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Thursday 031722

Lawmakers in the House have rejected a resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.  The House voted 45-22 to kill the resolution that opponents decried as recognition of federal land management in Idaho.

It appears it’s going to take a dozen House Democrats if Idaho is to hang on to more than a billion dollars in federal coronavirus relief money.  A majority of the 58 House Republicans often vote against budget bills containing Idaho’s share of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA. Instead, they opt to send it to other states. The 12 Democratic votes typically are enough to push the bills through.

The Idaho House of Representatives quickly brought up and then abruptly set aside a $46 million all-day kindergarten bill yesterday.  The House will not vote on the bill until Friday. But the sudden about-face illustrated that one of Gov. Brad Little’s cornerstone K-12 bills has run into trouble on the House floor.

LS Power and Magic Valley Energy announced a new wind energy project in Twin Falls County.  LS power is currently working on the Lava Ridge Wind Project.  Company officials say school districts in the area will benefit with tax revenues.

Right Wing activist and gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy was found guilty on trespassing and resisting or obstructing officers stemming from an incident last year at the statehouse.  The court fined Bundy $3-thousand dollars and placed him on one year probation. 

A bill that would add additional penalties for assault or battery upon utility workers is headed to the floor of the Idaho House of Representatives.  If passed into law, the bill adds employees of public utilities to a list of personnel protected by additional penalties if they are the victim of assault or battery.

Today is St Patrick’s Day and in Twin Falls there will be the annual parade down Main Street.  That event starts at 4:30 pm.

SPORTS

There’s one score from High School baseball from yesterday.  Buhl took the win from Wendell 12 to 2.  For Softball, Filer defeated Kimberly 18 to 8.  In was Pocatello 13 Burley 2.  Burley then turned it around  in the second game taking the win 8 to 7.  Glenns Ferry outlasted Lighthouse Christian 27 to 2.  The Boneville at Minico game was canceled.

On todays Schedule first for Baseball, Buhl travels to Mountain Home and there is a double header as Kimberly travels to Jerome.  For the softball games, Filer will be at Buhl and Bear Lake will travel to Wendell for a double header. 

There  is one golf meet scheduled.  Jerome, Mountain Home, Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge, Wood River, Minico and Burley all travel to the Mountain Home boys Invitational at 10 am.

For track, Valley, Shoshone, Raft River, Oakley, Murtaugh, Hagerman, Castleford, Camas County, Glenns Ferry, Dietrich, Carey and Buhl will meet for the Valley Invite at the Valley High School.  That starts at 2 pm.

Jerome, Twin Falls, Burley, Madison, Skyline and Jerome meet in Jerome at 1.

Boise State men's basketball captured four all-district awards this week. Abu Kigab and Marcus Shaver, Jr. were named second-team all-district by National Association of Basketball Coaches, while the same organization named Leon Rice as the District 17 Coach of the Year. Kigab was also selected to the United States Basketball Writers' Association All-District VIII Team.   Boise State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 with a first-round game today, against Memphis in Portland, Ore. Tipoff is set for 11:45 a.m. at Moda Center.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 52. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph in the evening.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 57. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  A chance of rain before midnight, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Breezy.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Blustery.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.

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

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Wednesday 031622

Idaho’s Governor and Attorney General have filed a lawsuit to end a tent city encampment protest near the Statehouse in Boise.  Protestors say skyrocketing home prices and rents have made worse the homeless problem in Boise. They say Boise officials haven’t done enough to meet their needs, and that homeless people are harassed by police.

The Bureau of Land Management will extend the South Hills area seasonal road closure until at least March 30 waiting for road conditions to improve. The seasonal closures were implemented January 16 to prevent damage and protect crucial mule deer winter range and sage-grouse habitat.

Leaders in the Idaho Senate killed a House-approved bill prohibiting gender reassignment surgeries and gender-affirming health care such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors.  The Republican Senate Majority Caucus in a statement said it strongly opposes gender reassignment for minors, but the legislation undermines parental rights and allows the government to interfere.

The Idaho House on Tuesday approved a resolution that characterizes The New York Times’ “1619 Project” as a divisive reeducation campaign about slavery that causes shame.  The resolution approved on a 54-10 vote also promotes former President Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission aimed at “patriotic education” in schools that historians have rejected as political propaganda.

St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise went on lockdown for about an hour yesterday after far-right activist Ammon Bundy urged supporters to go the facility in protest of a child protection case involving one of his family friends.  Earlier in the day, Bundy released a statement warning that if an acquaintance’s young child was not returned to the family, that “patriot groups” would take action.

