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Wednesday 063021

A woman with bizarre doomsday beliefs that prosecutors say she and her husband used to justify the killings of her son and daughter was indicted in metro Phoenix on a charge of conspiring to murder her ex-husband.  In an indictment Lori Vallow Daybell was charged in the 2019 death of Charles Vallow, who was killed in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler months before his son, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, and stepdaughter, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, went missing.

Idaho’s highest court heard arguments in a case that pits the rights of voters to enact and repeal laws against the power of the state Legislature to shape how ballot initiative efforts are carried out.   A new law making it harder to get initiatives on the ballot is the country’s strictest, attorney Deborah Ferguson told the court, making grassroots initiatives a practical impossibility in the state.

Governor Brad Little and 19 other governors issued a joint letter to President Joe Biden opposing any efforts to pack the U.S. Supreme Court. The governors highlight how any attempt to increase the number of Justices on the court for partisan gain will manipulate the Court's decisions.

Nathan Hamilton, one of two brothers who robbed two women at a Pocatello bank was arrested last night after a three-hour standoff with the Pocatello Police Department's SWAT team.  The second brother 23 year old Micole Hamilton, remains at large and Pocatello police are warning the public that he's "armed and dangerous." 

Two homes were damaged by a fire that broke out just after 1 yesterday morning.  When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was coming from an attached garage in the 600 block of Sunrise Boulevard.  A neighboring home received minor damage.  Damage estimated around 60-thousand dollars.

Oakley resident Randy Eldun Arterburn has been sentenced to five to ten years in prison for sexually abusing a child in 2013 while court records say he was babysitting the girl and her siblings.  The 67 year old man used an Alford plea on the charge of Lewd conduct while two other charges were dismissed. 

SPORTS

A Twin Falls softball team has a chance to play in the World Series in July.  Team Impact is hoping to raise 35-thousand dollars in 10 days to cover their expenses.  Affiliated through the Babe Ruth league, their tournament is coming up next month in Treasure Coast, Florida.  The girls are led by Canyon Ridge High School and Stanford University graduate Kayler Detmer.

WEATHER

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT SATURDAY.  EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IS CANCELLED.  High temperatures in the mid 90s.  Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Light east wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. East southeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. East southeast wind around 6 mph.

 

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

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

 

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

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 99.

Tuesday 062921

A collision at the intersection that leads to Shoshone Falls sent both vehicles into a nearby irrigation pond yesterday morning.  Twin Falls sheriff deputies found both vehicles fully submerged.  All occupants were out when rescue workers arrived.  51 year old Lindsey Altom of Twin Falls was transported by air ambulance to Boise.  The other driver, 18 year old Gabriel Meier of Tacoma Washington was cited for failure to stop at the stop sign.

Yesterday the dirt was turned signaling the start of construction for Northbridge junction in Jerome County.  The new development will be located right behind the Flying J Truck stop on Highway 93.  Once the three phases are complete, three multipurpose facilities will be built.

Two people died Sunday following a two vehicle crash on State Highway 75 south of Bellevue.  Blaine County deputies say 74 year old Dalmiro Alvarez of Hansen was southbound when he crossed into the northbound lane striking a car.  Both Alvarez and his Passenger 78 year old Ann Alvarez succumb to their injuries.

Governor Brad Little has appointed two new judges for Idaho.  Little named Matthew Roker of Caldwell as district judge in the third judicial district and Derrick O’Neil of Boise as District Judge in the fourth district. 

The fourth of July celebration in Rupert will start Thursday, marking a five day festival.  The events kick off with a breakfast and an early fireworks show over the square.  Along with food vendors around the park at lunchtime and free concerts each evening there will also be a car show on Thursday, Mutton Bustin’ on Friday, the Firecracker walk-run race and bike ride on Saturday and the parade will cap off the events on Monday.

One person who walked away from a work release program has turned himself in while the second person remains at large.  Samuel Juarez Jr. is being held in the Cassia County Jail after walking away from his job site near Marsing last week.  Authorities continue to look for Dravyn Isenhower who was last spotted near the Hagerman Fish Hatchery.  He may be driving a black 1999 Pontiac Sunfire.

SPORTS

Remington Winmill who is a Wendell High School Graduate has become the first Trojan in 28 years to sign for a college wrestling program.  He will attend Colorado State University Pueblo Winmill finished his senior season with a 33-0 record and a state championship in the 195 lb. weight class, but he’ll wrestle in the 184 lb. weight class for the Thunderwolves.

Buhl High School has announced a camp for football.  The two day skills camp starts today and continues tomorrow from 9 to 11 each day.  The program is for students in grades fourth through the eighth.  The cost of the camp is $35.

WEATHER

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 61. East wind 5 to 13 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East wind 6 to 8 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. East southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Thursday Night;  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

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

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

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

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

 

Independence Day:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

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

 

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

Monday 062821

An excessive heat warning is in effect and continues through all of this week.  Forecasters say expect high temperatures to reach 112 degrees in the valleys and 100 in the mountains.  Overnight lows will only cool to the low 70’s.

