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Chad Daybell of Rexburg Idaho who is accused along with his wife of conspiring to commit murder in the killings of her two children will not face criminal charges in Arizona in the earlier shooting death of his wife’s former husband.  Prosecutors in metro Phoenix declined to file charges against Daybell in the killing of Charles Vallow, saying there was no reasonable likelihood of winning a conviction. Daybell’s wife, Lori Vallow Daybell, was charged late last month with conspiring to commit murder in Vallow’s death.

The Idaho Supreme Court has a new online tool to resolve disputes between tenants and landlords that could help renters avoid becoming homeless.  The tool gives landlords and tenants in new eviction cases the opportunity to resolve their disputes outside court. It uses software that guides parties through a negotiation process.

More water is being sent down the Snake River to help migrating salmon.  The bureau of reclamation is sending 17-thousand 300 acre feet of water down the river.  The bureau began releasing the additional water on June 28th and say it will continue the process until this coming Monday.

Three of Idaho’s largest medical care providers say they will require COVID-19 vaccines for eligible employees.  The mandates from Primary Health Group, Saint Alphonsus Health System and St. Luke’s Health System are an effort to keep staffers and patients safe ahead of the busy cold and flu season.  

Twin Falls firefighters spent several hours battling a brush fire on the canyon wall of the Perrine Bridge late last night.  The fire reported around 10:30 was believed to be caused by fireworks that were launched from the top of the bridge.  So far no suspects have been arrested.  Five trucks and 12 firefighters attacked the blaze from the railing and near the river.  The fire burned about a half an acre of brush.

SPORTS

In legion baseball from yesterday in Idaho, first to Single A play, Borah  downed the Pocatello Razorbacks 4 to 3.  In a Double Header Shelley took both wins over Blackfoot 18 to 2 and 6 to 2. 

WEATHER

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON SATURDAY TO 9 PM MONDAY.  Dangerously hot conditions with expected daytime temperatures of up to 105, and nighttime lows in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Today:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. West wind 10 to 17 mph.

Tonight:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 59. West northwest wind 7 to 14 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm.

Saturday Night:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 63. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. South southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

Sunday Night:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

 

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 101.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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Residents of the small, remote community of Dixie are being evacuated as a wildfire threatens the area, according to the Idaho County sheriff’s office.   The fire, about 40 miles southeast of Grangeville, had burned about 11 square miles.  The fire is just one of many in northern Idaho where 300 acres are currently burning at last check.

Governor Brad Little has appointed Bill Gilbert of Boise to the State Board of Education.   A native Idahoan, Gilbert is cofounder of Caprock, a multi-family office investment advisor, overseeing more than $7 billion in client assets.   Gilbert serves on the board of Idaho Business for Education and was appointed co-chair of the ‘Our Kids, Idaho’s Future’ task force by Governor Little in 2019.

Cassia county sheriff George Warrell suggested this week to county commissioners they should use federal CARES funding to incentivize employees to get vaccinated.  The idea received little comment from the commissioners and was told the county is no longer giving employees special paid time off if they contract the virus.

Scott Halford, a 50 year old Burley man, has been ordered to pay more than 79-thousand dollars in restitution for setting five fires in the Milner Recreation Area.  The fires burned hundreds of acres officials say.  He was also ordered to serve six months of home confinement and five years’ probation. 

The Ketchum city council unanimously approved an emergency ordinance that will allow the short term use of recreational vehicles for housing on private property.  The temporary ordinance will be in effect for 182 days, and it will require those interested to first apply for an administrative use permit.

Tribal Nations across the country voted to pass a resolution yesterday to formally back Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson's plan to breach four dams on the Snake River.  In February Simpson unveiled his $33.5 billion plan to breach four dams on the Lower Snake River within the next decade to save the salmon.  The Idea is not popular in the gem state with a vast majority opposing the plan.

SPORTS

 

In the latest legion baseball games, first in double A action, the Pocatello Runnin Rebels defeated Minico 15 to 3 in a double header yesterday.  Twin Falls took both of their games against the Blackfoot Brocos.  The score was 9 to 1 in the first game.  The second game it was Twin Falls 11 Blackfoot 8.

In single A play, The Blackfoot broncos took Declo 11 to 8  in their first game.  Declo turned it around in the second 14 to 0.

The Pocatello rebels took the win in their first game of a double header against Mountain Home.  The score 20 to 5.  It was a tie game for the  second matchup with a 10 to 10 score.

A 23-year-old woman from Idaho is the subject of an intense search after she failed to return from a hiking and climbing trip in Montana's Beartooth Mountains.  Tatum "Tate" Morell headed into the backcountry on July 1, with a plan to spend four nights in the area. Morell had told people she was planning to climb five peaks over 12,000 feet on the solo trip.  Her last communication was made to her mother in Ketchum via a satellite communicator on Thursday night. 

WEATHER

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY EVENING.  Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures up to 104 possible.