Pat Field, a 61 year old Grandview farmer is running for Idaho State House District 27 B’s seat.  He has lived in the Mini-Cassia are for 18 years. 

SPORTS

Most all of the High school baseball and Softball games were canceled because of the weather yesterday.   Only one to report on.  Minico defeated Caldwell 11 to 1. 

On the Schedule today, Canyon Ridge will be in Mountain Home and Burley will travel to Preston.  Both of those games are Double Headers.  Declo will be in Gooding, Wendell travels to Buhl and Kimberly will head to Filer.

For the girls Softball games, Canyon Ridge will play Mountain home and Declo plays Gooding.  Both are Double Headers.  Kimberly will play Filer and Glenns Ferry will meet up with Lighthouse Christian in Jerome.  Another couple of double headers are scheduled.  Pocatello will Play Burley and Bonneville will take on Minico.

There is one Tennis match set with Gooding and Jerome meeting up at CSI. 

There is also one track meet.  Declo, Ririe, Raft River and Soda Springs will be in Wendell starting at 3 pm.

Boise State returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015 with a first-round game tomorrow, against Memphis in Portland. Tipoff is set for 11:45 a.m. MT at the Moda Center.

WEATHER

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. East northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

 

Saturday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.

Saturday Night:  Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

Sunday:  A 20 percent chance of snow before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Breezy.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Breezy.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

Tuesday 031522

Legislation aimed at banning abortions in Idaho after six weeks of pregnancy by allowing potential family members to sue a doctor who performs one is on Idaho Governor Brad Little’s Desk.  The House voted with no Democratic support to approve the legislation.

Lawmakers on a House panel approved legislation to boost reading skills among young students with optional full-day kindergarten.  The bill would use $73 million in literacy intervention money.

A Senate committee chairman has revived a bill that would dramatically increase the secrecy surrounding Idaho’s execution drugs, bringing the matter back for a second vote after it failed to pass last week.

A Republican candidate for Idaho secretary of state spread vague and unverified claims of voter fraud on the floor of the Idaho House of Representatives yesterday while pushing a bill to tighten voter registration and identification laws. Moments before the Idaho House voted Rep. Dorothy Moon, said the bill is needed to give the public confidence in elections.

The Senate Education Committee easily passed a bill requiring 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.  The program costs about $80,000 per year at the University of Idaho, with state support covering roughly half of tuition.

The Twin Falls Canal company is hoping to delay the start of filling the canals.  They also say they will reduce water shares.  Officials say it’s because of drought conditions.

After reaching $123 per barrel last week, AAA says that the cost of crude oil has dropped in recent days and is currently trading near $102 per barrel.  If the trend continues, it could bring some relief to the market.  Idaho’s average price is $4.36 per gallon, which is 84 cents more than a month ago.  Meanwhile, the national average is $4.33.

SPORTS

It’s over.  The college of Southern Idaho Mens basketball team wrapped up the season with a loss to Harcum College last night with a score of 92 to 65.  CSI traveled to Hutchinson Kansas to play the opening round of the NJCAA tournament.  CSI ends the year 24-9 overall and ranked 17th in the final poll.

To high school baseball from yesterday Declo defeated Firth 9 to 3.  For the ladies softball games, Gooding shut out Wendell 21 to 0.  Melba defeated Glenns Ferry 21 to 2.

On today’s baseball schedule, Caldwell travels to Minico.  Canyon Ridge is on the bus to Mountain Home and Jerome will play Twin Falls.  All games are double headers.

For the softball games, Declo heads to Buhl, Jerome will be in Twin Falls and Minico plays Kimberly.  Canyon Ridge is in Mountain Home and Horseshoe Bend will be in Wendell. 

For the high school golf games, Wood River will travel to Nampa, Buhl, Valley, Sun Valley Community School, Filer and Lighthouse Christian will be at Canyon Springs at 2 and Oakley, Declo, Gooding, Kimberly, Castleford and Wendell will be at Clear Lakes this afternoon.

WEATHER

Today:  Showers. High near 50. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight:  Showers likely before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. West southwest wind 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

 

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 13 to 16 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 8 to 16 mph.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. South southwest wind around 7 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 55.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

 

Saturday: A 20 percent chance of rain after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60.

Saturday Night:  A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

Sunday:  A 30 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Breezy.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Blustery.

 

Monday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 47.

