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Monday 071921

Fire destroyed two area homes yesterday.  The first was in the 300 block of Diamond Avenue in Twin Falls reported just before 6 pm.  Officials say the fire started on the front porch and spread to the interior of the house and attic.  The second was around 1:30 pm yesterday in Lincoln County.  The sheriff’s office said all occupants were able to get out but the home was a total loss. 

Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy has asked a judge to throw out his conviction for trespassing at the Idaho Capitol and acquit him instead because he says the state’s trespassing law should not be applied to public property.  It stems from Bundy’s arrest on Aug. 25, 2020, after he refused to leave an auditorium in the Statehouse after officials ordered it to be cleared.

Police in Nampa shot and killed a 51 year old woman after she was in a shootout with officers.  The incident on Friday afternoon started in the 38-hundred block of Teakwood Drive.  The woman had multiple warrants for her arrest.  Following a car chase the woman allegedly pointed a gun at police and began shooting.  The officers returned fire killing the suspect. 

A dust storm is being blamed for a multiple car pileup near Hazelton Saturday.  The incident at milepost 192 on I-84 involved five vehicles.  Several were sent to the hospital, one by air ambulance to Boise.  The road was closed for about 40 minutes

Republicans in the Idaho Senate are declining to reconvene the Legislature amid calls for legislation to prevent employers from requiring workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations.  Republicans say they want meetings with Republican Gov. Brad Little, House leaders and businesses to find solutions.

Wildfires continue to burn in the gem state this morning.  The fires include the 22 hundred Cougar Rock Complex fire north  of Orofino.  The Dixie Jumbo fire 40 miles southeast of Grangeville that’s burned over 26 thousand acres.  The Howell fire four miles east of Pomerelle burning so far 90 acres and has caused campers to be evacuated.  Over 300 human-caused fires have burned more than 8,800 acres of Idaho land in 2021.

SPORTS

Minico High school graduate Taylia Stimpson is leaving Georgetown University and moving to Dixie State University.  Stimpson played one year at CSI, before spending her sophomore season in Washington DC, where she appeared in 13 games, starting three of them. The team had a delayed start to the season due to COVID-19 issues and struggled, ending up going 2-15.  Now, she’s joining a Trailblazer team, who only got three games in before the athletic department canceled the rest of their season because of the pandemic. This season also marks their first full season as a Division I team.

WEATHER

RED FLAG WARNING TODAY AND TOMORROW.

Monday:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy and hot, with a high near 91. South wind 5 to 14 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. East southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Tuesday:  Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night:  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Wednesday Night:  Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

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

Thursday Night:  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 65.

 

Friday:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Friday Night:  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

 

Saturday:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Saturday Night:  Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Sunday:  Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Friday 071621

Health district officials say the Covid-19 variant has been found in Twin Falls and that covid cases are on the rise.  Those who have been vaccinated are at low risk of contracting the virus according to the department.

The Howell fire in the Sawtooth national forest continues to burn this morning.  At last check, it’s estimated to have burned 342 acres and is 10 percent contained.  The blaze is 15 miles southeast of Burley.

Officials with the Chobani plant in Twin Falls have started the process for a water appropriation permit with the Idaho department of Water Resources.  The permit calls for diversion of up to 3 cubic feet per second of water for industrial use or about 2 million gallons a day.  It calls for up to 4 wells at their site.

Water from the Burley Irrigation district could be shut off six weeks early unless conservation measures delay the plan.  Officials with the district say they expect to run out of water on September 1st.

Some school district and charter school employees in Idaho are concerned that there’s nothing stopping their districts from requiring everyone be vaccinated.  The employees say Governor Little’s executive order banning vaccine passports says nothing about K through 12 schools meaning administrators are free to follow the lead from the state’s largest hospitals.

State lawmakers and Republican Gov. Brad Little are failing Idaho residents by not preventing employers from requiring workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine, GOP Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin said yesterday.  McGeachin said the idea of discriminating against and firing employees based on private and personal health decisions flies in the face of the principles of liberty and justice.

A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes. Landlords successfully challenged the order in court, arguing they also had bills to pay.

SPORTS

The Gooding Pro Rodeo will be back in all its glory this year.  Last year the rodeo had to be capped at 70-percent capacity because of the worry over COVID 19.  Rodeo manager Don Gill said the event is one of the biggest for the sport all around the country.  They are adding one day to the action meaning their will be four days on the books.  Tickets are on sale for the event set for August 18th through the 21st.

Jerome High school is hosting three time NCAA all American Wrestler Hayden Hidlay.  The wrestler from North Carolina state is a camp clinician for the Jerome Wrestling Camp this week.  Around 110 participants of all ages are signed up for the camp that continues through Saturday.  Those interested in attending today and tomorrow can pay a pro-rated $90 at the door.

WEATHER

Today:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 62. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest around 6 mph in the morning.

Sunday Night:  Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69.

