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Friday 061821

A three semi-truck pileup yesterday just after 1 sent one person to the hospital and shut down freeway traffic near Hazelton for about 4 hours.  Police say an eastbound truck hauling potatoes failed to slow down in the construction zone and collided with a truck load of lumber.  The collision pushed that truck into the rear of the third semi-truck.  The collision scattered cargo from the three in both eastbound and westbound traffic lanes and spilled over into the nearby frontage road. 

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation is suing Idaho Gov. Brad Little and state wildlife officials in federal court, contending the state has wrongly denied the tribe hunting rights guaranteed by the 1868 Treaty of Fort Bridger.  The lawsuit asks a judge to declare that the Northwestern Band is protected under the treaty.

The Idaho State Board of Education says higher education institutions no longer have to require entrance exams for admissions.  The board formally approved the change during a meeting Wednesday. 

One person was killed and another seriously injured late yesterday afternoon following a crash in the mountains southwest of Lava Hot Springs.  Idaho State police say a Sandy Utah woman was on a ATV on Smith Canyon Road when she lost control.  She died at the scene.  Her passenger was taken by air ambulance for treatment.

Idaho will observe the new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, Gov. Brad Little said in a proclamation issued yesterday.  Little said the state will recognize Juneteenth, or June 19, as required by Idaho law when a new federal holiday is created.  Little said state offices will be closed today because the holiday falls on a Saturday this year.

Idaho will support Texas and Arizona in sending help to secure the border in the federal government’s absence.  Idaho Governor Brad Little said he would be sending law enforcement help.  Idaho State Police is working with the governor’s staff to evaluate resources.

SPORTS

The Mountain West champion will now be playing in a bowl game named after a late night host.  The Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl is slated for December 18 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, marking the first college football game at the second-year stadium.  The game pits the No. 1 team from the Mountain West against the No. 5 team from the Pac-12 Conference.

Pickleball anyone?  Southern Idaho is stepping up to the game.  The third annual Twin Falls Pickleball Association Father’s Day Bash Tournament kicked off yesterday at Frontier Park.  Tournament officials say they have about 140 players. This is about 45 more players than the first year of the event.  The event aims to raise money to help fund amenities around the six courts currently at Frontier Park. The tournament has drawn people from as far as Nevada and Utah this year.

Pro Bowl Linebacker and Former Boise State Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is spending some time in Idaho for his annual youth football camp.  The dallas cowboy will be in Boise tomorrow for the camp set to begin at 9 am at Bishop Kelly High School. It’s for children ages 6 to 16.

WEATHER

Fire Weather Watch

  • Goose Creek and Raft River Valley, Southern Sawtooth NF, Twin Falls BLM south of the Snake River, ID

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 410, 411, 413 BELOW 6000 FEET, 425 AND 427 BELOW 7000 FEET... ...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 427 BELOW 7000 FT... * AFFECTED AREA...Fire Weather Zone 427 Goose Creek and Raft River Valley/Southern Sawtooth NF/Twin Falls BLM south of the Snake River. * WINDS...Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 25 to 35 mph. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...12 to 17 percent. * IMPACTS...Strong winds and low humidity coupled with dry fuels will create critical fire weather conditions.

  • Middle Snake River Valley, Twin Falls BLM north of the Snake River, ID
  • Upper Snake River Valley, Idaho Falls BLM, ID

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 410, 411, 413 BELOW 6000 FEET, 425 AND 427 BELOW 7000 FEET... ...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 410 AND 425... * AFFECTED AREA...Fire Weather Zone 410 Upper Snake River Valley/Idaho Falls BLM and Fire Weather Zone 425 Middle Snake River Valley/Twin Falls BLM north of the Snake River. * WINDS...West 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 30 to 40 mph. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...9 to 15 percent. * IMPACTS...Strong winds and low humidity coupled with dry fuels will create critical fire weather conditions.

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. South southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

 

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. West wind 6 to 14 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 61. West southwest wind 8 to 15 mph.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 10 to 14 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 55.

 

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

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 61.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

 

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

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

 

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

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A man and woman from Twin Falls have been sentenced for provider fraud.  Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said 47 year old Shahrieh Movaffaghi and 46 year old Mahyar Khazzei had previously pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing Medicaid for care they falsely said they had provided to a Medicaid patient.  

