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Tuesday 122220

Four months.  That’s what Idaho Governor Brad Little said he predicts it’s going to take to get the state back to normal.  His comments come as the Coronavirus vaccinations are now being administered.  Healthcare workers and long term care facility residents should receive their vaccinations by the end of January.

A head on crash yesterday morning in Twin Falls sent 8 people to the hospital.  The accident just before 8 happened at state highway 50 and Addison Avenue East.  One woman was taken by air ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical center while 7 were transported to St. Luke’s in Twin Falls.

Idaho is the top choice for the first new nuclear test reactor in the country in decades, the U.S. Department of Energy said yesterday.  Officials say the reactor is needed to help revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by developing safer fuel and power plants.

There may be less incentive to install solar panels following a ruling by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.  At some unknown point in the future, Idaho Power will start compensating people less for the electricity they generate.  That decision could be issued anytime between a year and five years officials say.

When Buhl students return to school following the Christmas break the district has announced the return to a normal schedule of five in person days.  During thanksgiving, 18 staff members and 50 students were at home quarantining after testing positive.  Since then that number has shrank to 2 staff and four students.

Students at Idaho State University in Pocatello will be required to take a COVID 19 screen test before being allowed on campus. Screenings for students, faculty and staff will be free.  The self-collected, non-invasive saliva-based screening program will focus on those not displaying symptoms. In addition, arrangements will be made for the screening of students, faculty and staff in Twin Falls.

SPORTS

Derrick Alston Jr. scored 20 points as Boise State cruised past New Mexico 77-53 in a Mountain West Conference opener for both teams last night.  RayJ Dennis had 16 points for Boise State, which earned its fifth consecutive victory and third straight at home.

In high school basketball, there’s a few games on the schedule today.  For the boys, first Declo and Castleford will play in the New Plymouth Tournament at the College of Idaho.  Also, Buhl travels to Fruitland tonight.

In Girls basketball Minico travels to Blackfoot.

 

WEATHER

Tuesday:  A chance of rain and snow showers before 11am. Partly sunny, with a temperature falling to around 31 by 5pm. Windy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 20. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 11 to 16 mph after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 34. West wind 7 to 9 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 13. West wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 34.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 13.

 

Christmas Day:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Friday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Saturday:  A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Monday:  A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

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Twin Falls authorities say a father and son died in a crash Saturday night at Salmon Dam.  58 year old Chris Patterson of Burley was eastbound on the dam in a pickup pulling a camp trailer.  Patterson lost control after the vehicle hit ice.  The pickup fell about 250 feet while the trailer remained on the bridge.  Patterson and his son 18 year old Nathaniel both died at the scene.

23 year old Nathanael Michael West of Kimberly was sentenced this week to three years in federal prison for mailing a death threat to a Twin Falls deputy prosecutor.  He is currently in Prison where the letter was mailed from.

A Nampa police officer was stabbed in the face during an altercation with a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop.  Following the stabbing another officer shot and killed the male.  The incident occurred near the Family Dollar at 11th Avenue North.

Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped last month to 4-point 8 percent.  The reason for the decline officials say is that people simply stopped looking for work.  October’s rate was 5.5-percent.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has reported a total of more than 126,000 confirmed cases of the corona virus and 1,259 deaths. The positivity rate of people being tested for COVID-19 has been around 20%, well above the less than 5% officials want to see.  So far, nearly 1,000 frontline health care workers have been vaccinated in the state.

A federal grand jury indicted four men from Idaho, Oregon and Washington state, accusing them of hate crimes and making false statements in the assault of a Black man at a suburban Seattle bar, authorities said Friday.  Several men tried to take over a Black disc jockey’s audio equipment and beat him when he protested, The Seattle Times reported.  The indictment names Jason Desimas of Tacoma, Washington; Jason Stanley of Boise, Idaho; Randy Smith of Eugene, Oregon; and Daniel Delbert Dorson of Corvallis, Oregon.

SPORTS

The Boise State Broncos announced yesterday the football team will not participate in a bowl game this season, according to interim director of athletics Bob Carney and head coach Bryan Harsin.  The decision to forego a bowl game was led by student-athletes and supported by the coaches, staff and administration.