 

Monday:  Areas of smoke before noon. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Monday Night:  Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

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

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

 

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

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97

Thursday 071521

Police in Burley have arrested a man that is suspected of chasing a boy riding a bicycle.  In a video, the pickup is seen driving onto the bicycle after the boy runs.  26 year old Michael Guizar of Burley is facing charges of injury to a child, reckless driving and aggravated assault.  The incident occurred around 9 pm on Friday at the Burley Skate Park. 

This week the Blaine County commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance that will restrict fire on private land within the unincorporated areas of Blaine County.  The commissioners say severe fire threat exists.

The Idaho association of commerce and industry is urging legislators not to reconvene after Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin asked them to discuss vaccine requirements made by Idaho Employers.  Three of the state’s Major health care facilities earlier said they would require employees to receive at least the first dose of a covid vaccine by September 1st

14 Wildfires continue to burn in the gem state this morning.  The fires have scorched about 200 square miles.  The largest is the Snake River Complex fire 20 miles south of Lewiston where 340 personnel are assigned to that fire.  Nearly 400 firefighters and support personnel are battling the lightening caused Dixie jumbo fire north of Dixie where 30 square miles is on fire.

Prisons in Idaho are so understaffed that correctional officers often end up working mandatory 16-hour shifts, leaving them just eight hours to sleep, eat and see their families before returning to duty.   Idaho Department of Correction Director Josh Tewalt told Board of Correction members about the staff shortages, saying roughly one-quarter of correctional officer positions are vacant.

An Idaho man has pleaded guilty to a felony for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by loyalists of then-President Donald Trump.  In the plea hearing, Josiah Colt admitted that he brought weapons and other tactical equipment to Washington, D.C. before the siege on the Capitol and that he obstructed an official by disrupting Congress as lawmakers prepared to certify the vote electing President Joe Biden.

SPORTS

The Miss Rodeo Idaho competition begins on Saturday in Nampa, and one local participant is looking forward to the event.  22-year-old Samantha Beck from Burley will represent the Cassia County Fair & Rodeo. She has been competing for rodeo queen titles for 10 years.  Rodeo queens compete in horsemanship, speech, modeling, and a series of interviews.

Speaking of rodeos, the Lincoln county fair and rodeo kicks off next Saturday July 24th and continues through July 31st.  The rodeo is set for July 29th and 30th.  The Junior rodeo is set for July 24th

One score to report in American Legion Baseball.  In single A play, the Pocatello Razorbacks downed the Malad Dragons 13 to 3 in the first game of a double header.  In the second game Pocatello downed Malad 12 to 2. 

WEATHER

Today:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

Tonight:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

 

Friday:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Areas of smoke. Clear, with a low around 59. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm.

 

Saturday:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 66.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 102.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 100.

Monday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

 

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

Wednesday 071421

Idaho Governor Brad Little is warning residents that this could be the worst fire season in the state in years.  The Republican governor said that there’s a potential for multiple giant wildfires in Idaho that use up firefighting resources and leave some areas unprotected.  The bureau of land Management has implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions in Boise and Payette.  They will go in effect this Friday. 

Idaho Airport officials say that with the possible jet fuel shortages, they may have to wave off planes and helicopters that drop fire retardants.  Airport officials, aviation supply companies and jet fuel transport companies said jet fuel demand declined sharply during the coronavirus pandemic. They have yet to bounce back in the Western U.S. even as the economy zooms ahead and more passengers flock to airports for long-delayed trips.

Students and staff in the Boise School District won’t have to wear masks during the upcoming school year.  The new plan encourages those who are not vaccinated to continue wearing masks to protect themselves and the community.

Cassia County has been declared an emergency because of the extreme drought conditions.  The declaration by the county commissioners, gives county government the authority to move resources and change water rights to minimize damages to crops.  This is the first emergency declaration caused by weather in the area since 2017 when flood waters began doing damage.

Teachers from around Idaho are at the College of Southern Idaho for the P20 conference.  During the 2 day event, there are different workshops and presentations from educators with topics in all different areas.

A former participant in an armed occupation at an Oregon wildlife refuge in 2016 has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in connection with his role in a police shootout in Idaho last year.  Sean L. Anderson of Riggins was convicted in April of felony aggravated assault on a police officer and the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime.

SPORTS

Last night was the last home game for the Twin Falls cowboys legion baseball team before they host the double a state legion tournament at the college of southern Idaho next week.  Last night the cowboys took on the Minico Storm.  The game was a shutout with Twin Falls taking the win 10 to 0.  In one other game, Burley outlasted Marsh Valley 5 to 4. 

WEATHER

Today:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 9 to 14 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

 

Friday:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. South wind 5 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

 

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

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 65.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 103.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 101.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Tuesday 071321

An early morning stabbing has left one man seriously injured.  Police in Twin Falls say that just before 1 am yesterday they were called to the Klover Klub at 402 Main Avenue North where they found a male victim on the ground with a large stab wound to his chest and right arm.  34 year old Jesus Cristo Gonzalez of Twin Falls has been charged with Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery.  The victim was taken by air for treatment.