Monday 031422

Far-right activist Ammon Bundy, who’s running for governor in Idaho, has been arrested after refusing to leave a hospital in connection with a child-welfare case.  Bundy was arrested at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of misdemeanor trespassing at St. Luke’s Meridian Medical Center in Meridian. The arrest concerned a 10-month-old determined to be “suffering from severe malnourishment” and at risk of injury or death.

UniTel has been sold to an Idaho-based broadband provider that plans to rapidly expand fiber internet service.  Direct Communications of Rockland, Idaho, plans to high-speed internet in small rural areas.

The Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee defeated two election-related bills amid concerns about implementation and potential voter suppression.  If it had been approved it would have required more identification by the voter.

Idaho Governor Brad Little has announced he will run for re-election for Governor for the state of Idaho.  Little has already amassed $1.6 million with nearly 2,600 contributions from across the Gem State.

The City of Hailey is removing its mask mandate.  The new public health order, signed by Mayor Martha Burke, removes the requirement to wear facial coverings in indoor public places in Hailey.

The Legislature’s budget-setting committee on Friday decided not to act on a request by Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin for extra money to pay a private attorney she hired in a public records dispute.  The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted 18-0 to approve a budget of $202,200 for her office for the next fiscal year that starts on July 1, omitting her supplemental request of $29,000 for legal fees during the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

SPORTS

Will the college of southern Idaho Mens basketball team take home the first place hardware as they play the national championship this week in Hutchinson Kansas?  Only time will tell.  The Golden Eagles will play Harcum College in the opening round of the NJCAA National Tournament today. This is the second straight year the Golden Eagles have made the 24-team tournament. Last year, they were No. 3 overall. This year, they are the 20-seed.

Xavier Bishop scored 19 points to help Montana State advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 26 years as the Bobcats routed Northern Colorado 87-66 in the Big Sky Conference tournament championship game on Saturday night.   Top-seeded Montana State collected its third Big Sky Conference tournament championship and advanced to its fourth NCAA Tournament.

Daylen Kountz had a career-high 36 points as Northern Colorado got past Portland State 86-79 in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament.  Kountz shot 4 for 6 on 3-pointers and shot 10 for 11 from the line. He added seven rebounds.

RaeQuan Battle came off the bench to score 17 points to lead Montana State to a 69-66 win over Weber State in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament.

Darian White scored 17 points; Leia Beattie added 16 and Montana State earned its third NCAA Tournament berth with a 75-64 win over Northern Arizona in the Big Sky Conference tournament championship game.

Boise State, the 2022 Mountain West Champion, was selected as a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. The Broncos will be making their eighth tournament appearance all-time and third under head coach Leon Rice.  The No. 8 seed is the highest for Boise State since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The Broncos will play No. 9 seed Memphis Thursday in Portland, Ore.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. South wind 5 to 8 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. East wind around 7 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Rain. High near 49. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night:  Rain likely before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Light west southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

Wednesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind 10 to 18 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Saturday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59.

Saturday Night:  A 50 percent chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Sunday:  A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday 031122

Idaho state police say a teen from Hazelton has died from injuries following a multiple vehicle accident early Wednesday morning.  Troopers say the accident was reported just after 7 am. Traffic was blocked near Hazelton along I-84 for about seven hours.

Lawmakers in the Idaho Senate have approved legislation to boost reading skills among young students with full-day kindergarten.  The Senate voted to give school districts the option of full-day kindergarten by using $73 million in state literacy intervention money.

Republican Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane officially announced on Thursday his candidacy for Idaho secretary of state and picked up the endorsements of former Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and former Secretary of State Ben Ysursa.

Legislation preventing most private and public entities in Idaho from discriminating against people who haven’t received the coronavirus vaccine cleared a Senate panel.  If approved the measure prevents employers from requiring employees get the vaccine.

An Idaho lawmaker has introduced a bill that would lift the licensing requirements for professional hair braiders, after three Black women filed a federal lawsuit over the braiding rules.

Representative Dorothy Moon a Republican legislator who is running for Idaho Secretary of State in this spring’s primary elections is making her third attempt to make widespread changes to voter registration and identification laws in the name of election security.

A preliminary hearing for 33 year old Kalob Morrison of Heyburn has been reset.  He is charged with first degree murder using a sledgehammer to kill Julio Lopez of Heyburn.

Triple A says $4 is the tipping point that will force drivers to change their habits.  Today the average price in Idaho is $4.30 which is 78-cents more than a month ago.

