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Thursday 081822

Rising temperatures over the past few weeks have placed all of Idaho in high or very high fire danger conditions, according to an Idaho Department of Lands press release. Now, fire officials across the state are limiting state burn permits through the department, which are being issued until Oct. 20 this year. 

Twenty states, Washington, D.C., the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and others are among those to have filed “friend of the court” briefs, siding with the federal government’s claims that Idaho’s near-total abortion ban violates federal health care law.   The Idaho abortion ban makes performing nearly any abortion a felony, but allows physicians to defend themselves in court by showing that the procedure was necessary to save a patient’s life.

A small organization that operates a massive database of Idaho patient medical records filed for bankruptcy, reporting it owes creditors $4 million and is defending itself in three lawsuits.  The health data exchange is a nonprofit organization that provides a centralized repository of health records. It allows participating health care providers to see each other’s records for individual patients.

Members of the Idaho Democratic Party State Central Committee have appointed Deborah Silver as the party’s nominee for the state treasurer’s race in this year’s general election. Silver, who ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2014, replaces previous candidate Jill Ellsworth who won the Democratic Party’s May primary election, but withdrew from the race on June 9.

A search for a missing Twin Falls woman was called off last night after crews spent most of the day looking for 51 year old Brenda Jimenez.  She left her home near 3800 north and 2400 east on foot.  She is considered to be at risk.

A cassia county man has been sentenced for chasing children riding bicycles at the Burley skate park in his pickup nearly hitting one of them.  27 year old Michael Guizar was sentenced to 12 years in state prison with 3 fixed.

SPORTS

With the high school football about to kick off, this morning we look at the Declo Hornets.  Josh  Stewart returns for the 4th year as head coach.  The Declo Hornets went 6-4 in 2021 after starting off the season 4-0 highlighted by two wins over 3A opponents in Kimberly and Buhl. The Hornets could not keep it going, however, as they went 2-4 down the stretch and lost in the quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up Firth 20-16. The team, led by 4th year head coach Josh Stewart, will need to stay motivated and focused down the stretch if they hope to finish stronger and make a deeper playoff run. The Canyon Conference returns to a two-team league in 2022, the Hornets will play non conference games up until the regular season finale against Wendell. They begin with two straight road games at Nampa Christian and Aberdeen, then return home for two straight home games against Buhl and Firth. A road trip to Gooding is the last of the season and leads into an open week.

WEATHER

Today:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Patchy smoke before noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.

Tonight:  A 20 percent chance of showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. South southwest wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

 

Friday:  A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind around 7 mph becoming west northwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph after midnight.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

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

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 88.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny, with a high near 89.

Wednesday 081722

Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Tuesday confirmed that he’s considering calling a special session of the Legislature.  A statement from the governor’s office said he wants to help Idaho residents “grappling with crushing inflation,” currently at about 8.5%.

Attorneys for a mother charged with conspiring to kill her children in Idaho and to steal their social security benefits asked a judge on Tuesday to send the case back to a grand jury because they say the indictment is confusing.   Lori Vallow Daybell and her husband Chad Daybell have pleaded not guilty to murder, conspiracy and grand theft charges in connection with the deaths of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. They could face the death penalty if convicted.

Idaho lawmakers who made it more difficult for transgender people to change the sex listed on their birth certificates despite a U.S. court ruling banning such obstacles must pay $321,000 in legal fees to the winning side after losing in the same court.  The court in March 2018 banned Idaho from automatically rejecting applications from transgender people to change the sex listed on their birth certificates.

Four more members of the white nationalist hate group Patriot Front pleaded not guilty Monday in Coeur d’Alene to misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot.  The men are among the 31 Patriot Front members accused of planning to violently disrupt a Pride celebration on June 11 in Coeur d’Alene City Park.

A total of nearly $17.8 million was granted to two transportation improvement projects in Idaho through President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law.   Valley Regional Transit in Boise, will receive nearly $17.4 million will go toward buying a fleet of electric vehicles. The remaining $384,000 in funding will go to purchase new commuter vans for Mountain Rides in Blaine County.

Low level helicopter flights are scheduled over the South Hills over the next couple of months.  The purpose is to spray a pre-emergent herbicide on different types of grasses that are flammable.

