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Friday 010821

Two Democratic lawmakers in Idaho filed a lawsuit yesterday in federal court against the Legislature and the Republican speaker of the House contending the Statehouse is unsafe for them and others with chronic health conditions because coronavirus precautions are being ignored.  Representatives Sue Chew of Boise and Muffy Davis of Ketchum filed the lawsuit asking a judge to order House Speaker Scott Bedke to allow lawmakers to participate remotely and provide other work accommodations.

It’s moving time for some Twin Falls Jail inmates as the construction of a new 90 bed facility has been completed.  Some 35 to 40 inmates have been sleeping on the floor because there have been no beds for them.

More court proceedings are planned for this afternoon in the Lori Vallow-Daybell and Chad Daybell case.  This afternoon the hearing will be over kicking prosecutor Rob Wood off the case.  A recording revealed the prosecutions effort to seek murder charges against the two over the death of Lori’s children.

Both Idaho Senators voted no to the Republican-led effort to object to certifying the results of the 2020 Presidential Election.  Sen. Mike Crapo and Sen. Jim Risch were among the 93 senators who voted no to objecting the electoral ballot certification. Six senators voted to block it.

A more secure Idaho Department of Labor.  That’s what department officials are hoping for as they roll out new security for Idahoans to make sure their private information is safe.  The department has partnered with ID-ME for an extra step to prevent fraud.  It is estimated that scammers have gotten away with $36 billion in unemployment benefits throughout the nation.

As the holiday season wrap up, the Idaho State Police say they had an increase in DUI arrests.  In the district that serves magic valley, officers say they made 101 traffic stops through the New Year’s weekend that resulted in 8 arrests.  Police say they appreciate when citizens call their dispatch to report a possible DUI.  

SPORTS

Tevian Jones and Aanen Moody scored 17 points apiece as Southern Utah won its eighth straight game, narrowly beating Idaho 85-80 last night.

Meanwhile, Tarik Cool had 20 points as Idaho State came out of two weeks of quarantine to narrowly defeated Northern Arizona 73-69.

Tonight Boise State looks for its sixth straight conference win against Air Force. Boise State’s last MWC loss came against the San Diego State Aztecs 81-68 on March 6, 2020. Air Force came up short in a 78-59 game at Boise State in its last outing.  Game time is 6 pm in Boise.

On the hardwood last night in High School action first for the Boys, it was Dietrich winning the game with Richfield 76 to 42.  Murtaugh took the win over Castleford 43 to 42.  It was Gooding 51 Filer 47, Jerome downed Kimberly 58 to 48 and Wendell defeated Lighthouse Christian 62 to 60.  Twin Falls took the win from Minico 63 to 38 and Mountain Home said no to Canyon Ridge 60 to 49.

For the girls, it was Camas County over Richfield 33 to 31 in Overtime.  Raft River outlasted Shoshone 67 to 25.  Valley took the win over Oakley in overtime 38 to 33 and Canyon Ridge won their game against Buhl 31 to 20. 

On the wrestling mats, in the Tri-match where Declo and Gooding were in Kimberly it was Gooding 45 Kimberly 30.  Declo took Gooding 41 to 34 and Declo took the win from Kimberly 45 to 24. 

In another match Jerome took the win from Mountain Home 66 to 18.

WEATHER

Today:  A 20 percent chance of snow after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. East wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  A 40 percent chance of snow before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

 

Saturday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. West wind 6 to 9 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the evening.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. East wind 3 to 7 mph.

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 40.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Wednesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

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In Boise yesterday a crowd of about 200 people gathered at the Idaho Statehouse to show their support for President Donald Trump.  The rally remained peaceful in contrast to massive protests on the national stage.  Idaho’s representatives in Washington DC and Governor Brad Little individually issued statements about yesterday’s events saying they were un-patriotic and un-American.  The nation’s elected representatives scrambled to crouch under desks and don gas masks, while police futilely tried to barricade the building. One woman was shot and killed in the incident.

Authorities have identified the inmate who walked away from the Idaho Falls Community Reentry Center on Tuesday.  33 year old Jeremiah Roland Johnson, was last seen on the reentry center’s security cameras at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday. IDOC says Johnson was wearing blue jeans and a grey shirt.  Authorities say do not approach him but call police if you know his whereabouts.

New information, including that the prosecution plans to pursue murder charges for Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell and may pursue the death penalty, was revealed at a hearing yesterday.  The hearing was set to discuss three things: the defense’s accusation that Prosecutor Rob Wood committed prosecutorial misconduct; the request to move the July jury trial out of Fremont County; and the request to dismiss charges against Daybell.

