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Wednesday 091422

Following a slow start to the fire season attributed to the area’s wet spring, fire activity has increased across Idaho and the West in recent weeks.  Several large fires are burning in Idaho, including the Moose Fire burning north of Salmon, the Four Corners Fire burning in the Payette and Boise national forests outside of Cascade and the Ross Creek Fire burning in the Sawtooth National Forest south of Alturas Lake.   Across Idaho, more than 200,000 acres have burned so far this year, a figure that can increase daily or overnight.

Some areas on the Four Corners Fire west of Cascade continue to burn, but homeowners are being allowed to return to previously evacuated areas, and crews may have the fire completely contained within the next two weeks.  At last check, the fire has burned 13,717 acres and is 96% contained. No structures have been lost.

In Blaine County Hwy 75 is open.  Mandatory “GO” Evacuation remains in place for Smiley Creek, Sawtooth City, Beaver Creek, and surrounding areas.  Alturas Lake, Pettit Lake, Cabin Creek have been reduced to "SET" evacuation level.

Idaho's ongoing housing crisis has been especially difficult in Blaine County, where, according to the 2020 census, more than 46% of residences are used as second homes and short-term rentals.   The cities of Ketchum, Sun Valley and Hailey are implementing a pilot program, Lease to Locals.  Ketchum is spearheading the project with over $400,000 in funding for grants to homeowners.

Idaho has opened the nation’s first 5G wireless test range, focused exclusively on security testing, training and technology development.  Located across the U.S. Department of Energy’s 890-square mile Idaho National Laboratory Site, the range is outfitted with state-of-the-art 5G radios, antennas, base stations, and a computerized core network.  5G service is available in selected cities across the country, but widespread adoption is still years away.

SPORTS

After a 1-1 start on the road, the Boise State broncos host Tennessee-Martin Saturday.  The Broncos look to get back above the .500 mark when they line up against the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks Saturday afternoon on the Blue Turf, the Broncos' first home game of the 2022 football season.  Boise State is 1-1 overall and 1-0 in Mountain West play after defeating New Mexico 31-14 last Friday night in Albuquerque. Saturday's game against UT-Martin is the second of four non-conference games on Boise State's schedule. UT-Martin, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, is Boise State's only FCS opponent this season.  Kickoff for UT-Martin at Boise State is set for 2 p.m., at Albertsons stadium.  Boise State goes into Saturday's home opener after a dominant performance by the Bronco defense against New Mexico, whom Boise State held to 123 yards of offense.

Here are some results from high school sports matchups from yesterday.  First for Boys Soccer where Jerome defeated Minico 5 to 0.  Mountain Home tied it up with Burley with 2 each.  Canyon Ridge took the win over Wood River 1 to 0.  The Twin Falls Pocatello game was canceled.

For the girls, Mountain Home took the win over Burley 16 to 1, Jerome defeated Minico 6 to 0.  Wood River defeated Canyon Ridge 3 to 1 and Twin Falls downed Pocatello 1 to 0.

In Volleyball games, Minico defeated Jerome 3 to 0.  Oakley defeated Raft River 3 to 0, Murtaugh defeated Shoshone 3 to 1, the Sun Valley Community school took the win over Wendell 3 to 0 and Kimberly outlasted Buhl 3 to 0. It was Valley 3 Castleford 2, Rimrock 3 Camas County 0, Gooding 3 Filer 1 and Hansen outlasted Glenns Ferry 3 to 2.  Carey took the win over Lighthouse Christian 3 to 1.  Canyon Ridge defeated Wood River 3 to 1 and Declo outlasted American Falls 3 to 2. 

Local High school sports for today look like this.  First to Boys and Girls soccer where Filer travels to Declo, Gooding goes to Kimberly, Buhl heads to the Sun Valley Community school and Bliss travels to Wendell.

For volleyball games, Burley travels to Canyon Ridge, Buhl heads to Burley, Rockland plays Richfield, Oakley goes to Grace and Buhl goes to Canyon Ridge.

WEATHER

Today:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

Tonight:  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Widespread haze. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. South southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. East southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

 

Friday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. East wind around 8 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Saturday:  Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Sunday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

 

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

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

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 64.

