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Monday 051622

Police in Twin Falls are investigating a shooting that happened near the post office and Deseret Industries in the 1400 block of Fillmore Street about 2 am yesterday morning.  One male was injured and the suspect is still at large.  No arrests have been made. Call the police if you have information.

Tomorrow is primary election in Idaho and it’s been heating up. Residents will be voting for which candidate they want to represent each political party in the general election in November.  This year there are also new legislative districts creating and opportunity for two incumbents to run on the same ticket.  Don’t forget to bring your ID.  You can register at the polling place.

A judge late on Friday banned the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee and its executive team from endorsing candidates following a lawsuit filed by the Idaho Republican Party and Chairman Tom Luna.  The Idaho Republican Party filed the lawsuit late Thursday contending the central committee was masquerading as the Idaho Republican Party in endorsing a slate of far-right candidates and confusing the state’s 400,000 registered Republicans.

In tomorrow’s primary election, several Idaho counties must provide voting assistance in non-English languages. For most, this will be their first time doing so. A 1975 amendment to the act extends protections to language minorities with historically low voter turnout particularly Hispanic, Asian and Native populations.

In our last look at county by county elections, we check out Blaine County.  The Wood River Fire District is looking to sell obligation bonds not to exceed $17.1 million to pay for the construction of a new fire station as well as improvements to existing facilities.  The district estimates the annual average cost to the taxpayer will be $74.33 per $100,000 of taxable assessed value.  The City of Ketchum is looking to help address the housing crisis in the area by passing Ordinance 1235.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to the college of southern Idaho where in Saturdays’ region 18 baseball titles game the eagles came up short.  Salt Lake Community College defeated CSI 19 to 2. 

In the 3A softball state play-in game, Buhl dominated Payette to earn their first state tournament berth since 2017.  It was Buhl  14 Payette 1.  Buhl will also host the 3A state tournament where they will play Weiser in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament.

In a 2A softball play-in game, Declo shut out Bear Lake to earn a trip to the state tournament in Orofino next week. The Score Declo 5 Bear Lake 0

In Baseball action Wendell outlasted Bear Lake 16 to 2.  The 2A baseball tournament starts Thursday at Nampa Christian High School.  In a 3A play in Game, Snake River defeated Filer 9 to 5.  That game ended the Filer Wildcats season.

WEATHER

Today:  Partly sunny, with a high near 77. West southwest wind 6 to 13 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. West wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 73. West southwest wind 9 to 14 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 45. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

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

 

Thursday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy.

Thursday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Breezy.

 

Friday:  Sunny, with a high near 61.

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

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Saturday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.

 

Sunday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 74.

Friday 051322

The Idaho Republican Party has filed suit against one of its county central committees, alleging the committee’s “illegal conduct” in favoring one candidate over another will cause irreparable harm.  In the motion, state republicans claim that the Bonneville County GOP endorsed candidates “in violation of its bylaws”.

Two murder trials will begin soon in the Magic Valley.  The Trial for Cedric Sebastian Mitchell of Twin Falls is set for October 17th.  He is charged with murder in a 2019 car crash on Blue Lakes North.  Joshua Eric Molina who has been charged with the death of his girlfriend’s daughter in 2017 will have his jury trial starting May 23rd. The trial has been vacated due to a hung jury.

Early voting for the 2022 primary election in Idaho ends today.  After today, Idahoans will need to show up at the polls on Tuesday, May 17, to vote in-person for the primary election.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot has already passed. 

As we continue to look at what’s on the ballot in The Magic Valley, in Camas County Travis Kramer, the commissioner incumbent, is running against Nicholas Weatherly.

1,000 Springs Mill in Buhl are the first farm to grown hemp in Idaho.  Hemp grain was illegal to grow in the state of Idaho before Governor Brad Little signed house bill 126 last April.  The grain is commonly associated with the drug marijuana which is illegal in the state of Idaho. Hemp grain contains neither THC nor CBD.

Chobani in Twin Falls is saying they will cover expenses incurred by employees who need to travel out of state for medical proceedures.  They say that will include abortions. 

