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Tuesday 062221

Travel predictions show that nearly 48 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more for a 4th of July getaway and 261 thousand Idahoans will be among them.  That’s 40-percent more than last year.  Triple A said the best times to travel will be after 7 pm Thursday before noon on Friday after 2 pm on Saturday and before 1 pm on Sunday.

The city of Pocatello has lost another top level official.  Josh Heinz, the city’s animal services director resigned his 71-thousand dollar a year job yesterday.  Heinz resignation follows Pocatello’s chief financial officer, Jim Krueger, who announced his resignation following a heated City Council meeting on June 10.

Idaho Governor Brad Little said Idaho cities with populations below 50-thousand will start receiving their share of 54-million dollars from the American Rescue Plan.  Another round of $54 million will be distributed to cities next year.

Less than half of nursing home workers in Idaho have been vaccinated against COVID-19.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said 47.5% of Idaho nursing home workers were fully vaccinated by May 30. The agency said more than 82% of residents are vaccinated.  Of all COVID-19 deaths in the state, 93% were among people 60 and older.  Almost half of all Idaho adults are at least partially vaccinated compared to 65% of all Americans.

Gilberto Flores Rodriguez of Burley who was convicted last month of killing 14 year old Regina Krieger in 1995 has asked for a new trial.  The motion says a new trial should be granted because one or more jurors are guilty of misconduct, which prevented fair and due consideration of the case.

A bison has injured a hiker in Yellowstone National Park.  How the bison hurt the woman Sunday near a trail at the northern end of Yellowstone Lake was not known, but she had significant injuries, park spokeswoman Linda Veress said.  Bison injure one or two people in Yellowstone a year on average, usually when people approach the animals.

SPORTS

With more than 10-thousand visitors from 14 states, the Far West Regional Championships is expected to bring in 8-million dollars to the local economy.  The event didn’t happen last year because of Covid-19.   The action that kicked off yesterday will fill all 20 soccer fields at the Simplot Park in Boise throughout the week.  The teams that made it to the tournament are just one win away from the national championships.

A Utah teen who was stomped by a bull at the Idaho High School Rodeo Association State Finals over the weekend is recovering well, family members said. 17 year old Brock Hansen of Hyrum, Utah was hired to be a “cowboy protector” for the competition in Pocatello.  Hansen is among the nation's top freestyle bullfighters in his age group and hopes to go pro.   A bull stomped on his lower back breaking the wing of a vertebrae.  Brock Hansen's family members said he will probably be back in the rodeo arena within six months.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light southwest wind becoming west southwest 9 to 14 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind 6 to 14 mph.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. West southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

 

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

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

 

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 98.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 66.

 

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

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Idaho’s unemployment rate dropped a tenth of a percent to 3% from April to May as the coronavirus pandemic fades.  The Idaho Department of Labor said that the total number of people unemployed has dropped nearly 63% compared to a year ago. The national unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent in May, falling to 5.8%.

Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy on Saturday came out with his first videos announcing his campaign to become governor of Idaho.  Last month, Bundy filed documents with the Idaho Secretary of State’s office to run as a Republican in the 2022 gubernatorial primary. Current Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin and four other Republicans: Jeff Cotton, Edward Humphreys, Lisa Marie and Cody Usabel have also filed campaign documentation needed to run for governor.

On Friday Twin Falls Police arrested two Filer residents who authorities say were involved in the robbery of the Oasis Stop and Go that occurred on Thursday.  33 year old Tyrell hall and 27 Year of Janel Johnson were taken into custody.

A Twin Falls man died after a two-thousand pound bag of seed fell on him Friday morning.  45 year old Jordan Akau died at a seed warehouse in Filer. 

Twin Falls county commissioners have decided not to close the Indian Springs area’s shooting range.  The commission opted for more signage, education and making shooting areas safe.  Commissioners say there have been three recorded instances of a house near the area being shot.  Once a bullet penetrated the home and lodged in a five year old’s bedroom dresser.

Idaho State police say that on Saturday morning around 3, a single vehicle crash near Gooding claimed the life of a Glens Ferry resident.  45 year old Ian Robinson was westbound on I-84.  Robinson lost control, rolled and came to rest on the shoulder. 

