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Monday 011821

The first week of the legislative session in Boise is over.  What did they accomplish?  A power struggle with the governor that could affect residents for generations.  The lawmakers are looking to introduce legislation what would limit the governor’s power following Little’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  The lawmakers want more say in what happens.

Pilot Gold which is part of Liberty Gold wants to expand in the Black Pine Mountains.  For nearly a year the company has been doing exploratory drilling near the southwestern corner of Cassia County near the Utah border.  The forest service said the project will have no significant impact on the environment.  Public comment is being accepted for the next 45 days.

A man and a woman died in a house fire and two firefighters were injured near the Boise Bench Friday.  The fire reported at 3:46 am took crews 40 minutes to control.  Officials added that there was a lot of debris inside the house and small oxygen tanks caused small explosions inside the home.

Boise Police chief Ryan Lee said his department is working with the Idaho State Police and federal law enforcement to look out for any planned protests or threats of violence this week at the capitol in Boise.  Chief Lee said the riot at the U.S. capitol on January 6th was a cause for concern. He did say they don’t have any information about acts targeting the downtown area. 

Idaho could be in for more earthquakes.  That’s the word from the Geosciences department at Boise State University.  According to Lee Liberty a research professor, the earthquake sequence isn’t over.  He said another large earthquake with a magnitude of five or six could happen. Since March more than a thousand earthquakes registering 2.5 or higher have been recorded.

Edward Tucker, a 58 year old Twin Falls man has been charged with two counts of sexually abusing children in his neighborhood.  Police say the children’s father became suspicious when a 10 year old came home from Tuckers house refused to talk.  The child later told of the abuse to their grandmother a week later police say.

SPORTS

Robert Ford III scored two free throws with five seconds left in overtime and Idaho State rallied past Sacramento State 57-56 on Sunday to win a fourth-straight game.  Brayden Parker scored four of his 18 points to kick off the overtime as Idaho State took a 53-49 lead.

Matt Johnson II had 18 points as Northern Colorado got past Idaho 75-61 on Saturday.  Northern Colorado defeated Idaho 74-54 on Thursday.

In high school basketball on Saturday, first for the boys, it was Camas County took the win from Glenns Ferry 54 to 51.  Carey downed Butte County 71 to 56.  Minico outlasted Mountain Home 55 to 44.  It was North Gem 88 Richfield 61.  Murtaugh took the win from Hagerman 52 to 31.  Marsh Valley overpowered Buhl 58 to 38.  Wendell outlasted Declo 54 to 36.

For the girls, Twin Falls outlasted Vallivue 59 to 29.  It was Highland 39 over Minico 31.  Raft River said no to Richfield with a score of 68 to 31, Valley overpowered Shoshone 49 to 36 and Mountain Home took the win from Columbia 48 to 36.

 

WEATHER

M.L.King Day:  Partly sunny, with a high near 36. West northwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 37. East wind 3 to 7 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 19. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 40. Light and variable wind becoming east around 6 mph in the morning.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Friday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 34.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.

Friday 011521

About 300 Idaho National Guard soldiers and airmen will be sent to Washington, D.C. to help with President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.   The Idaho National Guard originally planned to send about 12 people to the inauguration, but dramatically increased that number to about 6% of the Idaho National Guard force after officials requested more help in Washington, D.C.  The guard working in area medical facilities to assist with pandemic relief will remain in Idaho.

The Southern Idaho COVID-19 cases have flattened out over the past two weeks.  While statewide numbers increased by 2-percent locally over the period, the area went from 578 to 577 cases.

A Twin Falls man is facing 25 counts of Sexual exploitation of a child.  67 year old Steven John Criss appeared in court this week.  Court documents say police found 38-thousand photos and 22-hundred videos on Criss’s Google cloud account.

A motorcyclist is in critical condition at last check, in Pocatello after losing control and crashing on a residential street.  The accident yesterday morning happened near a mall in Pocatello.  The name of the victim was not released but authorities say he was a 47 year old local resident.

Another scam has hit the area.  This time, it’s about a quarantine.  It falsely says homeland security is preparing to mobilize the National guard in preparation for a two-week national quarantine.  All false info, according to officials.

Another store chain with ties to Twin Falls has announced they are filing for bankruptcy.  Christopher and Banks which has a store in the Magic Valley Mall is blaming the covid-19 pandemic.  In addition to Twin Falls, the company has stores in Boise, Idaho Falls, Chubbuck and Moscow.  The company operates 449 stores in 44 states in addition to hundreds of similar stores and outlets.

SPORTS

Matt Johnson had 18 points as Northern Colorado easily defeated Idaho 74-54 last night.  Damen Thacker had 16 points for the Vandals, whose season-opening losing streak reached 10 games

To the local high school hardwood, first for the Boys, it was Carey 65 over Hagerman 25.  Richfield took the win from Rimrock 49 to 36.  Filer outlasted American Falls 60 to 27.  Camas County defeated Castleford 56 to 53.