A family dog is recovering after she was shot twice last weekend by a camper in Idaho who mistook the pet for a wolf, a family said. She is actually an Alaskan malamute.  The dog had wandered to a nearby campsite where she was shot in the head and neck.

Idaho officials are bracing for what could be a challenging wildfire season.  Nick Nauslar with the National Interagency Fire Center said the state had its second driest spring in the last 126 years and one of its hottest previous 12 months.  He said nearly 80% of the state is in drought and the rest of the state will likely be in drought in the next several months.

Over 50 wildlife conservation groups are asking the Biden Administration to immediately restore protections to Wolves in the Northern Rockies. This week the groups asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately restore Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.

Gov. Brad Little is offering state employees four hours of paid leave if they have received or choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Little says the new benefit comes at no extra cost to Idaho’s taxpayers.  So far, 35 percent of Idaho has gotten fully vaccinated.  That’s just over 632,000 Idahoans.

The Red Cross said a Blood Shortage in the United States is severe.  This shortage was caused in part by a recent rise in the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries which require blood products.  In Idaho, fewer blood donations have been seen recently as a result of more people returning to in-person work environments, as well as, more individuals being away on summer vacations.

SPORTS

Five Boise State University Bronco student-athletes made the NCAA Division I Academic All-District 7 team for their work in the classroom.  Senior defensive back Kekaula Kaniho who is majoring in health science earned the honor for the second-straight year.  For first team recipients, we have graduate student offensive lineman Donte Harrington, who is getting a degree in public policy, senior linebacker Riley Whimpey is getting a degree in business Plus senior punter Joel Velazquez is in pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree and junior wide receiver Khalil Shakir who is majoring in communications.

One of the best high school basketball players out of the state of Arkansas is going to play for the College of Southern Idaho this fall.  Jakari Livingston is a top five player from Arkansas and even participated in the elite Iverson Classic All-Star Game last month in Memphis.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. South southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63. North northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. South southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west northwest 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60. Breezy.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 58.

 

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

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

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

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

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Bureau of land management firefighters say they have gained the upper hand in a wildfire that has destroyed 2 homes and burned 25-hundred acres south of American Falls.  The Cold Creek fire was reported on Monday afternoon.  Several areas were evacuated and residents were sent to the American Falls High school for shelter.

Idaho officials on Tuesday approved payments of $1.4 million and $1.2 million to two men who spent decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.  Gov. Brad Little and three other statewide-elected members of the Idaho Board of Examiners approved the payments to Charles Fain and Christopher Tapp.  Fain, who is getting $1.4 million, was convicted of kidnapping, rape and murder in 1983 following the death of 9-year-old Daralyn Johnson. In 1984 he was sentenced to death. He came within four days of being executed at one point.

A Jerome woman was sent to the hospital after being struck by a pickup truck late Monday night.  Police say the accident happened at the intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and Mountain View Drive in Jerome around 10:30 pm.  43 year old Wendy Marzitelli was life Flighted to Boise. 

Unemployed Idaho residents could get kicked out of a state benefits program if they don’t follow new job-seeking requirements that went into effect this month.  People receiving unemployment benefits now have two business days to apply for a job opening after receiving a referral from the Idaho Department of Labor. If they don’t, they could lose their unemployment benefits.

Twin Falls Police Chief Craig Kingsbury hopes to add four police officers to his force.  This week the city council told Kingbury he could apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of justice that would cover most of the costs associated with the new officers for three years. 

Idaho governor Brad Little has joined with western governors to expand access to affordable degree programs for Idahoans who need additional education.  He is targeting 165-thousand residents who have some college but no degree. 

SPORTS

Monday night basketball players from several states were in town for a high school showcase.  The event was hosted by the College of Southern Idaho.  The athletes displayed their talent with six college scouts in attendance.  The boys were 9th graders to post graduates.  Blue Mountain Community College, The college of Idaho, Eastern Oregon University, Montana Western and Utah State were all represented.

