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Thursday 082522

A federal judge in Idaho has barred the state from enforcing a strict abortion ban in medical emergencies over concerns that it violates a federal law on emergency care.  The ruling Wednesday evening came after a federal judge this week in Texas made the opposite call, barring the federal government from enforcing a legal interpretation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act that would require Texas hospitals to provide abortion services if the health or life of the mother is at risk.

Today, Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be joining Idaho Farm Bureau leaders in the magic valley to talk about how inflation is impacting Idaho’s agriculture industry.  The Idaho Farm Bureau says farmers say their total production costs have increased about 20% this year.  According to a recent study the cost of packaging spuds in Idaho has risen 47% over the past two years.

The body of a man who was reported missing at the Lucky Peak Reservoir on July 31, was found.  Now the coroner’s office has made positive identification.  47 year old Jose Nunez was recovered from the water near the Spring Shores Marina, at the Lucky Peak Reservoir on Aug. 22, around 2:14 p.m.

As summer closes out and students head back to school, families are squeezing in their last vacations which mean increased traffic across the country. Idaho State Police and the Twin Falls Police Department are partnering with agencies across Idaho to increase patrols over the next few weeks. The goal is to crack down on impaired drivers.

Idaho Business for Education released a report on the worker shortage negatively impacting health care systems in Idaho, following a summit held to find ways to address the problem.  In June, just before the summit’s convening, Idaho had 9,000 unfilled health care job positions. Number one was a shortage of registered nurses with 1,600 openings.

The Middleton School District says a plane was seen at Middleton Heights Elementary in the parking lot.  The plane did not crash in the parking lot. The district was informed that it was being transported on a flatbed trailer near the school and slid off the trailer.

SPORTS

The statewide football coach’s poll is out for the first time this season.  In it, Minico is 5th in 4A.  Marsh valley is 4th and Snake River 5th in 3A.  Declo is tied for 4th with Melba in the 2A Classification.  In the 1A D1 Oakley is 1st, followed by Raft River, Butte county and Carey.

For Girls Soccer, Twin Falls is in 1st in the 4A.  The Sun Valley Community School is in 2nd for 3A. 

For Boys Soccer, Jerome is 5th in 4A and the Sun Valley community school is 2nd in 3A.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. East wind 8 to 14 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Clear, with a low around 61. West northwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming south southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. South southeast wind 7 to 13 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 59. West northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming east southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 12 to 17 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

 

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 83.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 88.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

 

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

Thursday 082422

State police are continuing their investigation into a fatal crash in Twin Falls that happened just after Midnight yesterday.  Authorities say an 18 year old male from Twin Falls was traveling westbound on 4000 north when he lost control and left the roadway. High speed is being blaimed

Boise District BLM Fire crews were able to make excellent progress in fire suppression efforts overnight and active fire spread has been stopped on all fires. The Doubletapp fire near Simco road southeast of Boise burned 710 acres.  The Bonny Fire at Blacks Creek and Upper Blacks Creek Road burned 4 acres and the Neal Fire burned 11 acres.  A 51 acre fire burning 6 miles southwest of Stanley is 0 percent contained.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has called a special session of the Legislature beginning Sept. 1 to use the state’s projected $2 billion budget surplus for a record $500 million income tax rebate this year to help residents deal with increased food and gas prices due to inflation.  The Republican governor also proposed an ongoing tax cut of more than $150 million annually.  He also wants to bolster K-12 public schools and ongoing education with $410 million annually from sales taxes.

Twenty two qualified applicants will vie for the open seat on the Twin Falls City Council. The applicants are being invited to speak to City Council at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29. The person chosen will be serving the remainder of current councilman Shawn Barigar’s term.

The Idaho Supreme Court says the governor has the authority to reject a parole board’s commutation recommendation for death row inmate Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr.  The decision means the state can seek a death warrant for Pizzuto.