For the Girls, Twin Falls ran past Canyon Ridge in a cross Town rivalry game.  The score 39 to 34.  Camas County outlasted Castleford 50 to 27 and it was Lighthouse Christian 74 over Raft River 55.  Richfield downed Dietrich 42 to 29, Shoshone over Glenns Ferry 48 to 18 and Burley said no way to Minico 47 to 28.  Jerome took the win over Wood River 67 to 17 and Kimberly was victorious over Buhl 54 to 19.  Finally it was Murtaugh over Oakley 44 to 31. 

 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Northeast wind 5 to 9 mph.

Tonight:  Areas of dense fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west southwest in the evening.

 

Saturday:  Areas of dense fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 41. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

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

 

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

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 21.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 38.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Thursday 011421

An Idaho man whose photograph was included on a federal list of those considered “persons of interest” in the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol has been jailed in Boise.  34-year-old Josiah Colt is being held on a U.S. Marshal’s hold. Five people died in the violence. Colt later apologized for his conduct.

Here’s the deal.   Colleges in Idaho will extend Idaho’s tuition freeze for a second year IF lawmakers approve Governor Brad Little’s higher education budget.  Little said the state needs to approve restoring a 15-point 4 million  dollar cut from higher education this year and increase funding by an additional 8 point 2 million dollars for the budget year that begins July 1st.

Idaho senators have joined their House colleagues in introducing legislation seeking to take power from Republican Gov. Brad Little on emergency declarations like the one dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.  Four pieces of Senate legislation, just like the House bills brought forward, aim to increase the authority of the part-time Legislature while limiting the governor’s power. Public hearings on the legislation are expected in the Senate State Affairs Committee in the coming weeks.

School staff and teachers are some of those next in line for the COVID 19 vaccine.  Idaho Governor Brad Little made the announcement this week.  The announcement surprised the state’s district health departments saying they are adjusting to the governor’s announcement.

Kristopher Wrede a 30 year old Boise man will now spend the next year in federal prison.  Wrede was sentenced for making false bomb threats over the phone last year.  He told a Suicide prevention hotline staffer there was a bomb at the United States courthouse in Boise.

Environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S government to block plans to build up to 11,000 miles of fuel breaks they claim would violate the Endangered Species Act in a misguided effort to slow the advance of wildfires in six Western states.  Leaders of four conservation groups say the BLM project would be shielded from legitimate environmental review under last-minute moves by the outgoing Trump administration.

SPORTS

A new assistant head coach has been named for the Boise State Bronco’s.  Yesterday BSU announced hiring Frank MY-lay.  Maile has spent  the last five years as Utah State’s assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator and defensive line  coach.  Most recently, he served as the Aggies' interim head coach following the departure of Gary Andersen in November.

To the High School hardwood first for the boys where Jerome defeated Mountain Home 55 to 46.  Valley defeated Glenns Ferry 68 to 33.  It was Lighthouse Christian 58 Shoshone 43.  Oakley took the win over Declo 57 to 33.  Kimberly over Buhl 39 to 33.  It was Burley over Twin Falls 53 to 42, Pocatello over Canyon Ridge 59 to 29.  Rockland downed Raft River 63 to 55.

For the girls, Gooding took the win over Wendell 47 to 41.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 42. West wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 23. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. East northeast wind 6 to 11 mph.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 3 to 7 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

 

M.L.King Day:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 21.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Wednesday 011321

A fire in Boise has claimed the life of a woman and a dog.  Just before 1:30 am yesterday, crews arrived to find a home on fire in the 6700 block of Northview Street. In addition to the occupant of the home dying in the fire, a firefighter was also injured.  Authorities didn’t release a cause.

More than a million dollars is up for grabs through the Serve Idaho Program.  The federal funding will be available to local non-profits, Native American Tribes, local governments and educational community and faith based organizations through AmeriCorps.   January 15th is the deadline file notice of your intent to apply.  Serve Idaho is the Governor’s commission on Service and Volunteerism.

An Idaho Department of Correction Sargent working in Boise has been charged with first degree stalking. 63 year old Eric Blair of Meridian was hired by the department in 2001.  He has been placed on administrative leave.

A federal judge says he won’t order the Idaho Legislature to require stricter coronavirus precautions while a lawsuit from two lawmakers moves forward. Meanwhile, disability-rights groups filed another lawsuit against the Legislature on Monday also seeking more coronavirus protections.

Pedestrian fatalities have increased by 70-percent in Idaho from 2009 to 2018.  Triple A of Idaho said the increase went from 10 to 17 deaths per year.  According to triple A’s review, the number of pedestrians aged 60 to 69 who were involved in a fatal crash more than doubled. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Tuesday that people 65 and over will be able to get the coronavirus vaccine starting Feb. 1.  The governor said he adopted the recommendation of his COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Committee, saying the state was in the “final stretch of our pandemic fight.”

