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Monday 080122

Wildfires in the northwest exploded in size overnight amid windy, hot conditions and were quickly encroaching on neighborhoods, forcing evacuation orders for over 100 homes, while an Idaho blaze was spreading.

The U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations have determined the Moose Fire to be human-caused.  The specific cause and events leading up to the fire are still under investigation, and further information will be available as the inquiry unfolds.  At last check, the Moose Fire is burning at more than 48,000 acres and is 21% contained.

The drowning victim at Pillar Falls has been identified by the Twin Falls County Coroner’s Office as 30-year-old Cory Grant Collard Peyson, UT. At about 1:30 pm on Saturday, Collard was pulled out of the water, at Pillar Falls.

Rural communities across Idaho continue to struggle with emergency medical care services.  Idaho law does not designate EMS as an essential service so they do not receive a lot of funding through the state. This week Idaho Health and Welfare will meet to discuss ways to help fill the EMS gaps and plan for the future.

A one vehicle Friday just before midnight in Elmore County sent three Jerome people to the hospital.  Police say it happened on the Pine Featherville road.  One person was airlifted for medical treatment while the other two were transported by ambulance.  They driver was attempting to avoid an animal.

Thirteen community projects across eastern and southern Idaho could receive funding under a U.S. House of Representatives appropriations bill that passed the House on July 20, despite both of Idaho’s representatives voting against it.  U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson said he was pleased to see the important projects for Idaho were included, but the spending level of the overall package far exceeded what he could support.

Cooling stations are being setup in many northwest communities as a heat advisory has been issued today.  Weather forecasters say expect temperatures near 102 in the local area.

SPORTS

Boise State University has agreed to a partnership with Chartwells Higher Education, the new campuswide Boise State dining partner, for all athletics venues beginning this fall.  Chartwells Higher Education, branded locally as Boise State Dining services over 300 campuses in the United States. Chartwell partners with the Double R Ranch.  Look for more information in the coming weeks about the expanded pregame Ford Fan Zone and a new local brewery patio at Albertsons Stadium. In addition, fans visiting Bronco Alley on the east side of the stadium will be able to choose from an expanded selection of food trucks and adult beverage kiosks. 

WEATHER

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING.  Temperatures up to 102.

Monday:  Patchy smoke before noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Monday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Cloudy, with a low around 73. Light southeast wind becoming south 12 to 17 mph in the evening.

 

Tuesday:  Patchy smoke after noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 6 to 14 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Patchy smoke before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. West wind 8 to 13 mph becoming south southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.

 

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

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

 

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

Thursday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

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

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

 

Sunday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Friday 072922

A crash in Minidoka County has claimed the life of a 48 year old Murtaugh man.  Police say the driver of a Quad failed to yield at a stop sign 800 north and 100 west and collided with another vehicle.  The accident happened just before 4 yesterday afternoon.

The federal government is pledging $401 million in grants and loans to expand the reach and improve the speed of internet for rural residents, tribes and businesses in remote parts of 11 states including Idaho.  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said it will benefit from the ReConnect and Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee programs.

Another internet option is heading to about 32-thouand residents of Twin Falls, Burley and Jerome.  TDS telecommunications is working to bring Fiber Optic cable to the area.  The multiyear project will deliver up to 2 gigabyte per second download and upload speeds to the residents who sign up for the service.

Trail closures have been announced in the Salmon Challis National forest because of the Woodtick fire that has burned 1814 acres.  Meanwhile the Moose Fire has now grown to more than 40,000 acres but is 15% contained.  The residents at Camas Creek are on notice to prepare to evacuate.

The gates at magic Dam will soon be closed.  The Fish and Game said that effective yesterday; the bag and possession fish limits will be removed on portions of the Big Wood River below the dam.  The order also includes the Richfield Canal from the upstream point of diversion.

Traffic is moving again this morning after a crash that happened around midnight on I-15 in Northern Utah near the New Plymouth exit.  Traffic was being diverted for about 3 hours.