SPORTS

As we continue our look at the local high school football programs this morning the spotlight turns to Carey.  Lane Kirkland will return as head  coach for his 22nd season.  Last year saw the panthers win 11 games out of their 12 game schedule.  Since 2006, his Panther team has won five state championships. It has played in each of the past five 1A Division 2 state title games and reached the classification’s semifinals eight consecutive years. Carey gets three of the classification’s titans – Butte County, Oakley, and Raft River – at home this season. Those games will certainly be measuring sticks for Carey, but a lot of eyes across the state will be on the Panthers this season to see how quickly they can acclimate to the Division 1 classification. It will be a challenge, but Kirkland and the Panthers appear well-armed to compete in the Snake River Conference.

WEATHER

HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM THIS EVENING.  Temperatures up to 100 expected above 4500 ft and up to 104 below 4500 ft.

 

Today:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Tonigh:  Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 65. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 8 mph in the evening.

 

Thursday:  Patchy smoke. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. East wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

 

Friday:  A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 3 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

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

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63.

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny, with a high near 87.

Tuesday 081622

High gas prices continue to put a damper on driver behavior, both here in the Gem State and across the country.  According to AAA, Idaho gas prices fell nine cents this week.  Today, Idaho’s average price for a gallon of regular is $4.70.  Idaho currently ranks 7th in the U.S. for most expensive fuel behind California at 5-37.  At $3.45, today’s least expensive pump prices can be found in Texas.

Idaho school districts are hustling to fill vacancies for teachers, bus drivers, custodians and especially paraprofessionals before students arrive in a matter of days. Most districts have the staff they need to welcome students, but they’ll take more.

Colleges and universities across the country are changing their health policies in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade but Idaho’s colleges and universities don’t have much freedom to move.  The bill also made it illegal for public schools to refer students to abortion providers.   The College of Idaho, located in Caldwell, is Idaho’s only higher education institution that provides emergency contraception.

A federal judge says the Idaho Legislature can intervene in the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit targeting Idaho’s total abortion ban, but only to present evidence about emergency abortions performed in Medicaid-funded emergency rooms.   The abortion ban was enacted in 2020 and set up as a “trigger law,” set to take effect on Aug. 25.

Officials with the Idaho Attorney General’s Office are taking responsibility for a typographical error in the inflation calculations mistakenly attributed to the Quality Education Act that will be on Idaho voters’ ballots in November.  The inflation calculation error, which involved switching a numerator with a denominator, appeared to indicate that when inflation went up, the dollar threshold for the relevant tax bracket would go down.

A missing Burley man was found yesterday.  76 year old Graydon Jensen spent 36 hours locked in a Declo park bathroom.  He had stopped to use the restroom.  While inside someone locked the door.  He was found by a city employee yesterday morning. 

SPORTS

As high school football will soon be starting up, this morning we look at the Canyon  Ridge High School Riverhawks.  James Poole returns for a second season.  Last year  they had a 2 win 7 loss season.  Hidden beneath that 2-7 record was a trio of gut-wrenching losses: A 14-13 loss to Wood River in the season opener, a 28-22 setback against Jerome, and a 21-20 defeat against Century. If Canyon Ridge wins those three games, the Riverhawks finish the year with a winning record of 5-4.

In Buhl, Allyn Reynolds returns as head coach for the second year.  The last time they had a state title was in 1978.  Filer coach Justin Brandsma: "Buhl is going to be tough this year. They may not have any stand out players but they are returning a large number of starters and will be very sound overall in Coach Reynolds’s system."  Kimberly coach Joe Dille said Buhl has a handful of impact players. They'll have an experienced offensive and defensive line. Jayce Bower is a threat on both sides of the ball." Buhl's season begins where their 2021 campaign ended: in Weiser. They'll also face 4A foes Mountain Home and Caldwell, and 2A members Declo and Wendell.  In league play, Buhl will host three of their four opponents. Their lone road contest in league comes in the season finale against Filer.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Patchy smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Patchy smoke. Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming north around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 64. North wind around 6 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Thursday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 95. East southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.

 

Friday:  A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Sunday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 63.

