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Tuesday 052521

Police say 58 year old Jimmy Combs of Filer lost his life yesterday afternoon when the pickup he was driving failed to negotiate a curve and collided with a truck pulling a single wide home.  The accident happened 18 miles north of Howe Idaho on State Highway 33.

Fatal crashes on Idaho roads are down according to Triple A.  42-thousand people lost their life last year nationwide in 2020 but in Idaho there was a 7-percent decrease.  State police are increasing their patrols looking for drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts.

Beginning Tuesday June 1, motorists traveling along Golf Course Road will find the road closed to thru traffic.  The Jerome Highway District will begin rehabilitating the road between U.S. 93 and Silver Beach Drive.

The first degree murder trial of Gilberto Flores Rodriguez in a Burley Courtroom is about to rest sending it to the Jury.  Rodriguez is charged with the killing of 14 year old Regina Krieger in 1995. 

The Idaho Supreme Court has agreed to allow the state Legislature to intervene in two lawsuits that challenge the same restrictive voter initiative law, meaning taxpayers will pay for two separate legal teams in each case.  State lawmakers approved an additional $4 million in taxpayer funding for the Legislative Legal Defense Fund, which is split between the House and Senate.  The fight is over the new law that requires signatures from 6-percent of registered voters in all districts to qualify for an initiative.

Idaho education officials is saying the state’s primary challenge in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is helping students make up lost ground.  The State Department of Education identified that as a top priority in its draft plan for spending $440 million Idaho is receiving in federal rescue money for more than 300,000 students in grades K-12.

67 year old Lori Isenberg of Coeur D Alene will spend at least 30 years in prison for killing her husband.  She is already spending time for embezzling 579-thousand dollars from the North Idaho Housing Coalition where she worked.

SPORTS

The Twin Falls sheriff’s office is hoping their ATV/UTV safety program will help lower deaths.  Latest data shows that 400 people die each year with about a third of them children.  On June 4 through the 6th,  Lt. Daron Brown with the sheriff’s office will hold the Magic Mountain OHV safety fair.  Passing the class will get you a permit.  Brown reminds would be OHV operators who are under the age of 16, must attend the class.  If you are found using a UTV/OHV vehicle without a permit you will be fined in excess of $100.

This weekend at the Magic Valley Speedway, it’s what organizers are calling the Festival of Speed.  The three day event will give those who attend the opportunity to ride along in the cars, talk with the drivers and learn how to race in a safe manner.  The three day event will conclude Monday with a drifting competition.  Cost is 5-dollars to get in and 5-dollars for a ride-a-long.

WEATHER

Today:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. East southeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Tonight:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West southwest wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 68. West southwest wind 9 to 13 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 79. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

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

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 50.

 

Memorial Day:  Sunny, with a high near 83.

Monday 052421

Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy is running to be Idaho’s next governor, according to documents filed with the Secretary of State’s office.  Bundy, best known for leading an armed standoff at an Oregon wildlife refuge five years ago, is running as a Republican in the 2022 gubernatorial primary.

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is warning residents to be wary of scams by people claiming to raise money for the victims of a school shooting in eastern Idaho.  Wasden said victims and their families should be cautious if they receive solicitations about filing lawsuits or joining potential class action cases, and everyone should be careful about possible scam fundraisers.

Some Idaho taxpayers will see a one-time tax rebate this summer as part of the income tax legislation passed earlier this year.  The one-time rebate will go to full-time Idaho residents who filed income tax returns in 2019 and 2020. Each person will get either a minimum of $50, plus $50 for each dependent, or 9% of the state income tax they paid in 2019, whichever is greater.  It’s part of an overhaul of income tax law that is costing the state nearly $383 million, nearly $163 million of which is ongoing.

A study to see if a new bridge should be built spanning the Snake River canyon between Jerome and Twin Falls received a funding boost.  The Idaho Transportation board authorized $4-million dollars to study the several options. 