A Utah teen who was stomped by a bull at the Idaho High School Rodeo Association State Finals in Pocatello over the weekend is recovering well.  17 year old Brock Hansen of Hyrum, Utah was hired to be a “cowboy protector” for the competition in Pocatello.  Cowboy protectors are tasked with grabbing bulls by the head and directing them to run away from fallen cowboys.  Hansen who is among the nation's top freestyle bullfighters in his age group and hopes to go pro  lost his footing on loose dirt Saturday while grappling with a bull named “Microbrew.” He could not roll away before the bull stomped with full force on his back.  The blow broke the wing of a vertebrae in Hansen's lower back. Hansen's strong back muscles held his spine in place, however, and doctors expect he will make a full recovery.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 85. West southwest wind around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Northwest wind around 8 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 58. West northwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. South southwest wind around 6 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon.

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

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Breezy.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 62. Breezy.

 

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

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Breezy.

 

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

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

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

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Idaho is growing in population.  The U.S. Census Bureau has released some of the census numbers and it shows cities grew by about 10 percent in the past ten years.  Twin Falls had a 16 percent growth with 51,411 calling it home.  Jerome 12-106.  Burley 10-712.  Buhl 4524.  Filer 3939 and Kimberly 4161.

Four housing organizations in Idaho are getting coronavirus relief funding to help cover the cost emergency housing vouchers.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $2.4 million total.  As of January 2020, Idaho had around 2,300 people “experiencing homelessness on any given day” officials said.

Water managers are cutting off irrigation flows to farmers in Idaho’s Wood River basin and wildlife officials are scrambling to move fish to safer waters as a severe drought grips the area.  Farmers got 27 days of water this year before the Magic Reservoir reached 4% capacity.  This is the canal company’s shortest irrigation season since at least 1977. Typically, the dam isn’t closed until mid-September.

While the price of gas went up again this past week, the increase has slowed down.  In Idaho, the price jumped a penny as crude oil prices topped 70-dollars a barrel.  That’s the highest price since October 2018.  In the area, the average price is $3-25 a gallon.  Nationwide the price jumped three cents to 3-08.

The College of Southern Idaho has identified a need for individuals whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19.  With help from the Federal emergency relief funding the College will offer training focused on obtaining a new job, improving skills for a current job or upskilling to be eligible for a higher paying job.  100-percent of the cost will be covered by the federal government. 

Did your property tax assessment skyrocket?  You are not alone.  The trend is statewide.  Assessors say the assessments are based on actual sales.  Blame it on low interest rates they say. Some relief is possible.  Check to make sure you are signed up for the homeowners exemption that provides up to $125-thousand dollars.

SPORTS

The most valuable players for high school baseball and softball have been announced following the recent state championships where Kimberly took third in Baseball and Filer took the first place in Softball.  Kimberly’s Brennen Chappell is baseballs MVP. The coach of the year is Simon Olsen.  For softball the MVP is Samantha Taylor and the Coach of the year is Buck Taylor. 

The Twin Falls county planning and zoning commission has approved a request clearing the way for a new motocross park.  The lot that the motocross club wants to use is owned by the county and the city of Twin Falls.  It’s near the Magic Valley Regional Airport.  The 50 acres is next to the Magic Valley Speedway.   This would be the first track in the Twin Falls area.  Others are located in Rupert and Boise.  The commissioners unanimously approved the project with conditions establishing what times and months the track would be open.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 10 to 13 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 84. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West northwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

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

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. Breezy.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 61. Breezy.

 

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

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The last week of spring is feeling more like summer with temperatures hitting the triple digits.  Yesterday both Twin Falls and Mountain Home experienced record breaking temperatures.  In Twin Falls it was officially 99 degrees breaking the record set back in 2018 of 91.  In Mountain Home the temperature was 102 beating the record of 101 set back in 1959.  The rest of the week is looking hot with highs in the upper 80’s to Mid 90’s.

The Idaho fish and game has issued a fish salvage order for the Richfield Canal and the Big Wood River below the dam because irrigation water is being turned off due to drought conditions.  In the specific areas bag and possession limits have been removed.  A license to fish is still required.

A 35 year old Burley man was injured after losing control of his vehicle.  Brice Hamann was westbound on I-86 west of American Falls in a pickup when he drove off the road.  The vehicle overturned and he was ejected from the vehicle.  Hamman and his passenger were both taken for medical treatment in Pocatello. 

