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Tuesday 052422

Twin Falls police have arrested a 26 year old man from Jerome in connection to a shooting that occurred on Sunday May 15th.  The charges against Vicente Borja of Jerome stem from an incident in the 1400 block of Fillmore Street in Twin Falls.  He faces charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

A one vehicle rollover just north of the Nevada border in Owyhee County yesterday claimed the life of a 39 year old female from Owyhee County Nevada.  Police say she was in a pickup traveling north on State highway 51 when the vehicle rolled.

U.S. officials have released an environmental study for a proposed nuclear test reactor to be built in eastern Idaho that backers say is needed to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants.   The U.S. Department of Energy said the Versatile Test Reactor that would be the first new test reactor built in the U.S. in decades.

The retrial for Joshua Molina began yesterday in Twin Falls.  He is charged with first degree murder of Lyryk Altom who was the infant daughter of his girlfriend. 

In Cassia County a judge has granted a sentence hearing continuance for Mildred Nineth Rivero who was charged with trying to kill her husband by suffocating him with a garbage bag.  She pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder.  She is facing a 12 year prison sentence with 4 years fixed. 

The Idaho Transportation department will begin aerial surveys for a possible future bridge crossing the Snake River.  Paint targets are being placed on Bridgeview Boulevard, Cheney Drive and Candleridge Drive.

Officials with Magic Valley Energy who has proposed two wind turbine proposals will conduct an open house on June 10 and 11th.  They will discuss the lava Ridge and Salmon Falls projects at the Hollister Elementary school and the college of southern Idaho.

SPORTS

There are two coaching positions open in Kimberly.  Rich Bishop said he was resigning from the football and softball programs.  Bishop has spent a total of 23 years as the softball coach and nine years as the football head coach.  With his leadership the football team traveled to the state playoffs multiple times.  For softball the team won state titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010.  The school district posted the positions yesterday.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind 6 to 14 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Northwest wind 7 to 14 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 79. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 51. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

 

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

 

Saturday:  A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 66.

Saturday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

 

Sunday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

 

Memorial Day:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Monday 052322

After a fire destroyed the Hagerman Christian Center Friday, the congregation met in the parking lot of the church to conduct their services.  The multiple alarm fire that broke out around 8 pm was determined to be an accident after a member of the congregation was working on the landscaping with a weed burner.  An ember smoldered unnoticed at the base of the wood siding investigators say.

Idaho’s unemployment rate in April dropped a tenth of a percent to 2.6% to mark a third consecutive month of historic lows since record-keeping started in 1976.  The Idaho Department of Labor said that 913,000 workers have jobs while about 24,000 are looking for work.

The Idaho Supreme Court denied a request from the Idaho Attorney General’s office to end its pause on implementation of an abortion law passed by the Legislature earlier this year.  The law is modeled after similar legislation in Texas. If the U.S. Supreme Court does overturn that decision, a trigger law passed by the Idaho Legislature in 2020 would take effect 30 days later and make abortion a felony.

Political observers predict the Idaho Legislature will move to the right and become more politically conservative after several establishment Republican incumbent legislators lost their primary election races.  Even though Idahoans rejected the more extreme, farther right candidates that pattern did not hold at the local level, as 19 incumbent Republican legislators were defeated in their districts.

Authorities in Jerome have identified the victim of a homicide who died last week.  48 year old Carl Yager died at St. Luke’s in Jerome on Wednesday after being taken there after being shot.  The sheriff’s office say the victim may have known the suspect. 

Private First Class K.L. Bridger was laid to rest over the weekend at the Twin Falls Cemetery.  His remains were returned to family members 70 years after he went missing in November of 1950 in the Korean war. 

SPORTS

The state Baseball concluded over the weekend.  The Buhl Indians finished in 3rd place in the 3A games defeating South Freemont 15 to 7.  In 4A games Bishop Kelly took the top honors winning state and defeating Twin Falls 21 to 4.  Twin Falls took third place after losing to Vallivue in the elimination game 8 to 4.  In 1A games, in the elimination game Genesee defeated Glenns Ferry 8 to 6 meaning the Pilots finished third.

As far as track and Field the Raft River Girls took top honors in the 1A state Meet at Middleton High School.  It was Raft River 1st, Oakley 2nd, Logos 3rd and Carey 4th

On the boy’s side, Lighthouse Christian came up just short. They finish as 1A runners-up Kimberly finished second in both the boys and girls 3A standings.

In tennis The Wood River boys team took the 4A state title

WEATHER

Today:  Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 68. West northwest wind 7 to 14 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 46. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 80. South southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

 

Friday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.

 

Sunday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Friday 052022

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, whom a jury found guilty of felony rape in April, filed a motion seeking a new trial or acquittal in Ada County’s Fourth District court on May 13.  Von Ehlinger’s attorney also requested that he be released on bond if a new trial is granted. A hearing to consider the motions will take place June 13.  Von Ehlinger is scheduled to be sentenced July 28 for the rape conviction.