Idaho officials are looking to expand the number of participants in auctions for state lands and potentially bring in more money by allowing remote bidding.  On Aug. 13 the auction in Coeur d’Alene will be for 10 cottage sites at Priest Lake in northern Idaho and an auction near McCall.

SPORTS

Boise State University and men's basketball head coach Leon Rice have reached an agreement on a new five-year contract, director of athletics Jeramiah Dickey announced Wednesday. The agreement is subject to approval from the Idaho State Board of Education.  Rice will receive a $150,000 salary increase for the upcoming year, making his salary for the 2023 fiscal year $900,000. In the remaining four years of the contract his salary will increase by $50,000 each year. He will have the opportunity to earn up to three one-year extensions, each of which would also carry a $50,000 annual salary increase.

WEATHER

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 9 PM MDT SUNDAY.  Temperatures up to 102 expected.

 

Today:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. East southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

Tonight:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 66. West wind 6 to 9 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 66. West wind 7 to 9 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 68.

 

Monday:  Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Monday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 88.

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

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 86.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Thursday 072822

St. Luke’s is reporting a data breach that could have affected patients and some customers.  The hospital was informed of an incident that occurred in late May.  So far the information has not been misused.

About 10 acres of brush burned yesterday afternoon just east of Highway 93 in Jerome near 539 south and 800 east.  The fire mainly burned private land.

Some republican candidates are speaking out following the Idaho GOP convention in Twin Falls two weeks ago.  Laurie Lickley, Mike Pohanka and Jack Nelson say during the convention there was a disagreement over platform resolutions that resulted in verbal attacks and insults.  In a statement, the three said despite the results of the convention, we believe the majority of Idahoans and Republicans also believe in common sense, law and order, and the value of human life before birth as well as after.

Buhl residents are facing fee increases in several city departments so the city has scheduled three public hearings.  The biggest increases in this group of fees go to the Planning and Zoning Department, which will see many fees doubling in price. The hearings will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Buhl City Hall.

Idaho’s attorney General said in tracking the average gas price in Idaho, shows that gas stations are making record profits.  The average Idaho gas station recorded a nearly 9 cents a gallon drop the first week of June. However, the price of a wholesale gallon has dropped roughly 49 cents since then.

The Idaho Department of Lands have sent 221 employees to other Western states to assist fighting fires in the field.  Idaho Gov. Brad Little said in the release that this was an opportunity for firefighters to gain experience on the dime of other states and the federal government, which gives Idaho taxpayers a bit of a break.

Idaho has been selected as the site for a proposed nuclear test reactor that would dramatically reduce the time needed to develop nuclear fuels and components for a new generation of nuclear reactors that could help reduce global warming.  The Energy Department said it selected its 890-square-mile site in eastern Idaho that includes the Idaho National Laboratory to build the Versatile Test Reactor.

SPORTS

In American  Legion baseball action, the Minico storm took the Buhl Tribe 6 to 3.  Minico will play Marsh Valley in a winner’s bracket semifinal today at 4 p.m. at Halliwell Park in Pocatello.  Buhl will play in an elimination game this morning at 10 a.m. against the Lewis-Clark Cubs.

Amari Whiting, a former Burley High school basketball player has announced she will be moving to BYU where her mom recently took the position as the basketball head coach.  Her mom Amber and Amari took the Burley Bobcats to a 4A state championship last season.  Amari was committed to play for the Oregon Ducks.

Boise State University and men's basketball head coach Leon Rice have reached an agreement on a new five-year contract, director of athletics Jeramiah Dickey announced Wednesday. The agreement is subject to approval from the Idaho State Board of Education.  Rice will receive a $150,000 salary increase for the upcoming year, making his salary for the 2023 fiscal year $900,000. In the remaining four years of the contract his salary will increase by $50,000 each year. He will have the opportunity to earn up to three one-year extensions, each of which would also carry a $50,000 annual salary increase.