Richard Byrd of Rogerson filed a federal lawsuit Monday against Republican Gov. Brad Little and the state’s health department seeking to force the state to put people 65 and over at the front of the line for the coronavirus vaccination.  Byrd in the lawsuit contends denying him access to the vaccine immediately is a violation of his rights under the U.S. Constitution, “and in reality is a ‘threat’ to my life.”

Police in Elmore County have charged Richard Miskin with aggravated assault and several drug charges after a person was shot with a gun and a crossbow in November of last year.  The person was taken by helicopter to a Boise hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

SPORTS

Derrick Alston Jr. had 16 points and seven rebounds as Boise State extended its win streak to nine games, defeating Air Force 78-59 last night.  Marcus Shaver Jr. had 15 points for Boise State. Max Rice added 12 points. Ray J Dennis had 10 points.

To boys high school basketball last night where Oakley defeated Wiler 76 to 42.  It was Declo 63 over Buhl 49.  Valley took Raft River 71 to 48.  Wood River defeated Carey 56 to 45. 

For the Girls Shoshone took the win over Glenns Ferry 42 to 27 and it was Carey 50 Wood River 38.  Hansen downed Castleford 43 to 42 and it was Century 62 Filer 44.  Murtaugh outlasted Wendell 47 to 21 and it was Mountain Home 47 to Minico 42.  Gooding outlasted Dietrich 45 to 43 and Jerome took the win over Twin Falls 48 to 38.

On the wrestling mats Jerome won big time over Canyon Ridge 83 to 0.

On the schedule for boys’ basketball tonight, Murtaugh is at Castleford.  Mountain Home travels to Canyon Ridge.  Richfield at Dietrich, Gooding at Filer, Kimberly at Jerome, Minico at Twin Falls and Lighthouse Christian at Wendell.

For the Girls Glenns Ferry at Valley, Canyon Ridge at Buhl, Shoshone at Raft River, Richfield at Camas County and Valley at Oakley.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 7 mph in the morning.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 8 mph in the evening.

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of snow after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. East wind 7 to 9 mph.

Friday Night:   A 20 percent chance of snow before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 13 to 18 mph in the evening.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 36. West wind 9 to 14 mph.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.

Monday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Wednesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 43.

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Coronavirus vaccinations for 130,000 frontline health care workers and long-term care residents should be finished by the end of January according to Idaho Governor Brad Little.  He said it’s not clear what percentage of people in the first group will opt to get vaccinated.  At last check more than 20,000 doses had been administered of the two-shot vaccine.

One of Idaho’s four congressmen says he will object to the Electoral College count from some swing states, siding with President Donald Trump and some other GOP lawmakers in an eleventh-hour attempt to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s election win.  U.S. Rep. Russ Fulcher, a Republican who represents western and northern Idaho, released a video Monday repeating claims that some states “bypassed state legislatures” and redefined election parameters by adjusting voting timelines or changing the way they mailed ballots.

An accident at a home near Idaho State University last night took the life of one person.  Authorities also had to temporarily shut down power to a large part of Pocatello.  Authorities said an adult male appeared to have been electrocuted and died during the incident at the home but his identity has not yet been released.  Traffic in the area was also shut down.

A 51 year old Hazelton man was injured when his pickup went over the Snake River Canyon Rim late Monday afternoon near Caldron Linn.  The man who wasn’t identified was taken by helicopter to St. Luke’s in Twin Falls.  He called for help around 5:30 pm.  He was on one of the side trails not road officials say.

A 41 year old Hammett man died yesterday morning following a single vehicle crash on the interstate near Hammett.  Anthony Jacobsen lost control of his vehicle and rolled.  He was ejected and succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

One week before the legislature meets in Boise and officials say there are new rules in place after the protests in August.  More Video only meetings and remote testifying is planned.  More areas that require masks be worn, hand sanitizer stations and new air purifiers have been installed in the rooms and offices. 

SPORTS

In high school basketball from last night first for the boys, it was Burley defeating Mountain Home 51 to 39.  Castleford outlasted Richfield 64 to 56 and it was Declo over Soda Springs 55 to 52.  Dietrich said no way to Glenns Ferry 64 to 39 and Hansen outlasted Rimrock 61 to 32.  Jerome took the  win from Minico 51 to 47 and Lighthouse Christian defeated Murtaugh 61 to 30.  Elsewhere Twin Falls won the cross town rival Canyon Ridge 78 to 69 and Wendell defeated Shoshone 49 to 37.

