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Wednesday 071322

The Biden administration released two reports arguing that removing dams on the lower Snake River may be needed to restore salmon runs to sustainable levels in the Pacific Northwest, and that replacing the energy created by the dams is possible but will cost $11 billion to $19 billion.  The announcement brought quick comments from Governor Brad Little who said he is opposed to dam breaching because it’s not the silver bullet for salmon recovery.  He called the announcement disappointing.

Lame-duck Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin has given a big pay boost to an administrative assistant who is also a top Idaho Republican Party official in a move that could hinder the ability of the next lieutenant governor by significantly depleting the office’s budget before January’s power transition.  McGeachin in an email said Machele Hamilton would go from part-time to full-time and jump from $20,000 to $77,000 annually. Her hourly pay is an increase from $20 an hour to about $37 an hour.

An Ada County judge sent St. Luke’s attorneys back to square one yesterday, after the attorneys made a procedural error in a case against Ammon Bundy, Diego Rodriguez and their organizations.  The judge said the hospital system’s paperwork did not follow rules for legal notices.  The ruling extends the deadline 21 days for Rodriguez and Bundy to respond to St. Luke’s.  Rodriguez has reportedly said he has moved to another country. 

A wildfire is burning about 8 miles south of Malta.  At last check it’s burning about 300 acres.  No road closures have been reported and no structures are threatened.  The cause expected to be released today.

The city of Twin Falls has received an excellent score from Moody’s – a nationwide financial services company that looks at risk and assets to issue investment ratings for Government entities.  Twin Falls rating is a double A 2 which is just two notches below a perfect triple A rating.  The rating was based on the city’s strong growing tax base according to the company.

SPORTS

Borah High School senior and USA Junior National Team member, Aden Attao, is bringing a U20 Pan American Championship gold medal back to Boise.   On Friday, July 8, Attao captured first place in the Greco Roman 286.5 lbs weight class in Oaxtepec, Mexico. All 10 of Team USA's Greco-Roman wrestlers won a medal in Mexico over the weekend, including six gold, two silver and two bronze medals.   The hometown standout dominated his competition, with Attao being one of two American wrestlers to capture 9-0 wins in their gold-medal match, according to Team USA.

Boise State kicker Jonah Dalmas has been named a preseason third-team All-American by Athlon.  The former Rocky Mountain High School standout is coming off an impressive sophomore campaign. Last fall, Dalmas earned All-Mountain West First Team honors after he made a program-record 26 field goals during the 2021 season.

Former Boise State safety DeAndre Pierce has joined the Broncos' coaching staff as a recruiting assistant.  Pierce played in Boise from 2016 to 2019, earning an All-Mountain West honorable mention nod his sophomore season. The Long Beach, Calif., native started in all 14 games and finished with the fourth-most tackles on the team during the Broncos' 2017 campaign.

WEATHER

Today:  Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. East southeast wind 7 to 11 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south in the evening.

 

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

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

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. East southeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

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

 

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

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

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

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

 

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

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

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

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Additional armed guards may be coming to elementary schools in Twin Falls.  At this week’s school board meeting the discussion was over continuing to provide a safe environment at all secondary schools.  Currently the District works with the Twin Falls police department to provide school resource officers.  Possibly the district may increase security by hiring more guards. 

After weeks of watching gas prices fall in other parts of the country, Idaho drivers finally saw a little bit of relief when they filled up this week, and more could be on the way.  According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular in the Gem State is $5.21, which is four cents less than a week ago, but still 12 cents more than a month ago.  Meanwhile, the national average fell sharply to $4.68 per gallon.

Idaho will soon lose its 5,000th life to COVID-19.  The state’s coronavirus-related death toll reached 4,993 yesterday. Two of the dead were under age 18. Another 272 were adults who died before their 50th birthday.

Idaho will receive $3 million in federal emergency relief funds to help repair road damages from flooding.   The $3 million in "quick release" funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration will help the Idaho Transportation Department repair roads and highways in both Nez Perce and Idaho Counties.

Idaho Teens are the latest target for scammers.  Police are warning that if you are on social media you will be targeted.  Scammers are getting teens to send nude photos or have explicit conversations.  Then turn that into using it against the victim to get money. 

Three of Idaho's river basins are technically out of drought status.  Yesterday the Idaho Department of Water Resources says the Boise, Payette and Weiser river basins are now in the clear, due to a cool, wet spring and plenty of storage in the reservoir system.

SPORTS

Changes are headed to the Burley high school basketball team.  With Mac Stannard and Amber Whiting leaving the program, the school district has named Brad Caresia as the new boys head coach.  For the girls Nicole Baker will be the new coach.  Baker is no stranger to the Burley program, as she played for the Bobcats until 2008 and has been in an assistant coach role for two different stints.

Earlier this year, Idaho Fish and Game received a mortality signal from a radio collared elk on Craig Mountain.  With the data and GPS location provided by the collar, IDFG staff was able to navigate to the location of the collar. According to IDFG, it appeared that at least 15 elk were climbing near the top of a ridgeline only to be caught up in a landslide.

