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Wednesday 041421

Legislation to pay 1-point 1 billion dollars to Idaho’s K through 12 teachers died yesterday.  Lawmakers were deadlocked in a 34 to 34 vote.  Concerns were about what is being taught in schools.  Opponents specifically targeted the way race and racism influences politics, culture and the law.

Two bills that cleared the Idaho House with overwhelming Republican support to significantly defund Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office for not being sufficiently partisan died in the Senate.  Wasden declined to join 17 other GOP attorneys general in the legal action challenging the presidential election, seen by many as a loyalty test to former President Donald Trump and backed by nearly every top-level Idaho Republican.

Idaho jailers watched as a mentally ill man starved to death, according to a newly released investigatory report, but a prosecutor says there isn’t enough evidence to justify criminal charges in the case.  40 year old Lance Quick died of dehydration and starvation in the Bannock County Jail.

A House panel has approved Senate changes to a bill trimming a governor’s powers during declared emergencies while increasing the Legislature’s power.  Lawmakers are taking aim at rules intended to stem the pandemic, like limiting gatherings and nonessential travel, as well as a governor’s authority during localized natural disasters such as wildfires and floods.

Idaho Department of Correction officials say they’re still investigating a Saturday prison riot that forced staffers to evacuate a housing unit and left five inmates injured.  The housing unit is closed because it’s considered a crime scene and the residents have been moved to other prisons nearby during the investigation.

2-thousand Idahoans have now died from the coronavirus.  That number was reached yesterday officials say.  Idaho’s case fatality rate is about 1.09%.  Locally, two confirmed cases of the California and 4 of the U.K. variants were reported.  These latest variants are in addition to the 16 COVID-19 variant cases confirmed in Blaine County and announced on April 2.

SPORTS

From the local diamonds yesterday, first to baseball, where Twin Falls defeated Mountain Home 9 to 2.  Minico downed Pocatello 5 to 1 and Burley outlasted Jerome 11 to 1.  Soda Springs took the win from Declo 5 to 4. 

For the girls softball games, Soda Springs defeated Declo  14 to 4 and Bishop  Kelly took the win from Jerome with a score of 18 to 2.

On the schedule today Marsh Valley travels to Kimberly.  Century will be in Burley this afternoon at 3 for a double header and Marsh Valley will be hosted by Kimberly with a game starting at 4. 

 

WEATHER

Today:  Snow before 1pm, then rain and snow likely. High near 47. Breezy, with an east northeast wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight:  Rain and snow likely, mainly before 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 33. East southeast wind around 6 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

 

Thursday:  A chance of rain and snow before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of rain after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the evening.

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of rain before 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 64.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 37.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 71.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 42.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 72.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 69.

Tuesday 041321

The Idaho Department of Water Resources is saying that about a quarter of Idaho is experiencing some degree of drought with the Pioneer Mountains between Blaine and Custer counties in extreme drought.  Officials say this started back in the fall of 2019.  Blaine County requested a drought declaration last week, which Gov. Brad Little must approve.

A group in Oregon is hoping to make about 3-quarters of the state part of Idaho.  Yesterday a group called Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho pitched their idea to Idaho lawmakers.  If it’s ever approved it would create the nation’s third largest state geographically. 

The Idaho Senate has passed legislation accepting a $6 million federal grant to improve early childhood education from birth through age 5.  Backers said the grant is needed to improve early childhood education because many children enter first grade unprepared.

Fuel price increases have seem to hit the brakes according to Triple A.  Gem State’s average price for regular held steady at $3.06 per gallon this week.  Idaho’s average price is 21 cents more than a month ago, and $1.02 more expensive than a year ago.  Meanwhile, the U.S. average is $2.86, which is two cents more than a month ago and a dollar more than a year ago.

The Twin Falls county planning and zoning commission tabled Eagle Eye Produce’s proposal to build two new potato cellars saying the company’s existing cellars are not in compliance with a conditional use permit granted in 2018.  Fans for the facilities near Kimberly were installed on the east side rather than the west.  The commission can require this to be fixed before considering any additional permits.

Cassia county school district superintendent Jim Shank has turned in his resignation.  Shank, who has been at the district for three years, has accepted the new superintendent’s position in Idaho Falls. 

