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Tuesday 072721

Searchers have recovered the body of a 15 year old Twin Falls girl at Pillar Falls.  She went missing Thursday just before 7 pm while swimming.  Both a police drone and a home owner on the canyon spotted the girl’s body about 7:30 yesterday morning.

A federal court has temporarily halted a northern Idaho logging project in grizzly bear habitat following a lawsuit contending the U.S. Forest Service violated environmental laws.  The Forest Service and Idaho Department of Lands are partnering on the project under a program called the Good Neighbor Authority intended to speed up logging and forest restoration projects on U.S. Forest Service land by allowing state officials to take care of some of the work.

Idaho officials are working on a hemp plan to submit to federal officials this fall so that farmers can grow it next year.  Idaho lawmakers earlier this year approved the growing and selling of hemp products containing 0.3% or less of THC. Law enforcement officials have expressed concern that hemp could be used as a cover for growing or transporting marijuana.

Twin Falls police have arrested a man who was wanted on attempted murder charges following a California drive-by shooting.  29 year old Patrick Diaz was taken into custody at a gas station on Main Avenue East in Twin Falls after police followed him from an apartment they had under surveillance.  Diaz is facing charges in Twin Falls and California.  Those charges include attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, gang enhancements, parole violation, and assault with a semiautomatic rifle.

Residents in Blaine County who are medically uninsured and underinsured will have access to a new health clinic this fall.  Family Health services have announced they plan to open a medical, dental and behavioral clinic with pharmacy services in Bellevue.  There will be a discount on care for patients living below 200% of the federal poverty level.  Family Health Services sees more than 3,000 visits per year on average.

SPORTS

Idaho Fish and Game says in-person hunter education classes are back in full swing and just in time for new hunters to complete them before the fall seasons. The in-person classes were suspended in spring 2020 due to COVID-19.  The instructor-led classes provide new hunters with a hands-on learning experience. They can be helpful for people who have minimal experience in the field and handling firearms.

In a joint statement on Monday, the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma announced that the schools plan to leave the Big 12 Conference when their current grant of media rights expires in 2025.  The announcement comes after reports surfaced last week that the schools were considering a move to the Southeastern Conference.

Regional expectations for Idaho State football aren’t glowing just over a month out from the season opener. Following a 2-4 record in the shortened spring season, the Bengals were voted ninth in the Big Sky preseason media and coaches poll.  In the 13-team conference, ISU ranks ahead of Portland State, Southern Utah, Cal Poly and Northern Colorado but sits a spot behind rival Idaho – whom the Bengals defeated 24-22 in Pocatello this spring – in both polls.  After winning its fourth-straight Big Sky title a few months ago, the media and coaches project Weber State to make it five straight in 2021.

WEATHER

Today:  Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming south southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  A slight chance of thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Patchy smoke before noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Wednesday Night:  Patchy smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph.

 

Thursday:  A slight chance of thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke before noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Thursday Night:  Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Friday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Friday Night:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Saturday:  A slight chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after noon. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night:  Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before midnight, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

 

Sunday:  Showers and thunderstorms likely. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Monday:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

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Rescue crews plan to return to Pillar falls this morning as they continue to search for a girl who went missing while swimming.  The rescue effort enters its fifth day today.  Water levels were pulled back but returned to normal yesterday but will be brought down again today.

With the Idaho state budget surplus hitting nearly 900-million dollars the Idaho Education Association is calling for an increase in per-pupil spending.  The amount of money is a record with much due to sales tax and income tax collections exceeding projections by hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Idaho Water Resources board was recently in the area to tour the Twin Falls Canal company projects and to discuss the scarcity of water in Twin Falls County.  Canal company manager Jay Barlogi discussed this year’s shortages came unexpected.

Fire destroyed the tractor portion of a semi-trailer near Hazelton over the weekend.  The blaze along I-84 blocked traffic for at least an hour.

One person died when a single-engine airplane crashed and started on fire at an airport in Lewiston.  The crash at 12:11 p.m. Saturday caused the airplane to burst into flames. The fire was brought under control within a few minutes. The airport remained open because the crash only involved one runway.