SPORTS

Over the weekend in Casper Wyoming was the site for the College National Finals Rodeo.  Oakley Native and Idaho State Freshman Zoie Bedke picked up the national championship. 

Saturday the east met the west for the All State football games.  The main event featured the best of Idaho 8 man high school players.  In the end, the East defeated the West 46 to 22. 

In legion baseball in Double A games, the Pocatello Runnin Rebels defeated the Twin Falls Blackhawks 14 to 1 and 13 to 3.  In Single A play, the Burley Bobcats held out to win the game over the Pocatello rays 11 to 3.

At the Salmon Falls creek dam, it was the 24th annual Idaho walleye unlimited Spring Classic Tournament.  The two day event saw fisherman from all areas of the western United States.  They all competed to see who could catch the biggest Walleye in the lake.  One highlight was an eight pound walleye.  Organizers say it was a catch and release event.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. East southeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. South southwest wind around 7 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West southwest wind 7 to 15 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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A three semi-truck pileup yesterday just after 1 sent one person to the hospital and shut down freeway traffic near Hazelton for about 4 hours.  Police say an eastbound truck hauling potatoes failed to slow down in the construction zone and collided with a truck load of lumber.  The collision pushed that truck into the rear of the third semi-truck.  The collision scattered cargo from the three in both eastbound and westbound traffic lanes and spilled over into the nearby frontage road. 

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation is suing Idaho Gov. Brad Little and state wildlife officials in federal court, contending the state has wrongly denied the tribe hunting rights guaranteed by the 1868 Treaty of Fort Bridger.  The lawsuit asks a judge to declare that the Northwestern Band is protected under the treaty.

The Idaho State Board of Education says higher education institutions no longer have to require entrance exams for admissions.  The board formally approved the change during a meeting Wednesday. 

One person was killed and another seriously injured late yesterday afternoon following a crash in the mountains southwest of Lava Hot Springs.  Idaho State police say a Sandy Utah woman was on a ATV on Smith Canyon Road when she lost control.  She died at the scene.  Her passenger was taken by air ambulance for treatment.

Idaho will observe the new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, Gov. Brad Little said in a proclamation issued yesterday.  Little said the state will recognize Juneteenth, or June 19, as required by Idaho law when a new federal holiday is created.  Little said state offices will be closed today because the holiday falls on a Saturday this year.

Idaho will support Texas and Arizona in sending help to secure the border in the federal government’s absence.  Idaho Governor Brad Little said he would be sending law enforcement help.  Idaho State Police is working with the governor’s staff to evaluate resources.

SPORTS

The Mountain West champion will now be playing in a bowl game named after a late night host.  The Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl is slated for December 18 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, marking the first college football game at the second-year stadium.  The game pits the No. 1 team from the Mountain West against the No. 5 team from the Pac-12 Conference.

Pickleball anyone?  Southern Idaho is stepping up to the game.  The third annual Twin Falls Pickleball Association Father’s Day Bash Tournament kicked off yesterday at Frontier Park.  Tournament officials say they have about 140 players. This is about 45 more players than the first year of the event.  The event aims to raise money to help fund amenities around the six courts currently at Frontier Park. The tournament has drawn people from as far as Nevada and Utah this year.

Pro Bowl Linebacker and Former Boise State Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is spending some time in Idaho for his annual youth football camp.  The dallas cowboy will be in Boise tomorrow for the camp set to begin at 9 am at Bishop Kelly High School. It’s for children ages 6 to 16.

WEATHER

Fire Weather Watch

  • Goose Creek and Raft River Valley, Southern Sawtooth NF, Twin Falls BLM south of the Snake River, ID

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 410, 411, 413 BELOW 6000 FEET, 425 AND 427 BELOW 7000 FEET... ...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONE 427 BELOW 7000 FT... * AFFECTED AREA...Fire Weather Zone 427 Goose Creek and Raft River Valley/Southern Sawtooth NF/Twin Falls BLM south of the Snake River. * WINDS...Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 25 to 35 mph. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...12 to 17 percent. * IMPACTS...Strong winds and low humidity coupled with dry fuels will create critical fire weather conditions.