Tuesday 091322

The Air Quality Advisory for Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Blaine, Camas, Twin Falls, Minidoka, and Cassia counties has been extended.  The region is seeing some improvement in air quality overall but areas of smoke may continue due to regional and local wildfires.

The Bureau of Land Management Lava Ridge Wind Project Subcommittee will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 for a discussion to review information and issues regarding the proposed project. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.  

On a 5 to 1 vote, the Twin Falls City Council approved Mayor Ruth Pierce’s recommendation to appoint Alexandra Caval to the city council seat.  Caval was selected from a pool of 26 applicants to fill the seat that was vacated by Shawn Barigar.  She is eligible to run for re-election next  November.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is one of 22 governors across the country to sign a letter to President Joe Biden opposing his plan to forgive a portion of student loan debt, saying the plan will encourage more students borrowing, incentivize higher tuition rates and exacerbate inflation.  They say the plan shifts the burden of debt from the wealthiest Americans with a “regressive impact that harms lower income families.”

Almost every Idaho teacher again have been deemed ‘proficient’ or better.  Overall, 98.7% of Idaho’s K-12 teachers earned top marks on their annual performance evaluations in 2021-22, according to new data from the State Board of Education. In 2019-20, those designated “proficient” or better were 98.5%, up from 98.1% a year earlier.

Chipmaker Micron’s planned $15 billion investment in a new factory in the company’s hometown of Boise will help protect the United States from the vulnerabilities of a globalized semiconductor market, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Monday.  Micron officials said that the area east of Boise is expected to have the largest chip making cleanroom, or fab, in the U.S. by the end of the decade, covering 600,000 square feet  and creating 17,000 jobs.

SPORTS

In local results from the area high schools, first for Boys Soccer, Kimberly defeated Filer 13 to 0 and Wendell shut out Buhl 5 to 0.

For the girls, Wendell defeated Buhl 2 to 1, the Sun Valley community school downed Gooding 2 to 0.  Kimberly said no way to Filer 6 to 0. 

In volleyball games, Camas County and the ISDB game was cancelled.  Valley took the win over Hansen 3 to 1 and Hagerman defeated the Twin Falls Christian academy 3 to 1. 

Because of the air quality the Frontier Conference preview cross country meet in Helena Montana was cancelled for the CSI men and women teams.

On todays schedule, first for the boys soccer games, Twin Falls travels to Pocatello, Mountain Home goes to Burley, Wood River heads to Canyon Ridge and Minico travels to Jerome.

For the Girls, Jerome goes to Minico, Canyon Ridge to Wood River, Burley heads to Mountain Home and Pocatello will be at the Twin Falls sunway soccer complex. 

For Volleyball, Kimberly goes to Buhl, Burley to Mountain Home, Canyon Ridge to Wood River, Rimrock to Camas County, Filer to Gooding, Glenns Ferry plays Hansen.  Jerome to Minico.  Murtaugh to Shoshone, Castleford to Valley.  Lighthouse Christian to Carey, Oakley to Raft River and Wendell is on the bus to the Sun Valley Community School. 

WEATHER

 

DEQ is extending the Air Quality Advisory for Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Blaine, Camas, Twin Falls, Minidoka, and Cassia counties.  The region is seeing some improvement in air quality overall but areas of smoke may continue due to regional and local wildfires.  Air quality is likely to change drastically with slight changes in fire behavior and weather conditions.

 

Tuesday:  Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Patchy smoke. Cloudy, with a high near 70. South wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tuesday Night:  Patchy smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. South southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the evening.

 

Thursday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Friday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Saturday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

 

Sunday:  A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 70.

Sunday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

 

Monday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

Monday 091222

With all the smoke in the air this morning there is a air quality advisory from the Idaho DEQ.  The warning is for Camas Gooding, Jerome, and Twin Falls Counties.  The Air Quality index is listed Unhealthy for sensitive groups. 

Thousands were on hand yesterday to watch a large American Flag unfurl over the canyon near the Perrine Bridge.  The event is in its third year to remember and honor those lost in the 9-11 terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.

The Jerome County Commissioners have declared a state of emergency because of the large fires called the Eden-2 Fire and Sheep Fire.  As well as helping to fight the fires, this funding will help protect residents that may have lost property or livestock.