Lawmakers in Idaho left some 46 million dollars of federal dollars on the table this year.  The money was part of the federal stimulus money and grants that were available.  Much of the session was a fight over power of the governor’s office.  Both chambers of the Legislature did pass a bill declaring that all current and future federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act would require legislative approval.

Another dead body has been located near Chubbuck.  Saturday officials were notified that a badly decomposed body was found in a field near the city.  It’s the second body to be found within a week. Investigators have yet to determine gender.

SPORTS

Filer’s Athletic Director and Vice Principal will be moving to a new school.  Trudy Weaver was recently hired as the new principal at Declo Junior High.  She will replace Scott Muir who is leaving for a superintendent’s position in Soda Springs.  Weaver has been named the Athletic Director of the Year, Idaho Middle School PE Teacher of the Year, and Northwest Teacher of the Year.

To the High School baseball diamonds state games from over the weekend.  First to the skip walker field at CSI where Twin Falls Picked up 3rd place in state defeating Canyon Ridge 2 to 1.  In Fruitland Snake river Picked up 3rd place defeating Kimberly 23 to 9.  At the Timberline high school Filer outlasted Marsh Valley 15 to 6.  Then Filer outlasted Homedale 10 to 8.  In the end Filer took the championship when they defeated Homedale 5 to 4. 

At the Halliwill Park in Pocatello, Granseville defeated Declo 13 to 5 and in Orofino Kamiah downed Glenns Ferry 6 to 3.

For the softball games Homedale defeated Filer 11 to 3 and Glenns Ferry outlasted Notus 19 to 7

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. West southwest wind 9 to 13 mph.

 

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 67. West southwest wind 9 to 14 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Clear, with a low around 41.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 79.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 72.

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

 

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

 

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The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Dive Team has recovered the body of a man who drowned while fishing a reservoir on the Duck Valley reservation in Owyhee County.  The team was called to assist the search by the Owyhee county sheriff’s office after the man, who is believed to be in his 70’s and from the Boise area, fell into the water Wednesday.  Officials say he wasn’t wearing a life vest. 

Starting today, Idaho State Police say they are beginning the first weekend of Click it or Ticket.  Police will be watching motorists to make sure they are wearing a seatbelt.  Everyone in the vehicle must be wearing a belt or the driver faces a $10 ticket that includes an infraction on their driving record.

The Idaho Human Rights Commission says a Boise library employee was sexually harassed and discriminated against on the job because they are nonbinary.  The independent state agency’s finding potentially clears the way for 29-year-old Jax Perez to file a discrimination lawsuit, if Perez chooses to do so. In a decision the commission found that Perez, who does not identify as a man or woman and uses gender-neutral pronouns, was disciplined over an incident with a hostile patron.

Yesterday the Idaho Supreme court issued new COVID-19 guidelines that replace orders from last fall.  The order will allow in person hearings on  June 1st with the exception of felony sentencing hearings.  Wearing masks are no longer a requirement. 

Scientists in Idaho this summer plan to remove the 62,000-pound stainless steel lid on one of the world’s most powerful nuclear test reactors for a rare internal overhaul.  The Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory is being refurbished and improved with new components and experimental capacity scientists said.  The nine-month and $170 million effort, called a core internals changeout, started last month and is scheduled to be finished around the end of the year.

SPORTS

As the state high school baseball games get underway, here are some of the first round of scoring from yesterday’s games.  First to the Skip Walker field at the College of Southern Idaho.  Canyon Ridge defeated Ridgevue 7 to 5.  Twin Falls outlasted Bonneville 8 to 7.  Canyon Ridge will face Columbia on Friday at 4 p.m. and Ridgevue plays Pocatello at 10 a.m. today.  Twin Falls will play Bishop Kelly tonight at 7.

In the 3A state playoffs in Fruitland, Kimberly took the win over Homedale 7 to 5.  That means Kimberly will play Weiser at 7 tonight.