Tomorrow crews will begin the process of sealcoating about 2 miles of I-84 westbound lanes east of Hazelton from milepost 194 to 196. The crews expect to wrap up the project in about 5 days.

Tonight at 5 is the deadline for residents to appeal their 2020 assessed property value.  In Twin Falls values increased an average of 23-percent.  The reason officials say is a decrease in supply and an increase in demand. 

A small aircraft crashed into a house near the Idaho Utah boarder Saturday evening.  North Logan police say the pilot was the sole occupant and was dead when rescue workers arrived.  No one was home at the time of the crash.

The intersection of 3800 east and 3200 north near Hansen was blocked for about 7 hours Friday when two semi-trucks collided.  Police say a truck was turning southbound when it collided with a northbound dump truck.  51 year old Mark Craner of Hansen and his passenger 47 year old Maria King were transported by air ambulance to eastern Idaho for treatment. 

Boise police are investigating an officer involved shooting that happened yesterday afternoon.  The shooting occurred as officers confronted a suspect who was believed to be connected to a missing 14-year-old who has since been found safe.  

The Idaho state board of education has given the green light to full day kindergarten.  The Board said there are more than 80 districts offering full-day kindergarten; however, only half-day is currently state-funded. As a result, funding for full-day programs comes from a school district’s general funds.  With tight funds the districts are asking for help from the state.

SPORTS

In legion baseball from over the weekend, the Blackfoot Broncos outlasted the Helena Senators 6 to 4.  Then the Helena Senators downed the Pocatello runnin rebels 5 to 4.  In single A play, the Pocatello rebels took Missoula 14 to 13.  In a double header Burley defeated the Pocatello razorbacks in both games … 4 to 3 and 13 to 10. 

 

WEATHER

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM MDT SATURDAY.  Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures of 100 to 112 in the lower valleys.  Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.  Overnight lows during this time frame will only cool into the upper 60s to mid 70s and thus will only offer limited relief from the heat.

 

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. East wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Tonight:  Clear, with a low around 61. East wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East northeast wind 8 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 61. East southeast wind 7 to 9 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. East wind 6 to 9 mph.

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

 

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

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

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99.

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

 

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

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

 

Independence Day:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 100.

Friday 062521

Governor Brad Little said the time has come for the Idaho National Guard’s COVID-19 Task Force to begin wrapping up operations.  The Guard’s task force has completed more than 70 unique mission assignments.  In addition, Guard efforts have facilitated nearly 350,000 vaccines administered to Idaho’s citizens.  

More people are registering for college classes.  CSI officials say they are seeing a record enrollment this summer.  More than 2,300 students were enrolled on the 10th day of the summer term, and those students were enrolled in almost 11,000 credits.

The state will continue playing the $4,551-per-month housing stipend for Idaho’s governor for now, a special legislative committee has decided, but the panel will reconsider the matter later this year.  The Governor’s Housing Committee voted unanimously to keep the stipend in place.

With the temperatures expected to hit triple digits in a few days, Idaho Power is preparing for increased demand.  The company is asking customers to conserve energy during the evening hours.  The company is asking customers who can safely do so to reduce their energy use from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. over the next several days. These are the hours of highest demand during the day. It's also a time when solar power is fading.

The city of Twin Falls is asking for the publics input on the new city budget.  The fiscal year 2022 budget will be presented to the city council on July 12th by the city manager Travis Rothweiler.  The budget will be discussed at public city council meetings until August 23rd.  That means residents will have seven meetings to give input.

Authorities have started releasing cold water from a northern Idaho dam to keep Snake River water temperatures cool to help migrating salmon and steelhead.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started increasing releases of the 43-degree Fahrenheit water at Dworshak Dam on Tuesday ahead of an expected heat wave with temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees. The agency typically waits until the July Fourth holiday to start the releases.

SPORTS

In legion baseball from around the state, first to Double A action where Washington Defeated Blackfoot 6 to 5.  The Casper Oilers outlasted Blackfoot yesterday 10 to 8.  In single A games, Marsh Valley outlasted Burley 4 to 2 in the first game and then shut out Burley in the second game 9 to 0.  It was the Great Falls Chargers 16 over the Pocatello Rebels 1.  Upper Valley shut out Blackfoot 9 to 0.  In the second game Upper Valley again took the win over Blackfoot 11 to 8.

WEATHER

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON SUNDAY TO MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT.  Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures of 100 to 112 possible in the lower valleys.  Overnight lows during this time frame will only cool off into the upper 60s to mid-70s and thus will not offer much in the way of cooling.

 

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 88. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. East northeast wind 7 to 13 mph.

Saturday Night:  mostly clear, with a low around 61. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 8 mph in the evening.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. East wind 10 to 16 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 63.

 

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

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 66.

 

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

Tuesday Night:  Clear, with a low around 67.

 

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

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

 

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

Thursday 061421

Area authorities were involved in a high speed pursuit that ended when the suspects’ vehicle crashed and rolled.  It all started around 1:30 yesterday with police receiving a reckless driving call near a gas station in Filer.  Police continued the pursuit for about an hour when the driver jumped out of the truck and into a SUV near the Twin Falls airport.  It ended around 2:30 when the suspect crashed near 3000 east and foothills road. 