 

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Friday:  Patchy smoke before noon. Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. West southwest wind 9 to 15 mph.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60. West northwest wind 13 to 18 mph becoming south 6 to 11 mph after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. East southeast wind around 7 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 66.

 

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

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 66.

 

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

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 66.

 

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

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

 

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

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An accident eastbound on I-84 between Jerome and Twin Falls had the road completely blocked for nearly an hour this morning.  The accident happened at milepost 173 4 miles east of Jerome.

There are so far eleven candidates that say they want to be the next governor of Idaho.  Republican incumbent Governor Brad Little hasn’t announced his plans but is expected to run and has been fundraising.  Seven other Republicans, one Democrat and two unaffiliated candidates have filed to run far, some just quietly turning in the paperwork and others actively campaigning.

A fire started by fireworks between two homes yesterday morning sent 3 fire engines and a medical unit to the scene.  The fire near the intersection of Filer avenue west and Sparks was reported around 10 am.  Authorities remind residents that fireworks are now prohibited.

More details are being released after a probable cause affidavit was filed in Arizona against Lori Vallow.  She has been charged with conspiracy to murder her previous husband Charles Vallow.  Further investigation into Lori Vallow’s beliefs by several law enforcement offices revealed Chad Daybell was destined to help Lori. Daybell and Lori Vallow believed they had “extraordinary abilities,” including teleportation, powers to harm others, that they could cause natural disasters, pray away demonic spirits and had “visionary capabilities.”

Idaho drivers just reached a sobering milestone – according to AAA, the state’s average price for regular gasoline hit the $3.50 mark today.  The last time Idaho drivers paid that much to fill up was in October of 2014.  Triple A said strong fuel demand and the soaring cost of crude oil have contributed to higher gas prices both here and across the country.

Police in Twin Falls say they are searching for a missing Jerome man.  William Ehret Dew the third is 30 years old, 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 320 pounds.  Call the police if you know of the man’s whereabouts.

SPORTS

 

A popular USA cycling event returns to downtown Boise this weekend.  The Boise Twilight Criterium takes place this Saturday.  The event celebrates and supports cycling as a healthy, lifetime sport for cyclists of all abilities, both pro, and amateur.  Races begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Paralympics Cycling Relay National Championship. The Twilight Criterium partners with the Challenged Athletes Foundation to be an inclusive, all abilities event for both athletes and spectators.

College Volleyball will be starting up in about six weeks and at CSI look for some local familiar faces.  Emma Jensen of Kimberly will be a freshman on the team.  She’ll be one of 20 athletes on the roster this fall, which is larger than usual.

 

WEATHER

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.  Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 104.

 

Wednesday:  A slight chance of thunderstorms after noon. Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. East southeast wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 65. West northwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. West southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Clear, with a low around 64. West northwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

 

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

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 61.

 

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

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 67.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 101.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 67.

 

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

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

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98

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The fourth of July holiday weekend was marred with a couple of fatal accidents in Southern Idaho.  A single vehicle crash at the intersection of 3257 South and 2400 east in Gooding county claimed the life of Eric Fernandez, a 26 year old Jerome resident.  Also on Sunday police say a head on crash at 2050 east and 1010 south just south of Hazelton claimed the life of 24 year old Rafael Paredes of Hazelton.

Search and rescue crews were called to grays landing at Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir Friday night.  It had been reported that one person had drowned.  Crews spent several hours searching.  The next morning the person was found alive by a fisherman along the shore.

After a year-long hiatus, Allen & Co.'s hyper-exclusive conference, also known as "Billionaires Summer Camp," returns to Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains this week with a guest list including Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg and others.

The fourth of July weekend kept law enforcement in the area busy.  In Twin Falls they had 57 firework calls along with several DUI arrests.  Jerome police report 19 fire work calls and one fight and a DUI arrest.  In Twin Falls county deputies responded to 28 firework calls. Yesterday was the last day to light fireworks.

The fire burning on BLM land west of Balanced rock is expected to be under control by 8 tonight.  At last check it has burned over 54 hundred acres.

A new nuclear powered fast attack submarine will be joining the navy fleet.  It will be named Idaho.  Those who will make up the crew of the 2-point 6 billion dollar submarine are touring the state to meet with veterans and residents.

Today, the Ketchum city council will hold a public hearing to discuss the workforce housing crises in the area.  An emergency ordinance would allow short term use of recreational vehicles on private property for qualified local workers.  The occupancy would be limited to six months and would not be allowed during the winter months. 

SPORTS

Colston Loveland who played for the Gooding senators as a tight end and is ranked as the number one High School football player in the state has committed to Michigan.  Loveland has offers from LSU, Arizona, Michigan, Arizona State, Oregon State, Colorado, UCLA, Utah, Utah State Nevada, UNLV and Idaho State.

In legion baseball, Twin Falls took the cowboy classic over the weekend.  The Cowboys went 3 and 1 with wins over lower Columbia, Reno and Walla Walla.  The Cowboys ended up going to the championship and defeated Reno 3-2 in the nine-inning Sunday afternoon.

