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Friday 032522

In Boise yesterday, the Idaho House voted to kill the budget for the Idaho commission on Libraries.  There was a long debate about obscene materials and pornography in the libraries.

Idaho Governor Brad Little used his veto to kill the budget for the Office of Information Technology services.  It all comes as lawmakers are wanting to wrap up this year’s legislative session.

The Idaho House of Representatives spent quite a bit of time this week considering a public records bill, then sent the proposal back to committee, possibly killing it for the year.  Some were worried it would take away legislators’ access to their own private records.

There may be an agreement between the Twin Falls City Council, County and SkyWest Airlines for a minimum revenue guarantee for the daily Delta Flight between the Magic Valley regional airport and the Salt Lake airport.  The $400,000 guarantee agreement is because of the effects of COVID-19-pandemic.

In an update posted to social media, the Fruitland police department said they are continuing their investigation of the missing 5 year old Michael Vaughan.  He went missing 8 months ago.  The reward has grown to $52-thousand 860.  The police department says they have received nearly 850 leads.

The Idaho Office for Refugees says it is ready to welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russian invasion in one month since Russia invaded Ukraine, 3.6 million people have been displaced. It is the fastest-growing refugee crisis in Europe this century.

The misconduct of current and former officers working for the Caldwell Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit has been the subject of an FBI investigation.  The police misconduct being investigated appears to center on alleged sexual relations that one officer had while on duty, according to a high-ranking law enforcement official and an alleged victim.

SPORTS

Checking in with some High School baseball scores from yesterday.  In a double header Filer took both games over Mountain Home 13 to 4 and 13 to 3.  Kuna defeated Twin Falls, 6 to 3.  Capital took the game from Twin Falls 9 to 7.  It was Marsh Valley over Wood River 4 to 2.  Then Thunder Ridge took the game from Wood River 10 to 3.  Bishop Kelly shut out the game with Burley 17 to 0.  Jerome took the win over Moscow 8 to 6.  Then Owyhee defeated Jerome 6 to 2.  It was Middleton 1 Minico 0, Capital 8 Minico 3 and Vallivue took the win from Canyon Ridge 12 to 4.

On the Baseball Schedule for today, Jerome, Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge, Wood River and Burley will participate in Bucks Bag.  Wood River plays Caldwell, Then Wood River will play Nampa Christian.  Twin Falls plays Bonneville, Jerome plays Ridgevue, Burley takes on Homedale then Burley plays Vallivue, Minico then plays Vallivue.  Canyon Ridge takes on Middleton and a later game they play Skyview. 

In softball play today, Jerome, Mountain Home, Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge, Wood River and Gooding will participate in the Win the Pitch in Nampa.  Gooding plays Caldwell, then plays Weiser later.  Canyon Ridge plays Emmett and Vallivue.  Mountain Home plays Mountain View then Eagle later on.  Jerome takes on Columbia and later Payette.  Wood River takes on Ontario and then Centennial.  Twin Falls plays Lakeland then Homedale.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Light and variable wind.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. South wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the evening.

 

Sunday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. East wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

 

Monday:  A 30 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.

Monday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy.

Thursday 032422

Governor Brad Little signed into law the Anti-Abortion bill.  That makes Idaho the first state to enact a law modeled after a Texas Statute banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. 

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin cast a tie-breaking vote in the Idaho Senate to pass a bill that will require graduates of Idaho’s medical school to practice in the state for at least four years or pay back any tuition subsidized by public dollars.

After a stalemate on competing bills, the Idaho Senate unanimously passed the House of Representatives’ version of an increase to the qualification requirements for the state circuit breaker program.  The program reduces property taxes for elderly, widowed or disabled homeowners.  The bill passed unanimously without debate, and now heads to Gov. Brad Little’s desk.

Chad Daybell’s attorney is asking the judge to dismiss the grand jury indictment for Daybell.  The attorney said the jurors selected were not impartial.  Daybell is facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of his wife Lori Vallow’s children JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, as well as the death of his first wife Tammy Daybell.

Driggs resident Jimmy Hill was one of the first Americans killed in the war between Russia and Ukraine, but now his family is looking to help others in the wake of their loss.  Now his family wants to create a safe haven for refugees on his property. 