Boise State women's basketball will travel to Texas in December to compete in the South Padre Island Classic, hosted by the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.  The Broncos will open the event with a game against the host school on Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. MT. The squad will conclude the trip with a matchup against Texas A&M-Commerce on Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. MT.  All contests will take place at the South Padre Island Convention Centre and will be broadcast in the United States on ESPN+.

WEATHER

Today:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 64. North northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

 

Friday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

Friday Night:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Saturday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 64.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 101.

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Monday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.

 

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

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

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 89.

Wednesday 072722

A regional Planned Parenthood organization has filed a third lawsuit over Idaho’s anti-abortion laws and the latest targets the state’s ban on abortions for pregnancies beyond six weeks of gestation.  They are asking the Idaho Supreme Court to overturn the ban because they say it is vague and unconstitutional. They also want the high court to hear arguments in the case on Aug. 3 the same day the court is scheduled to hear arguments in the other two lawsuits.

Boise attorney Tom Arkoosh announced that he’s running for Idaho attorney general as the Democratic nominee.  Arkoosh announced his candidacy amid family and friends at the Statehouse. He’s replacing Steve Scanlin, who ran in the May Democratic primary as a placeholder but withdrew from the race last week. That allowed the Democratic Party to pick a replacement.  Arkoosh will face former U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador in the November general election.

Twin Falls police have turned to social media in hopes of getting more information about a pro-choice protest at CSI.  The police said it happened outside of the Idaho GOP convention July 15th where an altercation took place.

Jared Orton has been sworn into office as the newest Minidoka County Commissioner.  He replaces Sheryl Koyle who retired June 30th and was appointed by Governor Brad Little.

This morning, more than 800 wildland firefighters and support staff are battling a blaze in east-central Idaho that officials say is threatening homes, an important north-south corridor, energy infrastructure, recreation opportunities and the municipal watershed for the town of Salmon.  The Moose Fire on Tuesday grew to nearly 60 square miles burning grass, timber understory and dead and down material in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. It’s only 10% contained.

Due to the drought, the Twin Falls Canal company said he will reduce the water being delivered to the Twin Falls pressurized irrigation stations by 1-half starting next Monday.  On average the system has reduced Twin Falls’ demand on the aquifer by nearly 5 million gallons per day.

SPORTS

Legion baseball playoffs continue this weekend.  In the CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT At Rodeo Park, Nampa on Friday, the upper valley bulldogs downed the Twin Falls cowboys 6 to 5.  On Saturday the cowboys defeated lewis-Clark twins 8 to 1 with the looser out.  On Sunday Twin Falls cowboys were eliminated after loosing to the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen 7 to 6.  Yesterday, it was Idaho Falls Bandits 12, Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen then the Idaho Falls Bandits defeated the Pocatello Runnin’ Rebels 9 to 1.

WEATHER

Today:  Patchy smoke after noon. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. South southwest wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Clear, with a low around 64. West northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 63. North northwest wind 5 to 14 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. South southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Clear, with a low around 62.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Tuesday 072622

As gas prices start to fall, it seems that Buhl has the corner on the low prices.  This morning the average price is $4-71 a gallon in the community while in Twin Falls the average price is $5-14 according to Triple A.  Carl Kelly of Kelly Oil said people are coming from all over the valley for the lower prices.

Five current Caldwell police officers and one former officer are under investigation by Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training for potential de-certification. The officers under investigation work in patrol and investigations.  The individuals are being investigated for allegedly violating policy but are not accused of criminal conduct.

Bingham county sheriff Craig Rowland has turned in his resignation.  Sheriff Rowland is facing felony charges for aggravated battery and assault, along with a misdemeanor for exhibiting a deadly weapon. The charges follow an incident involving the sheriff and a church youth group in November of 2021.

