball career at Boise State.  Baumert hit .433 over two full seasons at the College of Southern Idaho.. Baumert played prep softball at Twin Falls High School.  She has two years of softball eligibility remaining and chose the Broncos over Cal State Fullerton and Oregon State.

As we continue to look at the fall high school football programs locally, we turn to Twin Falls.  Ben Kohring returns for his third season as head coach.  He was an assistant coach for 13 years.  Kohring has taken the Bruins to the 4A playoffs in each of his first two seasons, but hasn’t been able to get out of the first round yet.   After starting 7-1 a year ago their lone loss coming by seven points to eventual semifinalist Pocatello, the Bruins dropped their regular season finale to Minico 26-19.  Twin Falls hit the road for the opening round of the playoffs, where they fell to Bishop Kelly 49-21, ending their season at 7-3 overall.

WEATHER

Today:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming east after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93. East wind 7 to 10 mph.

Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91.

Tuesday 080922

A new survey by the Idaho Education News shows that Idaho is dead last in Student spending.  According to data from the census bureau and the national education association, spends less than 10-thousand dollars on each student.  But the state will be spending a historic amount on public education next fiscal year and already allots about 55% of its budget on K-12 funding – a higher percentage than most states.

The south Central health district is reminding parents to take advantage of special vaccine clinics as students head back to school.  Children are required to have several immunizations before entering kindergarten, seventh grade, and senior year of high school. Most colleges and universities also require future students to receive immunizations before enrolling.

A hearing will take place on Aug. 22 for the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against the state of Idaho over its abortion trigger law. Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who will preside over the case, held an informal status conference with the two parties on Friday.

Fire crews were able to contain a 20 acre wildfire yesterday afternoon that broke out near Indian Springs 10 miles south of Kimberly.  It was reported just after 4pm.  By 7:30 crews were mopping up the hot spots.  It started on Private land in the South Hills.

A mini Cassia Jailer accused of sexually touching an inmate through a jail cell door slot has a jury trial set for December.  Paul Raymond Afeaki was charged in July of last year for having sexual contact with an adult female inmate.  He now lives in Utah.

The west Ada school district in Boise has passed a policy limiting what teachers can display in their classroom.  No posters flags banners, pictures that depicts support or opposition relating to political or controversial topics. 

The Idaho transportation department said they are selling the 61 year old headquarters building on State Street in Boise.  The decision to sell comes after the building suffered extensive flood damage when a pipe connected to the building’s HVAC system burst at the beginning of this year. 

SPORTS

As high school football season approaches, we continue our look at the 2022 local programs.  This morning we look at Minico.  Keelan McCaffrey returns for his fifth season as head coach.  It was one of the most shocking results statewide from the opening round of the playoffs in 2021. The Minico Spartans, 9-0 and the #3 seed according to MaxPreps, fell to 14th-seeded Vallivue 28-14 on their home field. One bad night ended Minico's season prematurely.  So if Minico returns almost everyone from a year ago, the question remains: how do the Spartans avoid a similar fate to last year's team that was upset in the first round?

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East wind around 9 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Wednesday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Friday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Saturday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday 080822

Another scam is hitting the area.  This time it’s a phone scam claiming that power will be turned off in just a few minutes.  The caller then asks for payment.  Idaho Power is once again reminding residents that’s not how they do business.  A company official said they will never call and demand immediate payment. 

New nationwide data shows Idaho ranks among the best in the country for economic well-being, family and community factors, but also shows increasing anxiety and depression rates among children and low education scores.  Out of the 16, 11 of Idaho’s indicators improved since 2020. The number of children living in a home with a caregiver who does not have a high school diploma has also dropped from 12% in 2008 to 9% in 2020, and the teen birth rate in Idaho is less than half of what it was in 2010, dropping from 33% to 15%.

Governor Brad Little appointed Eva Nye to the District 29 Senate seat vacated by her late husband, Senator Mark Nye.   A Pocatello resident, Nye is a former Pocatello City Council member who served the community for 14 years. She is a registered Democrat whose public service includes acting as a substitute legislator for District 29 Representatives Elaine Smith and Chris Abernathy.

Friday was the last day for Debbie Critchfield as the Communications Officer for the Cassia County School District.  She is moving along with becoming Superintendent of Public Instruction for Idaho.  Critchfield was the districts communications officer for the last nine years, and a school board member for 10 years. Additionally, she was president of Idaho’s Board of Education.  Jennifer Woodbury will be taking her place as Cassia County School’s Communications Officer.

