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Travelers can expect busy roads and crowded airports for Labor Day weekend.  According to AAA, overall bookings for airfare, hotels, rental cars, cruises, and tours for the holiday are up 22% from a year ago.  Gas prices also continue to drop.  Drivers will face the heaviest traffic on Monday afternoon.  State parks and the National Parks are also expected to be very busy over the weekend.

A wildfire closed Interstate 84 near the Oregon, Idaho border yesterday afternoon.   Officials said the westbound lanes were closed between Ontario and Baker City. The road was re-opened just after 5 pm.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little late Thursday signed a massive tax cut and education spending bill made possible by the state’s projected $2 billion budget surplus.  The Republican governor signed the bill after it made a speedy trip through the Legislature in a one-day special session, passing the House 55-15 and the Senate 34-1.  The legislation has a $410 million annual increase through sales taxes for education as well as a $500 million income tax rebate this year. The bill also has an ongoing $150 million income and corporate tax cut by creating a 5.8% flat tax.

Micron will invest $15 billion though the end of the decade on a new semiconductor plant in Boise that the chipmaker said will create 17,000 American jobs. The president and CEO of Boise, based Micron, said his company’s investment was made possible by last month’s passage of the CHIPS and Science ACT of 2022, a $280 billion bill aimed at bolstering U.S. competitiveness against China and avoiding another chip shortage like the one that derailed the auto and tech industries during the pandemic.

The Idaho National Guard is hosting Gowen Thunder 2023 Open House and Airshow Aug. 26-27, 2023 on Gowen Field. The event is free and open to the public, and will be headlined by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the Air Force’s F-16 air demonstration squadron.

New documents from the US Attorney’s Office give a clearer timeline of the investigation into the former Caldwell police officer, Joseph Hoadley.  Earlier this year, a federal grand jury indicted Hoadley on four felony counts.  Allegations are that Hoadley used excessive force multiple times against people he arrested between 2012 and 2017.

SPORTS

College football starts up this weekend for Idaho who plays Washington State Saturday, 7:30 p.m.  It’s the Battle of the Palouse between schools that sit eight miles apart on the Washington-Idaho border. Jack Dickert begins his first full season as the Cougars’ coach. He went 3-3 with a Sun Bowl berth as interim coach after Nick Rolovich was fired. Jason Eck takes over as Idaho’s coach. Paul Petrino was fired following a 4-7 season, the Vandals’ fifth straight losing season. 

The Boise State Broncos will kick off their season this weekend playing Oregon State. Game time is set for 8:30 p.m. tomorrow. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. According to ESPN's Football Power Index, Boise State has a 50.2% chance to win.

In local High school games from yesterday, first to a football game where Buhl downed Mountain Home 35 to 8. 

In soccer, first for the Boys, Canyon Ridge defeated Mountain Home 7 to 1.  Burley shut out Minico 7 to 0 and it was a tie for Jerome and Twin Falls with one each. 

For the girls Canyon ridge shut out Mountain Home 5 to 0, Burley took Minico 7 to 2 and Twin Falls said no to Jerome 6 to 0. 

In volleyball, Liberty Carter defeated Glenns Ferry 3 to 2, Twin Falls took the win 3 to Jerome’s 0 and Dietrich defeated Castleford 3 to 1.  Wendell said no to Hansen 3 to 0, Valley defeated Shoshone 3 to 2, Declo was victorious over Oakley 3 to 1.  Canyon Ridge shut out the games with Mountain Home 3 to 0.

On today’s schedule for Football, Oakley will play Kendrick at Cambridge, Declo heads to Aberdeen, Butte County will play Carey, Vallivue plays Burley, Wilder takes on Valley, Camas County travels to North Gem, Jerome heads to Kimberly, Snake River is in Filer, Canyon Ridge heads to Wood River, Dietrich to Glenns Ferry, Idaho Falls will be at Twin Falls, Murtaugh at Hansen, Watersprings to Hagerman, Gooding travels to Homedale, Raft River plays Kamiah, Grace plays Lighthouse Christian, Wendell plays Marsking, Minico travels to Ridgeline Utah, and Shone goest to Raft River.

The volleyball schedule looks like this.  Filer, Gooding, Kimberly, Canyon Ridge, Minico, Wood River, Jerome and Burley travels to Pocatello to play the Peg Peterson Tournament at Highland High School.

Weather

Friday:  Patchy smoke before noon. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. East southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 63. Light northeast wind becoming east 8 to 13 mph in the evening.

 

Saturday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. East wind 9 to 14 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 62. West northwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

 

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

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 62.

 

Labor Day:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

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 96.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 83.

Thursday 090122

A former Idaho lawmaker convicted of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime.  Aaron von Ehlinger must serve at least eight years before he will be eligible for parole. He was sentenced yesterday.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little declared yesterday as Overdose Awareness Day.  The Republican governor issued the proclamation as the state ramps up efforts to stem the flow of illegal fentanyl.