 

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

Monday 081222

Idaho’s strict abortion bans will be allowed to take effect while legal challenges over the laws play out in court, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled Friday.  The ruling means potential relatives of an embryo or fetus can now sue abortion providers over procedures done after six weeks of gestation before many people know they are pregnant. Another stricter ban criminalizing all abortions takes effect later this month.

More than 100 Idahoans marched through the streets of Boise to protest against the state’s abortion laws that restrict accessibility.

There's a little less than a month remaining in the period known as Idaho's 100 Deadliest Days and Idaho's Office of Highway Safety has an update on how Idaho drivers are faring.  From Memorial Day until now, there have been 63 fatal crashes on Idaho roadways. The 100 Deadliest Days is the time span between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Last year in Idaho, 101 people were killed in crashes during this time frame. 

A Bancroft man was killed after striking a deer while on his motorcycle and then being run over on Highway 30 near McCammon Saturday night.  Just before midnight, the 58-year-old man was riding westbound on a 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle when police say he hit a deer in the road.  He was thrown from his motorcycle and was later struck by another unknown vehicle.

Barley growers in southern Idaho say this year’s crop looks good despite the drought conditions.  The USDA said this year’s crop could be a record.  Idaho’s barley crop is estimated to be up 43% from last year, according to the USDA, and average yields are shaping up to be on a record pace at 111 bushels per acre.

The Idaho Department of Correction is searching for a Treasure Valley Community Reentry Center inmate who walked away from his job Saturday morning.  Michael Frangesh was last seen at his job site around 8 a.m. Saturday, near the Boise Airport.  Frangesh is a 60-year-old white man and is described as being 6'2", 200 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair.

SPORTS

Saturday College of southern Idaho volleyball fans were able to see a sneak preview of this year’s team when the Eagles played a scrimmage against the College of Idaho Yotes.  Following a 16-12 campaign in 2021-22 with an even 6-6 record in conference play, the Eagles are looking to re-establish themselves as a national championship contender.  The Golden Eagles will be in Salt Lake City next Friday for the Salt Lake Community College Tourney to kick off the season.  The first home game will be on Thursday, September 8th at 7 p.m. against Monroe College.

High school football season is soon to be in full swing.   This morning we will look at the Wood River Wolverine program.  Shane Carden is in his 4th year as head coach.  After years of struggling at the 4A classification, the Wood River Wolverines were approved to drop to the 3A classification on a football-only basis. The 2021 campaign resulted in a 1-8 record, but that did include a conference victory over Canyon Ridge. Even with the recent struggles of the program, head coach Carden believes that his team is capable of making some noise in their new conference.  Multiple key players from last year’s team are back in 2022. They include Sawyer Grafft, Zack Dilworth, Jack Herlinger, Micah Shupe, Caleb Hothem, Gavin Hunter, and Ethan Desler.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 95. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Northwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Heat index values as high as 100. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 64. North northwest wind around 7 mph becoming south after midnight.

 

Wednesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

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

 

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

Thursday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65.

 

Friday:  A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Saturday:  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Sunday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

Friday 081222

The Bureau of Land Management Idaho Resource Advisory Council’s Proposed Lava Ridge Wind Energy Project Subcommittee will meet to discuss the proposed project on Thursday, August 25. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. It begins at 9:00 a.m. on the BLM website.

Five health clinics that serve rural Idaho communities will receive a total of about $3.6 million in emergency grants to use for costs related to COVID-19 and to continue providing medical care to rural Idahoans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Terry Reilly Health Services will receive $1 million in funding for a clinic in Homedale. The Nez Perce Tribe will receive $1 million. The Adams County Health Center will receive $1 million.  Valor Health will receive $447,325. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe will receive $112,475.

A federal judge has ordered the state of Idaho to pay $321,224.50 in legal fees stemming from a lawsuit over a bill the Idaho Legislature passed in 2020 regarding birth certificate changes.  The issue will go to the full board for a vote in the Aug. 16 meeting.

The City of Twin Falls will be implement some new fee and rate increases that will most likely go into effect in October.  The Twin Falls City Council approved new fee and rate increases, which they say were necessary to help fund increasing costs and operational expenses.