Twin Falls city councilman Shawn Barigar is saying he will step down from the council.  He told the council yesterday that he is pursuing the position of economic development director for the city.  He has served 14 years on the council.

Now that the supreme court has overturned Roe V. Wade and legal  abortion is in question in the gem state because of the trigger bills that were in place, the question remains if residents can access abortion pills from out of state.  Online services are currently supplying the medication.

A judge has granted a request to former Representatve Aaron von Ehlinger for a delay in sentencing.  He is facing judgement on a felony rape charge and has asked for a new trial or acquittal in the case.

Melvin Alcaraz-Valdez from Declo has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for distributing meth.  He will also serve five years of probation.

Health officials in Idaho say they are seeing a upward trend in COVID hospitalizations.  For a time the numbers were single digits or Zero.

SPORTS

The Twin Falls American Legion Cowboy baseball season has come to an end.  At the State tournament, the CDA Lumbermen took the win 7 to 6.

If you are interested in officiating local high school football this fall, training and meetings are set to begin next Monday august 1st.  The state rules clinic will be at the Canyon Ridge High School auditorium with the coaches meeting at 6 and officials at 7. 

Boise State men's basketball has announced the addition of Michael Johnson as the program's new director of basketball operations. The previous director of operations, David Moats, has been promoted to director of recruiting.  Johnson will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the basketball office, including travel and equipment arrangements. Johnson will also serve as the director for all Bronco men's basketball institutional camps and clinics.

Boise State safety JL Skinner was named to the 2022 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Watch List.  The award is given annually to the best defensive back in college football based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character. Established in 1986, the award is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. South wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Patchy smoke after midnight. Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Patchy smoke before noon. Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. South southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 65. West northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. North northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95.

Monday 072522

The state of Idaho officially ended the 2022 fiscal year with a record $1.38 billion surplus, Governor Brad Little said the surplus means Idaho’s government can “provide Idahoans even more tax relief and make key investments where they count” at a time when inflation is driving up the cost of basic necessities. The $1.38 billion surplus surpassed the previous record budget surplus of $890 million, which was set one year ago.

Idaho voters will decide whether to approve or reject Reclaim Idaho’s $300-million-plus per year K-12 education funding initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot.  The initiative will appear as Proposition 1 on the ballot will take a simple majority of votes to be approved. If the initiative does not receive a majority of votes, the initiative will fail and education funding levels will remain at current levels.

The Lemhi county sheriff’s office has begun evacuating residents in the Camas Creek area due to the Woodstock fire that has burned over 14-hundred acres.  Residents at Castle Creek and Sliver Creek, including Ramshorn Creek are in SET status, meaning they should prepare for the possibility of evacuation.

Fire crews have gained the upper hand on a fire burning near Pocatello this morning.  At last check the East Gap Fire is 65-percent contained. 

The state fire marshal and the Jerome Fire department have determined that a fire at the Double A café was arson.  The café on West 1st was not in operation at the time of the fire.

The deadline to apply for the first round of child care expansion grants from the Idaho Workforce Development Council is Aug. 1, and council Executive Director Wendi Secrist expects the $15 million in available funding this fiscal year to quickly disappear.  During the 2022 legislative session, the Idaho Legislature approved $15 million from state fiscal recovery funds in the federal American Rescue Plan Act to be used for child care infrastructure grants.

SPORTS

During Mountain West Media Days in Las Vegas, Boise State head coach Andy Avalos said there are some notable position changes on defense.   Senior safety Tyreque Jones is moving from safety to the nickel position this fall. In 2021, Jones earned All-Mountain West Honorable Mention after tallying 53 tackles, 2 interceptions and a forced fumble.   The San Bernardino, Calif., native also forced a team-high six pass breakups and started in all 12 games. Avalos said the move will be "tremendous" for the Bronco defense, considering Jones' athleticism and football IQ. Boise State junior Isaiah Bagnah will be moving from EDGE to weak-side linebacker this fall. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. South wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 63. West northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. South wind 5 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97