Randy Weaver, patriarch of a family that was involved in an 11-day Idaho standoff with federal agents 30 years ago that left three people dead and helped spark the growth of anti-government extremists, has died at the age of 74.

 

SPORTS

In local sports from yesterday, first to Baseball, where Glenns Ferry took the win over Horseshoe Bend 13 to 1.  In 4A district tournament play, Twin Falls took the district championship trophy defeating Minico 3 to 1.  Elsewhere it was Jerome 6 Canyon Ridge 5 and it was Jerome 2 Wood River 1. 

In softball gams, Jerome defeated Mountain home 8 to 7 winning the 4A district championship game.  In 9 innings Twin Falls took Wood River 13 to 12.

On today’s schedule in 4 A baseball district tournament Jerome plays Minico with the winner headed to state games.  In softball, in 4A action, #2 ranked Mountain Home plays #1 ranked Twin Falls with the winner heading to state. 

District 6 Rodeo action is in Burley today.

In college of Southern Idaho softball, The eagles took the win over Salt Lake 4 to 3. 

WEATHER

Today

Partly sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 9 to 14 mph.

Tonight

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Saturday

Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable.

Sunday

Sunny, with a high near 80. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Monday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Tuesday

Sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Wednesday

Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.

Thursday 051222

As we near May 17th when voters will go to the polls, we continue looking at some areas of the Magic Valley.  Elections for the County Commissioner in the second and third district are on the ballot in Minidoka County.  In the second district, Dan Schaeffer will run against Kent McClellan.  In the third district, Jared Berkeley Orton will run unopposed.  Voters will also elect a sheriff. Carl Eric Owen and David C. Pinther will run against one another.

An Idaho hospital that went on lockdown in March after far-right activists protested outside is suing Ammon Bundy, Diego Rodriguez and their various political organizations for defamation and “sustained online attacks.”  Diego Rodriguez is the grandfather of the child involved in the protection case.  The child protection case involved a 10-month-old baby who was temporarily removed from family custody in March after officials determined the infant was “suffering from severe malnourishment

The Nampa school board has permanently banned 22 popular books from the district’s libraries.  The Nampa School Board made the vote on Monday, after the books were brought to the attention of the district over accusations that they contain “pornography.” But some of the books are rated as having little or no sexual content by Common Sense Media, an organization that provides age-based ratings for books, movies and video games.

It’s no secret that PAC’s or Political Action Committees are influencing Idaho’s May 17th Primary.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated through difficult to trace sources this election cycle and it’s not expected to change. 

The Hailey City Council has approved short-term RV housing options for the second time in as many years.  The move will allow residents to live in the RV’s for six months instead of 30 days.  The RV must be located on private property and may not be located within City rights-of-way.

The BLM is seeking input from the public on a proposed 10-year management plan for wild horses in areas located along the Owyhee Foothills.  The action they say, is needed to reduce impacts to rangeland health and wildlife habitat within the herd management area boundaries and to protect animal and herd health.  

SPORTS

In local sports, to the softball fields where Number 5 ranked Burley took the win from number 7th ranked Minico 15 to 5.  The Spartans are eliminated from contention. The Bobcats now face the No. 3 Wolverines at Twin Falls on today at 3 p.m. in another loser-out game. The winner faces No. 1 Twin Falls at 5 p.m.

Number 2 ranked Filer downed Number 3 ranked Buhl 15 to 5.  That means Filer is up for the District IV softball championship as they head back to the 3A state tournament where they look to defend their title

Declo defeated Wendell 15 to 5.  The Trojans are eliminated from contention. The Hornets, meanwhile, advance to the 2A play-in game on Saturday at OK Ward Park in Pocatello against Bear Lake for a 3 p.m. start.

Boise State has received national honors for their softball program. The school was nationally ranked in at least one poll for six-straight weeks, March 8-April 5, 2022.  The Broncos were No. 23 in Extra Inning Softball's poll, March 29, the highest ranking in school history.  The Broncos are No. 44 and is the highest ranked team in the Mountain West. 

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 13 to 17 mph.

Tonight:  A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. West wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 62. West northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm.