Traveling on the Perrine Bridge?  Expect delays over the coming weeks.  Overnight lane closures of the Perrine Bridge starting yesterday. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane while this work is being completed.  A second project will involve daytime right lane closures on the northbound side of the roadway from the 19th to the 20th.  Subsequent southbound right lane closures will occur on the 21st and 22nd.

Magic Valley residents are banding together to support an Idaho State Police officer who was injured while directing traffic during a vehicle fire last week.  Family members say Sgt. Mike Wendler is improving after being critically injured Thursday along I-84 near Jerome.  A go-fund-me page has a goal of 50-thousand dollars. 

An estimated 7.8% to 10.5% of all Idaho adults were suffering from the aftereffects of COVID-19 infections this summer, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 

A coalition of news organizations asked an Idaho judge to reject a request to ban cameras from the courtroom in a high-profile triple murder case.  The request was filed in the criminal case of Lori Vallow Daybell, who is accused of conspiring with her new husband to kill her two children and her husband’s late wife.

SPORTS

Jordan Byrd returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown and added a 53-yard scoring run to spark San Diego State to a 38-7 victory over FCS-member Idaho State on Saturday night.  San Diego State spotted Idaho State a 7-0 lead on a 75-yard scoring strike from Tyler Vander Waal to Xavier Guillory two plays into the game before scoring 38 straight points.

Indiana scored 29 consecutive points, including 23 in the third quarter, to rebound from a sluggish start in a 35-22 victory over FCS-member Idaho on a rainy Saturday night.  The game was delayed 35 minutes by a lightning warning, and the Hoosiers didn’t show up at the outset against the three-touchdown underdog Vandals, who led 10-0 at halftime.

Two Friday night games, Columbia at Canyon Ridge and Kimberly vs. Fruitland, were postponed until Saturday.  Columbia defeated Canyon Ridge 21 to 20 and Kimberly downed Fruitland 34 to 27.

In football over the weekend, Pocatello outlasted Twin Falls, 27 to 7.  It was Minico 54 over Mountain Home 0.  Preston  defeated Jerome 44 to 8.  And Burley took the win over Shelley 42 to 38.  Filer took the win over American Falls 28 to 6 and Buhl defeated Kimberly 20 to 8.  Wendell defeated Ririe 14 to 6.  Glenns Ferry outlasted Valley 32 to 18 and Oakley outlasted Murtaugh 56 to 14.  Raft River defeated Lighthouse Christian 30 to 26.  Hagerman said no to North Gem 46 to 0 and Castleford took the win over Grace 8 to 0.  Dietrich ran away with the game over Rockland 68 to 26. 

On todays high school sports schedule for boys and girls soccer, Wendell travels to Buhl, Filer to Kimberly, Gooding to the Sun Valley Community School and Bliss plays Declo. 

For Volleyball, Valley goes to Hansen, Camas County travels to Gooding to play the ISDB and Hagerman plays the Twin Falls Christian Academy.

For Golf it’s the High School Fall classic at Bonneville.

WEATHER

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY FOR Camas, Gooding, Jerome, and Twin Falls Counties because degraded air quality due to wildfire smoke.  Air Quality Index is forecast to be Unhealthy for sensitive groups.

 

Today:  Patchy smoke before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. East wind 5 to 13 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers after midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

 

Tuesday:  Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph.

 

Wednesday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

 

Thursday:  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.

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

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 75.

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

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

Saturday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

 

Sunday;  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Friday 090922

The Bureau of land management say two fires broke out on public land yesterday.  Eden 2 fire was reported at 3:36 p.m., 3 miles north of Eden. The blaze grew quickly, pushed by 30-40 mph winds and dry conditions.   Meanwhile, The Sheep fire was reported at 2:06 p.m., approximately 3 miles north of Wendell.  The fire grew quickly, pushing east towards Highway 93.  A Red Flag warning remains in effect over the fire areas until 9:00 p.m. for high winds and low relative humidity. Both fires were human caused.

Early yesterday morning, a trooper directing traffic was struck by a vehicle and injured. At about 8:30 a.m., an Idaho State Police Sergeant responded to a vehicle fire on westbound I-84 in Jerome County. While providing traffic control, he was struck by a passing vehicle. The Sergeant, who was critically injured, was flown by Air St Luke's to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

On Monday Twin Falls City Mayor Ruth Pierce will recommend the appointment of Alexandra Caval to Twin Falls City Council. Caval was selected from a pool of 26 qualified applicants to fill City Council Seat that was vacated by Shawn Barigar in July. Caval will serve the balance of the term and is eligible to run for re-election in November 2023.