In southern Idaho some schools are still dealing with teacher shortages, with the start of a new school year only a few weeks away.  Applicants are encouraged to contact a school district for a complete list of openings.

 

SPORTS

Following its launch of the Playbook for Success and Athletics Master Village in April, Boise State Athletics is releasing updated details for the north end zone of Albertsons Stadium and renovations to ExtraMile Arena.  It also includes the department's initial project-based cost analysis for the Athletics Master Village, totaling more than $300 million in future projects, highlighted by $129.4 million in plans for Albertsons Stadium.

As high school football approaches, this morning we look at Filer and Kimberly’s programs. In Filer, Justin Brandsma returns as coach for the second season.  The Filer Wildcats hope that a 6-3 campaign in 2021 is a sign of things to come. While they came up just short of making the playoffs, there is plenty of reason to believe Justin Brandsma’s team is poised for a breakout season in 2022.

In Kimberly, Joe Dille is the coach.  It’s his first season.  After just missing out on the playoffs in 2021, the Kimberly Bulldogs will look to get back there in 2022 under a new head coach. Rich Bishop resigned after nine years and Joe Dille comes in after 4 years as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the evening.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East wind 8 to 13 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. South wind around 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night;  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Friday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Friday 080522

The Idaho attorney general has robocalls in his sights.  Lawrence Wasden announced Idaho is joining a nationwide Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force made up of 50 attorneys general. So far, the task force has issued 20 civil investigation demands to 20 companies responsible for illegal robocall traffic.

Idaho Governor Brad Little joined 21 other governors in voicing opposition to the $740 billion Democrat reconciliation bill currently being considered by the U.S. Congress.  In a joint statement, they said "The Democrats’ solution to 40-year high inflation is passing another reckless tax and spending spree raising taxes on businesses and manufacturers, which will force higher costs onto consumers, worsen inflation, and aggravate shortages.”

A lightning strike at an outdoors educator course in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming killed one student and injured another. The group with the National Outdoor Leadership School was just days into their trip and had set up camp near Enos Lake, south of Yellowstone National Park, when a thunderstorm moved into the area Tuesday.

The attorney for former state representative Aaron Von Ehlinger said lack of evidence and sixth amendment violations means there should be a new trial.  The motion is based on testimony from a witness and grounds that his constitutional rights were violated because the defense did not have the opportunity to cross-examine or confront his accuser. A jury found von Ehlinger guilty of rape in April following a four-day trial.

The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit-and-run in Buhl yesterday afternoon. Law enforcement was called to the scene just before 4 at 3400 North, 1100 East where a male cyclist had suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Officials are looking for a white flatbed dually pick-up with tarps on the back.

22 year old Joshua Blair from Boise is being charged with arson in connection with a fire at a Mormon church on South Maple Grove Road early Tuesday. Crews were able to extinguish the fire, but the church still sustained significant fire damage.

SPORTS

The Boise State football team started fall camp this week, which means the 2022 Bronco football season is underway.  In addition to starting camp, the Broncos announced the signing of Utah State transfer running back Elelyon Noa. Noa played two years at Utah State and ran for 597 yards in 2021. Elelyon’s brother, Ezekial Noa, is a sixth-year senior linebacker with Boise State.  The Broncos start their season on September 3 at Oregon State.

As we continue to look at fall local high school football we take a look at Camas County Mushers.  For the 7th season Rusty Kramer returns as head coach. On the heels of one of the biggest 8-man playoff upsets in many years, expectations have gone up at Camas County High School in Fairfield.  The Mushers entered the 1A Division 2 playoff bracket as seed 4-D, meaning they were the fourth-place team out of District 4, drawing a first-round matchup against District 5 champ North Gem. The end result was a 42-36 upset victory for the Mushers before falling the next week to league rival Dietrich.  Only two seniors – Dawson Kramer and Xander Niehay – graduated from that team.

For the Declo Hornets, Josh Stewart is back for a fourth year as coach.  he Declo Hornets went 6-4 in 2021 after starting off the season 4-0 highlighted by two wins over 3A opponents in Kimberly and Buhl. The Hornets could not keep it going, however, as they went 2-4 down the stretch and lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up Firth 20-16. The team, led by 4th year head coach Josh Stewart, will need to stay motivated and focused down the stretch if they hope to finish stronger and make a deeper playoff run.

WEATHER

Friday:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 78. South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. East wind 7 to 14 mph.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Patchy smoke before midnight. Mostly clear, with a low around 57. West wind 7 to 14 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60.

 

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 66.

 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91.

Wednesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.