The Jerome county sheriff’s office says they are currently investigating a murder.  Little detail has been released but officials say they will provide more information today. 

Fire heavily damaged a home near 3rd Avenue and Dierkes in Twin Falls Tuesday.  When crews arrived they were told there may be a man inside the structure but no one was home at the time of the blaze according to a post on facebook.  No injuries were reported.

The judge in the case of Lori Vallow Daybell, who, along with her husband, Chad Daybell, is charged with murder will soon issue a written decision on whether to officially set Vallow's and Daybell's joint trial for the same date, and if that will take place in October of this year or in January 2023.  Daybell's trial is scheduled to begin January 9, 2023, but Vallow's is scheduled to begin October 11, 2022.  The reason is that Vallow is reserving her right to a speedy trial while Daybell has waived it.

With a tight labor market in Idaho and summer approaching, employing teenagers and young adults may be the need to help ease some of the workforce shortage.  The latest data from the Idaho Department of Labor showed the Gem State's unemployment rate hit a historic low of 2.7% in March. However, regional economists said employers around the state continue to have trouble filling positions.

Residents in Filer are being told that they may see some water discoloration in their drinking water today.  That’s because the fire department is conducting its annual fire hydrant maintance and flow testing.  The tests may extend to tomorrow.

SPORTS

In area sports, the Kimberly bulldogs golf teams took top honors in the 3A state playoffs.  Both boys and girls received the State Champion banner.

From the baseball 4A state Tournament at Bishop Kelly High School yesterday Middleton defeated Jerome 14 to 1.  Twin Falls outlasted Pocatello 7 to 1. 

Looking at the 3A state Tournament results from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Fruitland told Kimberly no with a score of 8 to 3. 

The 2A state Tournament at Nampa Christian High School in Nampa finds Firth defeating Wendell in 8 innings 6 to 5. 

The 1a State Tournament at Capital High School in Boise finds Genesee defeating Glenns Ferry 20 to 6.

On today’s schedule for the 4A games Jerome plays Pocatello, with the looser out.  Twin Falls takes on Middleton for the semifinal.  In 3A games Kimberly plays Homedale with the looser out.  In 2A action Wendell plays Orofino and in 1A action Glenns Ferry will take on Garden Valley with the looser out. 

For Softball, 4a in CoeurD’Alene Twin Falls plays Jerome.  3A Filr plays Timperlake and Buhl takes on Weiser.  In 2A action in Orofino Declo plays St. Maries and in 1A in Mosco Glenns Ferry plays Greenleaf Friends. 

As far as Rodeo action from the High school district 5 the finals will be in Jerome tonight at 7. 

WEATHER

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West southwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 63. East northeast wind 5 to 8 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. East wind around 5 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 46.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 79.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Thursday 051922

For drivers everywhere, the pain at the pump continues.  According to AAA, Idaho’s average price for regular gasoline is now tied with the national average at $4.57 per gallon a new record high for both averages.  AAA says that the high cost of crude oil, which makes up more than half of the price of finished gasoline, continues to be the primary reason for the soaring prices.

Idaho Governor Brad Little is touting the fact that for the second time in 40 years the Idaho State Government won’t borrow money to support cash flow. This is the second time since 1982 that tax anticipation notes will not be issued.

Voters in Blaine County said no to raising the local sales tax.  The tax increase proposal failed by about 7-percent.  The tax was projected to pump $3 million in tax revenue into an affordable housing budget each year.  Occupy Ketchum said they will not stop for their push for working class housing.

Three investigations by the U.S. department of Labor have found child labor violations at multiple grocery stores including four in the Ridley’s market chain.  Stores in Gooding, Middleton, Star and Weiser allowed minors to operate a power driver bailer and compactor.  A 16 year old worker in Middleton was injured operating the bailer.  The chain said they are developing a system to prevent future accidents.

The former president of the Idaho State Board of Education has defeated the incumbent superintendent of public instruction in the GOP primary.  Debbie Critchfield defeated Sherri Ybarra as well as former state Sen. Branden Durst.  Critchfield will face Democrat Terry Gilbert in the November general election.

Time to remove the political signs.  Candidates are reminded that political campaign signs must be removed from the public right-of-way within 48 hours after the May 17 primary election.

A small crowd turned out for the Idaho Republican Party unity rally yesterday to celebrate candidates who won the party’s nomination.  Leaders expressed a commitment to moving forward with respect and civility.

SPORTS

In local sports, to the Golf Course first for the 2A tournament at the Falcon Crest Golf Club in Kuna.  The Sun Valley Community School finished at the state runner up.

On today’s high school baseball schedule, the 4A state tournament is set for the Bishop Kelly High School in Boise where Jerome ranked #8 will take on #1 ranked Middleton this morning at 10.  Twin Falls ranked #5 will play #4 ranked Pocatello at 1. 

For the 3 state Tournament at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, #2 Kimberly will play #7n Fruitland at 4.