In a month, the Lincoln County Youth Center is set to open.  The facility will serve children in Richfield, Dietrich and Shoshone with preschool services.  The center will be available for children ages three to five.  After a year, they hope to be able to offer services to those up to 18 years of age.

A judge has ordered a 50 year old Parma woman to pay over $5,800 for leaving trash out that attracted a grizzly bear to her campsite in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.  Wildlife officials had to tranquilize the bear and move it by boat elsewhere in the park in the hope that tasting human food won’t make the animal a recurring danger to people.  Officials warned the bear might have to be killed if it’s involved in a similar problem again.

SPORTS

In legion baseball, the Twin Falls Cowboys is going to state playoffs after defeating Coeur d’alene 9 to 1.  Idaho Falls Bandits took the win over the Twin Falls Blackhawks 2 to 0.  Since Idaho Falls beat the Blackhawks, the championship game is set.  The Twin Falls Cowboys will meet the Bandits today at 4 p.m. The Cowboys will need to beat Idaho Falls twice after coming out of the loser’s bracket.

From the National High School finals rodeo that wrapped up Saturday night in Lincoln Nebraska some local names did well.  Joe Zebarth of Kimberly finished 9th overall in the boys cutting competition.  Laynee Gregersen of Malta made the short go-round in Goat Tying and finished 20th overall.  Wes Shaw, the Dietrich native and CSI rodeo signee, came into Saturday’s short go-round 19th in steer wrestling and came out of the day with a 15th place finish.  Filer’s Elizabeth Frisbee finished 17th in reined cow horse.

WEATHER

Today:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

 

Tuesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Areas of smoke. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Light and variable wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  A slight chance of thunderstorms after noon. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Wednesday Night:  Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

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

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Friday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Saturday:  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 91.

Saturday Night:  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Sunday:  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.

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Many hospital workers and concerned residents held protest signs in front of St. Luke’s yesterday afternoon over the facilities new requirement that workers must have at least one COVID vaccine by September 1st.  Workers have been told that if they don’t comply they could be terminated. 

Area search crews spent several hours yesterday afternoon searching for a woman who possibly fell into the Snake River near pillar falls.  The search was called off due to darkness. 

A lightning-caused fire burning near the border of Bannock and Power counties has grown to 1,620 acres at last check and has been 50-percent contained.  Crews on the Lusk fire say they hope to have control of the blaze by 8 pm tonight.

Junior groundwater users could be cut if they are not part of a mitigation plan.  Because of the drought more than 500 water rights that have priority dates later than June 14, 1977, that are not in compliance are on schedule to be curtailed by the Idaho Department of Water Resources.

The Idaho Internet Crimes against children unit said they are seeing an increase of cases.  Since this time last year, they report conducting nearly 800 investigations and 51 arrests.  In 2021 alone there have been more than 400 cases, which led to 15 arrests.

Add the Minidoka School district to the list of schools that will move to a four day school week.  Officials say they will make the move when school starts this fall.

Police continue their investigation into a crash west of Glenns Ferry that killed 26 year old Vincent Toreph of Boise.  The accident happened Wednesday night.

Law enforcement agencies in Southern Idaho are working to reduce aggressive driving.  Today through Sunday August 8th 60 law enforcement agencies will participate in a high visibility enforcement campaign to enforce speed limits and stop aggressive drivers.

SPORTS

The return of fans and in-person meetings were a hot topic as Mountain West coaches kicked off the conference’s media days looking ahead to a more typical season after a pandemic-plagued 2020 campaign.   Nevada coach Jay Norvell remembers being overcome by heartbreak last season on senior night, when each honored player was introduced with nobody but teammates, opponents and game officials to hear their names.  Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson says seven of the 12 football programs have reached at least an 88% vaccination threshold, while the league-wide cumulative threshold is at 73%.

To Legion baseball in the opening round of the Idaho Double A tournament.  The Twin Falls Cowboys took the win 12 to 5 over the Upper Valley Bulldogs.  The cowboys will play Pocatello tonight at 7.  In another game the Coueur d’Alene Lumbermen downed the Twin Falls Blackhawks 10 to 0.  Blackfoot plays this morning at 10 am in a looser out game. Elsewhere in games played in Twin Falls yesterday, the Pocatello runnin Rebels downed Nampa 17 to 0.  The Idaho Falls Bandits took the win over the Blackfoot Broncos 11 to 1. 

