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Monday 051721

Fire at the Meadowbook apartment complex on Clear Lakes Road in Buhl damaged upwards to 16 units with another 10 sustaining smoke damage.  Crews from area fire departments responded to the scene around 6:30 pm yesterday evening.  The Red Cross is on scene providing shelter and food for the families displaced.

In 2020, 44 Idaho police officers had their law enforcement certifications revoked because of misconduct, law enforcement records show.  One was a sheriff who raped a minor. Another was an officer who stole money from clients of his business.  According to data from POST, 486 Idaho police officers have been decertified since 2002.  POST had decertified two officers in 2021.

Sentencing for the man charged in the Fourth of July shootings in a Coeur d’Alene park has been moved to July 1.  Tyler Rambo had been scheduled to appear May 28 before Judge Cynthia Meyer, who ordered a presentence report be completed before that date. On Friday, the judge granted a motion to move the sentencing out.  Rambo faces up to 25 years in prison.

Voters in the area will head to the polls tomorrow to decide the fate of several bonds and Override levies.  In Jerome a 27 million dollar bond measure if approved would fund the construction of a new elementary.  Voters in Burley will decide whether to renew an override levy that would generate 277 thousand dollars for the Burley Public Library over the next two years.  Voters in Camas County will vote on a temporary override levy that would increase the amount property owners pay in taxes to the Camas County Cemetery District.

The city of Boise has lifted its mask requirement.  Mayor Lauren McLean said those who are fully vaccinated against COVID 19 are free to go where they want without wearing a mask.

Idaho has overpaid road builders for substandard work. Idaho Transportation Department’s asphalt paving budget suggests it may have overpaid $4.3 million in a single year. The state has not issued penalties, required contractors to repave the roads or demanded they return bonus payments.

SPORTS

As the district High School baseball games wrap up we have some scores from over the weekend.  Snake River outlasted Filer 9 to 4 in a state Play in Game.  In 1A District 3 baseball, Northstar took Glenns Ferry 11 to 3.

In softball games, Gooding defeated Snake River 13 to 3 to send Gooding to State.  Notus defeated Glenns Ferry 5 to 3.  In another game North Star Defeated Glenns Ferry 11 to 3.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south in the evening.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 73. West southwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 46. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 6 to 9 mph.

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

 

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

Thursday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Friday:  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night:  A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

 

Saturday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

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Yesterday afternoon a head on crash along golf course road in Jerome County claimed the life of a Buhl man.  Police say the accident happened just after 2 pm when an eastbound car driven by 24 year old Maurilo Tobias attempted to pass in a no passing zone.  He collided with a vehicle driven by Kassandra Smith of Bliss.  Tobias died at the scene.  The road completely blocked for about 3 hours.

The decision of the Idaho House to recess rather than officially adjourn like the Senate will create significant challenges for keeping state government running, Gov. Brad Little said yesterday.  “An unknown end-of-session date and important work left undone create major dysfunction in state government, namely with the implementation of administrative rules,” Little said.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday offered differing views on the outcomes of Idaho’s longest ever legislative session after lawmakers grappled with challenges brought on by fast growth and an influx of new residents straining roads, schools and tax fairness policy.  The session ended late Wednesday after 122 days with the Senate adjourning but the House recessing so it would have the ability to call the Legislature back to Boise.

An Idaho man scheduled for execution in three weeks is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the state from moving forward with his lethal injection while it reviews his case.   Attorneys for Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr. filed the request yesterday, asking the nation’s highest court to review whether he would have been convicted if jurors had known about a secret meeting between court officials and attorneys for a co-defendant who later testified against Pizzuto.

The lawsuit against a retired Idaho gynecologist accused of using his own sperm to inseminate a patient seeking fertility treatments has been dismissed.  Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler brought the lawsuit against Dr. Gerald Mortimer in 2018 after their daughter, Kelli Rowlette, learned through genetic testing that Mortimer was her biological father, not Fowler.