Boise canceled a campaign event planned by far-right anti government activist Ammon Bundy, who is a gubernatorial candidate, due to his track record of harassment according to Mayor Lauren McLean.  The rally was planned for Sept. 10 at Cassia Park. The city received the reservation under a different name, something McLean thinks Bundy did to "skirt" the special events process.

SPORTS

High school football is gearing up for another season and this morning we look at the Minico Spartans.  Keelan McCaffrey returns as head coach for the 5th season. It was one of the most shocking results statewide from the opening round of the playoffs in 2021. The Minico Spartans, 9-0 and the #3 seed according to MaxPreps, fell to 14th-seeded Vallivue 28-14 on their home field. One bad night ended Minico's season prematurely.  No matter how you choose to chalk up the shocking upset loss, one thing is clear: Minico is mad. That's a problem for a team that returns 34 upperclassmen.  The offensive line will feature the most turnover, with Jimmy Rasmussen expected to lead a group of newcomers that includes Sam Gibbons, Braxton Molina and Oakland Edwards.  As far as the schedule, the coach feels it’s one of the best in the state. It features two powerhouses from Utah, Ridgeline and Beaver and a 5A school Thunder-ridge.

WEATHER

Today:  Increasing clouds and hot, with a high near 95. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. South wind 6 to 9 mph becoming east northeast after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60. West wind 6 to 11 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. North wind 5 to 14 mph becoming southwest in the morning.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 58.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 85.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

 

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

Tuesday 082322

Idaho’s near-total abortion ban appears to have a serious conflict with a federal law governing emergency health care treatment.  The U.S. Department of Justice sued the Republican-led state of Idaho earlier this month, saying the abortion ban set to take effect on Thursday violates a federal law requiring Medicare-funded hospitals to provide stabilizing treatment.

Boise District BLM Fire responded to three new fire starts this afternoon in the Boise area. Hot and dry conditions resulted in rapid-fire spread, but fire crews were able to make excellent progress in fire suppression efforts.  About 710 acres have burned near I-84 and Simco Road southeast of Boise.  About 4 acres burned south of Bonneville point near Blacks Creek Road and 25 acres burned in another fire in that same area.  Estimated control for all fires expected sometime today.

Several mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus in Twin Falls County this past weekend. They were discovered just north of Filer, along the Snake River.

Next Tuesday 12 school districts will be seeking voter approval for $261.4 million for a variety of education investments. Of that, $144 million would go to build or renovate school buildings, which will require a two-thirds majority for approval. Another $117 million would go to cover operating expenses at several districts.

64 year old Edward Vance of Hagerman has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography.  He has a prior federal conviction for possession of child pornography.

28 year old Danny Eugene Smith of Twin Falls was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 121 months in prison for illegal drug distribution.  Smith distributed large quantities of fentanyl in Magic Valley in 2020 and 2021 according to court documents.

A five-year review by U.S. officials has determined that Endangered Species Act protections for ocean-going salmon and steelhead that reproduce in the Snake River and its Idaho tributaries must stay in effect.

SPORTS

In local high school boys soccer from yesterday, The Sun Valley Community school defeated Buhl 1 to 0.  Wendell said no to Bliss 3 to 1 and Gooding downed Kimberly 3 to 1.  In Girls soccer, Wendell took the win over Bliss 7 to 3 and the Sun Valley Community School defeated Buhl 4 to 1.  Filer Shut out Declo 9 to 0 and Kimberly outlasted Gooding 13 to 0. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm.

Tonight:  Clear, with a low around 62. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91. East wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Light and variable wind becoming east 8 to 13 mph in the evening.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 58.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 86.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 84.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday 082222

Evacuations are in place ahead of a west-central Idaho wildfire that continues to grow despite a full-suppression effort by firefighters. The Four Corners Fire has burned 7,822 acres at last check this morning. It's located a half-mile north of Lookout Point and 2 miles west of Cascade and is burning in steep, rocky terrain. The fire is 4% contained.