The Twin Falls canal company said that water delivery will begin April 25th.  That date is 10 days later than normal.  Company officials say it’s because of the drought.

All required special districts in Idaho have agreed to participate in settlements with Johnson & Johnson over opioids.  Idaho attorney general Lawrence Wasden said that means Idaho will receive the maximum settlement award of $119 million as quickly as possible,

SPORTS

The 19th-ranked Golden Eagles softball team hosts USU Eastern tomorrow starting at 1 and Saturday at noon. CSI baseball travels to Community Christian. The Golden Eagles will play today at 7 p.m. for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and Saturday at noon.

In Boise State Baseball, Kelsey Hall belted a leadoff home run for the third time this season and Boise State cruised to an 8-0 victory in five innings over UC Davis, yesterday.  The Broncos posted their sixth mercy-rule victory in 2022 and have a seven-game winning streak for the second time this season.

The Boise State football team will host the 2022 edition of its Pro Day, March 30.  The Pro Day schedule begins at 11:30 a.m. with measurements and testing vertical jump, broad jump, bench press.

Today, there are a few high school baseball games on the schedule.  Wood River will travel to Thunder Ridge. Capital is in Twin Falls and Jerome Travels to Moscow.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 66. West southwest wind 5 to 9 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 40. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 74. Light and variable wind becoming north northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Light and variable wind.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 73. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

 

Sunday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76.

Sunday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

 

Monday:  A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 63.

Monday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 39.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Wednesday 032322

The Idaho House of Representatives passed the state’s largest budget of the year yesterday, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s 2023 Medicaid budget.  The budget includes a total of $4 billion in funding from all sources, which is a 6.6% increase from the current budget. About 70% of the money comes from federal funds. 

It looks like travel is returning to pre-pandemic levels.  Triple A spokesman Mathew Conde said Idaho is seeing an influx of travelers as well as residents taking time away from the state.

The Blaine County school district board approved an emergency employee housing assistance program in October giving employees a $500 housing stipend.  Now the board is moving forward to build affordable housing for employees.

The district judge in the Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow Daybell case had denied a motion to sever the case and hold separate trials.  The Daybells are accused of murdering Vallows two children in September 2019.  The trial is set to take place in Boise.

The Red Hot Mamas musical-comedy group from Coeur d’Alene, gave a performance at the March 17 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Limerick, Ireland, but some members had to stay in the country longer than expected after testing positive for COVID-19.  Trip leader Pam Ames says about half the group of 15 had to quarantine in Ireland this past week, although six participants who tested negative did fly home.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little and State Controller Brandon Woolf said a new state website will serve as a centralized spot for the public to access information about state public meetings.  Starting April 15, all state public agencies will post meeting notices, agendas and minutes at the new Townhall.Idaho.gov site.  The two elected officials said the website will make it easier for the public to follow the state government and its agencies.

SPORTS

There are a few baseball games to report on from yesterday.  It was Twin Falls taking the win over Pocatello 5 to 4.  In a double header Mountain home defeated Meridian 9 to 4.  In The second game, Meridian turned it around to take the Tigers 11 to 10. 

As for the College of Southern Idaho, the number 19 ranked eagles took the win in both of  their games against Treasure Valley.  In the first game it was a 8 and 0 victory.  For the second game CSI won 13 to 2. 

CSI, now 21-6, hosts USU Eastern Friday and Saturday.  CSI baseball travels to Community Christian. The Golden Eagles will play tomorrow at 7 p.m.  Then Friday it’s a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and another game Saturday at noon.

The CSI rodeo team is on the road traveling to Ogden Utah for the Weber State Rodeo set for Friday and Saturday. 

After playing its first 25 games away from home, Boise State swept a three-game series from Fresno State, over the past weekend to open Mountain West play.  Broncos are back on the road for a road trip with a three-game series at Nevada this weekend.  Games times are 4 p.m. in Davis and for the first game in Reno with 1 p.m. first pitch, Saturday and Sunday.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 65. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 65. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Light and variable wind.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 44.

 

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

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

 

Monday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.