Here is an update on the fire burning in Blaine County. Galena Summit to 1 mile S of Galena Lodge is now on SET evacuation notification meaning evacuate on a moment’s notice.  Hwy 75 is open but is subject to change.

Organizers of an education funding initiative have asked to have the measure pulled from the November ballot after the Idaho Legislature last week passed a massive tax cut and education spending bill that made the initiative moot.  Reclaim Idaho’s initiative, dubbed the Quality Education Act, would have generated an estimated $323 million each year for K-12 education.

At least three companies or organizations sponsoring this weekend’s Boise Pride Festival have withdrawn their participation from the event as Idaho Republican Party Chairwoman Dorothy Moon called on supporters to contact the festival’s sponsors and remove their financial support.   Zions Bank, Idaho Power and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare were sponsors but withdrew after Moon began issuing a series of statements condemning children’s participation in the event.

SPORTS

Tonight on the local high school football schedule, Hagerman heads to North Gem, Butte County travels to Watersprings, Grace is in Castleford to take on the wolves.  Shelley takes the bus to Burley, Columbia will be in Twin Falls to play Canyon Ridge,  Buhl boards the bus to Declo, Valley travels to Glenns Ferry, Preston is in Jerome, Fruitland plays Kimberly, Mountain Home is at Minico, Oakley plays Murtaugh, Twin Falls heads to Pocatello, Lighthouse Christian plays Raft River and Wendell is in Ririe,

WEATHER

Friday;  Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 76. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Areas of smoke. Clear, with a low around 48. West wind 7 to 14 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 82. East wind 13 to 17 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 50. East wind 9 to 13 mph.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 87.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 57.

 

Monday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83.

Monday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

 

Tuesday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

 

Wednesday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77.

Wednesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

 

Thursday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Wednesday 090722

A quick moving wildfire shut a portion of highway 93 down yesterday.  Around 11 am, the fire broke out between the Highway 93 I-84 junction and the Perrine Bridge.  The powerline fire burned 1400 acres.  Traffic was redirected to Golf Course Road and the Hansen Bridge.  The road was re-opened around 1:30 pm.

Yogurt maker Chobani has withdrawn its plans for an initial public offering, according to CNBC.  The company originally planned to hit the stock market last fall using the ticker “CHO” but the IPO was delayed several times and pushed to later this year or next. Now the move won’t happen at all.  Chobani operates a large manufacturing facility in Twin Falls that employs more than 500 people.

South Central Public Health District issued a public health advisory for Salmon Falls Creek reservoir after recent testing from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality show levels of a cyanotoxin, Microcystin, are now at unhealthy levels in the reservoir. Increased levels of this toxin are caused by harmful algal blooms in the water.

In her eighth and final budget request, state superintendent Sherri Ybarra is pushing for additional pay raises for teachers and staffers.  State school superintendent Sherri Ybarra’s budget request totals close to $2.5 billion, and that does not account for the $330 million K-12 funding increase signed into law last week.

Roughly 200 people were told to evacuate and sheriff’s deputies were trying to track down campers and other recreationists after a wildfire exploded in Idaho’s scenic Sawtooth National Forest over the long holiday weekend.  Lightning sparked the Ross Fork Fire in central Idaho on Aug. 14.  The 24-thousand acre fire is 4-percent contained. 

Twin Falls county fair numbers jumped this year.  About 80-thousand attended the event which is an increase of 18-percent from last year according to Manager John Pitz.  The Scotty McCreery concert drew about 6-thousand people.

SPORTS

In local sports first to Boys Soccer yesterday, Burley defeated Twin Falls 4 to 0.  Canyon Ridge took the win over Minico16 to 0.  For the Girls, Twin Falls outlasted Burley 12 to 0.  Mountain Home said no to Wood River 3 to 1.

In Volleyball, Wood River outlasted Mountain Home 3 to 0.  It was Shoshone 3 Glenns Ferry 0 and Kimberly 3 Gooding 0.  Carey outlasted Castleford 3 to 1.  Buhl 3 Filer 1, Rockland 3 Dietrich 0, Twin Falls 3 Burley 1.  Canyon Ridge outlasted Minico 3 to 1 and Oakley 3 Murtaugh 1.

