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A firefighting helicopter with two people aboard crashed yesterday afternoon in the Salmon River in Idaho.  Officials said a CH-47D Series ‘Chinook’ helicopter operated by ROTAK Helicopter Services with two pilots on board was involved in an accident in the area near Salmon.  No word on the condition of the two.   The Moose Fire started Sunday about 5 miles southwest of North Fork in the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

Longtime Idaho lawmaker Sen. Mark Nye has died. He was 76.  Nye, a Democrat from Pocatello, died at a hospital on Saturday after an extended illness.  Nye was elected to the Idaho House in 2014, and two years later was elected to the state Senate, where he served three terms. He announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election.

Water delivery will be reduced for the Twin Falls Canal Company.  Officials say the flow will be reduced from five eighths of a miner’s inch per share to a half sometime next month. 

When school resumes in Filer this fall students will see a full time police officer roaming the halls of the schools.  Mayor Robert Templeman and Police Chief Jeff Troumbley have appointed Sgt. John Darnall as the school resource officer. Darnall will be moved from the patrol division to serve as the new school resource officer.

Governor Brad Little says Idaho will spend $1 million to fight illegal fentanyl use and resulting overdose deaths.  The governor said he’ll likely recommend additional money in his budget that will be considered by lawmakers early next year. But he said urgent action is needed now for the fentanyl problem that law enforcement officials say can spur property crimes as well as crimes against individuals.

Authorities in Boundary county are looking for a missing 76 year old man.  The county’s search and rescue was activated yesterday morning to search the deep creek loop area for Wayne Swindle who was last seen around midnight. 

SPORTS

The college of Southern Idaho has named a former CSI basketball player to be their Assistant Athletic director.  Daequon Montreal played at CSI from 2007 to 2009 before graduating and continuing his college career at Boise State University. He played professionally overseas in Australia before returning to Twin Falls in 2016 and becoming the athletic director at Lighthouse Christian School.

WEATHER

GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY WILL CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS BELOW 6000 FT ON FRIDAY.  An area of low pressure will move by to the north.  This will generate gusty west to northwest winds Friday afternoon and evening across much of central and southern Idaho.  Winds will combine with low afternoon humidity and critically dry fuels below 6000 ft to create critical fire weather conditions.  Winds will decrease Friday evening with lighter winds on Saturday.

 

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Light and variable wind becoming west 13 to 18 mph in the morning.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 8 to 18 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 59. Northwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Thursday 072122

After not getting an apology for distributing fake flyer invitations to Valley House Homeless shelter residents for a republican convention event last week the director of the facility is naming the person responsible.  Director John Spiers said it was David Reilly a delegate from Kootenai County.

This fall, two students at each Idaho College will register for their fall classes on a new statewide online portal and the state will pick up the costs. The State Board has put more than $6 million into Online Idaho so far, all from federal coronavirus aid. In a few years ongoing annual costs could pencil out at $3 million a year. So far, only one student has registered through Online Idaho.

More details are being released following a hit-and-run crash near milepost 204 on I-84 in Minidoka County.  39 year old Patrick Kaberi is facing 11 charges after running from the scene, attempting to steal two cars including a police officer’s vehicle and setting a vehicle at the scene on fire.  Police fired multiple times and tased the suspect before taking him into custody.

Fire crews have gained the upper hand with the Bray fire burning northeast of Bliss.  It burned 20-thousand 345 acres and control is expected at 10 tonight.  No structures are threatened and the cause remains under investigation.

The Idaho Endowment Fund that distributes money to public schools and other entities lost $400 million in the fiscal year that wrapped up at the end of June according to state officials.  Investments Manager Chris Anton told the Idaho Land Board the fund lost about 13% of its value, dropping from $3.1 billion to $2.7 billion during what has been a tough stretch for investors. However, the fund is up 5.9% over the last three years and 8.3% over the last 10 years.  The endowment fund is part of a financial strategy that’s combined with 3,900 square miles of land Idaho received at statehood that generates money mainly through timber sales.

Students in the Twin Falls School District will be protected by private security guards next year. Last night, the Twin Falls School Board approved expanding the use of armed security within their school buildings.

SPORTS

Once again the Boise state Bronco’s football team have been picked to win their division.  In every year since they joined the Mountain West they have been picked to win.  This is the 10th year in a row for the broncos.  Boise State finished 7-5 and third in the division last season. They earned 14 of 28 first-place votes, giving them 151 points. Air Force received 10 first-place votes, finishing in second with 136 points.  Defending Mountain West champion Utah State only got three votes for the top spot.  Fresno State was picked to win the West Division.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Clear, with a low around 63. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. South southwest wind 5 to 14 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Northwest wind 6 to 15 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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 64.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96

Wednesday 072022

Police are continuing to investigate a two car crash that happened just after 4 pm near the railroad tracks in Shoshone yesterday.  ISP say a Juvenile and his passenger were driving a stolen car on U.S. 26 while running from officers.  The car lost control went airborne and struck the driver’s side of a southbound pickup.

Yesterday, Lincoln county sheriff deputies say one person died after their vehicle crashed into a canal at 620 north 148 east just before 3 pm yesterday.