WEATHER

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO MIDNIGHT  TONIGHT.  Temperatures up to 103 expected.

 

Today: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Northwest wind around 8 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. East southeast wind 7 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Northwest wind 5 to 11 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Saturday a fire destroyed a Hansen family’s home.  Today, the Hansen school district is taking to facebook to help the family with temporary housing and clothing.  The fire broke out around 2 pm sending multiple agencies to a vehicle fire in the 2400 block of Rock Creek Road.  The fire quickly spread to more vehicles, structures and the hillside. 

The Gooding fire department was called to the East Park Saturday afternoon after 5 pieces of Playground equipment was set on fire.  The fire is being investigated as arson.

Idaho state police say a crash last night near Fort Hall has claimed the life of a 22 year old female from Pocatello.  Police say the vehicle was southbound on I-15 when it left the roadway and rolled.

Over the weekend, Buhl police identified a 89 year old woman who was found dead February 22 in the South Hills.  Alyce Marlene Armes was killed and the suspect committed suicide authorities say.

The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help locating a 40-year-old woman from Roberts, Idaho in Jefferson County.   Genevette Garner was last seen July 5 at her parent’s residence in Iona. She was communicating with her family until around noon last Tuesday.

Idaho Power says that a new program will protect people in its service area from wildfire.  9 areas have been identified and as a last resort power would be cut off if necessary. 

Canyon County has received notice that its insurance policy will not be renewed.  The county insurance company said the company’s board had decided to “non-renew” the county’s policy citing numerous factors including adverse claim development and increasing risk exposures.

A judge denied requests from Chad Daybell’s attorney to have two prosecutors removed from the murder case.  John Prior filed two motions asking the judge for the disqualification.

SPORTS

Area coaches have voted for the top softball players and coaches for the 2021-22 season in the Great Basin Conference.  Matt Nelson from Wood River is the Coach of the year.  Players of the year are Autumn Allen of Jerome and Makinzie Nelson of Wood River.

For baseball, the Coach of the year is Tim Stadelmeir and the Players of the year Johnny Ramsey of Jerome and Otho Savage from Twin Falls. 

This weekend was the 24th annual wake in the snake.  The event is one of the largest of its kind in the state. 

In legion baseball, some scores from the weekend.  Twin Falls took the win over the Buhl  Tribe 14 to 8.  On Friday, the Minico storm took the win over Blackfoot in a double header 11 to 1 and 15 to 1.  Elsewhere the Spanish springs bandits defeated the Twin Falls Redhawks 12 to 2.  The Post $ Razorbacks took both wins in a double header over the Buhl Tribe 20 to 3 and 10 to 0.  Spokane downed the Gooding Diamondbacks 14 to 5.  Las Vegas Green River shut out the Twin Falls cowboys 3 to 0.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. South southwest wind around 7 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Clear, with a low around 59. West wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Republican Rep. Dorothy Moon from Stanley said she will run for chairperson of the Idaho Republican Party.  Moon, who narrowly lost her bid to be Idaho’s next secretary of state in the May primary, would replace current chairperson of the Idaho GOP, Tom Luna. The next chairperson will be elected at the last day of the Idaho GOP‘s convention in Twin Falls on July 16.

The state’s school lunch program is in for a bit of a change.  For the last two years, every child has received a free lunch.  Since Congress didn’t extend the COVID 19 waivers, parents will need to make sure their students quality to receive a free or reduced lunch at their school. 

The billionaires have returned to Sun Valley.  Top executives are gathering for the annual Allen and Company conference.  The closed to the public event is an opportunity for the nation’s top executives to meet. In the past, the Sun Valley location has been the site for major mergers and acquisitions.

The Twin Falls county commissioners have gone on record to oppose a proposed wind farm near Hollister.  The nonbinding resolution said the board believes the project would disturb the rural character of Twin Falls county.  The resolution is not bound by any law.  A second project has been proposed for Lincoln, Jerome and Minidoka counties.

A group of individuals are alleging that representative Chad Christensen blocked them on facebook.  They claim doing so violated their first amendment rights.

A Pennsylvania man who was living in Nampa when he shot and killed his roommate in September 2021 has been sentenced for voluntary manslaughter, grand theft and destruction of evidence.  21 year old Christopher J. Williams, was sentenced to 15 years fixed for voluntary manslaughter for the death of 22-year-old James Chantz.

The city of Boise are talking climate.  One goal is to get the entire community to carbon neutrality by 2050.  By the time the mid-century point hits, Boise is expected to experience an increase of 50 “heat extreme” days each summer.

SPORTS

In local sports, Buhl took both of their games against Wendell in an American Legion Doubleheader.  The score 3 to 2 and 12 to 7.  Elsewhere The valley defeated Burley 6 to 3 in the first game while Burley turned that around to defeated the Valley 11 to 4.  Poatello Rebels took the win over the Twin Falls Redhawks 13 to 3. 