SPORTS

In college of southern Idaho baseball from a game played yesterday, the number 3 seed eagles defeated number 2 College of Southern Nevada 5 to 4.  It was a different story tho for the softball team.  The eagles who met with number 1 ranked Salt Lake Community College in the region 18 championship lost the game 8 to 0. 

To the High School diamonds for Baseball where the district tournaments are nearing an end to determine who will head off to state games.  Canyon Ridge defeated Minico 3 to 2 while Glenns Ferry outlasted Horseshoe Bend 8 to 4.  Glenns Ferry will host north Star on Saturday at 7 for the championship game.

In softball action Minico took the win from Jerome 13 to 11.  Minico will play Friday May 21 at 9 am at Skyview Park in Nampa. 

On the softball schedule today Glenns Ferry will play a game at 4 pm at Quad Park in Caldwell. 

For High School Rodeo action, Carey will host the 5th district while Burley will host 6th district action.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight:  A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 6 mph.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Calm wind becoming east southeast around 6 mph in the evening.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 81. East northeast wind 3 to 7 mph.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 55.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 83.

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

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Wednesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.

 

Thursday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

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Gov. Brad Little said on June 19th he’s ending Idaho’s participation in all federal coronavirus pandemic unemployment compensation programs so that employers can get workers back on the job. The programs include a weekly supplement of $300.  In March unemployment was 3.2-percent.

Debbie Critchfield said he will challenge former state legislator Branden Durst in the republican primary in the race for State Superintendent.  She is the former president of the state board of Education and is the communications officer for the Cassia County School district.  Current state superintendent Sharri Ybarra has not said if she is going to seek a third term.

A portion of I-84 near Boise was shut down for most of the day yesterday after a nine vehicle pileup and fire.  A semi hauling lumber was on fire blocking 8 lanes of travel.  Authorities believe a car started the chain reaction when it made a sudden lane change striking the truck.  Four people were taken for medical treatment.

Idaho has moved into stage four of the coronavirus reopening plans lifting restrictions on the size of gatherings.  Most all hospitals are operating as normal and there are no resource limitations officials say. 

Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed legislation into law that bans state funding for abortions or anyone affiliated with abortion services.  Supporters say most Idahoans don’t want their tax dollars supporting abortions.

At last check 30 acres have burned south of Ross Falls in the South Hills.  The wildfire was reported just after noon yesterday.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed legislation dodging half-dozen executive actions by President Joe Biden to combat gun violence.  It prevents enforcement of executive orders that conflict with the Idaho Constitution.

Idaho death row inmate Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr. with terminal cancer and heart disease is asking the state to let him die naturally rather than kill him by lethal injection next month.  He is scheduled for execution on June 2.  Doctors say he likely wouldn’t survive for another year.

SPORTS

In high school baseball games from yesterday, Twin Falls downed Minico 5  to 3.  Twin Falls is now the district champions.  Minico will host Canyon Ridge tomorrow at 5.  Canyon Ridge outlasted Burley 4 to 3.  Filer said no to Buhl with a score of 6 to 1.  Filer will play a state play in game at 1 pm Saturday as they travel to Pocatello.

In Girls Softball district games, Twin Falls  outlasted Jerome 11 to 1.  Twin Falls is  the  district champions.  Jerome will host Minico tomorrow at 4.  Elsewhere, Minico defeated Mountain Home 16 to 8.  Filer took the win over Buhl 16 to 7.  Then Filer took the game with Gooding 12 to 7.

On today’s schedule Filer will meet up in Gooding at 5 with the winner heading to state. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 75. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 44. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. West northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

 

Saturday:  A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 80.

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

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 83.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday 051121

Idaho will receive $1.1 billion in the latest round of coronavirus relief money with state officials saying the money could be used to substantially bolster the state’s water, sewer and broadband infrastructure.  In addition Idaho’s nine largest cities will get a total of $124 million, while 190 cities with populations of typically less than 50,000 will get $108 million. Counties will get another $314 million.

