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The last week of spring is feeling more like summer with temperatures hitting the triple digits.  Yesterday both Twin Falls and Mountain Home experienced record breaking temperatures.  In Twin Falls it was officially 99 degrees breaking the record set back in 2018 of 91.  In Mountain Home the temperature was 102 beating the record of 101 set back in 1959.  The rest of the week is looking hot with highs in the upper 80’s to Mid 90’s.

The Idaho fish and game has issued a fish salvage order for the Richfield Canal and the Big Wood River below the dam because irrigation water is being turned off due to drought conditions.  In the specific areas bag and possession limits have been removed.  A license to fish is still required.

A 35 year old Burley man was injured after losing control of his vehicle.  Brice Hamann was westbound on I-86 west of American Falls in a pickup when he drove off the road.  The vehicle overturned and he was ejected from the vehicle.  Hamman and his passenger were both taken for medical treatment in Pocatello. 

Many Idahoans could be eligible for discounted broadband service through the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.  The $3.2 billion program provides temporary financial assistance of up to $50 per month for broadband internet service plans. A discount of $100 on equipment such as a laptop, desktop computer or tablet is also available to qualifying individuals. 

Idaho’s newest federal magistrate judge, Raymond Patricco Jr., has been sworn in during a brief ceremony at the federal courthouse in Boise.  Chief District Judge David Nye said a more formal swearing-in ceremony with pomp and circumstance will be held at a later date, but Friday’s event allowed Patricco to get right to work presiding over his first hearing that afternoon. 

Saturday evening a boat on Murtaugh lake crashed and sunk into the water.  The Twin Falls County sheriff’s office said the operator of the boat hit some rocks at high speed. There were no reports of any serious injury.  

SPORTS

Local high school rodeo participants from District 6 are headed to the nationals after competing in the 2021 Idaho High School Rodeo Association State finals.  Wyatt Lyman ranked number 1 in the Saddle Broncs.  Teely Bott picked up 1st place for Barrel racing. Wes Shaw is 3rd place in Steer Wrestling.  Luke Dalton is 4th in Tie down Roping.  In Bull Riding Tennessee Owens picked up honors and Joe Zebarth is number 1 for Boys Cutting.  Those finishing in the top four will head to  National High School finals in Lincoln Nebrasska.

 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. West southwest wind 5 to 13 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. South southwest wind 6 to 11 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 88. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Clear, with a low around 54. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming west southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 86. West southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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A man who stabbed nine people at a toddler’s birthday party in Boise killing the 3-year-old birthday girl and leaving several others gravely injured will spend the rest of his life in prison for the crimes.  Timmy Kinner was sentenced to two life terms in prison plus another 120 years yesterday.

The Pocatello Chief Financial officer resigned yesterday following a heated discussion on the last day of budget meetings.  The resignation followed a tense exchange between the mayor and members of the city council.  CFO Jim Krugger said the mayor’s treatment of the council prompted his decision to quit.  It’s the second time in two years that the city’s CFO has resigned in the middle of budget talks.

Summer school is returning to many districts to help students catch up following the pandemic.  The Cassia county school district is now a full program.  In the past years the district offered limited summer school to migrant programs or after school programs.  840 students have signed up.

Idaho has been awarded $30.7 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to address health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic.   The money is part of the $2.25 billion in supplementary funding previous approved by Congress. The money is intended to improve COVID-19 testing and contact tracing for at-risk populations, improve state and local health department services and address health disparities related to the pandemic.

Idaho’s most popular state parks started doubling camping fees for out-of-state residents yesterday thanks to a new state law.  Still, it will take at least a year to see if the move intended to help more Idaho residents get spots in the parks will have the desired effect. That’s because the state’s five most-popular parks were fully booked for the summer as soon as reservations opened up back in December.

Tonight signals the beginning of Filer Fun Days.  Tonight it’s a fish fry at the fairgrounds.  Tomorrow it’s a parade and the 5K and Fun run, pancake breakfast and live music.  The parade begins at 11.  A Firework show is set for tomorrow evening.

SPORTS

More players are leaving the Boise State Football team.  Two this week bring the total to five since the 2020 season ended.  Freshman cornerback Donovan Clark is no longer on the roster. Freshman defensive end Amari Williams announced on Twitter that he is transferring. The Broncos’ coaching staff has been busy adding cornerbacks to the roster, including Utah State transfer Jared Reed.

The College Football Playoff may be expanding, which could be big news for teams in Group of Five conferences, such as the Mountain West.  The playoff could expand from four teams to 12.

The Northwest Nazarene baseball team’s historic run to the NCAA Division II Championships came to an end in a 5-3 loss to defending national champion Tampa.  The Nighthawks finished the season 35-10, captured their second regular-season GNAC title and second GNAC tournament title in Cary, North Carolina.