The price of gas has skyrocketed another 9 cents in a week according to triple A.  Today’s price in Idaho is an average of $3-58.  The National Average is $3-15.

Oregon authorities are threatening to arrest people who refuse to evacuate their homes because of growing wildfires.  Nearly 60 wildfires are tearing through bone-dry timber and brush from Alaska to Wyoming, Arizona, Idaho and Montana.

Republican state senators plan to meet this week to discuss the possibility of a special session after three large health care providers announced policies requiring employees to get COVID-19 vaccinations.  Senate Pro Tempore Chuck Winder said Republican senators will meet online Friday morning amid growing calls for a special session on employers requiring coronavirus vaccines.

Burley authorities are sorting out the details into an incident where a 11 year old boy riding a bike was chased by vehicle near the city’s skate park.  A family who lived near the park saw what was happening and brought Nathanael Wallace into their house and away from harm. 

Searchers looking for a Montana State University graduate student who went missing while hiking in the mountains of Southern Montana say they don’t think she is still alive.  Rescue workers say 23 year old Tatum Morell was involved in an accident and couldn’t activate her satellite communicator.  She last spoke with her mother in Ketchum on July 1st.  She was expected back on July 5th

SPORTS

There’s a new name that’s a familiar one in magic valley that will coach the Girls Basketball team at Lighthouse Christian school.  Paige Vickrey will replace Tia Standlee who spent eight years as the head coach.  Standlee lead the Lions to a pair of district championships and a fourth place finish at state. Vickrey is a former college basketball player, having played at Sheridan College and Northwest Nazarene University.

The 24th annual Lori Rogers Fly like an eagle golf tournament is set for August 21st at the Twin Falls Municipal Golf course.  The College of Southern Idaho Athletic Department is taking registrations.  If you are interested, the cost is $360 for a four person team.  Shotgun start is at 8 am.  Look for games like the K AND T Steel closest to the pin and longest drive competition.  Contact Jacob at 732-6482 if you are interested in participating.

WEATHER

 Today:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. West southwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Tonight:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West northwest wind 6 to 15 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. South southeast wind around 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. South southeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.

Thursday Night:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 100.

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

 

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 102.

Monday 071221

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday mobilized the Idaho National Guard to help fight wildfires amid an ongoing drought and extreme heat.  The governor issued an emergency declaration allowing soldiers to help fight fires where the state provides fire protection.  It’s the first time the Idaho Department of Lands has requested the governor issue such an emergency declaration.

Chobani has started the process of filing for an initial public offering that could be valued as high as $10 billion.  It could also generate a huge windfall for the company’s employees, who have been promised a share of the company if or when it is sold or becomes public. The Twin Falls Idaho plant is the world’s largest yogurt making facility.

An Idaho Falls woman has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison in connection with a kidnapping and torture case.  34 year old Sasha Dee Martinez will be eligible for parole after serving at least five years.  According to police reports, officers were called to a home where a woman had been beaten, tied to a chair, burned with propane torches and set on fire with lighter fluid.

Idaho Power customers in southern Idaho used a record amount of electricity last week, the company said.  Electricity use peaked at 3,745 megawatts on the evening of June 30. That’s more than 9% above the previous record of 3,422 megawatts set in July 2017.  Idaho Power has about 590,000 customers, about 50,000 more than in 2017.

Some employees of St. Alphonsus and St. Luke’s are voicing their displeasure about the hospitals requiring them to get at least one covid shot by September 1st.  The health system says nearly 80-percent of the employees are vaccinated.  Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin sent a letter to the Scott Bedke, the speaker of the Idaho House of Representatives to consider reconvening the Idaho legislature to discuss vaccine requirements.

A group that has been labeled by some as a hate group has some residents in Buhl upset that they were in the sagebrush day’s parade.  The Proud boys float was one of nearly 100 that were part of the event.  

SPORTS

In legion baseball action from over the weekend, first to single A play Marsh Valley outlasted Buhl in a double header.  The first game the score 11 to 4 and the second game 4 to 2.  Mountain View Oregon downed the Pocatello Razorbacks 7 to 3 and Reno Nevada outlasted the Pocatello team 8 to 2.  The Burley Green Sox took both of their games over the Malad Dragons 16 to 3 and 9 to 0. 

Saturday was the 23rd annual Wake in the Snake Wakeboarding event in Burley near the Rivers Edge Golf Course.  The event brought wakeboarders from across the United States to Southern Idaho.  The event is put on by Idaho Watersports, which says that the Burley event provides one of the premier locations among all wakeboarding competitions.

WEATHER

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM tonight.  Dangerously hot conditions with expected daytime temperatures of up to 105, and nighttime lows in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

 

Monday:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 9 to 16 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Clear, with a low around 60. West northwest wind 7 to 15 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Wednesday Night:  Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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 101.