Yesterday, Governor Brad Little signed the sustainable transportation funding solution that directs $80 million in ongoing funding, allowing the state to bond for up to $1.6 billion for transportation infrastructure projects statewide. It was achieved without raising Idahoans’ taxes by redirecting a larger share of the existing sales tax to the funds that support transportation projects.

Ongoing drought in Idaho will drastically shorten this year’s irrigation season for some farmers.  Those in south-central Idaho’s Wood River basin will face some of the biggest shortages, with an estimated 40 to 45 days before water from the Magic Reservoir runs out.  It was a quarter full this year before dams were released last week, kicking off the season.

The reward for a tip that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the blaze that destroyed the Croy Street Exchange building in Hailey has been doubled.  Officials say they are now offering 10-thousand dollars.  The additional money is being offered by the ATF.

Triple A is predicting that Memorial Day travel this year will be back in a big way.  37 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday season.  202-thousand will be Idahoans.  That’s a 60-percent increase over last year but 13 percent less than 2019.

New data from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare indicates 25-percent of Idaho children diagnosed with a rare COVID-19 syndrome were Hispanic.  Idaho health officials have recorded 24 cases of MIS-C that appears to be a delayed reaction to the coronavirus and can show up weeks after exposure.

High School District Baseball and softball games are just about to be recorded in the history books as the season wraps up.  Today, more great Basin District tournament action is scheduled.  Number 5 Burley will meet up with Canyon Ridge with game time at 5 in Twin Falls.  Number 3 ranked Minico travels to Twin Falls to play the number one Bruins.  The championship game will send the winner to state playoffs.  Game time is 5 pm.  Meanwhile Number 3 Buhl takes on Number 2 ranked Filer in Filer at 5.  The winner will be going to a state play in game set for Saturday in Pocatello.

On the softball fields, Number 5 ranked Minico travels to Mountain Home to take on the number 2 tigers with game time at 5.  Jerome ranked number 3, plays number 1 Twin Falls in Twin Falls in the championship game.  The winner will be going to state playoffs.  Number 3 Buhl will be playing number 2 ranked Filer in Gooding.  That game starts at 4 pm.  Number 1 ranked Gooding will play the winner of that game for the championship in district tournaments.  The winner will travel to state playoffs.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 8 mph after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 75. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

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

 

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 79.

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

 

Monday:  Sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday 051021

A wrong way driver on I-84 just south of Eden has left a 18 year old Jerome resident with severe injuries.  Police say the accident just before 11 Saturday night sent Kaylee Smith to the Eastern Idaho medical center in Idaho Falls by air ambulance.  She was the driver of a car that was hit head on by the wrong way driver whose name has not been released.

Three people in a car crash died after the vehicle caught fire just after 2 Saturday afternoon near fort hall.  According to a news release issued by Fort Hall Police, the Idaho state police and the FBI are investigating the crash.

Two groups have filed a lawsuit with the Idaho Supreme Court challenging the state’s new law making it more difficult to get voter initiatives or referendums on ballots. A group of lawyers and Reclaim Idaho are seeking an injunction to prevent the state from enforcing the law until the lawsuit is decided on its merits. The law went into effect with Gov. Brad Little’s signature on April 17.

After two years of not having graduation ceremonies, the college of southern Idaho has once again said returned to on campus celebrations.  CSI held 12 individual ceremonies Friday and Saturday. 

A Saturday night structure fire in Jerome damaged four Northside court apartment units.  No one was injured but 4 cats were found dead inside.  One unit was severely damaged while the other three suffered smoke damage.  A tenet was in the process of moving and had set cardboard boxes on the stove.  A knob on the stove was bumped and the boxes caught fire officials say.