Boise native and Timberline high School alum Michael Stefnic has hit the big times.  On Saturday he received a call from the Los Angeles Angels to say they were officially adding him to their 40 man roster.  Four years after the local standout wasn't selected in the 2018 MLB Draft, Stefanic became a big leaguer. When Stefanic took the field Sunday in Houston, he became the first Idaho-born position player that also graduated from an Idaho high school, to play in the MLB since Harmon Killebrew.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West southwest wind 9 to 13 mph.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 89. West southwest wind 8 to 17 mph.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 55.

 

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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The first probable case of monkeypox has been announced in Idaho.  The Idaho Division of Public Health and Central District Health on Wednesday said it appears this infection was acquired during travel to a country experiencing a monkeypox outbreak.  The patient, who lives in the Central District Health area, is recovering.

Governor Brad Little announced today two changes to his senior staff and the recent addition of a new press secretary.   Jamie Neill started Monday as the Governor’s new Policy Director. Sara Stover has been promoted to Director of Cabinet Affairs.

The City of Jerome is updating its Comprehensive Plan and they need your input! The City is asking residents to take a short survey about the future of the City. The survey closes on July 11, so visit cityofjerome.org to access the survey.

Reclaim Idaho organizers believe they have met the requirements to place a 300 million dollar education funding initiative on the November ballot after they submitted 100 thousand signatures.  Organizers say the initiative is necessary because Idaho legislators aren’t providing enough financial support to provide a quality education to every Idaho child.

Rupert police say they have arrested 5 people with charges that include child enticement and child exploitation.  24 year old Chase Quinton, 40 year old William Snyder, 65 year old Joel Ramirez, 28 year old Richard Castro and 31 year old John McCrill are all facing charges. 

The price of rent across the country has skyrocketed.  Idaho saw one of the largest with a 9 percent jump since January and 44-percent since 2020.  Across the Gem State, the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment is now up to $945, nearly $300 more than at the beginning of 2020.

The University of Idaho will pay $400,000 to subsidize air service for the just-ended school year.  School officials say it is helping the university draw students from the Treasure Valley.

SPORTS

An NHL game is coming to Boise for the first time since 1997.  On October 8 at 6 p.m., the Arizona Coyotes and Vegas Golden Knights will play in a preseason game at Idaho Central Arena.  It will be the final preseason game for both squads.  Tickets will go on sale for the general public on August 10 at 10 a.m.

The College of Southern Idaho men’s basketball team has just four returning players for this upcoming season, and only three saw the court last season.  This season though, the Golden Eagles will have a local talent wearing the black and gold.  Minico High School graduate Kasen Carpenter will be a part of the 2022-2023 CSI squad.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 61. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. South wind 5 to 8 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 61. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Clear, with a low around 62.

 

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60.

 

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

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

 

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

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

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99.

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With 72 cents remaining, Idaho lt. governor Janice McGeachin balanced her office budget for the year after a shortfall.  She did it by deferring most of her June 24th paycheck.  She faced a shortfall after using her taxpayer funded operating budget to pay for 29 thousand dollars in legal fees after she declined to hand over public records. 

Over the next 7 weeks the Twin Falls city council will take up the matter of the city’s 2023 budget.  This week at the council meeting the budget was summarized.  City Manager Travis Rothweiler said that while the recommended tax rate of $4.78 per $1,000 of assessed property value would be the lowest rate the city has ever set, a sharp increase in home value assessments could mean property tax payments may be higher than previous years.

The Middleton city council could take up action to possibly remove the city’s police chief at the mayor’s request.  According to the agenda for tonights meeting, the council is going to consider removing Chief Alan Takeuchi.  He currently is on administrative leave.  An officer has already resigned from the force.

29 year old Dakota James Hoffman of Bellevue has been sentenced to 4 years in federal prison for distributing fentanyl.  He will serve three years of probation after his release and pay restitution to the family of the man he overdosed. 

Groups in Idaho are set to receive more than $4.6 million in federal funding for a series of three water restoration projects in Idaho.  Idaho’s funding recipients include Friends of the Teton River, which is getting $2 million, the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, which is receiving $1.9 million and the Board of Control for Triangle Irrigation and Wood River, which will receive $629,000. 

Fire crews in Twin Falls were busy on July 4th responding to 32 calls.  Normally that number is 18.  Because of fireworks they had 10 fires, 2 were for structure fires one of which left 9 people displaced.

SPORTS

This week the College of Southern Idaho is hosting a team camp, where schools like Marsh Valley and Twin Falls are scrimmaging. Opportunities like these are great for women’s basketball coach, Randy Rogers, who is trying to rebuild his team after losing 90% of his players.  The biggest loss, All-American and top-ranked JuCo prospect, JoJo Nworie, who just committed to Texas Tech University after becoming eligible to transfer.

The Summit Strong Robotics team from Jerome needs your help to get to Oklahoma for the Global Conference on Educational Robotics.  The conference brings together elementary, middle, and high school-aged students to meet leaders in the robotics world and compete against one another in different forms of competitive robotics.  The Summit Strong teams are hoping to take part in the annual Botball Tournament, a game of coding and critical thinking challenges.  The chance to be at the conference helps the student’s passion for robotics grow.

WEATHER

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

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Friday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

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

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Sunday Night:  Clear, with a low around 60.

 

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 98.