 

Saturday:  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 68. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 81.

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

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

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

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

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.

Wednesday 051122

Idaho Gov. Brad Little is promising more tax cuts after state budget officials reported April tax revenue came in nearly double what had been expected.  The Republican governor in a statement attributed the $1.2 billion April tax revenues to conservative principles.

As we continue to look at local primary elections in Cassia County, there are three candidates running for the second and third district in the commissioner race.  In the second district, Jim Powell and Robert J. Kunau are facing off against one another. In the third district, Kent R. Searle is running unopposed.  Candidates for legislative district 27 state senator will be Jeanie Hakes and Kelly Anthon.  For the District 27 representative race, Carl C. Voigt and Douglas T. Pickett are running for position A. For position B: Ryan Cook, Pat Field, Clay Handy, John Stokes and Kevin Williams.

Fewer than 10,000 of Idaho’s roughly 1 million registered voters switched their affiliation to Republican ahead of next week’s primary election, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office.  Idaho has long been a Republican stronghold. The Idaho Republican primary is closed, which means only registered Republicans are allowed to vote for GOP candidates.  More than 300 voters switched to the Democratic Party.

Fire destroyed a trailer house yesterday in Burley.  The fire department said on facebook the home was fully engulfed when they arrived at the corner of East 7th and Oriental Avenue.  A mother and two young children were evacuated.  The fire was contained in about 20 minutes.  No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation.

The Idaho Fish and Game Department is investigating how many illegally-stocked walleye fish are in Lake Cascade after a second walleye catch was reported in four years.  Regional Fisheries Biologist Mike Thomas was fishing while off duty with another angler who landed the nearly 3-pound fish.  State wildlife officials have said walleye are incompatible with the perch in Lake Cascade.   It is illegal to release live fish or their eggs in Idaho without the permission of the Fish and Game Department director.

SPORTS

In local sports, first to softball where Filer needed to win twice in order to have a shot at the 3A championship.  They did it.  It was Filer 11 Kimberly 6 and Filer 10 Buhl 1.  Now the championship moves to Filer High School this afternoon at 5 p.m. The winner earns an automatic bid to the 3A state tournament held at Buhl High School, May 20-21. The loser will travel to Mountain Home on Saturday for a state play-in game at 1 p.m. against the three seed from District III.

For Baseball, Filer defeated Buhl 14 to 4 in Six innings and Wendell took the win over Declo 18 to 4.

WEATHER

Today:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:   Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind around 15 mph.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 11 to 16 mph.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

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

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 82.

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

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

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 75

Tuesday 051022

Amid growing fuel demand and a turbulent crude oil market, Idaho drivers could be paying an average price of $4.50 per gallon sometime in the next few days.  According to AAA, the state’s average price for regular is $4.48 per gallon today, which is about four cents more than a week ago and seven cents more than a month ago.  Meanwhile, the national average currently sits at $4.33.  The Gem State currently ranks 13th in the country for most expensive fuel.

In Jerome County primary election, a series of candidates are up for election.  Mark Swenson is the sole candidate up for election as County Assessor. Three county commissioners are up for election in Jerome County. Charles M Howell, Mike Praegitzer, and John P. Crozier are running for the second and third district.

A freeze warning is worrying those who’s fruit crops might be lost this summer.  The national weather service is warning of frosty mornings through tomorrow.  In the orchards owners say if the temperature gets to 28 degrees they will loose 10 percent of their crop and 24 degrees 90 percent will be lost.

The ceremonial groundbreaking in twin Falls for a new fire station happened  yesterday.  City officials say three other stations will be upgraded.

Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who is running for governor against incumbent Republican Brad Little, has a $2,000 budget deficit in her office that will have to come out of next year’s appropriation.   Tthe state controller’s office planning to withhold McGeachin’s salary by the amount of the shortfall this fiscal year that ends June 30.

Idaho Republican Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Janice McGeachin on Monday demanded that Republican Gov. Brad Little call a special legislative session to eliminate rape and incest as legal exceptions to Idaho’s abortion law.  The Idaho law will go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide.