Monday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Tuesday 032222

Good news for motorists.  A slight dip in gas demand and crude oil prices led to a small decrease at the pumps over the last few days.  Today, Idaho’s average price for regular is $4-35 a gallon which is a penny less than a week ago. 

Lawmakers in the Idaho House have approved legislation to boost reading skills among young students with optional full-day kindergarten.

Legislation giving Idaho wildland firefighters hazard pay when confronting wildfires is on the governor’s desk after it was unanimously approved in the state Senate.  The bill would give wildland firefighters hazard pay of up to 25% above their hourly wages.

The $643 million budget for Idaho’s colleges and universities is setting on the governor desk.  The Senate voted to approve the budget

Idaho legislators are working toward their goal to adjourn the current session this Friday.  Speaker of the House Scott Bedke and Majority Leader Mike Moyle said they think the session will wrap up this week.

Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice’s McGeachin’s chief of staff Jordan Watters says he will resign when the Idaho Legislature adjourns for the year.  She was told that if both her employees stopped working March 30th, she still faces a 6-thousand dollar shortfall. 

Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad announced he will stage a campaign as a write-in Democratic candidate for Idaho governor in the May primary, one week after the Idaho Secretary of State’s office determined he would not appear as an official candidate on the May 17 primary ballot. The campaign had threatened a lawsuit but decided against it.

Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed the appropriation bill for the Commission on aging.  That means a new 5-million dollar investment in Idaho senior centers and 700-thouand in continuous funding to improve access to care for vulnerable seniors and their caregivers.

SPORTS

Here are some high school scores from the diamonds.  First for Baseball, Gooding took the win over Glenns Ferry 23 to 7.  Minico defeated Madison 6 to 4.  Skyline then outlasted Minico 13 to 10.  In some Double headers, Canyon Ridge outlasted South Fremont 6 to 1.  South Fremont turned it around with a win 10 to 9.  Wood River said no to Caldwell in the first game 6 to 3 and in the second game 13 to 6.   Filer took the win in both games over north Fremont 11 to 2 and 10 to 8.  Kimberly won both of their games over Burley 14 to 4 and 10 to 3. 

In softball play, Wood river won both of their games over Caldwell 25 to 6 and 15 to 4.  Jerome took the win over Ridgeview 11 to 3.

On the Schedule today, Mountain home will be in Meridian for a double header and Twin Falls travels to Pocatello.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 63. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Light and variable wind.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 65. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 44.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

 

Sunday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.

Sunday Night:  A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

 

Monday:  A 20 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61.

Monday 032122

Legislation preventing most private and public entities in Idaho from discriminating against people who haven’t received the coronavirus vaccine is on the governor’s desk.  The House voted to approve the measure preventing employers from requiring employees to get the vaccine or entities requiring visitors or attendees to be vaccinated. Violations would be a misdemeanor punishable with a $1,000 penalty.

An Idaho baby at the center of protests from far right activist Ammon Bundy over removal from his parents because of health concerns has been returned home.  The baby was removed March 11 after health authorities determined he was “suffering from severe malnourishment”.  The protests led to a hospital lockdown.

The Idaho Senate has passed a bill that would dramatically increase the secrecy surrounding Idaho’s execution drugs.  Backers say it’s needed to maintain the death penalty in Idaho.  The bill is now on the Governor’s desk.

Legislation eliminating drop boxes and similar drop-off locations for absentee ballots in Idaho will not get a hearing in the Senate.

The Idaho Division of Financial Management has warned the heads of the Idaho Legislature’s budget committee that Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s office will run out of money before the end of the budget year if she does not reduce expenses.

As the weather warms up, expect to start seeing road construction crews.  ITD will resurface two sections of Highway 93.  Crews will begin working today on Pole line road from Grandview to Blue Lakes.  When that is completed work will begin work on Blue lakes from the Perrine Bridge to Pole Line.

The attorney for Chad Daybell is asking the judge to separate his case from Chads Wife Lori.  Both have been charged with first degree murder in the death of two children.

SPORTS

In CSI’s baseball season opener the eagles lost to Salt Lake community college 5 to 2.  On Friday, the eagles once again had to eat two losses to Salt Lake 3 to 2 and 5 to 3.  CSI was able to turn it around on Saturday with a 4 to 2 win over Salt Lake.  CSI, now 16-8 overall and 4-6 in conference play, travels to Community Christian.