Meanwhile Tulane will meet Nevada Tomorrow in Boise for the bowl game at 1:30 Mountain Time

Timmy Allen had 22 points and six rebounds and Utah held Idaho to 16 first-half points on the way to a 79-41 win on Friday night.  Allen had as many points as the Vandals at the 10-minute mark of the second half when the Utes led 63-22.  Utah had 13 steals and scored 19 points off Idaho’s 22 turnovers.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. East southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 35. Breezy, with a west wind 22 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 18. West wind 9 to 17 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 32. West wind around 8 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 12.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 34.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.

 

Christmas Day:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

 

Saturday:  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

 

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After the local health district board voted against a mask mandate three times in a row, Minidoka County board member Tracy Haskin said she is out.  Haskin turned in her resignation saying she felt she couldn’t continue in the position.  A majority of the representatives on the board are county commissioners along with a medical consultant.

House speaker Scott Bedke said the legislature will meet on schedule unless two thirds vote to change the rules.  Earlier Governor Brad Little had suggested the lawmakers consider the delay or going remote.

Idaho will not be receiving as many doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine next week as originally planned.  17-550 doses were expected.  That number has changed to 9-750.  Pfizer said it’s shipping the vaccine where the federal government has told them to.

With the allocation of four and a half million dollars from the Idaho Legislature, the Idaho Department of Correction is increasing community services for individuals on parole and probation.  There will be four regional facilities.  One of those will be in Twin Falls.  Earlier this week GEO Reentry Services opened their doors at 510 2nd avenue South.

The snow is here.  That’s exciting news for area ski resorts.  Sun Valley and Pomerelle are open.  Magic and Soldier Mountains say they are planning to be open starting this weekend. 

In Heyburn there is a new council member.  45 year old Rick Tundag was sworn in after the New Mayor made the appointment to replace is position on the council.  Tundag was named the mayor after a recall that unseated former mayor Mark Rosa.

Lori Vallow filed a motion this week to disqualify prosecuting attorney Robert Wood.  Vallow claims Wood attempted to coerce Vallow’s biological sister.  The motion comes after an audio recording was released with Wood and Summer Shiflet. 

SPORTS

In boys prep high school basketball from yesterday, Burley defeated Minico 52 to 39.  Hansen said no way to Twin Falls Christian Academy 46 to 33.  Raft River took the game from Aberdeen 43 to 40.  It was Snake River 42 Kimberly 32 and Twin Falls outlasted Star Valley Wyoming 50 to 41. 

One Girls Game to report.  Filer outlasted Gooding 58 to 21. 

Tarik Cool scored 22 points to lead Idaho State to an 89-54 victory over SAGU American Indian College last night.

Emeka Udenyi recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Seattle to a 78-54 win over the College of Idaho last night as well.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly sunny, with a high near 37. West wind 10 to 13 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. South southwest wind around 6 mph.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 12.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

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Southern Idaho is under a winter weather advisory this morning.  According to the National Weather Service 5 to 10 inches of snow is expected above 45-hundred feet in the Boise Mountains, Camas Prairie and the West Central Mountains.  The advisory remains in effect until 11 today.

December has been proclaimed Health Care Worker appreciation Month.  Idaho Governor Brad Little made the announcement yesterday.  Little said Idaho residents should continue to wash hands avoid gathering with non-household members, maintain social distancing and wear a mask.

The Twin Falls Sheriff’s office has confirmed that an 11 year old Castleford girl died after an accidental discharge of a gun in her home Tuesday.  Emergency workers were called to the girl’s home just before 4 pm. 

The Idaho State Police say there’s another round of telephone scams targeting Idahoans.  One is targeting registered sex offenders telling them they are out of compliance but can pay a bond over the phone to stay out of jail.  Another is a call with the ID saying ISP.  The caller is told their vehicle is out of registration but that can be paid over the phone with a credit card.  Police say don’t pay and hang up.

The new director of Idaho National Laboratory said its efforts to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating a new generation of nuclear reactors appears to align with the goals of the incoming Biden administration and will likely receive ongoing bipartisan support.  The U.S. gets about 20% of its energy from nuclear power produced at nearly 100 nuclear plants.