A power struggle between lawmakers and Republican Gov. Brad Little has begun.  Republicans in the House brought forward three pieces of legislation Tuesday aimed at increasing the part-time Legislature’s authority while limiting the governor’s regarding emergency declarations.

SPORTS

In boys high school basketball games from last night, Dietrich overpowered Castleford 68to 26.  Carey took Hansen 68 to 44 and it was Camas County 67 Hagerman 35 while Gooding won the game over American Falls 49 to 43.

For the girls, Canyon Ridge defeated Jerome 47 to 37.  It was Lighthouse Christian 72 Glenns Ferry 31.  Carey took the win over Hansen 55 to 34 and Filer outlasted Buhl 57 to 27.  Wendell took the win from Valley 31 to 30 and Murtaugh outlasted Shoshone 48 to 23.  Burley took the win over Mountain Home 52 to 32.  It was Twin Falls 63 over Wood River 30.  Raft River took the win over Oakley 32 to 28 and it was Aberdeen 59 over Declo 43.

Tomorrow night Northern Colorado looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Idaho. Northern Colorado has won by an average of 20 points in its last six wins over the Vandals. Idaho’s last win in the series came on Feb. 9, 2017, an 88-76 win.  Game time 7 pm tomorrow at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow.

 

WEATHER

Wednesday:  Rain likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Breezy, with a southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 16 to 26 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. West southwest wind 9 to 18 mph.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 43. West wind around 8 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. West northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

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

 

Saturday;  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

Saturday Night;  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

 

Sunday;  Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

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

Monday Night;  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

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

Monday 011121

This afternoon, Idaho Governor Brad Little will deliver the 2021 State of the Sate and Budget Address.  The general public will not be admitted into the Lincoln Auditorium in compliance with Stage 2 of the Idaho Rebounds Plan. 

Population estimates suggest the Boise metropolitan region will gain another legislative district at the expense of rural Idaho according to Keith Bybee, the deputy division manager of the Legislative Services.  A statewide redistricting effort slated to begin later this year will attempt to divide Idaho into 35 legislative districts with roughly equal populations.

The U.S. Department of the Interior has joined Idaho Governor Brad Little for a transfer of ownership on federal irrigation facilities to two Magic Valley irrigation districts.  A&B Irrigation District and the Minidoka Irrigation District will be transferred from federal to local ownership.  The transfers will decrease federal operating costs and liability.

Today is the first day for lawmakers to convene in Idaho for the year.  The 2021 session gets underway just four months after angry spectators shattered a glass door inside the Capitol to get into a special session where seating was limited.

Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood will remain on the cases of Chad and Lori Vallow Daybell.  Judge Steven Boyce made the decision late Friday afternoon after a day and half of arguments whether Wood should remain on the case.

Fish and Game officers continue to investigate a poaching incident that occurred in November of last year.  A small bull elk was found five miles north of Bliss on Clover Creek road.  An officer said the elk was shot earlier in the day on November 25th.  They again were called to the area after a second elk was found north of Bliss two days later.  Call the fish and game if you can help solve the case.  A person of interest was wearing a red flannel shirt.

SPORTS

Andy Avalos is taking over as head coach at Boise State, returning to the school where he was a standout linebacker and defensive coordinator.  Avalos was announced Saturday as the replacement for Bryan Harsin who left Boise State to take the head coaching position at Auburn just before Christmas.

On the college hardwood over the weekend, Tevian Jones had 30 points as Southern Utah won its ninth straight game, defeating Idaho 83-67 on Saturday.

Abu Kigab had a season-high 25 points plus 11 rebounds as Boise State matched the programs longest win streak at 10 straight games, beating Air Force 80-69 on Friday night.

As far as High School Games, first for the boys from over the weekend, Hansen defeated Hagerman 50 to 21.  Valley outlasted Carey 89 to 48.  Preston said no to Twin Falls 64 to 56.  Gooding defeated Shoshone 66 to 33.  Minico said no way to Wood River 46 to 34.  It was Canyon Ridge 68 over Kimberly 61 in Overtime.  Rockland outlasted Murtaugh 51 to 47 and Oakley took the win over Grace 41 to 39.

For the girls it was Minico 68 over Wood River 45.  It was Pocatello 41 over Canyon  Ridge 24.  Burley defeated Filer 60 to 42.  American Falls took the win over Buhl 43 to 22.  Raft River said no way to Dietrich 63 to 51 and it was Murtaugh 55 over Glenns Ferry 29. 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. East wind 6 to 9 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. East wind 8 to 10 mph.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of snow after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. East wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tuesday Night:  A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 34. East southeast wind around 6 mph.

 

Wednesday:  A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. South southeast wind 6 to 14 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 47.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

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

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 40.