For the ladies softball games, CSI took two wins on Friday 11 to 0 and 14 to 6 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference double header.  On Saturday the team earned a split.  In the first game they fell to the Bruins 8 to 4 but took the win with the second game 9 to 8.  CSI hosts Treasure Valley tomorrow and USU Eastern Friday and Saturday.

On the high school level, first for Baseball, Wendell downed Glenns Ferry 15 to 1.  For softball, Filer downed North Freemont 18 to 6.  Vallivue defeated Twin Falls 19 to 15 and Twin Falls Defeated Ridgevue 9 to 1. 

WEATHER

Today:  Partly sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 8 to 11 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 8 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the evening.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 64. South wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

 

Sunday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66.

Friday 031822

A Driggs Idaho resident has been killed in Ukraine.  Jim Hill died in the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv. Hill traveled there to receive treatment for MS for him and his partner, a Ukrainian citizen.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued his first veto of the year, rejecting a measure having to do with incentive money intended for teachers but who moved into administrative jobs.  The Republican governor vetoed the measure affecting 23 school administrators contained in a program called Master Educator Premiums.

A proposal to expand a property tax reduction to higher-valued houses to keep older, low-income Idaho residents in their homes headed to the full Senate.  The Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee approved the measure that would alter a law passed last year by increasing the maximum value of a home that qualifies for the property tax reduction program, called the circuit breaker.

A proposal to increase by $20 the amount Idaho residents can recover on taxes paid on food through the grocery sales tax credit headed to the full Senate.  The Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee voted to approve the bill that boosts the annual maximum credit from $100 to $120 for people under 65 and from $120 to $140 for people 65 and over.

Idaho Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin has outlined her plans for her first 100 days if elected governor, laying out a far-right agenda in her bid to defeat first-term Republican Gov. Brad Little.  Speaking to reporters and about 50 supporters and onlookers on the Statehouse steps, McGeachin spelled out her 10-point plan that includes banning vaccine and mask mandates, protecting 2nd Amendment rights and reducing Idaho’s dependence on federal money.

Following a brief dip in crude oil prices, gas prices are surging again.  On Tuesday the average price in Idaho hit $4.37. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a $252 million transportation funding bill that includes $200 million to repair bridges.

SPORTS

Abu Kigab and Boise State mounted a furious rally, but could not overcome a 19-point halftime deficit Thursday, against ninth-seeded Memphis in the NCAA Tournament First Round. The eighth-seeded Broncos fell 64-53, despite 20 second-half points from Kigab.

From the local high school baseball games from yesterday, Mountain Home defeated Buhl 5 to 2.  Kimberly outlasted Jerome 11 to 6.  When the second game was called because of darkness the score was tied 3 each.

For the softball games, Buhl defeated Filer 7 to 5.  Bear lake defeated Wendell 15 to 0 in the first game.  In five innings, for the second game Bear lake 17 Wendell 10. 

On today’s schedule, first for Baseball, Wendell travels to Glenns Ferry and Jerome goes to Twin Falls for a double header.  On the Softball schedule, Burley goes to Preston for a double header.  Bear Lake goes to Declo and Mountain Home takes to the road to face Gooding.  Pocatello is in Twin Falls for a double header and Wendell goes to Glenns Ferry. 

There are a couple of tennis matches.  Minico will be in Gooding, and Mountain home boards the bus to Canyon Ridge..

On the track schedule, Wendell, Lighthouse Christian, Hansen, Declo, Filer, Kimberly and Gooding will be part of the Kimberly invite that starts at 2.  Minico, Wood River, Canyon Ridge and Pocatello will be at Mountain Home.  That meet starts at 4.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. South wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. West southwest wind 7 to 14 mph becoming south southeast in the evening.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a south southeast wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Saturday Night:  Rain before midnight, then rain and snow. Some thunder is also possible. Snow level 6800 feet lowering to 4900 feet after midnight . Low around 29. Breezy, with a west wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Windy, with a west northwest wind 23 to 30 mph.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 28. Blustery.

 

Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 54.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 63.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 38.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 65.