Idaho lawmakers are in Boise to consider using the state’s projected $2 billion budget surplus for a $500 million income tax rebate.  Legislators will also consider spending money - a $410 million annual boost for K-12 schools and post-secondary education using sales taxes.

The Twin Falls County fair and rodeo is underway in Filer this week.  The rodeo kicks off tonight and runs through Saturday.  Sunday it’s a concert with Scotty McCreery and Monday a tractor pull.  In addition the Carnival will be running daily.

The City of Twin Falls announced the candidates for the position of City of Twin Falls Economic Development Director and is inviting the community to meet the candidates on Monday, Sept. 12.  The candidate list has been narrowed to three finalists, who include Bradley Mecham, Cheryl Viola, and Shawn Barigar.

The Clearwater County Prosecutor's Office will not file criminal charges against Boise Chief Police Ryan Lee after reviewing the investigation results of a briefing incident. The investigation was conducted by the Idaho State Police.

A gold mining company has begun the initial cleanup of a historic mine site in the Central Idaho Mountains where it hopes to resume mining operations.  Perpetua Resources, formerly known as Midas Gold, is seeking approval to restart mining operations at Stibnite Gold Project nine miles east of Yellow Pine.

The Boise County Sheriff's Office is searching for an Idaho man who's wanted on attempted murder and weapons charges.  A55 year old Danny Edwin Thompson, is suspected of first-degree attempted murder and for possession of a firearm as a felon. A $500,000 warrant has been issued for his arrest.

SPORTS

In local high school sports, first for Boys Soccer, Buhl defeated Bliss 1 to 0.  Wendell said no to Filer with a shutout 10 to 0.  It was Declo 4, Gooding 1.  For the girls, Shelley said no to Burley 6 to 0 and Buhl defeated Bliss 6 to 1.

For volleyball, Carey downed Challis 2 to 0.  Then Carey defeated Camas County with the same score 2 to 0.  Burley took the win over Minico 3 to 0.  American Falls defeated Gooding 3 to 1.  Wendell downed Glenns Ferry 3 to 1 and Richfield took the win over Raft River 3 to 0.  It was Murtaugh 3 Rockland 2.

On todays Schedule, first for Football there is one game.  Mountain Home heads to Buhl.  For volleyball Canyon Ridge meets with Mountain Home.  Castleford play Dietrich, Liberty Charter plays Gllenns Ferry, Valley travels to Shoshone, Twin Falls heads to Jerome, Wendell plays Hansen, Burley plays Minico and Declo takes on Oakley. 

In Boys Soccer, Canyon Ridge plays Mountain Home, Minico plays Burley and Jerome travels to Twin Falls.  For the Girls, Filer will be at Valley.

WEATHER

Thursday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Southwest wind 8 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 57. West wind 7 to 11 mph becoming east southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

 

Friday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. East wind 5 to 8 mph.

Friday Night:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 63. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

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

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 62.

 

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

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

 

Labor Day:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60.

 

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

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

 

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

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Yesterday was voting day for several school districts in Idaho.  In Jerome, patrons said yes to a 12 million dollar bond.  In Blaine County a 5 million dollar levy passed.  In Buhl voters said no to a 900-thousand dollar 7 year levy.  Voters in Three Creek approved a 2 year 20-thousand dollar levy.

Idaho has released two new research reports and one new data dashboard on topics related to violent crime victimization in Idaho.  The report shows the average person arrested on their first domestic violence charge was a male in their early 30s. Nearly half had previously been arrested for other violent, property, or drug crimes.  Just over 45% of charges ended in a conviction.

The heat is making the news today, and will continue into next week.  A strong upper level high pressure ridge will dominate the region, maintaining mainly clear skies and allowing for daytime temperatures that will generally be 10-20 degrees above seasonal averages.  Near-record highs are expected every day.  The forecast for the area is for temperatures reaching 105 in some areas.

Those who are interested in filling the open city council seat in Twin Falls will be waiting for two weeks before knowing if they won.  It’s expected the announcement will come during the September 12th meeting. 

Joshua Molina, of Jerome was sentenced to life in prison Monday for first-degree murder and four counts of injury to a child.  The charges were related to the death of his girlfriend’s daughter, 20-month-old Lyryk Jean Altom, in 2017.

Magic Valley residents are coming together to support Buhl Firefighter Jared Nebeker after he was severely injured in a motorcycle crash on Friday Nebeker remains in critical condition at the Utah University Hospital.