BLM crews say the Bray fire burning northwest of Bliss has now scorched 20 thousand 345 acres at last check.  Control of the fire is expected tomorrow at 10 pm.  Meanwhile crews say a 110 acre fire broke out near Lake Walcott in Minidoka County.  That was reported yesterday.

Governor Brad Little announced today the reappointment of Timothy Murphy and the appointment of Jordan Cheirrett to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.  Governor Little also announced the appointment of Jared Orton as Minidoka County Commissioner. Orton will replace current District 3 Commissioner Sheryl Koyle, who is retiring.

Some people living at the Valley House homeless shelter are upset after they mistakenly attended a meet and greet last week with former Idaho GOP chairman Tom Luna during the GOP convention.  Someone passed out fake flyers at the shelter inviting them to attend pizza for the hungry.  Leaders at the shelter say they were used as a pawn in a political prank.

The city of Twin Falls continues to look at public transportation ideas.  At this week’s council meeting they were presented an idea of a ride hailing service where small transit vans can be requested using a mobile app or by phone.

Former state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, has requested that his sentencing for a felony rape charge scheduled on July 28 be delayed pending his request for a new trial.  He could be sentenced one year to life in prison.

SPORTS

Boise State men's basketball player Max Rice was named to the 2021-22 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court for his excellence in the classroom, the organization announced, Tuesday.  The Honors Court recognized men's collegiate basketball student-athletes in all NCAA divisions and the NAIA who excelled in academics during the past season.

Emily Muhlenhaupt and Kelsey Lalor have been selected as Boise State's NCAA Woman of the Year nominees for 2021-22.  The NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 and in 2022 is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Title IX.

A pair of Idaho natives heard their names called during day three of the MLB Draft on Tuesday, just two days after the Colorado Rockies selected Rocky Mountain High School alum, Gabriel Hughes, with the No. 10 pick.  In the 13th round, the Oakland Athletics selected right-handed pitcher Jake Pfennigs with the No. 394 pick.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Clear, with a low around 62. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night:  Clear, with a low around 63. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Frida:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. South southwest wind 6 to 14 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Tuesday 071922

BLM fire crews are fighting a wildfire this morning seven miles northeast of Bliss that has so far burned about 8-thousand acres.  Crews are fighting strong winds and high temperatures.  Officials say some structures are in the path of the blaze that is being called the Bray Fire.  It was reported at 4:25 yesterday.

 Six of the 31 members of a white supremacist group who were arrested near a northern Idaho pride event last month pleaded not guilty yesterday to misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot.  The Patriot Front members were arrested June 11 with riot gear after a tipster reported seeing people loading up into a U-Haul at a hotel parking lot in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.   Each had posted $300 bail and been released after their arrest.

Abortions in Idaho have become much less common over the years.  They peaked at 2,706 in 1981 about 1,000 more than in 2020, even though Idaho’s population had grown significantly in those 40 years.  The number of abortions to Idaho residents in 2020 was 11% higher than the year before. Nearly all abortions occur in Ada or Twin Falls counties. That’s where Planned Parenthood clinics have been located.

Authorities in Minidoka county are not releasing many details following an officer involved shooting that occurred over the weekend.  The Twin Falls police department critical incident task force is part of the investigation.  The incident reportedly happened sometime Saturday morning on Highway 25 just outside of Rupert.  One person has been arrested. 

License plate shipments are delayed across Idaho.  License plates typically take 30 days to arrive in the mail after registration; however, the machine used to make the license plates failed due to a maintenance issue.  It’s expected the machine will not be fully functioning until July 29th.

A fire that broke out in the outlet yard of the Idaho Youth Ranch in Boise yesterday afternoon continues to burn this morning.  The warehouse has collapsed and officials say they will continue to sift through the debris today to douse the hot spots. 

SPORTS

The Twin Falls Titans 11U  legion baseball team is heading to the Pacific northwest regional games.  The team is a Cal Ripken league-based All-Star team. According to coaches, this is the first time a Twin Falls Cal Ripken team has won a title since 2016.

Elsewhere in Legion baseball news, the Area C Legion A Idaho tournament is underway this week in Burley and Minico  high schools.  In Burley, Buhl plays Rigby at 10.  Burley plays Wood River at 1 and Jerome will play the Idaho Falls Titans at 4.  In Minico the Idaho Falls Grizz plays the Twin Falls Hawks at 1.  The Idaho Falls Tigers take on the Minico storm at 4.  The Pocatello Razorbacks play the Wendell Trojans at 7.  The top five teams will qualify for State games.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. South southwest wind around 6 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 61. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

Monday 071822

As the Idaho republican convention wrapped up over the weekend Representative Dorothy Moon of Stanley was elected the new chairwoman.  She narrowly lost her bid to be Idaho’s next secretary of state in the May primary.  During the convention by a nearly four-to-one margin the group rejected an amendment that would have provided an exception for a mother who has an abortion to save her life.

BLM fire crews hope to have control over a wild fire that broke out over the weekend near Devils corral by 10 this morning.  The fire north of the Snake River canyon started yesterday and was contained by 7 last night.