SPORTS

The fallout continues following Idaho’s ban on allowing transgender student athletes to compete in sports.  The NCAA board of governors said yesterday that it will only choose locations for NCAA Championships where the host can commit to providing an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination.  The board’s statement supporting opportunities for transgender participation in sports comes one year after Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed a controversial bill banning transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ and women’s sports in the state.

On the scoreboard, there is one Baseball game to report.  Buhl took both games over Gooding.  In the first 6 to 1 and in the second 10 to 6.

On the schedule today, Twin Falls travels to Mountain Home.  Jerome is in Burley, Pocatello travels to Minico and Declo is in Soda Springs.  Both of those double header games. 

On the softball schedule, Mountain Home is in Gooding, Wood River at Filer, Jerome travels to Bishop Kelly, Declo is at Soda Springs and Minico will be in Filer.

WEATHER

WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT TONIGHT East or northeast winds around 30 mph with gusts 40 to 45 mph in Western Magic Valley from noon today to midnight MDT tonight.

 

Today:  Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with an east northeast wind 15 to 21 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Breezy, with an east northeast wind 16 to 23 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Snow likely before noon, then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a high near 46. East northeast wind 12 to 17 mph becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday Night:  A chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a low around 32. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 8 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

 

Thursday:  A slight chance of rain and snow before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

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

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 64.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 36.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 71.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 42.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 74.

Monday 041221

Jim Jones, a former Idaho Supreme Court justice has delivered a petition to the governor’s office with more than 16,000 signatures that urges him to veto a bill that would make it more difficult to put voter initiatives on the ballot.  The bill mandates the signatures of at least 6% of registered voters in all 35 of Idaho’s legislative districts in order to qualify any initiative for the Idaho ballot.  Jones called it constitutionally deficient.

Representative Lance Clow of Twin Falls said Idaho legislators have discussed the possibility of not making the traditional motion to adjourn their business for the year.  Clow said legislators’ concerns about Gov. Brad Little’s authority and handling of CARES Act stimulus funding while the Legislature was not in session in 2020 prompted the discussions.

Lawmakers amended a bill that would ban the state, public health departments and even school districts from requiring masks to add a penalty.   The amendment in the Idaho House means the legislation now says that if a political subdivision enacts a mask mandate, any public health order or emergency declaration that the entity is operating under will be terminated.

Four inmates at the Idaho Department of Correction near Kuna were treated for their injuries Saturday following a disturbance.  The incident occurred in a 96 bed housing unit where fires were set and windows were broken.  Order was restored by late evening.

The Sex Ed opt-in bill was killed in committee for the third time.  The bills promoter said schools should be asking parents what they should provide as education.  Opponents of the bill worry that fewer students would be informed about sex.

Timmy Earl Kinner Junior will no longer face the death penalty after he pleaded guilty to a dozen felony charges including the first degree murder of a 3 year old child.  A stabbing rampage occurred in June of 2018 at a child’s birthday party in Boise. 

Traffic on the Perrine Bridge will be slowed this week.  The ITD will be conducting their annual bridge inspections.

SPORTS

In sports, first to college football, where Weber State took a 20 to 15 victory over Idaho State on Saturday to nail down the Big Sky Conference championship with its automatic berth into the post-season.

The College of Southern Idaho men’s and women’s basketball teams are headed to the NJCAA National Tournament  The Golden Eagles will take the floor in Hutchinson, Kansas next Wednesday, April 21 at 5 p.m.  The women’s team, Region 18 champions as well, earned the 20 seed in the tournament.  The opening-round game will be on Monday April 19th at 5 p.m.

Just a couple of local baseball and softball games are on the schedule today. For Baseball, Buhl heads to Gooding for a double header this afternoon.  On the softball schedule Filer will be in Buhl for a double header.  Both games start at 4 pm.

 

WEATHER

 Today:  Sunny, with a high near 54. South southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm.

Tonight:  Increasing clouds, with a low around 32. East wind 8 to 15 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with an east northeast wind 15 to 23 mph.