In the 2A tournament games at Halliwell Park in Pocatello, Declo shut out Firth 4 to 0.  Declo will now play Nampa Christian this afternoon at 3:30. 

WEATHER

Friday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

Saturday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west in the evening.

 

Sunday:  A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

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

 

Tuesday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Tuesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

 

Wednesday:  A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Thursday 052021

Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin said she is running for governor, aligning her campaign on individual liberty, state sovereignty and traditional conservative values.  McGeachin, served in the Idaho House of Representatives from 2002 to 2012.

A judge has ordered a 16-year-old boy stand trial as an adult on a murder charge after police believe he was involved in a home invasion and fatal shooting in Lewiston earlier this year.  The judge said that there was probable cause to believe that Demetri X. Ewing was one of the two people who rode bikes from a motel on Jan. 8 to a home in Lewiston, broke in; shot Samuel Johns, then rode back to the motel.

A math teacher in Rigby is being hailed as a hero after taking control of the scene of a school shooting.  Krista Gneiting directed children to safety, rushed to help a wounded victim and then calmly disarmed the sixth grade shooter, hugging and consoling the girl until police arrived.

A traffic stop in Nevada has led to the arrest of a 37 year old woman from Rupert and a 39 year old man from Burley.  Police say they found 5 and a half pounds of Meth inside the trunk of the vehicle after the stop on U.S. 93 in White Pine County because of speeding.  Danielle Adams and Jose Rosario Juarez Jr. were taken into custody.

As the trial for Gilberto Flores Rodriguez continues in a Burley Courtroom, the mother of the slain teen Regina Krieger was told she couldn’t wear shirts that said Gina’s Hope for Justice Now.  Rodrigues has been charged with 1st degree murder.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has vetoed a bill primarily intended to thwart medical marijuana initiative backers from collecting signatures at pot shops in neighboring states.   The Republican governor said he was concerned about the constitutionality and fairness of the bill.

Five eastern Oregon counties this week voted in support of considering becoming part of Idaho.  Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur and Sherman counties join Union and Jefferson, which voted last year to require county officials to promote joining Idaho.

SPORTS

State High School Baseball Games are set to start today.  The 4 A state tournament will be at CSI where Canyon Ridge will take on Ridgevue at 1.  Then Twin Falls will play Bonneville at 7. 

For the 3A tournament, the Kimberly Bulldogs will play Homedale this evening at 7 at the Fruitland high school.

The 2A state Tournament will be at Halliwill park in Pocatello where Declo will play Firth at 10am.

WEATHER

Today:  A 10 percent chance of showers after noon. Sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 10 to 14 mph.

Tonight:  A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West southwest wind 9 to 13 mph.

 

Friday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. West southwest wind 7 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Light southwest wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Saturday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.

 

Sunday:  A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 63.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

 

Tuesday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

 

Wednesday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Wednesday 051921

Voters in the Jerome School district agreed on a 27-million dollar bond that will see the construction a new elementary school.  77-point 2 percent said yes.  Meanwhile voters in Burley renewed an existing temporary override levy for the Burley Public Library.  The temporary levy will generate $277,280 in revenue annually for the library over the next two years.  Voters in Camas County also approved a temporary override levy for the cemetery district.

Yesterday in a Burley courtroom opening arguments began in the murder trial of Gilberto Flores Rodriguez.  He is charged with the death of 14 year old Regina Kriger in 1995.

The city of Caldwell has stopped all new residential development for four months because of the new property tax law signed by the governor.  City leaders say the new law could strain public safety service.  Officials say other cities in Idaho are considering similar moves. 

A Twin Falls Man died at the scene of a two car pileup in at the intersection of Yakima and South Lincoln in Jerome yesterday.  43 year old Lloyd Miller was southbound at a high rate of speed authorities say.  He ran a red light and swerved to avoid colliding with a vehicle turning left.  He crashed into a pickup pulling a horse trailer.  That driver was taken by air ambulance for treatment.  Miller died at the scene according to Police.