  • Middle Snake River Valley, Twin Falls BLM north of the Snake River, ID
  • Upper Snake River Valley, Idaho Falls BLM, ID

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 410, 411, 413 BELOW 6000 FEET, 425 AND 427 BELOW 7000 FEET... ...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 410 AND 425... * AFFECTED AREA...Fire Weather Zone 410 Upper Snake River Valley/Idaho Falls BLM and Fire Weather Zone 425 Middle Snake River Valley/Twin Falls BLM north of the Snake River. * WINDS...West 15 to 25 mph with gusts of 30 to 40 mph. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY...9 to 15 percent. * IMPACTS...Strong winds and low humidity coupled with dry fuels will create critical fire weather conditions.

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. South southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

 

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. West wind 6 to 14 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 61. West southwest wind 8 to 15 mph.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 10 to 14 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 55.

 

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

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 93.

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

 

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

Thursday 061721

A man and woman from Twin Falls have been sentenced for provider fraud.  Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said 47 year old Shahrieh Movaffaghi and 46 year old Mahyar Khazzei had previously pleaded guilty to fraudulently billing Medicaid for care they falsely said they had provided to a Medicaid patient.  

A family dog is recovering after she was shot twice last weekend by a camper in Idaho who mistook the pet for a wolf, a family said. She is actually an Alaskan malamute.  The dog had wandered to a nearby campsite where she was shot in the head and neck.

Idaho officials are bracing for what could be a challenging wildfire season.  Nick Nauslar with the National Interagency Fire Center said the state had its second driest spring in the last 126 years and one of its hottest previous 12 months.  He said nearly 80% of the state is in drought and the rest of the state will likely be in drought in the next several months.

Over 50 wildlife conservation groups are asking the Biden Administration to immediately restore protections to Wolves in the Northern Rockies. This week the groups asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to immediately restore Endangered Species Act protections to gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains.

Gov. Brad Little is offering state employees four hours of paid leave if they have received or choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Little says the new benefit comes at no extra cost to Idaho’s taxpayers.  So far, 35 percent of Idaho has gotten fully vaccinated.  That’s just over 632,000 Idahoans.

The Red Cross said a Blood Shortage in the United States is severe.  This shortage was caused in part by a recent rise in the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries which require blood products.  In Idaho, fewer blood donations have been seen recently as a result of more people returning to in-person work environments, as well as, more individuals being away on summer vacations.

SPORTS

Five Boise State University Bronco student-athletes made the NCAA Division I Academic All-District 7 team for their work in the classroom.  Senior defensive back Kekaula Kaniho who is majoring in health science earned the honor for the second-straight year.  For first team recipients, we have graduate student offensive lineman Donte Harrington, who is getting a degree in public policy, senior linebacker Riley Whimpey is getting a degree in business Plus senior punter Joel Velazquez is in pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree and junior wide receiver Khalil Shakir who is majoring in communications.

One of the best high school basketball players out of the state of Arkansas is going to play for the College of Southern Idaho this fall.  Jakari Livingston is a top five player from Arkansas and even participated in the elite Iverson Classic All-Star Game last month in Memphis.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. South southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63. North northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. South southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west northwest 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60. Breezy.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 58.

 

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

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60.

 

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.

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Bureau of land management firefighters say they have gained the upper hand in a wildfire that has destroyed 2 homes and burned 25-hundred acres south of American Falls.  The Cold Creek fire was reported on Monday afternoon.  Several areas were evacuated and residents were sent to the American Falls High school for shelter.

Idaho officials on Tuesday approved payments of $1.4 million and $1.2 million to two men who spent decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.  Gov. Brad Little and three other statewide-elected members of the Idaho Board of Examiners approved the payments to Charles Fain and Christopher Tapp.  Fain, who is getting $1.4 million, was convicted of kidnapping, rape and murder in 1983 following the death of 9-year-old Daralyn Johnson. In 1984 he was sentenced to death. He came within four days of being executed at one point.

A Jerome woman was sent to the hospital after being struck by a pickup truck late Monday night.  Police say the accident happened at the intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and Mountain View Drive in Jerome around 10:30 pm.  43 year old Wendy Marzitelli was life Flighted to Boise. 

Unemployed Idaho residents could get kicked out of a state benefits program if they don’t follow new job-seeking requirements that went into effect this month.  People receiving unemployment benefits now have two business days to apply for a job opening after receiving a referral from the Idaho Department of Labor. If they don’t, they could lose their unemployment benefits.