While there hasn’t been any good news for Idaho overall in the COVID-19 battle, Magic Valley is looking better.  Last week the area had only 5-percent of all the cases in the gem state.  That’s a new low during the pandemic.

As some business is shrinking because of COVID-19, one is expanding.  Bill Kyle who owns several McDonalds restaurants in Southern Idaho said a McDonalds is now open as of today in Bliss.

SPORTS

From the high school basketball courts yesterday first for the boys it was Castleford over Rimrock 61 to 44.  Wendell outlasted Shoshone 74 to 42.  Hansen said no to Richfield 58 to 48 and it was Oakley overpowering Murtaugh 57 to 27.  Jerome Defeated Filer 58 to 42, Valley said no to Glenns Ferry 72 to 34 and it was American Falls taking Gooding 35 to 28.

On the girls side it was Camas County 52 to 31, Parma 60 Gooding 30, Burley outlasted Twin Falls 43 to 27 and Kimberly 49 over Buhl 24.  Bonneville gave a loss to Minico 69 to 51 and Rockland defeated Raft River 56 to 39.

One wrestling match to report.  Jerome took Twin Falls 51 to 27.

On the schedule today, first for the boys, Twin Falls plays Star Valley in the Preston Tournament.  Twin Falls Christian Academy is at Hansen and Aberdeen travels to Raft River.  It’s Snake River at Kimberly and North Gem goes to Bliss.

For the girls, Lighthouse Christian is at Dietrich, Twin Falls Christian Academy is at Hansen, Castleford is at Shoshone, Gooding at Filer, Oakley at Valley and Declo travels to Wendell. 

On the Wrestling mats, Elko, Oakley, Twin Falls, Aberdeen, Glenns Ferry all at the Declo Duals and Minico is at American Falls.

In College Basketball, the college of Idaho is at the Redhawk center to play Seattle.

WEATHER

Thursday:  Rain showers and snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain, becoming all rain after 11am. High near 39. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 13 to 17 mph.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 37. West wind 6 to 9 mph.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. South wind 3 to 6 mph.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Monday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.

Winter Weather Advisory

  • Boise Mountains, ID
  • Camas Prairie, ID
  • West Central Mountains, ID

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST THIS MORNING... * WHAT...Snow expected. Storm total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches anticipated above 4500 ft. * WHERE...The West Central Mountains, and Boise Mountains in Idaho. * WHEN...From 5 PM MST /4 PM PST/ Wednesday to 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ Thursday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. Travel could be difficult due to reduced visibilities and potentially blowing snow.

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On March 9th, Twin Falls school district patrons will be asked to make a decision whether to renew a supplemental levy.  The district is asking for $5-point 75 million dollars a year to make up about 9-percent of the annual operating expenses.

The district health department in Boise has rejected a mask mandate for the Treasure Valley at their meeting yesterday.  The mandate would have required masks in public and businesses.  Outside hundreds of protesters against any mandate marched in the street.  Last week the protesters caused the mayor and Police to request the district health department stop their meeting.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little will wait his turn in line to get a coronavirus vaccination, a spokeswoman said yesterday.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said it expects the state to receive its initial allotment of 13,650 doses by the end of this week.  Frontline health care workers are first in line.

State officials yesterday presented Idaho’s public schools with a ceremonial check for $52.5 million.  The Land Board manages nearly 4,000 square miles Idaho received at statehood to benefit mainly public schools.  Most of the money generated from land holdings comes from timber sales.

The state board of Land Commissioners is moving forward to lease an area in the Sawtooths for a 195 foot cellular tower.  Yesterday they rejected a request from two non-profits to contest the proposed lease.  The tower is part of the nationwide first responder’s network known as FirstNet.  If approved, the lease would be in place for 20 years with a base rate of $29,851.31 per year, according to the Department of Lands.

Idaho health officials say an additional 1,802 people in the state have contracted the coronavirus.  According to the state's COVID-19 tracking website, there were also 20 additional deaths reported in the past 24 hours.  The state is also now reporting the number of residents who have been administered the vaccine. As of Tuesday, 38 people have received it.

SPORTS

No more Pocatello Indians.  The school district announced yesterday they are adopting “the Thunder” as the mascot.  The design of the logo is now up to the Pocatello High school staff.