WEATHER

Today:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. West northwest wind 6 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 59. West northwest wind 7 to 15 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

Saturday Night:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 62. West northwest wind 7 to 15 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. South wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

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

 

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 101.

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

 

Tuesday:  Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday Night:  Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

Wednesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Wednesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

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

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The Marijuana Dispensary just over the Idaho Border in Jackpot Nevada is set to open in Mid-September.  The Cannabis marketplace is the sixth location for Nevada.  The store will never close. Officials are reminding the gem state residents that is illegal to possess sell or smoke in Idaho.  Increased patrols are expected along U.S. Highway 93.

Fire destroyed a mini van that collided with a deer crossing Highway 75 a mile north of the highway 20 junction in Blaine county.  The accident on Tuesday evening just after 10 closed both lanes of travel while crews doused the flames and removed the debris on the road.  Those in the vehicle were not seriously injured and the deer ran away.

Rep. Priscilla Giddings says an ethics investigation she’s facing is “dirty politics,” but her opponent in the race for lieutenant governor, House Speaker Scott Bedke, said the probe is legitimate and the complaint signed by a bipartisan group of 24 lawmakers was dated before Giddings announced she was running.  The House Ethics and Policy Committee received two formal complaints earlier this year that center on Giddings publicizing the name of a 19-year-old intern who accused another state lawmaker of rape.

The Lava Ridge Wind Proposal could mean jobs, energy and money to magic valley.  Knowing that, several leaders from the area took to the air to discuss the project.  If completed, the large wind generators would be constructed mostly in the Jerome and Lincoln County area.

Authorities are investigating a shooting that left three people dead at a rural motel in Kamiah on Monday evening.  Deputies were called to the motel around 5 p.m. by someone who reported hearing shots fired.   The sheriff’s office said all three of the people who were shot appeared to know each other.

Health and welfare officials say there are 9 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 delta variant in Idaho.  Director Dave Jepson said that testing has increased and it appears the spread is under control and rare for the gem state. 

SPORTS

The eight American Legion baseball teams are set for the Idaho State A Tournament, held next week in Lewiston, from July 26-30.  Representing Area A, Moscow and the host Lewis Clark Cubs. For Area B we have the Owyhee Rivercats. From Area C, there are the Idaho Falls Tigers, Marsh Valley Eagles, Pocatello Razorbacks, Burley Green Sox and Upper Valley Red.  Burley faces Moscow in the first game, slated for Monday, July 26 at 10:30am.  The Green Sox went 2-2 at districts in Idaho Falls. They beat the Knights and Rebels and lost to the Tigers and Razorbacks.

Boise state university Broncos are expected to take the victory in the Mountain Division this fall.  The Mountain West Conference made the announcement yesterday at the annual Media Days event in Las Vegas. The Broncos have been predicted to win the last eight years.

WEATHER

Today:  Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West northwest wind 6 to 13 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

 

Friday:  Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. Southwest wind 7 to 14 mph.

Friday Night:  Areas of smoke. Clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 8 to 15 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 94. Southwest wind 7 to 14 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Patchy smoke. Clear, with a low around 62.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67.

 

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

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Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, acting governor with Gov. Brad Little out of the state, has sent what she called a formal inquiry to the director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare concerning private health care businesses requiring their employees get COVID-19 vaccines.  McGeachin said the Biden administration could be behind the requirement.

Before he left the state, Governor Little said that Idaho ended its fiscal year with a surplus of nearly 900-million adding to the largest surplus in state history.  State revenue collections exceeded $5 billion for the first time, representing 24.2% growth.

An Idaho lawmaker who publicized the name of a 19-year-old intern who accused another state lawmaker of rape will face a legislative ethics hearing over her actions.  The House Ethics and Policy Committee found probable cause that Rep. Priscilla Giddings engaged in conduct unbecoming a representative.

Grazing fees for cattle and sheep on state-owned land in Idaho could rise about 50% next year.  The Idaho Department of Lands presented a draft proposal to the Idaho Land Board that would be the first change in the grazing rate calculation since 1993. The board could take action later this year.