 

SPORTS

In  local sports, for games that will be played today, first to baseball, where the 3 a district tournament is on.  Buhl takes on filer in Filer at 5.  The winner will play in Pocatello on Saturday.  For 2A action, Wendell travels to Declo.

For Softball, 3a Action, Kimberly plays Filer. 

 In a softball game yesterday, Declo took the win yesterday over Wendell 14 to 4

WEATHER

FREEZE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM MDT

9 AM MDT  TUESDAY.  Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 26 expected, with  most locations between 28 and 32 degrees.

 

Tuesday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. North northwest wind around 7 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northwest wind 5 to 13 mph.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. West southwest wind 11 to 16 mph.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 57.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Saturday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

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

 

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 82.

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

 

Monday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Monday 050922

In a preliminary report by the NTSB, the plane crash on top of a potato processing plant in Heyburn was caused by the craft striking a smoke stack.  The accident on April 13th claimed the life of Chelsea Brittany Infanger, a 30 year old from Salmon who was delivering UPS packages. 

Idaho’s largest celebration of charitable giving called Idaho Gives wrapped up  with  3-million 656 dollars being raised by 13-thousand 241 donors for 638 organizations.  The Peregrine fund world center for birds of prey picked up the most cash at 139 thousand dollars.  Planned Parenthood picked up the 2nd spot with 115 thousand 364 dollars.

Federal investigators confirmed that the buildup of ice on the wings and other parts of the plane was a key factor in a 2019 crash that killed nine of 12 members of the Hansen Family from Idaho Falls family on board an overloaded small plane near Chamberlain South Dakota.  The crash happened November 30th 2019.  The plane was 100 pounds overweight the report said.

The city of Boise has agreed to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by a former Boise police officer for $400,000.  Federal court documents say the city agreed to settle the lawsuit with Sierrna Berg. 

Homes in 97% of U.S. cities are overvalued, according to Moody's Analytics.  In Boise, Moody’s found homes are 73% overvalued, making it the most overpriced city in the nation. Meanwhile, Interest rates have risen a full 2% in just six months.  The current interest rate is 5.25%.

Idaho Governor Brad Little wants to hear from you about the impacts of meth and fentanyl.  He is bringing his roundtable to Twin Falls.  He will be at CSI’S taylor building at 9:30 Wednesday.

The spring Chinook salmon counts are looking promising for Idaho fisherman this year.  While the numbers are much lower than past decades, 51,480 fish have made it to the first dam on the Columbia River and that is the most since 2016.

SPORTS

From the baseball diamonds on Saturday, Twin Falls took the win over Jerome 9 to 2.  Minico defeated Wood River 18 to 3.  In great Basin Softball Jerome outlasted Twin Falls 15 to 4 and Mountain Home 11 to 3.  On today’s district 2A softball tournament schedule, Wendell travels to Declo at 4.

For CSI, the eagles defeated the Colorado Northwestern Community College 17 to 0 in the first softball game.  Then again defeated Colorado in the second game 20 to 0.  For the Eagles Baseball, CSI defeated Colorado 11 to 0. 

Boise State knocked off New Mexico 7-2, Sunday to complete a three-game sweep and extend its winning streak to nine games.  The Broncos swept a three-game series for the sixth time overall and fifth in conference, both school records.

Boise State men's basketball head coach Leon Rice has been named an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team, which will compete this summer at the 2022 FIBA U18 Americas Men's Championship, the organization announced Friday.  Rice is joined on the staff by Colorado head coach Tad Boyle and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Boynton Jr., who will serve as head coach and assistant coach of the U18 squad, respectively.

WEATHER

FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM MDT /2 AM PDT/ TO 9 AM MDT TO 8 AM PDT/ TUESDAY.  Magic Valley as low as 28 degrees.

 

Monday:  Scattered snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Monday Night:  Widespread frost after 3am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 30. West northwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  Widespread frost before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 53. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Widespread frost after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. North northwest wind around 7 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Widespread frost before 9am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.

 

Thursday:  Sunny, with a high near 62.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Friday:  Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

 

Saturday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny, with a high near 78.