Ahmed Ali had 22 points as Portland beat College of Idaho 88-74 yesterday.

As for High School Boys varsity basketball, Jerome downed Burley 49 to 37.  Kimberly outlasted Gooding 48 to 44.  Marsh Valley said no to Buhl with a score of 52 to 40.  Minico took the game from Canyon Ridge 49 to 31 and it was Raft River 45 of Lighthouse Christian 41.

For the girls, Canyon Ridge overpowered Pocatello 44 to 26.  Declo won over Valley 56 to 48 and it was Dietrich outlasting Castleford64 to 49.  Lighthouse Christian took the game winning over Shoshone 64 to 38.  Murtaugh 57 over Raft River 37 and Oakley 30 over Glenns Ferry 17.  Richfield outlasted Rockland 30 to 26 and Wendell overpowered Buhl 39 to 34.

 

WEATHER

 

Today:  Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Rain likely after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 32. East southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

Thursday:  Rain before 11am, then a chance of showers after 11am. High near 38. South southeast wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. West wind 14 to 16 mph.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. West southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Sunday:  A chance of snow before 11am, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 11am and 2pm, then a slight chance of rain after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Monday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.

Monday Night:  A slight chance of rain and snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

Tuesday:  A slight chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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A former FBI investigation official has pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe and submitting a false federal income tax return.  51 year old James Helsep was responsible for FBI building contracts.  In 2017 the FBI broke ground on the construction of a data center in Pocatello.  Helsep is accused of depositing $120-thousand dollars into a personal bank account.  He will be sentenced in March in Boise’s federal court.

The first COVID-19 vaccine in Idaho has been given to Physician Dr. Russ McUne of Rexburg.  The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says it is expecting 13,650 doses of the new COVID-19 vaccines to arrive by later the week. The vaccine advisory committee discussed the state’s needs recently and determined that healthcare workers would be receiving the first doses.

All four of Idaho’s Republican electors yesterday cast their ballots for President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence yesterday.  Trump got 64% of the Idaho vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election, easily claiming Idaho’s four electoral votes.

The state of Idaho is trying to recover overpaid unemployment benefits disbursed as part of an effort to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.  The Idaho Department of Labor said there were 11,222 weekly overpayments in the third quarter of this year, affecting thousands of residents.

When Twin Falls School district student’s returns to school in January following the holiday break their schedule will be a bit different.  Yesterday, the school board voted to begin operating with a four day in person schedule.  Students will attend Tuesday through Friday with Monday being taught online.  The board unanimously voted in favor of the new calendar. 

Gas prices continue to fall.  Triple A says Idaho drivers are paying an average of $2.24 a gallon which is 7 cents less than a month ago and 60 cents less than a year ago.  The U.S. average is $2.16 a gallon.  Travel this holiday season is expected to drop 29-percent according to triple – A.

SPORTS

Tonight College of Idaho takes on Portland.  Gametime is 6 pm mountain time at the Chiles center in Portland.  The Portland Pilots is coming off an 87-86 overtime win over Oregon State in its most recent game.

From yesterday first for the boys high school basketball game, Castleford downed Twin Falls Christian Academy 62 to 28.

For the girls, Oakley downed Camas County 43 to 31.  Canyon Ridge outlasted Emmett 35 to 29. 

On the schedule today,  for the boys, Marsh Valley travels to Buhl.  Jerome is in Burley, Canyon Ridge goes to Minico.  Lighthouse Christian is at Raft River and Twin Falls travels to Pocatello.  Kimberly will play Gooding and Victory Charter will play Camas County.

For the Girls Shoshone is at Lighthouse Christian.  Buhl travels to Wendell. Pocatello is at Canyon Ridge.  Castleford is at Dietrich, Oakley at Glenns Ferry, Raft River at Murtaugh.  Valley at Declo and Parma at Gooding.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Tonight:  Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a low around 28. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 9 mph in the evening.

 

Wednesday:  Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 42. South wind 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Rain likely after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. East southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

Thursday:  Rain before 11am, then a chance of showers after 11am. High near 38. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Saturday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Sunday:  A chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Sunday Night:  A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

 

Monday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 41.