Kaitlin Burgess will join the Boise State women’s basketball program this fall after playing two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho.  This past season, the Auckland, New Zealand, native earned NJCAA All-America Third Team accolades as well as All-Region 18 First Team and Region 18 Tournament MVP honors.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind 3 to 7 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 52. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 86. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 53. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. East wind 6 to 9 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 63.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Yesterday Chad Daybell entered a not guilty plea to killing two children.  Lori Vallow-Daybell, the children’s mother has been committed to a mental health facility for treatment.  The body’s of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan were found on property owned by Daybell whowas also charged with one count of murder and insurance fraud in connection with the death of his late wife, Tammy Daybell, just weeks before his marriage to the co-defendant.

State health officials say the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases in Idaho’s continues to drop, and the vast majority of the infections are occurring in unvaccinated people.  Idaho has reported fewer than 200 new cases most days this month.  Dr. Kathryn Turner said more than 90-percent of cases have no record of being vaccinated.

The president and founder of the Real Three Percenters of Idaho, a conservative militia group, have endorsed Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin for Idaho governor.  Eric Parker was part of Ammon Bundy's standoff with federal agents in Nevada back in 2014.

Idaho could finish the fiscal year at the end of June with a record budget surplus of $800 million according to Gov. Brad Little.  The governor said he will advocate for additional tax cuts along with investments in key areas, with education topping the priority list. Lawmakers will take up the budget when they meet in January.

With extended dry weather conditions, officials say fuels and timber at high elevations are increasingly dry. As a result, the entire Sawtooth National Forest is under High Fire Danger.  The hot and dry conditions could allow a fire to move through vegetation very fast.  However, there aren’t any current fire restrictions on forest lands.

Three people including a state police trooper were sent to the hospital after a passing motorist struck a patrol car.  The accident yesterday evening happened on Interstate 15 in Eastern Idaho.  The trooper was assisting in a vehicle fire and the two victims from the burning car were inside the troopers vehicle. 

SPORTS

The American legion baseball program has extended into Gooding.  It was just five years ago that the high school started a baseball program.  Now, the community is home to the Gooding Diamondbacks…a B Legion team featuring mostly seventh through ninth graders.  Many of the kids playing for Gooding have been on the diamond with each other for a long time.

The Great Basin Conference revealed the top honors in 4A baseball and two of the top awards went to players from Twin Falls schools.  The Player of the Year is Tyler Horner of Twin Falls High School. He helped the Bruins take third place at the state baseball championships.  Canyon Ridge has its first ever Pitcher of the Year in Ian Hughes. The recent graduate produced a 1.39 ERA and 72 strikeouts. Hughes, nicknamed “Chief”, helped lead the Riverhawks to their first ever state berth.

WEATHER

Today:  Scattered showers between 7am and 1pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a steady temperature around 54. West southwest wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 40. West wind 12 to 17 mph becoming light and variable. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. South southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east in the morning.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west in the evening.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 85. South southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Christopher Tapp spent 20 years for a murder he didn’t commit.  Now, authorities say the murder of 18 year old Angie Dodge has been solved.  55 year old Brian Dripps has been sentenced to life in prison and must serve at least 20 years behind bars.  Dodge was raped killed in 1996 in Idaho Falls.  Dripps’ confession led to Tapp being formally exonerated of the crimes.

A suction-dredge gold miner who operated in an Idaho river containing federally protected salmon and steelhead without required permits is facing substantial fines.  A judge last week ruled Shannon Poe of Concord, California, violated the Clean Water Act on the South Fork of the Clearwater River.

Twin Falls police are asking for the public’s help in finding 15 year old girl.  Ryan Hanson was last seen May 5th near her home.  Call the authorities if you can help in the investigation.

Twin Falls has grown by 12 acres.  At this week’s city council meeting the council approved a request to annex a 12 acre lot at the intersection of Harrison and Clinton Drive.  The lot is just north of Eternal Life Christian Center, which is selling the land to a developer who plans to build multifamily housing units on the property.

Idaho Governor Brad Little is frustrated with the Biden Administration.  Little issued a statement over the current administration’s actions concerning the endangered species act.  The governor in a statement says in part “The Biden Administration’s announcement that it intends to undo much of the hard work that has gone into modernizing the Endangered Species Act is a major disappointment. 

The department of Health and welfare in Idaho said while COVID-19 case numbers continue to decline, remaining below 5-percent demand for the vaccine isn’t as high as in other states.  Idaho has reached 600-thousand Idahoans who are fully vaccinated.  Officials are looking into different incentive options for people to get the vaccine.

SPORTS

In legion baseball, in a double header played in Idaho Falls, Twin Falls took the first game over the Idaho Falls Bandits with a score of 7 to 5.  In the Second game the Bandits turned it around winning 8 to 7.

Reaching the summit of Mount Everest was the goal of a local man.  Mark Pattison became the second NFL player to ever climb the seven summits or the highest peaks on each continent.  The Sun Valley resident is home after completing the climb on May 23rd

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 82. West southwest wind 8 to 11 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west 16 to 21 mph after midnight.

 

Thursday: A chance of showers between 7am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph becoming west northwest 7 to 12 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph.

 

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Southeast wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 86.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

 

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

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

 

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

Monday Night:  Clear, with a low around 64.