COVID 19 cases are rising significantly for Idaho.  Health and welfare director Dave Jeppsen said Statewide the average number of cases per 100,000 people went from a low of 3.3 on July 5 to 8.2 yesterday.  Jepsen said the vast majority of people testing positive and being admitted to the hospital are unvaccinated.

A bat caught in Blaine County tested positive for rabies.  The Health District is reminding residents to take precautions around bats and make sure their dogs, cats and horses are vaccinated for rabies. 

Twin Falls Police are joining more than 50 other law enforcement agencies in Idaho, to stop aggressive drivers. Through August 8, officers will be on the lookout for aggressive drivers.

SPORTS

Avery Williams, a Boise state Football Player has a new title.  Mountain West Male Athlete of the year.  BSU has now claimed seven such awards, among male and female honorees, the most of any other school since joining the conference for the 2011-12 season. Williams became just the third Bronco in school history to earn Consensus All-America accolades, joining offensive linemen Ryan Clady and Nate Potter.

WEATHER

Today

Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind around 6 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday

Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91. Light west wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Thursday Night

Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West wind 6 to 10 mph.

Friday

Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Friday Night

Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Saturday

Areas of smoke before 7am. Sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

Sunday

Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Sunday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

Monday

Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Monday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Tuesday

Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

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The Idaho Press Club is suing Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin after several journalists said they were wrongly denied access to public records.  The statewide press association filed the lawsuit requesting McGeachin fully release the records about her Education Task Force.

The Twin Falls airport runway is now open.  Two tires on a mid-size business charter jet blew out when it landed Sunday afternoon.  The runway was reopened yesterday afternoon just after 1.

Firefighters have the Howell fire burning near Pomerrelle 90 percent contained at last check.  So far 342 acres of brush has burned.

Commercial grade fireworks are being blamed for a fire at the Magic Valley recycling facility.  Crews said they discovered them when they were bailing recyclables last week.  Fire crews were called to the scene after workers doused the flames several times.

Environmental groups have notified Idaho Gov. Brad Little and other state officials of their intent to file a lawsuit over an expanded wolf-killing law they believe will result in the illegal killing of federally protected grizzly bear and lynx.  In May, the governor signed into law a measure lawmakers said could lead to killing 90% of the state’s 1,500 wolves.

More bad news for drivers from the gas pumps.  Triple A said the states average is now 3-dollars 65 cents a gallon.  That’s a jump of 7 cents and puts Idaho the 6th highest increase in the nation.

Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems said it will reduce the number of small modular nuclear reactors it will build in Idaho from 12 to six for a project to reduce greenhouse gasses. Officials say the reactors will be more efficient so the amount of power produced will only drop from 600 to 462 megawatts.

Nearly 14 hundred protestors lined up outside St. Luke's in Meridian to protest the hospitals decision to require workers to have at least one COVID-19 shot by September 1st.  More protests are being planned for Twin Falls by workers of the medical facility.

SPORTS

Alcohol sales at Albertsons Stadium will begin this fall.  The sales will coincide with the 2021 season. The change comes from a new policy passed by the Idaho State Board of Education in April 2020, allowing universities to make individual decisions on alcohol sales at athletic events.

The Snake River Stampede kicks off at the FORD Idaho center in Nampa today.  The Snake River Stampede is one of the top 10 regular season professional rodeos in the nation. The Snake River Stampede has evolved from a small, local bucking horse competition in the early 1900’s.

From the baseball fields here’s the latest on Legion games.  The Twin Falls double A Cowboys split a double header.  In the first game they lost to Upper Valley but turned it around  in the second game taking the win.

A Burley High School Class of 2023 standout basketball guard just picked up her fourth offer from the Pac-12 Conference.  Amari Whiting said yesterday that UCLA gave her an offer.  It’s the fifth offer she has had.  A few days ago Arizona sent her an offer.  Over the course of the regular season, Whiting produced 25.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.7 assists per game. She averaged over 27 points per game during the 4A state tournament.

WEATHER

RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT.

Tuesday:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming west 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night:  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Areas of smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 93. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

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

 

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