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Tuesday 080922

A new survey by the Idaho Education News shows that Idaho is dead last in Student spending.  According to data from the census bureau and the national education association, spends less than 10-thousand dollars on each student.  But the state will be spending a historic amount on public education next fiscal year and already allots about 55% of its budget on K-12 funding – a higher percentage than most states.

The south Central health district is reminding parents to take advantage of special vaccine clinics as students head back to school.  Children are required to have several immunizations before entering kindergarten, seventh grade, and senior year of high school. Most colleges and universities also require future students to receive immunizations before enrolling.

A hearing will take place on Aug. 22 for the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against the state of Idaho over its abortion trigger law. Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who will preside over the case, held an informal status conference with the two parties on Friday.

Fire crews were able to contain a 20 acre wildfire yesterday afternoon that broke out near Indian Springs 10 miles south of Kimberly.  It was reported just after 4pm.  By 7:30 crews were mopping up the hot spots.  It started on Private land in the South Hills.

A mini Cassia Jailer accused of sexually touching an inmate through a jail cell door slot has a jury trial set for December.  Paul Raymond Afeaki was charged in July of last year for having sexual contact with an adult female inmate.  He now lives in Utah.

The west Ada school district in Boise has passed a policy limiting what teachers can display in their classroom.  No posters flags banners, pictures that depicts support or opposition relating to political or controversial topics. 

The Idaho transportation department said they are selling the 61 year old headquarters building on State Street in Boise.  The decision to sell comes after the building suffered extensive flood damage when a pipe connected to the building’s HVAC system burst at the beginning of this year. 

SPORTS

As high school football season approaches, we continue our look at the 2022 local programs.  This morning we look at Minico.  Keelan McCaffrey returns for his fifth season as head coach.  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.  So if Minico returns almost everyone from a year ago, the question remains: how do the Spartans avoid a similar fate to last year's team that was upset in the first round?

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East wind around 9 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Wednesday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Friday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Saturday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

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

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday 080822

Another scam is hitting the area.  This time it’s a phone scam claiming that power will be turned off in just a few minutes.  The caller then asks for payment.  Idaho Power is once again reminding residents that’s not how they do business.  A company official said they will never call and demand immediate payment. 

New nationwide data shows Idaho ranks among the best in the country for economic well-being, family and community factors, but also shows increasing anxiety and depression rates among children and low education scores.  Out of the 16, 11 of Idaho’s indicators improved since 2020. The number of children living in a home with a caregiver who does not have a high school diploma has also dropped from 12% in 2008 to 9% in 2020, and the teen birth rate in Idaho is less than half of what it was in 2010, dropping from 33% to 15%.

Governor Brad Little appointed Eva Nye to the District 29 Senate seat vacated by her late husband, Senator Mark Nye.   A Pocatello resident, Nye is a former Pocatello City Council member who served the community for 14 years. She is a registered Democrat whose public service includes acting as a substitute legislator for District 29 Representatives Elaine Smith and Chris Abernathy.

Friday was the last day for Debbie Critchfield as the Communications Officer for the Cassia County School District.  She is moving along with becoming Superintendent of Public Instruction for Idaho.  Critchfield was the districts communications officer for the last nine years, and a school board member for 10 years. Additionally, she was president of Idaho’s Board of Education.  Jennifer Woodbury will be taking her place as Cassia County School’s Communications Officer.

In southern Idaho some schools are still dealing with teacher shortages, with the start of a new school year only a few weeks away.  Applicants are encouraged to contact a school district for a complete list of openings.

 

SPORTS

Following its launch of the Playbook for Success and Athletics Master Village in April, Boise State Athletics is releasing updated details for the north end zone of Albertsons Stadium and renovations to ExtraMile Arena.  It also includes the department's initial project-based cost analysis for the Athletics Master Village, totaling more than $300 million in future projects, highlighted by $129.4 million in plans for Albertsons Stadium.