Sixteen more states are asking to weigh in on the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Idaho over its strict abortion ban. The Justice Department sued the Republican-led state of Idaho earlier this month, saying the abortion ban set to take effect on Aug. 25 violates a federal law requiring Medicaid-funded hospitals to provide stabilizing treatment.

The Fruitland Police Department and the Idaho Missing Persons Clearinghouse are working together with the Washington State's Homeward Bound program to find Michael Vaughan.   Two semi-truck trailers will travel the roadways of the US and Canada in hopes of finding Michael, who went missing one year ago when he was five years old.

Twin Falls city officials will recommend the new budget be adopted tonight at the city council meeting.  The tax rate of $4-78 per 1000 of assessed property value would be the lowest rate the city has ever set which is thanks to a large increase in home value assessments.  It also means that tax payments may be higher this year.

The Idaho Department of Lands say the state sold 10 endowment-owned lakefront lots on the shores of Priest Lake for almost $24.6 million during a public auction that allowed for remote bidding.   The price of the lots added up to $14 million over the appraised value.  

Dodge has announced it would no longer be producing gasoline-powered Dodge Chargers after 2023.  It's planning to move the model to electric.  This decision will affect one of the automaker's repeat customers the Idaho State Police. It has 290 marked vehicles across the state in addition to 160 unmarked units from other departments.

SPORTS

Several high school football games kicked off over the weekend.  The Minico Spartans controlled their Week 0 matchup against 5A Thunder Ridge with a score of 40 to 21.  Minico will play Beaver Utah next Friday at Madison High School.  Elsewhere, South Freemont took the win over Wood River 20 to 8.  Wood River will host McCall-Donnelly next Friday.  Cole Valley Christian took the win over Wendell 34 to 21.  Wendell hosts West Jefferson next Friday.

In boys soccer, Thunder Ridge defeated Canyon Ridge 2 to 1.  Twin Falls outlasted Highland 4 to 2.  Vallivue defeated Jerome 2 to 0.  Burley shut out Century 1 to 0 and Caldwell outlasted Wood River 3 to 2.  In Girls soccer, Thunder Ridge defeated Canyon Ridge 3 to 1. Twin Falls tied it up with Highland 1 to 1.  Century defeated Burley 9 to 0 and Caldwell downed Wood River 6 to 2. 

The second annual Friday Night Lights charity games took place Friday at Jerome High School. The Guns and Hoses team of first responders from Jerome and the surrounding area took on Jerome’s Alumni team.  The Alumni defeated the First-responders in a tight back-and-forth contest.

WEATHER

Today:  Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. East wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. East southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 62. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90. East wind around 7 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

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

 

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

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 88.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 59.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 87.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 85.

Friday 081922

Police in Jerome believe a steel plate in the road caused a car fire on west main yesterday afternoon.  Two people were taken to the hospital with burns.  It’s believed that a car dislodged the plate covering a hole in the roadway.  The second car then drove over the plate causing sparks to ignite the cars fuel.

As more people move to Idaho officials are saying they are seeing diminishing water sources.  Whether water is coming from groundwater sources like aquifers or surface water sources like rivers and reservoirs, local officials say Idaho’s water is being used faster than it can be replenished.

The University of Idaho wants to build the nation’s largest research dairy and experimental farm in southern Idaho. The operation would include an experimental farm and 2,000-cow research dairy in Minidoka County. Classrooms, labs and faculty offices in Jerome County and a food processing pilot plant with a workforce training at the College of Southern Idaho.

The Twin Falls Police Department recognized a Magic Valley man this week after he helped save someone's life on the Perrine Bridge.  Chief Craig Kingsbury presented Antonio I Venegas-Hernandez with the Chief's Partnership Award, after the man helped prevent a suicidal male from jumping off the bridge.

Many Americans consider the Labor Day holiday weekend the unofficial end of summer. No matter how you celebrate, make sure safe driving is in the plan. Now through Labor Day weekend, the Idaho State Police and local partners will have extra patrols dedicated to enforcing traffic laws and arresting impaired drivers.