Defense Attorney’s for Lori Vallow Daybell are asking for clarification in the language the grand jury indictment against her and her husband Chad Daybell.  The defense argues that two of the counts listed are too complicated because they each include two separate allegations Conspiracy to commit first degree murder and grand theft by deception.  The two are facing first degree murder charges for the death of 16 year old Tylee Ryan and 7 year old JJ Vallow.

The Idaho Youth Ranch, which first started working with troubled kids at a ranch near Rupert in 1953, is now constructing a new psychiatric residential treatment facility for up to 100 kids a year in Canyon County, after successfully raising more than $27 million in private funds for the project.  The longtime Idaho nonprofit closed its Rupert ranch seven years ago.

Idahoans can dial 988 to access the new mental health and suicide prevention hotline that is going live across the country.  It offers an easy to remember, three-digit number to dial for anyone in a mental health crisis 24 hours a day. The calls won’t go to law enforcement.  They will be answered by a network of more than 200 trained crisis call centers.

Two people died on Idaho roads over the weekend.  On Saturday evening a 47 year old male of Hailey lost control of his motorcycle 35 miles west of Fairfield and died at the scene.  Another crash claimed the life of a 24 year old man from Utah near American Falls when he lost control of his car.

SPORTS

Treasure Valley native and Gonzaga graduate, Gabriel Hughes, was drafted No. 10 overall in the Major League Baseball draft to the Colorado Rockies organization last Night.   Hughes pitched at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, where he won Gatorade Idaho Baseball player of the year twice in his time there.

In the latest from legion baseball, two time defending world series champs the Idaho  Falls Bandets defeated the Twin Falls cowboys 6 to 1 in their first game but then Twin Falls turned that around  to take the win in the second game 11 to  1.  The state tournament begins Friday in Nampa.

On bald mountain Saturday hundreds of downhill bikers participated in the super duper D race.  It’s a mountain biking race from the summit of Bald Mountain, down thirty-two hundred feet of backcountry terrain along the backside of the mountain to Apples bar and grill near the base of the mountain.

University of Iowa wrestler Patrick Kennedy is in the area this week to work with Magic Valley wrestlers.  He is teaching and working with 150 Kindergarten through 12th grade athletes on their wrestling skills Kennedy won four Minnesota state titles before heading to Iowa City and is poised for a significant role in his third year with the Hawkeyes.

WEATHER

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90. West southwest wind 10 to 14 mph.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Northwest wind 6 to 14 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 59. West northwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

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

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

 

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 93.

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

 

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

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

 

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

Friday 071522

The Idaho Republican Party will consider 31 resolutions at its three-day convention that got underway in Twin Falls yesterday, including one already adopted by Texas Republicans that President Joe Biden isn’t the legitimate leader of the country.  Jim Jones, a former chief justice of the Idaho Supreme Court and former Idaho attorney general called the resolution rejecting the 2020 presidential election results asinine.

The delegates of the Idaho Republican Party attending the state convention will decide in the next two days whether to approve a rule disqualifying voters affiliated with other parties from registering as Republicans to vote in the party’s primary elections.  The Idaho GOP closed its primary process starting in 2012 so that only registered Republicans can vote for the candidate they want to advance to the general election.

The Ada County Prosecutor’s Office filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking the court to review the Idaho Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld a new redistricting plan.  The plan went into effect before May’s primary elections, setting new boundaries for Idaho legislative districts.

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch has joined Marco Rubio and six other senators in proposing a bill to block the federal government from using federal property for abortion services.  The Act would prohibit the federal government from promoting, supporting or contracting with abortion providers or otherwise expanding access to abortion on federal lands or facilities.

Voter fraud is on the top of the discussion now for Twin Falls County commissioners.  Members from the election integrity Idaho met with the commissioners to say they are concerned about the voting irregularities that took place during the 2020 election. 

A man suffered serious injuries after he was stabbed during a fight early yesterday morning. And the suspect is on the run.  Boise Police says the stabbing report came in at about 2 a.m. in a parking lot on the 1400 block of S. Entertainment Avenue.  Police say the suspect, 41 year old Ryan McCabe  left the Boise area, and is traveling in an unknown vehicle.

SPORTS

The upcoming CSI basketball mens team is starting to look complete.  Ga’Khari LaCount just signed with the Golden Eagles. The Miami native played his freshman year at Longwood University. The Lancers won the Big South and earned a 14-seed in the NCAA tournament.  LaCount played in just 12 games with Longwood, but averaged 31 points a game his senior year of high school and was the 7A player of the year.

The University of Idaho has named their new track facility to Lauren McCluskey.  It was 2018 when Lauren McCluskey, a track and field athlete at the University of Utah, was murdered by her boyfriend. McCluskey grew up in Pullman, Washington and trained at the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome.

In legion baseball, it was a split for a double header.  The Twin Falls cowboys lost the first game with the Idaho Falls Bandets 6 to 1.  In the second game the cowboys took the win 11 to 1.  Elsewhere, Wendell took  the win in the double header against Kimberly 12 to 2 and 11 to 2.  It was the Pocatello Razorbacks 13 over the Twin Falls Redhawks 10.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. East southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 67.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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