Tuesday Night:  A slight chance of rain and snow showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Breezy, with an east northeast wind 16 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

Wednesday:  A slight chance of rain and snow before 7am, then snow likely between 7am and 1pm, then a chance of rain and snow after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 47. Breezy, with an east northeast wind 16 to 21 mph becoming light east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday Night:  A chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a low around 33. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

 

Thursday:  A chance of rain and snow showers before 1pm, then a slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

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

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 66.

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 70.

Friday 040921

One of the inmates who walked away from a job site in Twin Falls was taken into custody yesterday in Minidoka County.  Leonel Galvan Velgara was an inmate at the Twin Falls community reentry center when he walked away last month.  Lonnie Scott Finley who left the same night is still missing.

Anti-Government activist Ammon Bundy continues to be arrested.  Twice in two hours yesterday Bundy was taken into custody charged with trespassing at the Idaho Statehouse.  That makes 5 times he has been arrested after he was banned from the government building since August. 

Idaho Bureau of Laboratories Director Christopher Ball has said concerning coronavirus variants are likely spreading across the state, despite efforts to vaccinate residents.  COVID-19 vaccines currently being distributed are believed to be effective against the strains; however, the continued spread intensifies pressure to speed up the vaccination efforts officials say.

Idaho House Bill 175 is headed to the Governors desk.  It prioritizes in person learning as the first method of learning for students.  In the past year, most in school have been distance learning with a computer or blended where they attend some classes in person because of the pandemic.

Cassia county school superintendent James Shank may become the next superintendent for the Idaho Falls School district.  The district offered Shank the job following a board meeting yesterday.  Idaho Falls advertised a salary in the range of $140,000 to $160,000 during the search process. It would be an increase from the $132,500 Shank made last year in Cassia County.

The Idaho Legislature doesn’t think much of U.S. Representative Mike Simpson’s plan to breach four dams along the Snake River.  Yesterday the house voted along party lines to adopt a statement of opposition against the plan.  In the statement the legislature said the action would inflict a loss in economic and trade opportunities, a loss for aquifers and increased risk of floods and an increase in electrical rates.  Simpson earlier said it was a proposal to save endangered salmon and steelhead.

SPORTS

From the high school baseball diamonds yesterday, it was Filer 21 over Gooding 4.  Declo took the win from Soda Springs 21 to 1 and Challis defeated Wendell 18 to 4.

For girls softball, it was Wood River 15 over Burley 12 in Game one.  Burley took the win 21 to 5 in the second game. 

There’s a rather busy schedule today.  Jerome travels to Mountain Home, Burley will be at Wood River.  Century travels to Canyon Ridge and Minico will be in Twin Falls.  All of those games are double headers.  Wendell will play Rimrock at the Wood Bar Glenns Ferry Tournament.

For the girls softball, Century is at Canyon Ridge, Burley at Wood River, Wendell plays Bear Lake, Wendell then takes on Nampa Christian, Minico will be at Twin Falls, and Jerome will be at Mountain Home…all double header games. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 60. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Tonight:  Clear, with a low around 34. Calm wind becoming south southeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 59. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west northwest 19 to 24 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 27. Blustery, with a west wind 18 to 26 mph.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 13 to 18 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 28.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 58.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Tuesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Thursday 040821

Legislation making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots is heading to the governor, who has hinted of a possible veto.  The House voted to approve the measure backers said is needed because the current process favors urban voters. Opponents said the measure would make it nearly impossible to get initiatives on ballots.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little issued an executive order yesterday banning state government from requiring or issuing so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports.”   The governor also prohibited state agencies from providing information on people’s vaccine status to other people, companies or government entities.

A panel of Idaho lawmakers advanced two bills targeting abortion.  The first bill attempts to dissuade women from having abortions if the fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome. The other bill would eliminate government funding from health care providers, schools or other entities if they provide abortions, refer someone to an abortion provider or even contract with someone affiliated with an abortion provider for non-abortion services.

The House has voted to override Republican Gov. Brad Little’s veto of a bill involving the responsibilities of the chairman of the Idaho State Tax Commission and the three other commissioners.  An override requires two-thirds of lawmakers in favor.  It now heads to the Senate.

Beginning April 25th, the restrictions that were put in place for Idahoans to seek jobless benefits will be reinstated.  Before the pandemic, those looking for Jobless benefits had to be actively searching for work and be available to work to be eligible.  During the pandemic the requirements were waived for those who expected to return to their job within four months. 