 

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

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The Idaho Republican party has made it clear that they will not accept Ammon Bundy after he announced his bid to run for Idaho’s governor.  Idaho GOP chairman Tom Luna said Bundy is currently not registered to vote in Idaho and is not registered as a Republican.  Luna said the GOP will not support his antics or his chaotic political theater. 

The Idaho Supreme Court said they will hear Reclaim Idaho’s case against the new anti-initiatives law.  The anti-initiatives law, enacted by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in April, requires initiative campaigns to collect signatures from 6% of voters in all 35 of Idaho’s districts, which is up from the 18 districts previously required. Reclaim Idaho believes the new law violates the constitutional right of Idahoans and is asking the Court to strike down the law.

A wildfire burning four miles south of Goose Creek reservoir has burned 180 acres at last check.  The BLM said containment is set for tomorrow night at 8. Meanwhile, A brush fire burned more than 40 acres Saturday evening in the Snake River Canyon near Pillar Falls.  The fire was contained just before 8 pm Saturday.

Saturday evening 64 year old Johnny Harral of Eden was killed while traveling westbound on Highway 25 in Jerome County.  Harral was in a 1923 Ford Model T style car when he lost control.  The car overturned and rolled.

Dr. David Pate, a pandemic Adviser to Governor Brad little said schools don’t have complete information to make their plans for the fall.  This after Idaho schools either didn’t report or know about more than half of the cases among students in the last school year according to data released by the health district. 

Legislation that is set to take effect July 1st will change how some residents pay their medical bills across the state.  Anyone who is eligible for Medicaid or insurance through the state’s insurance exchange will no longer be eligible for county assistance through the indigent program and the state catastrophic health care fund. 

SPORTS

Boise State fans now have a color scheme guideline that the school  hope  fans will follow.  Boise State's home opener is September 10th against UTEP – fans are encouraged to wear white to that game.  The university is then asking fans to wear blue when the Broncos take on Oklahoma State, Air Force and New Mexico.  They are asking fans to wear orange when the Broncos host Nevada, and they are hoping for a blackout against Wyoming – a game scheduled for a Friday night on November 12th.  For the Broncos' road games, fans are encouraged to wear white at UCF (Thursday, Sept. 2), orange at Utah State (Saturday, Sept. 25) and BYU (Saturday, Oct. 9) and blue at Colorado State (Saturday, Oct. 30), Fresno State (Saturday, Nov. 6) and San Diego State (Friday, Nov. 26).

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Increasing clouds, with a low around 56. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 82. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of rain after 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.

 

Thursday:  A chance of rain, mainly between 7am and 1pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Breezy.

 

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 88.

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

 

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

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Commissioners from Jerome and Twin Falls counties along with officials from Filer and the Jerome Highway District met at the Twin Falls Visitors center yesterday to sign a joint powers agreement.  That is just one more step toward bringing a third Snake River crossing to the Magic Valley.  Officials will now turn toward state and federal funding sources.

The bureau of Land management wants to sustainably manage wild horses and burros on Public Lands.  To that end, they are seeking proposals for off-range pastures to provide a free roaming environment and quality care for excess wild horses removed from public lands.  Multiple contracts are sought to accommodate up to 10-thousand animals.  The proposals can be submitted to the BLM through July 19th

A Twin Falls Woman is 100-thousand dollars richer this morning after winning the money with the Idaho Lottery’s Beat the Heat scratch game.  Kirsten Smith purchased the ticket over the Memorial Day weekend at Kerbs Oil Express in Burley.  The store will also get a bonus of $10-thousand for selling the winning ticket.  There is also one more 100-thousand top prize that has yet to be claimed.

With temperatures breaking records by reaching into the triple digits in Southern Idaho, triple A is reminding parents to bring their children with them into air-conditioned buildings to prevent the risk of heatstroke.  On average, a child dies every seven days from being left in a hot car, and these tragedies are almost always preventable.  Heat fatalities can occur when the outside temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or less, and a car interior can heat up quickly, even in a shaded area and with the windows partly down.

Not all medical professionals have received their Covid-19 shot with many saying they’re not confident the vaccines were adequately tested.  For primary health care workers, about 30-percent have received the shot.  St Alphonsus officials say about 70-percent are vaccinated.  According to a nationwide poll, only 52 percent of health care workers across the country have gotten their first dose.

SPORTS

Hoping for sellout crowds, Boise State University is selling three game ticket bundles for the Bronco’s upcoming football season.  The two available "mini plans" guarantee fans a spot at one home game per month in September, October, and November.   The Blue Plan will include the Oklahoma State game on Saturday, Sept. 18, Air Force on Saturday, Oct. 16 and Wyoming on Friday, Nov. 12.  The Orange Plan also includes the Oklahoma State and Air Force games, as well as New Mexico on Saturday Nov. 20.

WEATHER

Today: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West wind 7 to 10 mph becoming south in the evening.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 85. South wind around 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 52. West wind 9 to 15 mph.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 79. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

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

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 84.

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

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 81.

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

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 83.