WEATHER

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT WEDNESDAY NIGHT.  Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 98 to 107. The hottest temperatures are expected today.

 

FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. East southeast wind around 6 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. East wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

 

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

Thursday Night:  Clear, with a low around 62.

 

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

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60.

 

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

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 66.

 

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

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

 

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

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As the fourth of July weekend arrives Triple A reports 261 thousand Idahoans will take to the road.  That’s the second highest number on record.  When they fill their gas tanks the price will be ten cents more than it was last week.  Idaho’s average price is now 3-dollars and 44 cents.

Deputies from Twin Falls say no one was injured following a plane crash near Hollister late Wednesday night.  The pilot said he lost power to the plane when he was performing tests before his flight home.  The aircrafts wheels got caught in the tall grass in a field causing it to flip.

A rockslide on U.S. Highway 95 has slowed traffic near Riggins.  The ITD has one lane open and are alternating traffic through the area.

Two wildfires have been reported near Oakley.  The fires on Sawtooth national forest land is expected to be contained by 9 tonight.  The other has already been contained.  Officials with the forest and the BLM are urging caution with the very dry conditions.

Anti-government activist and agitator Ammon Bundy has been found guilty of misdemeanor trespassing and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing officers.  Bundy was sentenced to three days in jail. But with credit for time served, he will serve no additional jail time. Bundy was ordered to do 48 hours of community service and a $750 fine.  He was arrested Aug. 25 and charged with trespassing when they refused to leave a Statehouse auditorium after officials ordered it to be cleared.

Idaho Governor Brad Little has sent Idaho State Police troopers to Arizona for 21 days to help with border security.   The troopers will start a 21-day mission on Tuesday to help Arizona law enforcement officials with intelligence gathering and investigative work to prevent illicit drugs from crossing the border.

The percentage of Idaho students in kindergarten to third grade reading at their grade levels this year fell nearly 5% compared to 2019, state education officials are reporting.  Students faced unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus pandemic that prevented testing in 2020, officials said.

SPORTS

In legion baseball in single A play the Pocatello Rebels defeated UV Black 18 to 4.  Then the Rebels downed Spring creek 5 to 1.  Marsh Valley defeated South Fremont 12 to 2.  In double A play, Reno defeated the Pocatello runnin rebels 4 to 1.  In opening tournament action the Twin Falls Cowboys took on Mountain View in their first game of the cowboy classic tournament at Skip Walker field yesterday.  No report of the score from that game. 

 

WEATHER

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT SATURDAY.  High temperatures in the mid 90s.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Friday Night:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the evening.

 

Saturday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Saturday Night:  Patchy smoke before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

Independence Day:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

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

 

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

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

 

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

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 67.

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When President Biden convened a meeting with the western Governors, two were left off the invitation.  Idaho Governor Brad Little and Montana Governor Greg Gianforte.  The meeting was to discuss the pending wildfire season.  Both Little and Gianforte say even tho they were not on the list they told Biden they are committed to a partnership.  Six of the eight governors in attendance were democrats.

A Pocatello man accused of robbing two women at a Pocatello bank has been arrested less than 24 hours after his brother was taken into custody by Pocatello police SWAT officers following a standoff at their family’s home.  23 year old Micole Hamilton was arrested around 3 p.m. yesterday by police who spotted him in a car.

Idaho has slightly increased the income limits for people to qualify for the WIC food assistance program aimed at ensuring pregnant women and children have adequate nutrition.  Under the new guidelines, a family of three can earn up to $40,626 a year and still qualify for benefits.

There was a small plane crash around 10 pm last night in rural Twin Falls County.  Deputies say the incident happened along highway 93 near milepost 33 six miles north of Holister.  Officials say the plane flipped upside down when it hit the ground.  Three occupants were removed from the plane.  The condition of those aboard or the cause of the crash is unknown.

A water curtailment order has been issued to 140 entities that own about 310 ground water rights near Bellevue.  The curtailment order goes into effect today in the Wood River valley south of Bellevue.

The judge in the Ammon Bundy’s Jury trial said there is enough evidence to justify the trespassing and resisting arrest charges.  He was arrested on misdemeanor trespassing charges at the Idaho Statehouse in August of last year.  Bundy himself took the stand along with house speaker Scott Bedke. 

SPORTS

The NCAA has cleared the way for athletes to profit off their fame and celebrity.  The move comes just as legislation is set to become law in a dozen states that would allow for that kind of compensation.  The NCAA wants to have federal laws or its own rules regarding the issue known as NIL.  The decision applies to more than 450,000 athletes across all three divisions of the NCAA.

Missoula handed the Boise Hawks another tough loss last night in Montana. The Paddleheads ended up scoring nine runs to beat Boise.  The two clubs play once again tonight at 7:05 p.m.

WEATHER

Thursday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Light southeast wind becoming south southeast 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the evening.

 

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

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

 

Independence Day:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 99.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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