27 year old Destiny Guisasola of Hailey has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident in a hit-and-run crash involving an SUV and motorcycle.  The crash Aug. 14 at the Cheney Drive West and Washington Street North left motorcyclist Jeremy Way with a serious leg injury

SPORTS

In local sports first to High School volleyball, Gooding defeated Buhl 3 to 0.  Oakley said no to Lighthouse Christian 3 to 0.  It was 3 to 0 for Minico defeating Mountain Home yesterday as well.  Raft river took the win over Wendell 3 to 1.  It was Dietrich 3 Valley 2.  Filer said no to Declo 3 to 2 and Glenns Ferry dumped Wilder 3 to 0.  Castleford defeated Hansen 3 to 2 and Wood River took the win over Twin Falls 3 to 1.  Shoshone took the win over Hagerman 3 to 2 and Canyon ridge took the win over Jerome 3 to 0. 

In Boys Soccer, Mountain Home defeated Minico 5 to 2, Canyon ridge took the win over Jerome 7 to 0 and it was Wood River 4 Twin Falls 0.

For the Girls, Canyon Ridge defeated Jerome 4 to 0 and Twin Falls took the win over Wood River 1 to 0 and Mountain Home ousted Minico 14 to 2.

WEATHER

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT SUNDAY NIGHT.  High temperatures in the upper 90s to 105 are expected.  Today will be the hottest day for most areas.

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. East wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Patchy smoke before noon. Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Southwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear, with a low around 57. West northwest wind 8 to 15 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 63.

 

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

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 62.

 

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

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 63.

 

Labor Day:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 61.

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It’s school district levy and bond day across Idaho.  Jerome needs a super majority to pass a 12-million dollar bond.  Blaine County schools are asking for a 5 million dollar levy.  Buhl district is asking for a yearly 900-thousand dollar levy that would end in 2029 and the Three creek district is asking for 20-thousand a year that would end in 2024.

A southwestern Idaho woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Medicaid program by falsely claiming services to participants with developmental disabilities has been sentenced to 180 days in the Ada County Jail and must repay more than $146,000 in criminal restitution.  58-year-old Janna Lyn Miller of Kuna received the sentence in 4th District Court.

Idaho public lands and forests are in line to receive $28 million for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to put toward improvements and upgrades through the first two years of funding from the Great American Outdoors Act.  Enacted in August 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act is a five-year initiative that provides about $1.9 billion per year in federal funding from 2021 to 2025.

Authorities continue to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred last Friday near Buhl.  A high speed chase started just before 3 am according to court records near highway 30 when a passenger pulled a gun on a man who had stopped to see why a car was in the middle of the road.  Deputies took 18 year old Sydney Gibson in to custody just after 3 am.

A portion of the CJ Strike Reservoir has been shut down to sturgeon fishing following 20 dead sturgeon found within the closure area.  Fish and Game says they can’t be sure that the fishing in that area is contributing to the death of the sturgeon, they are putting the closure in place to try to protect the fish.

The Treasure Valley has experienced a 40% increase in rent in the last two years along with a massive increase in home prices as the area combats growth. With an increase in rent, more people are facing eviction than ever before.

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT MDT FRIDAY NIGHT.  High temperatures in the mid 90s to 105 expected.  Wednesday is expected to be the hottest day for most areas.

 

Today:  Patchy smoke before noon. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the evening.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Heat index values as high as 102. East wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Southwest wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Thursday Night:  Clear, with a low around 57.

 

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:  Clear, with a low around 62.

 

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

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear with a low around 62.

 

Labor Day:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Monday 082922

The Valley County Sheriff is ordering immediate evacuations for areas impacted by the Four Corners Fire while one area is returning to their homes as the four corners fire has grown to just over 10,000 acres.  As of last night evacuation orders for residents of God's Acres subdivision were lifted.

Currently, when Magic Valley residents want to visit a casino, most options are out of state. Two different Native American tribes are looking to change that.  The Shoshone-Bannock of Eastern Idaho and the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe on the Idaho-Nevada border are both pitching proposals to build casinos in different locations in Mountain Home. 

There has been a surge in the number of people traveling from out of state for abortions to Oregon, including from neighboring Idaho, where most of a near-total abortion ban has taken effect.  Planned Parenthood said they are seeing people from all over including Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Idaho, Florida.

U.S. officials are seeking to invalidate Idaho laws passed over the last five years that create a path through the Idaho Department of Water Resources for ranchers to take control of federal public land instream water rights with a state-approved forfeiture procedure.  The Idaho Legislature is seeking to intervene in the case with statewide ramifications for millions of acres of land in Idaho administered by the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The Bureau of Land management says they are investigating an incident where a laser was aimed at a BLM airplane.  During an aid run fighting the Moose Fire on July 15th or 16th, a BLM water tanker was returning to Magic Valley Regional Airport when pilots were targeted with a laser pointed into the cockpit, impairing the pilot’s vision.

Trappers can continue pursuing wolves under Idaho’s current regulations after a federal judge rejected a request by conservation groups to temporarily block the state’s expanded wolf trapping and snaring rules.