For the girls it was Camas County 69 over Twin Falls Christian Academy 14.  Dietrich took Glenns Ferry 50 to 26 and Gooding outlasted Declo 41 to 37.  Oakley said no to Lighthouse Christian 28 to 17, Richfield said no to Castleford 51 to 21 and it was Valley Defeating Raft River 51 to 39.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. East wind 6 to 9 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 42. West southwest wind around 7 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Light southeast wind becoming east 6 to 11 mph in the evening.

 

Friday:  A 30 percent chance of snow after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. East wind 9 to 11 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Friday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.

Monday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 39.

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Yesterday’s amber alert for a missing 15 year old girl has been canceled after she was found safe.  The 15 year old girl from Yakima Washington had taken out the garbage at her home and never returned.  The alert extended into southern Idaho last night.  Law enforcement in Nevada stopped the suspect vehicle around 10 pm last night where they found the girl.  36 year old Daniel Ovante had made threats to take the girl and kill the family.

Twin Falls residents can discard their Christmas tree at curbside.  Residents can cut them into 4-foot sections and place them on the curb during regular trash pickup day.

U.S. officials have released a new plan involving methods to deal with a microscopic pest in southeastern Idaho that threatens the state’s billion-dollar industry that supplies a third of the nation’s potatoes.  The new rule follows a 2018 court decision in a lawsuit filed by potato farmers that found the U.S. government illegally quarantined some Idaho potato fields. Farmers with quarantined fields aren’t allowed to sell potatoes grown in them.

New details have been released following a New Year’s Day stabbing incident that happened at a Twin Falls Apartment complex.  33 year old Brittany Lowell and 40 year old Jacob Bowen were taken into custody.  Court documents indicate the victim was beaten with a hammer and stabbed in the back at the Timberlake Village apartments.

The winner of the million dollar Idaho raffle has stepped forward.  Charles Zettner brought the winning ticket to the lottery offices in Boise yesterday morning.  He had purchased the ticket at the Tobacco Connection on South Lincoln Street in Jerome.  The store will receive a 20-thousand dollar bonus.

An avalanche warning is in effect for the area mountains that will continue through tomorrow as a winter storm system drops more snow.  Rain is expected in the valley but more than a foot of snow could fall in the Sawtooth, smoky, White Cloud, Boulder and Pioneer Mountain ranges near Stanley, Galena Summit, Ketchum, Fairfield, Hailey, Carey and Smiley Creek.  Highway 21 between Grandjean and Banner summit is closed due to avalanche risk.

SPORTS

Only a couple basketball games to report on this morning on the high school level.  First for the boys, Valley defeated Buhl 71 to 51.

For the girls, Shoshone took the win from Hansen 39 to 12 and it was American Falls 58 over Declo 42. 

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny, with a high near 43. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 22. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. East wind 7 to 9 mph.

Wednesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. East northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 42. West wind 5 to 9 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of snow after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

Saturday Night;  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

 

Sunday;  Partly sunny, with a high near 34.

Sunday Night;  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

 

Monday;  Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

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This afternoon, a powerful winter storm is forecast to strike Eastern Idaho and continue through tomorrow morning.  Forecasters say the storm could leave a foot of snow on some higher elevations.  Elsewhere in the state, winter storm warnings calling for up to a foot of snow is also in effect in the central Idaho Mountains, including the Stanley, Ketchum and the Sun Valley areas.

This morning police are searching for a male patient who walked away from State Hospital South in Blackfoot last night.  Police didn’t release a name but said he was 25 years old, weighs 220 pounds and was wearing a blue and green jacket.

Motorists who use U.S. highway 26 in Gooding County will see some delay as work begins to replace the canal structure near milepost 140 just east of Bliss.  Another project will rehabilitate another structure near milepost 150 near Gooding.  Both projects are expected to be complete in April.

Drivers violating Idaho’s hands-free device, the distracted driving law will risk getting a citation.  The law has been in effect since July 1, but Idaho State Police troopers have been issuing warnings to drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. Since July, there have been more than 700 warnings issued.

The Idaho Board of Land Commissioners has turned down a request from two Idaho nonprofits to contest a proposed lease that would allow a 195-foot cellular tower to be built in the Sawtooths as part of the nationwide first responders’ network, FirstNet.  The board, which includes Gov. Brad Little and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, voted unanimously to reject the contested case appeals from the Idaho Conservation League and Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association.