Idaho death row inmate Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr. has been scheduled for execution by lethal injection on June 2.  A judge signed the death warrant for the terminally ill 65-year-old inmate on Wednesday.   Pizzuto is one of eight people on Idaho’s death row.

A freeze warning is in effect this morning for parts of eastern and Southern Idaho.  The national weather service said temperatures will be the coldest between 3 and 9 am. 

SPORTS

As the baseball season is about over for high schools in Idaho we have some local scores to report from the  Great Basin District tournament from over the weekend.  Burley defeated Jerome 11 to 1.  Burley will play at No. 2 Canyon Ridge tomorrow at 4 p.m.

In girls softball, Minico outlasted Burley 18 to 16.  Minico will play at No. 2 Mountain Home on Tuesday at 5 p.m.  Gooding took the win from Buhl 5 to 2.  Buhl will play Filer in the loser-out game in Gooding tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Today both the Baseball and Softball teams from Glenns Ferry will met in Rimrock for a couple of games with the gametime at 5. 

In College baseball, Idaho State took a 9-6 victory over Northern Colorado.  The Bengals had nine hits in the final game of the series.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 36. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 67. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 83.

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

 

Friday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 78.

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

 

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

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Two students and a school custodian were injured in a school shooting yesterday in Rigby.  Authorities say a 6th grade girl brought a gun to school and started shooting.  She was disarmed by a teacher.  The girl fired multiple rounds inside and outside the school.

The state fire marshal spent the day yesterday sifting through what’s left of a home that was completely destroyed by fire near Bliss along the old Bliss Road.  When firefighters arrived on scene just before 6 am yesterday the home was fully engulfed in flames.  Those inside were able to escape the blaze. 

An 88 year old Montpelier doctor is expected to be placed on probation after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter yesterday.  Robert Dwight Degnan was charged with shooting his wife in the chest last September. 

Idaho lawmakers have started their waiting game to see whether Gov. Brad Little vetoes any of the more than 30 bills that remained unsigned when the House and Senate went into recess late Wednesday. Little is expected to sign most of the bills, but four of the measures would limit a governor’s authority during declared emergencies. They’re watered-down versions of two bills that Little previously vetoed.

Yesterday evening a group of about 100 people gathered at the city park for the National Day of Prayer.  Twin Falls Mayor Suzanne Hawkins addressed the crowd first to read a proclamation she signed earlier during a city council meeting.

Some Republican members of Congress from the Northwest are accusing a GOP Idaho lawmaker of conducting secret negotiations with the Democratic governor of Oregon over a controversial proposal to breach four dams on the Snake River to save endangered salmon runs.   But Rep. Mike Simpson, of Idaho’s plan to remove the dams also includes a 35-year moratorium on lawsuits, ending costly litigation over the dams’ environmental impact. That provision prompted more than a dozen environmental groups to oppose the plan.

SPORTS

As district baseball continues, here are some scores from the games yesterday.  Twin Falls outlasted Burley 9 to 3.  Jerome took Wood River 15 to 9.  It was Minico 6 over Canyon Ridge 1.  Declo outlasted Wendell 14 to 3.

In Girls softball, Twin Falls took the win from Minico 6 to 4.  Burley downed Canyon Ridge 10 to 5.  Jerome outlasted Mountain Home 11 to 8 and Glenns Ferry defeated Wilder 15 to 1.

Today’s schedule for the SCIC district Tournament, Filer is in Kimberly at 5 with the winner moving on to state playoffs.  Gooding will be in Buhl at 5.

On the softball schedule, Kimberly is in Filer and Buhl in Gooding.  Both of those games start at 5.  Wendell meanwhile will travel to Declo this afternoon for a 4:30 game.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly sunny, with a high near 63. West southwest wind 10 to 16 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 36. West wind 15 to 18 mph.

 

Saturday:  Sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 14 to 16 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. South southwest wind 6 to 15 mph.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

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

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 69.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 43.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 78.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.