The Boise Police Department is lowering its education standards for future candidates looking to become police officers.  Previously an officer candidate needed 60 college credits. The change now only requires a high school diploma or a GED.  Currently the department is down 32 officers.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is developing proposed aquatic life water quality standards for mercury pollution in Idaho that could have statewide ramifications. The agency made public a proposed remedy resulting from a federal court’s 2021 ruling in a lawsuit.

A boil water advisory, which affected parts of Kimberly, has now been lifted.  The boil water advisory went into effect on Monday night.

SPORTS

Here is another look at a local high school football program. This time we head to Wendell where for the Second season Jon Helmandollar will return as head coach. Last season the 2-6 record Wendell amassed may not seem impressive. But when you consider that Wendell's program won one game combined in 2019 and '20, the job that Helmandollar did in Year One was impressive. Five departed seniors helped lay the groundwork for Wendell in 2021.

WEATHER

Today:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 94. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon.

Tonight:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind 6 to 8 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. East southeast wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Mostly clear, with a low around 64. West wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Sunday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Monday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 93.

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

 

Tuesday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 94.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 92.

Wednesday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Thursday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Thursday 081122

An Idaho School district is considering a state record when it comes to Bond Issues.  The Kuna District is looking at presenting a 300-million dollar bond as part of a long range growth plan.  Meanwhile this fall the Idaho Falls district will float a 250-millon dollar bond November 8th which would then be the second largest in the state. 

Former Caldwell Police Department lieutenant Joseph Hoadley has been indicted by a grand jury on two additional federal charges stemming from an ongoing FBI investigation.  This superseding indictment includes two new charges: tampering with a witness by harassment and tampering with documents..  He will be arraigned at 3 today.

Republican Rep. Russ Fulcher of Idaho, joined 43 other U.S. House members to send a letter to the CEOs of eight major banks expressing opposition to the companies’ established policies of paying travel expenses for employees seeking abortions in other states.  Republican members of Congress said the policies are not only morally wrong but also a violation of fiduciary responsibilities to shareholders.

U.S. officials won’t approve a natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming until additional environmental studies are completed.  A lawsuit the groups filed in 2020 contended an 18-mile portion of the pipeline would cut a corridor through Caribou-Targhee National Forest and create a road through six Roadless areas.

The Blaine county school district is working to provide a bigger law enforcement presence in all the schools rather than just three.  During a school board meeting, concerns were brought that the majority of the schools in the district are lacking law enforcement presence.

The attorneys general of 10 states, including Idaho’s Lawrence Wasden, are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant to get poultry grower’s fair agreements with meat processors, but they want stronger oversight.  The proposal would require poultry dealers to provide information to producers about the minimum number of chicks they might be given to raise and what the dealers have paid other producers.

SPORTS

College of Southern Idaho assistant women’s basketball coach Joshua Edwards is moving on to a future Big 12 school.  Edwards, who spent eight years at CSI, will join former Burley head coach Amber Whiting’s staff at BYU in a digital analytics/player development role.

The Minico Storm’s Legion baseball season ends with a runner-up finish at the Northwest Class A American Legion Baseball Regional Tournament.  The Final Butte Miners 4 Minico Storm 0

If you're a fan of the Idaho Vandals or the NFL, you might see a familiar face on the College of Idaho sidelines during the 2022 football season.  Mike Iupati was an All-Pro NFL offensive lineman, with stops in Seattle, Arizona and San Francisco. It's an addition Yotes' head coach Mike Moroski says adds a level of prestige to the College of Idaho football program.

Here is another look at a local high school football program.  This time we head to Wendell where for the Second season Jon Helmandollar will return as head coach.  Last season the 2-6 record Wendell amassed may not seem impressive. But when you consider that Wendell's program won one game combined in 2019 and '20, the job that Helmandollar did in Year One was impressive.  Five departed seniors helped lay the groundwork for Wendell in 2021.

WEATHER

Today:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 91. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Calm wind becoming east southeast 5 to 7 mph in the evening.

 

Friday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 93. East wind 5 to 8 mph.

Friday Night:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming east after midnight.

 

Saturday:  Sunny and hot, with a high near 92. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Saturday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

 

Sunday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

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

 

Monday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.

 

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.

Tuesday Night:  Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

 

Wednesday:  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90.