SPORTS

ug Brumfield threw four touchdown passes, all in the first half, UNLV scored 35 points in the second quarter and the Rebels defeated Idaho State 52-21 in a season-opener on Saturday.  Among Idaho State’s three touchdowns, the big play was a 55-yard pass from Tyler Vander Waal to Jalen Johnson in the first quarter.  UNLV finished with 552 total yards — 405 passing.  UNLV’s 45 points in the first half were the second-most in program history, behind the 52 points scored against Idaho State in 2015. UNLV won that game 80-8.

In local high school games from the weekend, first to Boys Soccer where Pocatello defeated Jerome 3 to 1.  The Sun Valley Community School outlasted Weiser 2 to 1.  It was Wood River 4 Columbia 0. 

For the Girls, Sun Valley Community School shut out Weiser 3 to 0.  Pocatello defeated Jerome 9 to 0 and Wood River defeated Columbia 3 to 2. 

In Football, first to 4A where Minico took the Win over Beaver Utah 24 to 14.  Canyon Ridge outlasted Caldwell 55 to 6.  Gooding took the win over Jerome 26 to 7.  Burley defeated Mountain Home 62 to 39.  Twin Falls said no to Vallivue 41 to 32.

In 3A action McCall Donnelly defeated Wood River 20 to 7, Sugar Salem defeated Filer 69 to 0 in a runaway game.  Kimberly took the win over Snake Rier 34 to 14 and it was Weiser 24 over Buhl’s no score.

In 2A games, Declo took the win over Nampa Christian 39 to 7 and Wendell defeated West Jefferson 21 to 0. 

In 1A D1 games Butte County defeated Valley 62 to 12.  Castleford took the win over Challis Mackey 48 to 0.  Grace shut out Carey 7 to 0 and Murtaugh defeated Wilder 66 to 0. 

In 1A D2 games Camas County outlasted Rockland 54 to 26 and Watersprings defeated Hansen 42 to 40.  Hagerman said no to Greanleaf 60 to 6 and Deitrich outlasted Rimrock 70 to 14. 

WEATHER

Today:  Patchy smoke after noon. Sunny, with a high near 89. East southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.

Tonight:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 58. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  Patchy smoke before noon. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. East wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

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

 

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

Thursday Night:  Clear, with a low around 62.

 

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

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

 

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

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

 

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

Friday 082622

Former Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger will not be acquitted or granted a new trial, Fourth District Judge Michael Reardon ruled yesterday, and he will be sentenced for his rape conviction next week.

Boise-based semiconductor maker Micron Technology filed plans with the City of Boise to build a seven-story building on its Federal Way campus that would enclose more than 542,000 square feet of space. The company said in its filings that the building could seat more than 2,000 people. 

In Idaho this summer has been hotter than usual. You might have heard that we had the most days over 100 degrees ever recorded with 21 days in the triple-digits.  June's average temperature was 67.3 degrees, down from 75.9 last year. And in June, the average was 80.7, down from 83.8. We don't have full data for August just yet.

Idaho residents can now subscribe to receive notifications for public meetings for almost 200 state of Idaho agencies, boards and commissions through Townhall.Idaho.Gov.  Other enhancements to the new website include the ability to use a keyword search, copy meetings to your online calendar and use a text reader to find information in documents related to public meetings.

After being told no to a rally request in Boise, Ammon Bundy said Nampa mayor Debbie Kling invited the group with a handhake to her city.  The rally is set for Saturday September 10th.

Two Idaho Democratic legislative leaders called on Republican legislative leaders and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to drop their appeals of Tuesday’s ruling that pauses elements of Idaho’s near-total abortion ban that apply to care of pregnant patients in emergency rooms.  The democrats said appeals would cost taxpayers money to pursue a position that would endanger pregnant patients whose health is “in serious jeopardy.”   Yesterday the remaining provisions of the near total ban became law.

SPORTS

August is starting to dwindle, which means football season is starting to ramp up. High school students are already on the fields, and Idaho State gets a jump on the season with its game this Saturday. But Boise State football is just more than a week away from the 2022 campaign.  This year's season starts with a two-game road trip, first to Oregon State and then to New Mexico.  The Broncos finally play at home against the University of Tennesee-Martin of the FCS subdivision. Another road game on the 23rd at the University of Texas El-Paso rounds out a quiet start for fans hoping to see the team play some high-caliber matchups on the Blue Turf.  But as the fall weather starts to kick in, fans will get to see San Diego State, Fresno State, Colorado State and BYU all at home.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Light and variable wind becoming west 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 58. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Patchy smoke after noon. Sunny, with a high near 86. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. West wind 5 to 14 mph becoming south southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 7 to 14 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 54.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 86.

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 56.

 

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

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Wednesday Night:  Clear, with a low around 61.

 

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