The city of Wendell has issued a boil water advisory to residents of the community.  Officials say the system lost pressure when there was a power outage at the well house.  Pressure dropped below 20-psi.  The problem is expected to be resolved in a couple of days.

27 year old Domingo Zapata has been charged in Twin Falls of possessing videos of children being sexually abused.  FBI turned video over to authorities in December.  Bond was set at 750-thousand.  A preliminary hearing is set for July 2.

First it was the drought.  Next it’s a plague of hungry grasshoppers.  Federal agriculture officials are launching what could become their largest grasshopper-killing campaign since the 1980s amid an outbreak of the drought-loving insects that cattle ranchers fear will strip bare public and private rangelands.  Officials say they will be spraying pesticides to control the problem.

A 76-year-old northern Idaho man who went missing for four days after going mushroom hunting has been found alive.  Idaho County Sheriff Doug Ulmer said that John “Mack” McBoyle Jr. of Grangeville was located Tuesday during a massive search and is in fair condition.

A crash on Tuesday morning in Blaine County on Highway 75 has sent a Shoshone woman to the hospital.  55 year old Carmen Rojas lost control of her vehicle near the Richfield Canal.  She was cited for unsafe passing.

Yesterday evening Pocatello authorities arrested 40 year old Jose Carlos Acosta who is being charged with shooting a woman on the fort hall Indian reservation.  Acosta is accused of shooting Lynne Marie Boswell of Pocatello around 7:35 a.m. Wednesday off of Eagle Road on the Fort Hall Reservation.

SPORTS

Lighthouse Christian school’s longtime assistant football coach has been named the schools newest head football coach.  John Silvers will replace Cory Holloway who spent six seasons at the helm.  Silvers joined the lions program in 2014 following stints at Murtaugh and Shoshone.  During his time at Lighthouse, the team has won two state championships and took third place last season after moving up a classification.  School officials say they are continuing to look for assistant coaches which are paid positions.

WEATHER

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.  Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures of 100 to 112 possible in the lower valleys and 90 to 100 in the mountain valleys.  From Sunday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

 

Today  Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight   Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Northwest wind 6 to 15 mph becoming south in the evening.

 

Friday  Sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

 

Saturday  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. East northeast wind 8 to 11 mph.

Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

 

Sunday  Sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Sunday Night  Clear, with a low around 65.

 

Monday  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 66.

 

Tuesday  Sunny and hot, with a high near 102.

Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 67.

 

Wednesday  Sunny and hot, with a high near 103.

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There is a fire weather watch for southern Idaho today.  In fact, throughout the country, U.S. wildfire officials expecting increased fire activity and more demand for firefighters and equipment have raised the national preparedness to level 4.  The National Interagency Fire Center said that it’s the second earliest it reached what it calls preparedness level 4 on the 1-5 scale since 1990.  More than 8,700 wildland firefighters across the U.S. are currently battling 47 large wildfires that have burned more than 800 square miles.

The combination of dry conditions, hay prices and low amounts of grazing grasses are raising concerns with local livestock producers.  Effects from the drought are being felt by residents and water users of the Big Wood River Canal Company and the Magic Reservoir. The two companies have no had water for their crops in two weeks, which has effectively ended the growing season.

The department of health and welfare said that as of today, 50-point 2 percent of Idaho adults have been vaccinated.  Health officials say meeting the national goal of 70-percent by July 4th will not happen.  The most recent state data show about 1,000 people a day getting a first dose of vaccine. That’s down from about 6,000 to 11,000 a day in March and early April.

Fireworks have been banned by the city of Hailey.  All firework stands had their sales permits turned down that’s in effect through the fourth of July and up to 180 days after that.  The only exception to the ban would be the July 4th community fireworks show put on by the City of Hailey at Wood River High School.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office reports searchers are still looking for a 76-year-old farmer who went missing while mushroom hunting at the fish creek campground near Grangeville.   Idaho County Sheriff Doug Ulmer said John “Mack” McBoyle Jr. was reported missing Saturday night.  Officials are using military helicopters and tracking dogs in the search, along with the help of several state and federal employees and local volunteers.

SPORTS

There’s a new head varsity football coach for Filer High School.  This fall, Justin Brandsma will replace Tyrone Hess who is now a defensive coordinator at Jerome High school.  The Wendell native played football at Idaho State University and eventually graduated from the University of Idaho.  Brandsma has been coaching and teaching in Scottsdale Arizona.

In Twin Falls, the American Legion baseball games yesterday found the Pocatello rebels downing the Twin Falls Red Hawks in a double header 14 to 1 and 20 to 1.  The Rebels begin a tournament in Helena, Montana, tomorrow.

WEATHER

FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR LIGHTNING FOR OWYHEE MOUNTAINS AND SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS.

 

* THUNDERSTORMS...Thunderstorms may become scattered in coverage

  during the afternoon.

 

* OUTFLOW WINDS...Gusts to 45 mph possible.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions

are possible. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag

Warnings.

 

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62. West wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

 

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

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 65.

 

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

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 66.

 

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

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 69.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 104.