SPORTS

Matt Johnson II had 24 points as Northern Colorado held off Eastern Washington 68-67 in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament last night.

Khalid Thomas had 20 points as seven-seed Portland State beat two-seed Southern Utah 77-65 in the Big Sky Conference Tournament quarterfinals.  Meanwhile, Dillon Jones had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Weber State beat Montana 68-56 in the Big Sky Conference tournament quarterfinals.

Xavier Bishop had 14 points to lead five Montana State players in double figures as the league-champion Bobcats romped past eighth seeded Sacramento State 83-61 in the Big Sky Conference tournament.

Jerome’s Mikey Lloyd is the Great Basin Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.  At the 4A state tournament, he averaged 15 points per game.  The Coach of the Year is Mac Stannard of Burley High School for helping lead the Bobcats to a Great Basin District Championship, upsetting Jerome for the title.

Amari Whiting is the Great Basin Conference Player of the Year after amassing a scoring average of 26.9 points per game, which ranks 45th nationally. Her 700 total points during her junior season is good for 53rd. She also averages 10.5 rebounds, 5.7 steals and 3.6 assists a game.  She also helped the Bobcats win the 4A state championship for the first time since 2018. In the state championship, she produced 25 points and 11 rebounds to beat Skyline, earning her tournament MVP honors.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. West wind around 6 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 55. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 34. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

 

Sunday:  A chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.

Monday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

 

Tuesday:  Showers likely, mainly after noon. Cloudy, with a high near 54. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.

Wednesday 030922

If your Southern Idaho school district held a vote yesterday for supplemental levies, it passed.  Seven levies got the approval for two year terms and a plant facility levy was approved for a five year term.  All were renewals set to expire this year.

The snowpack for the area is currently below average.  Hydrologists say multiple snow events this month are much needed.

The idea of all-day kindergarten hit a major snag yesterday when a Senate Education committee meeting came to an abrupt and tense end.   There were two competing motions on the table.  One was to send the bill to the senate floor for amendments the other for a Senate vote.  Now the bill hangs in limbo.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little says he will lift the state’s public health emergency disaster declaration on April 15, just over two years since it was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.  The rate of new coronavirus cases including hospitalizations, have dropped significantly in Idaho over the past two weeks.

The Idaho House on Tuesday voted to prohibit gender reassignment surgeries and gender-affirming health care such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors.  If the measure becomes law, it’s widely expected to be challenged in federal court as a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.

The Idaho governor and other statewide elected officials could get a pay increase in January following the November general election.  Legislation introduced would bump the pay of Gov. Brad Little to $151,400.  The lieutenant governor, a part-time position: $52,900.  The secretary of state, state treasurer, schools chief and state controller: $128,690. Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden: $146,730.   The state’s highest-paid public employee is Boise State University football coach Andy Avalos, who makes $1.4 million. He’s followed by Boise State University basketball coach Leon Rice, who makes $748,000 a year.

SPORTS

From the local hardwood yesterday, from the all-star high school varsity basketball games in Shoshone, first for the Girls, it was the South defeating the north 49 to 36.  On the boys side the North defeated the South 85 to 63. 

Today the District four All Star Game will be held in Jerome.  The girls game begins at 6 and the boys will follow. 

On the Baseball fields, Hillcrest will be at Canyon Ridge and Marsh Valley at Filer.  For softball action, Blackfoot will be at Jerome, marsh Valley at Filer and Wood River will travel to Buhl.

The Boise State men's basketball team was announced by ESPN Events as one of eight programs that will compete in the fourth annual Myrtle Beach Invitational during the 2022-23 season, Tuesday.  Also included in the field will be Charlotte, Colorado, Loyola of Chicago, Texas A&M, Tulsa and UMass, and an eighth school will be announced at a later date.  Games will be played Nov. 17, 18 and 20 at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.  The Broncos return to the HTC Center after finishing runner-up to Iowa State when the same venue hosted the 2017 Puerto Rico Tipoff. The Broncos will be looking to continue the Mountain West's success in the event, as Utah State captured the 2021 trophy.

WEATHER

Wednesday:  Snow showers likely, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Wednesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. West wind around 8 mph becoming east in the evening.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 34. Light and variable wind becoming west 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 18. South southwest wind 7 to 13 mph.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

Saturday Night:  A 10 percent chance of showers after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

 

Sunday:  A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 8am, then a slight chance of snow showers between 8am and 11am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

 

Monday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 56.

Monday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

 

Tuesday:  A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54.