Many Idahoans could be eligible for discounted broadband service through the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.  The $3.2 billion program provides temporary financial assistance of up to $50 per month for broadband internet service plans. A discount of $100 on equipment such as a laptop, desktop computer or tablet is also available to qualifying individuals. 

Idaho’s newest federal magistrate judge, Raymond Patricco Jr., has been sworn in during a brief ceremony at the federal courthouse in Boise.  Chief District Judge David Nye said a more formal swearing-in ceremony with pomp and circumstance will be held at a later date, but Friday’s event allowed Patricco to get right to work presiding over his first hearing that afternoon. 

Saturday evening a boat on Murtaugh lake crashed and sunk into the water.  The Twin Falls County sheriff’s office said the operator of the boat hit some rocks at high speed. There were no reports of any serious injury.  

SPORTS

Local high school rodeo participants from District 6 are headed to the nationals after competing in the 2021 Idaho High School Rodeo Association State finals.  Wyatt Lyman ranked number 1 in the Saddle Broncs.  Teely Bott picked up 1st place for Barrel racing. Wes Shaw is 3rd place in Steer Wrestling.  Luke Dalton is 4th in Tie down Roping.  In Bull Riding Tennessee Owens picked up honors and Joe Zebarth is number 1 for Boys Cutting.  Those finishing in the top four will head to  National High School finals in Lincoln Nebrasska.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. West southwest wind 5 to 13 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. South southwest wind 6 to 11 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 88. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Clear, with a low around 54. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming west southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 86. West southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

 

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

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

 

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

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

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

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

 

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

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A man who stabbed nine people at a toddler’s birthday party in Boise killing the 3-year-old birthday girl and leaving several others gravely injured will spend the rest of his life in prison for the crimes.  Timmy Kinner was sentenced to two life terms in prison plus another 120 years yesterday.

The Pocatello Chief Financial officer resigned yesterday following a heated discussion on the last day of budget meetings.  The resignation followed a tense exchange between the mayor and members of the city council.  CFO Jim Krugger said the mayor’s treatment of the council prompted his decision to quit.  It’s the second time in two years that the city’s CFO has resigned in the middle of budget talks.

Summer school is returning to many districts to help students catch up following the pandemic.  The Cassia county school district is now a full program.  In the past years the district offered limited summer school to migrant programs or after school programs.  840 students have signed up.

Idaho has been awarded $30.7 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to address health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic.   The money is part of the $2.25 billion in supplementary funding previous approved by Congress. The money is intended to improve COVID-19 testing and contact tracing for at-risk populations, improve state and local health department services and address health disparities related to the pandemic.

Idaho’s most popular state parks started doubling camping fees for out-of-state residents yesterday thanks to a new state law.  Still, it will take at least a year to see if the move intended to help more Idaho residents get spots in the parks will have the desired effect. That’s because the state’s five most-popular parks were fully booked for the summer as soon as reservations opened up back in December.

Tonight signals the beginning of Filer Fun Days.  Tonight it’s a fish fry at the fairgrounds.  Tomorrow it’s a parade and the 5K and Fun run, pancake breakfast and live music.  The parade begins at 11.  A Firework show is set for tomorrow evening.

SPORTS

More players are leaving the Boise State Football team.  Two this week bring the total to five since the 2020 season ended.  Freshman cornerback Donovan Clark is no longer on the roster. Freshman defensive end Amari Williams announced on Twitter that he is transferring. The Broncos’ coaching staff has been busy adding cornerbacks to the roster, including Utah State transfer Jared Reed.

The College Football Playoff may be expanding, which could be big news for teams in Group of Five conferences, such as the Mountain West.  The playoff could expand from four teams to 12.

The Northwest Nazarene baseball team’s historic run to the NCAA Division II Championships came to an end in a 5-3 loss to defending national champion Tampa.  The Nighthawks finished the season 35-10, captured their second regular-season GNAC title and second GNAC tournament title in Cary, North Carolina.

Kaitlin Burgess will join the Boise State women’s basketball program this fall after playing two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho.  This past season, the Auckland, New Zealand, native earned NJCAA All-America Third Team accolades as well as All-Region 18 First Team and Region 18 Tournament MVP honors.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 3 to 7 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 86. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. East wind 6 to 9 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 63.

 

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 99.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

 

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

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.