Through social media posts over the weekend, St. Luke’s in Twin Falls said that because of fewer COVID-19 hospitalizations, they will resume normal operations of admitting pediatric patients to the hospital.  Earlier they were transferring the cases to St. Luke’s Children in Boise.   

SPORTS

Boise State has a new Athletic Director.  Jeramiah Dickey is currently the vice president for athletics for Baylor University in Texas.  He has been there since 2017.  Prior to Baylor, he worked his way up to deputy athletics director at Houston. He’s also held positions at Akron and UTEP.

Cameron Shelton had a career-high 30 points as Northern Arizona narrowly beat Idaho 83-78 in overtime on Saturday.  The Lumberjacks improve to 2-0 against the Vandals this season. Northern Arizona defeated Idaho 78-65 last Thursday.

There’s a few High school basketball games that were played over the weekend.  First for the Boys, It was Dietrich defeating Rockland 70 to 53 and Snake River outlasted Filer 57 to 27.

For the Girls Blackfoot took the win from Minico 60 to 44, Jerome downed Nampa 66 to 49 and Snake River outlasted Filer 61 to 48. 

 

WEATHER

Monday:  Rain, mainly after 11am. High near 46. East southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Monday Night:  Rain likely, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Breezy, with a south wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west 21 to 26 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 22. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

Wednesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 37.

Friday Night;  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 34.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 34.

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The names of those involved have been released by the Twin Falls Sheriff’s office following a two vehicle head on collision that sent 8 people to the hospital.  The accident happened just before 8 Monday morning at the junction of Highway 50 and Addison.  A vehicle driven 53 year old Charlotte Lewis of Hansen swerved to miss a car that didn’t stop and ran head on into a vehicle driven by 37 year old Maren McClellan of Paul.  McCellan was air lifted to Pocatello.  Seven others were taken to St. Luke’s in Twin Falls.

Good news for Idaho businesses.  They won’t have to foot the bill for unemployment compensation paid to workers laid off during the pandemic.  Idaho labor department will keep its standard unemployment-insurance tax rate on employers at the legal minimum in 2021: 1% of payroll costs.  The rest will come from federal covid relief funds.

Governor Brad Little said Idaho is in a race to get people vaccinated against the coronavirus while simultaneously limiting its spread long enough to avoid running out of healthcare capacity.  The state will be receiving 28,000 doses of a recently approved vaccine from Moderna. That is in addition to the 13,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine the state received last week and 9,750 doses it’s getting this week.

Two Idaho healthcare workers experienced a severe allergic reaction after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, according to reports from the Idaho Division of Public Health.  The two workers are located in northern Idaho and the Treasure Valley.  Both people have a history of developing severe allergic reactions from injectable medication.

There could be a new amphitheater in the future for Twin Falls.  The city council heard from Eric Smallwood earlier this week who pitched the idea of turning a portion of Rock Creek canyon near Blue Lakes Boulevard into such a venue.  Smallwood said the location could host events up to 5-thousand people.   Nathan Murray the city’s economic director said they have had discussions about turning the city owned property into something people can use to recreate. 

SPORTS

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Albertsons stadium is in the history books with Nevada taking the win over Tulane.  For Nevada, Carson Strong threw for 271 yards and five touchdowns, Devonte Lee and Toa Taua each rushed for over 100 yards, and Nevada’s defense recorded eight sacks for the first time in 17 years as the Wolf Pack beat Tulane 38-27.

 Auburn and Boise State’s Bryan Harsin have finalized an agreement for him to become the Tiger’s head coach.  The 44-year-old Harsin is 69-19 with three Mountain West titles in seven seasons at Boise State, his alma mater. Auburn fired Gus Malzahn earlier this month after eight seasons, a surprising move after a 6-4 season — and one that cost the school more than $21 million to buy out the former coach’s contract. 

Bodie Hume had a career-high 27 points as Northern Colorado narrowly defeated Idaho State 69-64 yesterday in a Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.  Brayden Parker had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bengals. Robert Ford added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

 

WEATHER

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 33. West wind 7 to 11 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 12. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 37. South southeast wind 8 to 13 mph.

Thursday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

 

Christmas Day:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

Friday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

 

Saturday:  Snow likely, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night:  A 20 percent chance of snow before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 36.

Sunday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

 

Monday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.

Monday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29.