The trial of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell charged in the disappearance of two children later found dead on Daybells property will be rescheduled to at least this fall.  Vallow’s attorney made the request yesterday during a status conference in the case saying he needed more time to examine evidence in the case. 

SPORTS

The College of Southern Idaho women’s basketball team is headed to the region 18 tournament that gets underway today in Richfield Utah.  CSI is ranked second after they lost to Salt Lake to close out the regular season, giving the Bruins the tiebreaker and the one seed to the tournament.

From the local high school baseball diamonds yesterday, there is one score to report.  Filer Defeated Buhl 12 to 3.

On the schedule today first for Baseball, Filer travels to Gooding for a double header.  Wendell will play Challis to be part of the Glenns Ferry Tournament. 

For the girls softball schedule today, Wendell travels to Glenns Ferry while Filer travels to Gooding where both Varsity and JV will have games.

WEATHER

WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

Northwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected.  Upper Treasure Valley southeast of Boise, eastern half of Owyhee County, Western Magic Valley, and south to the Nevada border From 2 PM to 8 PM MDT Thursday.

 

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Windy, with a west southwest wind 14 to 19 mph increasing to 26 to 31 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

Tonight:  Clear, with a low around 26. 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:  Sunny, with a high near 60. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 33. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the evening.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a south wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west 19 to 24 mph in the morning.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Blustery.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 55.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 29.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 60.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 63.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Wednesday 040721

Electric car owners would be paying more than double to register their vehicle if an Idaho house committee has their way.  It would raise the registration fee from $140 a year to $300.

The Idaho Senate passed a bill that would outlaw nearly all abortions in the state by banning them once fetal cardiac activity can be detected.  The fetal heartbeat bill passed 28-7 on a party-line vote.

The Idaho house has rejected legislation banning anyone under 21 from buying cigarettes.  Lawmakers voted 40-28 against the measure that would have brought Idaho in line with the federal smoking age after President Donald Trump signed a law in 2019 that bars tobacco sales to anyone under 21.

An Idaho House panel on Tuesday approved legislation intended to give lawmakers veto power over federal government actions and federal court decisions.  Political experts say such legislation faces big obstacles in overturning federal actions.

Idaho will receive nearly $21 million in federal funds to encourage people to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to improve access among racial and ethnic minorities.  The $20.7 million comes as part of the President Joe Biden’s pandemic aid package.

The Jerome School district has approved hiring a new superintendent.  Pat Charlton will be offered a salary of 132-thousand 500 dollars. Most recently he has been part of the Vallivue school district.

The Buhl School Board voted to have students continue to wear face masks for the remainder of the school year.  A survey indicated that 62 percent of the parents oppose the idea.

This afternoon at 2, Idaho Governor Brad Little is scheduled to make an announcement about the COVID-19 vaccine.  The announcement will be live on the IDAHO PBS website.

SPORTS

An Idaho bill that would ban transgender girls and women from participating in women’s school and college sports is an idea that is spreading around the country.  The Idaho Fairness in Women’s Sports Act was passed in 2020 and signed into law before a federal judge temporarily blocked its implementation. By March 2021, over half of the United States had introduced comparable legislation.

From the scoreboard, first for Baseball yesterday, Twin Falls downed Wood River 22 to 3.  Burley took the win from Mountain Home 11 to 2 and Canyon Ridge defeated Minico 8 to 3. 

From the softball games, Twin Falls said no to Wood River 25 to 5 and Canyon Ridge took the win over Minico 9 to 5.  In some double header games, Mountain Home defeated Burley 8 to 2 and 13 to 3.  Filer took the win in both games over Sugar Salem 16 to 6 and 13 to 12.  It was Declo defeating Wendell 20 to 8 in the first game. Wendell turned it around in the second with a score of 15 to 14.

On today’s schedule, first for Baseball Buhl travels to Filer and in Softball Kimberly will be in Buhl. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 68. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a west wind 14 to 19 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Clear, with a low around 26. Windy, with a west wind 21 to 31 mph decreasing to 9 to 19 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 62. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 37.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 60. Breezy.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 29. Blustery.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 56.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 29.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 63.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 66.