At the 2A State Tournament at Nampa Christian High School Wendell will play a game with Firth at noon.  In 1A action at Capital high School in Boise, Glenns Ferry plays Genesee at 6. 

WEATHER

WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 THIS EVENING AND THERE IS A FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM MDT FRIDAY

Today:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. Windy, with a west wind 22 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph.

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West southwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm.

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 63. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 70.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 82.

Wednesday 051822

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has survived a Republican primary challenge from his lieutenant governor, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump.  Scott Bedke picked up the republican nod for Lt. Governor and Debbie Crichfield took the win for Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Other contested wins include Greg Lanting for State House 25B, Jack Nelson for 26B, Doug Pickett for 27A, Clay Handy for 27 B.  At last check with only 3 precincts not counted, Raul Labrador is leading in the Attorney Generals race.  Mike Simpson has won the US House District 2 seat and Mike Crapo took his seat on the U.S. senate. 

An amber alert was issued throughout the state just before 9 last night for two missing children from Nampa.  The six and eight year old children were found about an hour later and the suspect, James Casselman the Non-custodial father was taken into custody.

The body of a missing soldier who died in the Korean War was recently accounted for.  Now, the remains of Kenneth Bridger have been sent to his Twin Falls Family.  He died when he was 17 years old.  Pfc. Bridger will be laid to rest next to his mother in a private ceremony on May 21 at 2 p.m. at the Twin Falls Cemetery.

Authorities say a loud noise from a bathroom at the Wood River Middle School yesterday prompted a lockdown at all schools.  The Blaine County Sheriff’s office called on every on duty law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel in the Wood River Valley.  Turns out the loud noise was a popping balloon. 

Triple A is predicting expensive fuel and pricey plane tickets won’t discourage another big increase in Memorial Day travel this year.  They say224,000 Idahoans, will take a trip over the holiday weekend an 8% increase from a year ago.  This year’s Memorial Day travel volume is three million more people than last year, and just 3.5 million below pre-pandemic levels.

The Idaho National Guard will hold its annual Memorial Day Dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Gowen Field Memorial Park.  The ceremony includes A-10 Thunderbolt II and UH-60 Black Hawk flyovers.

SPORTS

In local sports, to the golf course where the Kimberly Bulldogs are State Champions in the 3A competition.  The Kimberly girls shot a two day total of 701 to take the win.  For the Boys, they shot a 2-day total of 649 and held off the defending champs Kellogg to take the win.   

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the morning.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Light and variable wind becoming west 8 to 13 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy, with a west wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a west wind 19 to 24 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 6 to 9 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 66.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Tuesday 051722

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for Idaho’s 2022 primary election.  This year’s elections in Idaho are among the most consequential in years. All statewide offices are up for election, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction. Additionally, all 105 seats in the Idaho Legislature are up for election this year. This year, many Idaho voters will find that their polling place is different because of redistricting

As voters head to the polls in counties across Idaho, Governor Brad Little is assuring Idahoans of the state's history of safe and secure elections.

Idaho’s five-term Republican attorney general has handled his duties in the deeply conservative state for 20 years with a strategy he describes as calling legal balls and strikes.  Lawrence Wasden, a former prosecutor is in the toughest primary race of his career against former U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Art Macomber, a political newcomer who has never held public office.

Republican Gov. Brad Little is fighting back a primary challenge today from his lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin, a Donald Trump-backed candidate who twice attempted a power grab last year when Little was out of state on business.  Little was attending a Republican Governors Association meeting in Tennessee last May when McGeachin issued an executive order banning mask mandates. Little quickly rescinded the order.

Voters in three more Oregon counties will indicate next week whether they want to become Idaho residents without leaving their homes.  Questions about the “Greater Idaho” movement are on ballots, following approval in eight rural counties, mostly in the southeast part of the state, to push toward redrawing the boundary between Idaho and Oregon.

The Payette County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the two homicide victims on Monday afternoon: 45 year old Eric Ortega and 45 year old Megan Amaya.  At 1:55 a.m., the office received a report of a shooting at 550 Ada Road in New Plymouth. They found two people dead inside the house.

SPORTS

In local sports, high school golf is in the forefront.  A number of southern Idaho athletes are in the top ten of the state golf leaderboard following the first round.

In 4A action following round one, Parker Edwards of Wood River has the lowest score and is tied for 5th with a 77.  For girls Dallis Shockey of Minico is in 1st place, after shooting a 77 for the day.

In 3A action for the Boys, Kimberly’s Toby Heider and Mameson Harper tied for 1st with a 71.  For the girls, again from Kimberly its Reece Garey is tied with her teammate Ellie Statsny for third place.

For 2A boys, Dietrich’s Jett Shaw is tied for 4th with a score of 75.

For today, the 4A state tournament will be at Lakeview golf course, 3A at river Bend and 1A and 2A everyone will meet at the Falcon Crest Golf Course.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 73. West southwest wind 9 to 14 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 46. West northwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. West wind 10 to 18 mph.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 16 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 33. Breezy.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 60.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 38.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 67.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.