Governor Brad Little said the State of Idaho achieved a key milestone of the “Leading Idaho” plan – approval of the state’s innovation waiver, ensuring accessible health insurance for more Idahoans.  It’s expected to reduce individual market health insurance premiums by 12-percent in the first year.

Marlene Tromp touted big-money records this week.  The Boise State University president used her fourth state of the university address to thank faculty and staff for their efforts.  She said Boise State is on pace to see a 20% increase in first-year, in-state students this fall which could translate to an increase of roughly 300 students.

SPORTS

Taking a look at another local high school football program this morning as the season is about to begin.  Lighthouse Christian school had  dismal record last year with an 0 and 8 season.  Jason Smith will be the head coach.  This is his first season with the Lions.  Before this year, he spent 15 years in Florida where he coached a team with two state championships and two division championships.  That was at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven, a community in central Florida about halfway between Tampa and Orlando.  The school has won 3 state titles, taking wins for 2011, 2014 and 2019.  Even in going winless last fall, the Lions proved a worthy foe. Three of its first five losses were by 18 points or less which, in the context of 8-man football, is good, competitive football. Two of those three were one-possession defeats. If the team can stay healthy and continue to progress as they have to this point, they’ll once again be a difficult matchup for teams up and down their schedule in 2022.

WEATHER

Friday: Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. South southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. East wind 5 to 11 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind around 7 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

 

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

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

 

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

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

 

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

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

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

 

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

 

Thursday 081822

Rising temperatures over the past few weeks have placed all of Idaho in high or very high fire danger conditions, according to an Idaho Department of Lands press release. Now, fire officials across the state are limiting state burn permits through the department, which are being issued until Oct. 20 this year. 

Twenty states, Washington, D.C., the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and others are among those to have filed “friend of the court” briefs, siding with the federal government’s claims that Idaho’s near-total abortion ban violates federal health care law.   The Idaho abortion ban makes performing nearly any abortion a felony, but allows physicians to defend themselves in court by showing that the procedure was necessary to save a patient’s life.

A small organization that operates a massive database of Idaho patient medical records filed for bankruptcy, reporting it owes creditors $4 million and is defending itself in three lawsuits.  The health data exchange is a nonprofit organization that provides a centralized repository of health records. It allows participating health care providers to see each other’s records for individual patients.

Members of the Idaho Democratic Party State Central Committee have appointed Deborah Silver as the party’s nominee for the state treasurer’s race in this year’s general election. Silver, who ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2014, replaces previous candidate Jill Ellsworth who won the Democratic Party’s May primary election, but withdrew from the race on June 9.

A search for a missing Twin Falls woman was called off last night after crews spent most of the day looking for 51 year old Brenda Jimenez.  She left her home near 3800 north and 2400 east on foot.  She is considered to be at risk.

A cassia county man has been sentenced for chasing children riding bicycles at the Burley skate park in his pickup nearly hitting one of them.  27 year old Michael Guizar was sentenced to 12 years in state prison with 3 fixed.

SPORTS

With the high school football about to kick off, this morning we look at the Declo Hornets.  Josh  Stewart returns for the 4th year as head coach.  The Declo Hornets went 6-4 in 2021 after starting off the season 4-0 highlighted by two wins over 3A opponents in Kimberly and Buhl. The Hornets could not keep it going, however, as they went 2-4 down the stretch and lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up Firth 20-16. The team, led by 4th year head coach Josh Stewart, will need to stay motivated and focused down the stretch if they hope to finish stronger and make a deeper playoff run. The Canyon Conference returns to a two-team league in 2022, the Hornets will play non conference games up until the regular season finale against Wendell. They begin with two straight road games at Nampa Christian and Aberdeen, then return home for two straight home games against Buhl and Firth. A road trip to Gooding is the last of the season and leads into an open week.

WEATHER

Today:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Patchy smoke before noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

Tonight:  A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South southwest wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

 

Friday:  A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind around 7 mph becoming west northwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

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

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 88.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 89.