As high school football approaches, this morning we look at Filer and Kimberly’s programs. In Filer, Justin Brandsma returns as coach for the second season.  The Filer Wildcats hope that a 6-3 campaign in 2021 is a sign of things to come. While they came up just short of making the playoffs, there is plenty of reason to believe Justin Brandsma’s team is poised for a breakout season in 2022.

In Kimberly, Joe Dille is the coach.  It’s his first season.  After just missing out on the playoffs in 2021, the Kimberly Bulldogs will look to get back there in 2022 under a new head coach. Rich Bishop resigned after nine years and Joe Dille comes in after 4 years as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the evening.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East wind 8 to 13 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. South wind around 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night;  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Friday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

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

Friday 080522

The Idaho attorney general has robocalls in his sights.  Lawrence Wasden announced Idaho is joining a nationwide Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force made up of 50 attorneys general. So far, the task force has issued 20 civil investigation demands to 20 companies responsible for illegal robocall traffic.

Idaho Governor Brad Little joined 21 other governors in voicing opposition to the $740 billion Democrat reconciliation bill currently being considered by the U.S. Congress.  In a joint statement, they said "The Democrats’ solution to 40-year high inflation is passing another reckless tax and spending spree raising taxes on businesses and manufacturers, which will force higher costs onto consumers, worsen inflation, and aggravate shortages.”

A lightning strike at an outdoors educator course in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming killed one student and injured another. The group with the National Outdoor Leadership School was just days into their trip and had set up camp near Enos Lake, south of Yellowstone National Park, when a thunderstorm moved into the area Tuesday.

The attorney for former state representative Aaron Von Ehlinger said lack of evidence and sixth amendment violations means there should be a new trial.  The motion is based on testimony from a witness and grounds that his constitutional rights were violated because the defense did not have the opportunity to cross-examine or confront his accuser. A jury found von Ehlinger guilty of rape in April following a four-day trial.

The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit-and-run in Buhl yesterday afternoon. Law enforcement was called to the scene just before 4 at 3400 North, 1100 East where a male cyclist had suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Officials are looking for a white flatbed dually pick-up with tarps on the back.

22 year old Joshua Blair from Boise is being charged with arson in connection with a fire at a Mormon church on South Maple Grove Road early Tuesday. Crews were able to extinguish the fire, but the church still sustained significant fire damage.

SPORTS

The Boise State football team started fall camp this week, which means the 2022 Bronco football season is underway.  In addition to starting camp, the Broncos announced the signing of Utah State transfer running back Elelyon Noa. Noa played two years at Utah State and ran for 597 yards in 2021. Elelyon’s brother, Ezekial Noa, is a sixth-year senior linebacker with Boise State.  The Broncos start their season on September 3 at Oregon State.

As we continue to look at fall local high school football we take a look at Camas County Mushers.  For the 7th season Rusty Kramer returns as head coach. On the heels of one of the biggest 8-man playoff upsets in many years, expectations have gone up at Camas County High School in Fairfield.  The Mushers entered the 1A Division 2 playoff bracket as seed 4-D, meaning they were the fourth-place team out of District 4, drawing a first-round matchup against District 5 champ North Gem. The end result was a 42-36 upset victory for the Mushers before falling the next week to league rival Dietrich.  Only two seniors – Dawson Kramer and Xander Niehay – graduated from that team.

For the Declo Hornets, Josh Stewart is back for a fourth year as coach.  he 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.

WEATHER

Friday:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 78. South southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. East wind 7 to 14 mph.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 85. Southeast wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Patchy smoke before midnight. Mostly clear, with a low around 57. West wind 7 to 14 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 89.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60.

 

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

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

 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

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

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91.

Wednesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Thursday 080422

The Biden administration has filed its first legal challenge to a state abortion ban since the end of Roe v. Wade, arguing Idaho’s restrictive abortion law leaves doctors facing criminal penalties for providing abortion-related medical care to women in life-threatening medical situations.  The Justice Department may have a strong argument in the Idaho case, but even if they win it wouldn’t allow full access to abortion, legal experts say. It could, though, give doctors more latitude to provide an abortion in an emergency.

Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke was named the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures yesterday at the Legislative Summit in Denver, Colorado. He is the 49th president of the national conference, a bipartisan group that provides research and opportunities for policymakers.

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were detected in Elmore County on July 29, prompting health officials to remind people to take precautions to “Fight the Bite.”   Last year, Elmore County detected its first-positive mosquitoes on July 27.

The city of Twin Falls has begun the process of filling the seat left behind by Shawn Barrigar.  His term runs through 2023. 

Jerome county fair kicks off next week.  There is rodeo action Monday through Wednesday.  A parade on Tuesday, a free buck fm kat country home grown concert Thursday, Nate smith in concert Friday and Motocross on Saturday.

It appears that Twin Falls is seeing lower home construction numbers.  By June 139 single family building permits have been issued compared to 417 during the same time last year.

A group in Meridian has been convicted of selling counterfeit products online.  The group sold fake Apple and Samsung products both nationally and internationally.

In Burley 18 year old Jordan Fenton of Idaho Falls was injured in a motorcycle crash Tuesday as he fled from police.  It happened just after 9 pm when he ran a red light near Overland avenue and Bedke Boulevard. 

SPORTS

In Legion Baseball, the Minico Storm is in Vernal, Utah today for the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament.  The Storm beat last year’s regional winner, Marsh Valley, in this year’s state championship game.  They will play Wyoming tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the first round of the double-elimination tournament

High school football returns in a few weeks so today we start our series to preview school programs.  First for Burley.  Cameron Anderson is starting his first season as head coach.  Andersen just finished his 14th season at Gooding with a semifinal appearance, and the move was unexpected to many. There’s no denying that excitement at Burley is at an all-time high, but Andersen understands that the Bobcats face an uphill climb.

In Jerome, Sid Gambles returns for his 11th season as head coach.  The 2021 Jerome Tigers football season can be summed up in one word: depth, or a lack thereof. A season that started with high hopes and expectations was quickly derailed by a series of injuries to several prominent players. A roster already stretched thin hit its breaking point, and the Tigers limped their way to a 3-6 finish.   So it’s no surprise that veteran coach Sid Gambles has improving depth at the top of his list when it comes to improving in 2022. Other factors he listed included running the ball more consistently on offense, and creating more turnovers on defense.

WEATHER

Today:  Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Patchy smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. East southeast wind 7 to 11 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming east in the evening.

 

Friday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. East southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Tuesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91.

Wednesday 080322

The U.S. Justice department announced that it is filing a lawsuit challenging Idaho’s pro-life law.  Idaho governor Brad Little responded yesterday saying that it’s another example of Biden overreaching again and that he will uphold state sovereignty.

It’s likely that virtually all abortions will be banned eventually in Idaho, along with most other Republican-dominated states, but there are still battles to play out in court and maybe the legislature before it happens.  Today lawyers representing a physician and the regional Planned Parenthood affiliate will be before the Idaho Supreme Court asking the justices to block enforcement of three laws intended to restrict abortion.

Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game is saying climate change could make it more challenging to conserve and manage the state’s most at-risk fish, wildlife and plants.  The Department released its draft Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan that will guide its management actions for the next decade.

The Idaho Humanities Council awarded Kurt Ikeda the 2021 Outstanding Achievement in Humanities Award given annually to recognize achievements that encourage a better understanding of the humanities.  Ikeda serves as the Minidoka National Historic Site’s director of education and interpretation and previously worked as an education specialist for southern Idaho parks.

Fire crews were able to save about a dozen homes near Gooding yesterday when a man welding a fence in the wind started a grass fire.  The fire started at about 4 p.m. near 1640 E. 1700 S., west of Gooding, he said. Some residents were evacuated.  The sheriff estimated the blaze burned about 50 acres.