Idaho’s daily COVID-19 case count remains low.  Idaho’s case count has fallen this month.  Four deaths were reported yesterday.

A scheduled June execution for an Idaho man who is dying of terminal cancer has been canceled so the state can consider whether to commute his sentence.  Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr. was scheduled to die by lethal injection on June 2. Yesterday he was granted a request for a commutation hearing until that’s concluded in November.

Authorities are investigating an explosion at the Simplot grain silos in Mountain Home.  The incident happened yesterday afternoon.

 

SPORTS

As seniors at area high schools make the transition to college through sports programs, two canyon ridge high school baseball team members say they are headed to Columbia Basin College in Pasco Washington.  Ian Hughes and Steven Garrett Lagrone said that school is their choice.

Meanwhile Emma Dekiewiet signed her letter of intent yesterday.  The Castleford Volleyball player will head to Finlandia university in Hancock Michigan.

The Bureau of Land Management Twin Falls District staff will join the Southern Idaho Off-Road Association, Magic Valley ATV Riders and Jerome County saturday to clean up the north rim of the Snake River Canyon.   Volunteers are welcome and encouraged to join the cleanup effort, which will begin at 8 a.m. and wrap up around 2 p.m.  Volunteers should plan to meet just north of the Perrine Bridge and east of Highway 93.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 6 to 9 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 41. West southwest wind 8 to 14 mph.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers after 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind 8 to 11 mph.

Thursday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly between 7pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

 

Friday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. West wind 5 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

 

Saturday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday Night:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

 

Sunday:  A slight chance of showers between 7am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday Night:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

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

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Tuesday 051821

A fire that destroyed much of the Meadowbrook apartment complex in Buhl Sunday evening has left 39 people displaced.  Six apartments were destroyed and two have smoke damage.  The Red Cross is providing housing at a Twin Falls hotel for the victims.  Officials have yet to say what caused the blaze.

Starting this morning, Exit 201 on I-84 will be closed for ten days as workers begin to resurface eight miles of Idaho Highway 25 from the freeway interchange to Paul.  Drivers will need to use Exits 194 or 208 through May 27th.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has appointed Lori McCann of Lewiston to the Legislature to fill a seat left empty after Aaron von Ehlinger resigned amid a rape investigation.  Little made the announcement yesterday, saying the retired Lewis-Clark State College professor will begin serving in the House of Representatives immediately, and continue until the next general election.

Idaho gas prices have taken another leap up jumping 4 cents.  The U.S. average jumped eight cents according to Triple A.  Idaho’s average price is now $3-22 which is 14 cents more than a month ago.  The national Average is $3-05. 

The college of southern Idaho refugee center in Twin Falls says they plan to resettle up to 300 people a year.  President Joe Biden announced plans on May 3 to increase the annual refugee admissions cap to 62,500 this fiscal year, with a goal of increasing to 125,000 for next year.

Authorities are searching for an Idaho Falls man who was a community reentry center resident.  Zach Dell Heward walked from his job.  He is 35 years old.  He was to be eligible for parole on Aug. 20, 2021. His sentence was to be satisfied on Aug. 19, 2026.

Idaho Power said scammers are once again claiming to represent the company demanding customers pay their bill immediately.  Company officials say the scammers are telling people to make a payment with a pre-paid card which is not a practice the utility uses. 

SPORTS

The Boise Hawks held a seasonal job fair ahead of opening day yesterday.  The baseball team hopes to find individuals who can contribute to the positive experience of their loyal fans and guests.  Yesterday the search was on for cooks, food runners, wait staff and retail operations.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 46. West southwest wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind around 8 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. West southwest wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

 

Thursday:  A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 5 to 11 mph.

Thursday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.

 

Friday:  A chance of rain between 7am and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

 

Saturday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7pm, then a slight chance of showers between 7pm and 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

 

Sunday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Sunday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.