On Todays Schedule first for Boys Soccer Buhl heads to Filer, Bliss goes to the Sun Valley Community School, Wendell travels to Gooding and Kimberly meets up with Declo.

For the Girls, Buhl plays Filer, Wendell takes on Gooding, Declo travels to Kimberly and Bliss plays the Sun Valley Community School.

Volley Ball games include Snake River at Kimberly, Wendell plays Valley, and Raft River will be in Twin Falls to play Lighthouse Christian. 

For golf, there Canyon Ridge invite will be at Club 93 for both the boys and girls.

WEATHER

HEAT ADVISORY TODAY AND FIRE WEATHER WATCH WITH GUSTY WINDS.

 

Wednesday:  Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Wednesday Night:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 66. West wind 7 to 13 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a west wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Clear, with a low around 49. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 76.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 48.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 84.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 53.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

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

 

Monday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82.

Monday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

 

Tuesday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.

Tuesday 090622

The Ross Fork Fire is still burning in the Sawtooth National Forest, and is currently more than 14,000 acres.  The Blaine County Sheriff and the Forest Service made the decision to evacuate residents at Smiley Creek, Sawtooth City, and Alturas Lake last night.  Highway 75 has been CLOSED from Galena Lodge to the Blaine/Custer county line.

Police in New Plymouth say they are investigating the death of a baby girl who was left in a car as temperatures in the region neared 100 degrees.  Police were called around 5 p.m.  The child, under 1 year old, was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

An overnight fire destroyed 26 homes at a condominium building in Ketchum, authorities said Sunday. No injuries were reported, but the city put out an appeal for assistance for those displaced by the blaze.  The fire at the Limelight Condominiums was reported shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Funding to add electric vehicle charging infrastructure to 12 locations in Idaho was awarded through the state’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Program.  Money from the program, which totals $2.6 million, will provide funding for publicly available electric vehicle charging equipment along Idaho’s major highways and freeways.  The funding will add 48 charging ports for electric vehicles, and 12 of those charging ports are already operational in the cities of Lewiston, Hailey, Bonners Ferry and Coeur d’Alene.

On Sunday, Lori Vallow’s son, Colby Ryan, was taken into custody in Maricopa County, Arizona.  Ryan is charged with two counts of sex crimes.   Ryan is Vallow’s third and eldest child.  Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell are currently scheduled to stand trial in January for the murder of Vallow’s two other children and Daybell’s former wife.

Officials are hoping to lift current evacuations for Campbell Creek and French Creek areas sometime later this week. Once homeowners can return to their homes, the area will remain in SET, meaning people should be prepared to re-evacuate if necessary. Currently, no structures have been lost to the fire.

SPORTS

Transfer quarterback Cameron Ward threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as Washington State beat Idaho 24-17 in a season opener to win its 10th consecutive game in a long-running series between two schools whose campuses are located just eight miles apart. The Vandals play at Indiana on Saturday.

A longtime girl’s High School Basketball Coach is behind bars facing sexual abuse charges.  Wade Schvaneveldt was arrested on Friday on multiple counts of statutory rape according to the Soda Springs Police Department.  Schvaneveldt coached girls basketball at Soda Springs High School for 20 years, from 2002 to 2022.   He led his teams to four state championships.

On todays high school sports schedule, first for boys Soccer, Canyon Ridge heads to Minico, Burley to Twin Falls, Declo to Buhl and Mountain Home and Wood River will play.  For the girls, Declo travels to Buhl, Twin Falls to Burley, Minico to Canyon Ridge, and Wood River to Mountain Home.

For Volleyball, Richfield plays the Sun Valley community school, Buhl takes on Filer, Minico plays Canyon Ridge, Carey plays Castleford, Rockland takes on Dietrich, Valley plays Hansen, Gooding plays Kimberly, Wood River takes on Mountain Home Glenns Ferry plays Shoshone, Burley heads to Twin Falls and Murtaugh travels to Oakley.

WEATHER

Tuesday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Patchy smoke before midnight. Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Calm wind becoming south southeast 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 89.

Thursday Night:  Clear, with a low around 53.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 49.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 86.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

Monday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.