The Idaho department of health and welfare is saying a monkeypox sample handling error resulted in one false positive result and one false negative.   Monkeypox testing was temporarily suspended August 1 after a "critical sample handling error" that lead to one false positive and one false negative test result.

License plate production in Idaho is back.  This after equipment failure in June. 

SPORTS

Today the Boise State football team will start fall camp.  Meanwhile, Idaho State has already started practicing. The Bengals play in a Week 0 game on August 27 at UNLV.

The look of a new gym floor will greet fans at  the College of Southern Idaho.  It was 2008 when CSI redid their court floor.  The project wrapped up Monday.

As the College of Idaho Yotes kicked off fall camp on Tuesday morning, the quarterback competition took center stage.  With no set starter, Boise natives Ryan Hibbs and Ryan Peters are the top two candidates battling for the job. Head coach Mike Moroski said he plans to name a starter a week prior to the yotes first game on august 27th.

WEATHER

Today:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. East southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. West southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south southeast in the evening.

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 6 to 8 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 57.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Tuesday 080222

Fire crews from Gooding battled a fire that broke out yesterday just before noon when two semi-trucks collided.  One was hauling propane the other a milk truck.  No injuries were reported from the accident on US 26 east of Gooding.

Idaho drivers are finally beginning to see some relief at the pump now that the state’s average gas price is below the $5 mark and has been steadily falling for the past few weeks.  But with crude oil still above $90 per barrel, a sudden increase in fuel demand or a disruption in the supply chain could quickly reverse the trend.  According to AAA, Idaho’s average price for a gallon of regular is $4.91.  Meanwhile, the national average currently sits at $4.21.

An education funding ballot initiative that will go before Idaho voters in November could have the unintended consequences of reversing the Idaho Legislature’s 2022 tax cuts and increasing taxes for low-income families.  Reclaim Idaho organizers intended to raise about $323 million per year for public schools by increasing the corporate income tax rate from 6% to 8% and creating a new 10.925% tax rate.

The Oakley Valley arts council hopes that some contractors will step up to make repairs on the Howells opera house ceiling and roof.  The group has scheduled a couple of public meetings to explain the condition of the building.  The first will be Tuesday August 9th at 6 at the Chamber of commerce building in Heyburn.  The second will be in Oakley at the Opera house stage at 7 August 10th.   Howells Opera House is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who may have drowned after he never resurfaced while swimming at Lucky Peak.  The 46-year-old was last seen Sunday night after 7.  Marine patrol deputies spent the day at Lucky Peak searching for the man.

Fentanyl overdose deaths are way up in Idaho.  Last year the drug claimed 152 lives.  That number is triple from a year ago. 

SPORTS

In American legion baseball, the Minico storm is heading to the regional tournament in Price Utah Thursday.  They defeated the Valley Eagles 11 to 5.  Minico went 5-1 in the tournament, the lone loss coming in game 1 on Sunday against the Eagles, final score, 6-3.

Tomorrow night competitors will be at Bald Mountain for the Sun Valley River Run Summer Series women’s bike ride.   The event will include the lifts running late, lawn games, food trucks and more.

Boise State defensive tackle Scott Matlock was tabbed to the 2022 Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday.  The Bednarik Award is presented annually to the College Defensive Player of the Year. Established in 1994, the award is named in honor of Chuck "Concrete Charlie" Bednarik who was an All-American at Pennsylvania and an All-Pro linebacker and center for the Philadelphia Eagles.

WEATHER

Tuesday:  Patchy smoke after noon. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 89. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west 12 to 17 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 66. West wind 8 to 11 mph becoming south southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. South wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Patchy smoke before midnight. Mostly clear, with a low around 68. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southeast in the evening.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Thursday Night:  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

Friday:  A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87.

Friday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

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

 

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

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

 

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