Twin Falls Police Chief Craig Kingsbury hopes to add four police officers to his force.  This week the city council told Kingbury he could apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of justice that would cover most of the costs associated with the new officers for three years. 

Idaho governor Brad Little has joined with western governors to expand access to affordable degree programs for Idahoans who need additional education.  He is targeting 165-thousand residents who have some college but no degree. 

SPORTS

Monday night basketball players from several states were in town for a high school showcase.  The event was hosted by the College of Southern Idaho.  The athletes displayed their talent with six college scouts in attendance.  The boys were 9th graders to post graduates.  Blue Mountain Community College, The college of Idaho, Eastern Oregon University, Montana Western and Utah State were all represented.

A Utah teen who was stomped by a bull at the Idaho High School Rodeo Association State Finals in Pocatello over the weekend is recovering well.  17 year old Brock Hansen of Hyrum, Utah was hired to be a “cowboy protector” for the competition in Pocatello.  Cowboy protectors are tasked with grabbing bulls by the head and directing them to run away from fallen cowboys.  Hansen who is among the nation's top freestyle bullfighters in his age group and hopes to go pro  lost his footing on loose dirt Saturday while grappling with a bull named “Microbrew.” He could not roll away before the bull stomped with full force on his back.  The blow broke the wing of a vertebrae in Hansen's lower back. Hansen's strong back muscles held his spine in place, however, and doctors expect he will make a full recovery.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 85. West southwest wind around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Northwest wind around 8 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 58. West northwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. South southwest wind around 6 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon.

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

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Breezy.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 62. Breezy.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Breezy.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 59. Breezy.

 

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

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

 

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

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Idaho is growing in population.  The U.S. Census Bureau has released some of the census numbers and it shows cities grew by about 10 percent in the past ten years.  Twin Falls had a 16 percent growth with 51,411 calling it home.  Jerome 12-106.  Burley 10-712.  Buhl 4524.  Filer 3939 and Kimberly 4161.

Four housing organizations in Idaho are getting coronavirus relief funding to help cover the cost emergency housing vouchers.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $2.4 million total.  As of January 2020, Idaho had around 2,300 people “experiencing homelessness on any given day” officials said.

Water managers are cutting off irrigation flows to farmers in Idaho’s Wood River basin and wildlife officials are scrambling to move fish to safer waters as a severe drought grips the area.  Farmers got 27 days of water this year before the Magic Reservoir reached 4% capacity.  This is the canal company’s shortest irrigation season since at least 1977. Typically, the dam isn’t closed until mid-September.

While the price of gas went up again this past week, the increase has slowed down.  In Idaho, the price jumped a penny as crude oil prices topped 70-dollars a barrel.  That’s the highest price since October 2018.  In the area, the average price is $3-25 a gallon.  Nationwide the price jumped three cents to 3-08.

The College of Southern Idaho has identified a need for individuals whose jobs have been impacted by COVID-19.  With help from the Federal emergency relief funding the College will offer training focused on obtaining a new job, improving skills for a current job or upskilling to be eligible for a higher paying job.  100-percent of the cost will be covered by the federal government. 

Did your property tax assessment skyrocket?  You are not alone.  The trend is statewide.  Assessors say the assessments are based on actual sales.  Blame it on low interest rates they say. Some relief is possible.  Check to make sure you are signed up for the homeowners exemption that provides up to $125-thousand dollars.

SPORTS

The most valuable players for high school baseball and softball have been announced following the recent state championships where Kimberly took third in Baseball and Filer took the first place in Softball.  Kimberly’s Brennen Chappell is baseballs MVP. The coach of the year is Simon Olsen.  For softball the MVP is Samantha Taylor and the Coach of the year is Buck Taylor. 

The Twin Falls county planning and zoning commission has approved a request clearing the way for a new motocross park.  The lot that the motocross club wants to use is owned by the county and the city of Twin Falls.  It’s near the Magic Valley Regional Airport.  The 50 acres is next to the Magic Valley Speedway.   This would be the first track in the Twin Falls area.  Others are located in Rupert and Boise.  The commissioners unanimously approved the project with conditions establishing what times and months the track would be open.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 10 to 13 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 84. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West northwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

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

 

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

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

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

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

 

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

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 61. Breezy.

 

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