If early voting is any indication some of the changes in voting procedures this year may have an effect on the turnout for election day. In some counties in the Magic Valley officials say the absentee voting has been a little slower this year. Some county officials indicate that may be because those choosing to vote with a Republican ballot this year have to be registered as a Republican.
Boise police have released more information regarding a Twin Falls County Magistrate Judge who was recently cited by that department on a charge of excessive DUI. The Times News reports that Judge Nicole Cannon was pulled over by Boise police in April after a police officer noticed her vehicle had crossed over the fog line at least twice.
Who would have thought that a controversy could arise over an election for a Precinct Committeeman? But that’s just what’s happening in some areas of the Magic Valley. In one specific case one candidate for precinct committeeman has mailed what are labeled as a “sample Republican Primary Election Ballot” to residents leading voters to think it is an official sample ballot, complete with the yellow shading of the paper.
The investigation of a shooting south of Murtaugh last month that left one man dead is still underway. Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs tells the Times News that investigators right now are waiting for results from evidence sent to the crime lab.
From Mountain Home to Boise, the United States Air Force is trying to get the word out about possibly bringing in a fleet of F-35 fighter jets to Gowen Field or to Mountain Home Air Force Base. The second of three public informational meetings was held Wednesday night in Boise. Col. Bruce Smith with Mountain Home Air Force Base says noise is the obvious concern among some residents but Smith says the sound won’t have an impact in Mountain Home.
President Obama announced on Wednesday he supports same-sex marriage and it caused a lot of debate around the country on both sides of the issue. The president said he “personally” supports same-sex marriage. He did not mention any legislation on the issue. Obama had been in favor of civil unions but said his position was “evolving.”
The Jerome County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of five suspects allegedly responsible for more than 50 theft cases in the county from October 2011 to February 2012. Jerome County deputies arrested Branden Galbreath, Nikolas Maria and Jorge Banuelos along with two juvenile males.
The process of planning what Twin Falls will look like several years down the road started with a special meeting last night. It’s called the “Imagine Twin Falls Community Visioning Event.” About 50 area residents attended the meeting along with city officials to discuss several aspects of the city such as roads, infrastructure and future growth.
A former assistant manager of the Twin Falls Wal-Mart store is facing sentencing in June after changing his plea to guilty in the theft of money from the store last year. 29 year old Patrick Howard had originally pleaded not guilty to taking more than $100,000 in cash from the store then flying to Florida. He was arrested in Orlando after police tracked him there.
Fearing a possible influx of warehouse poultry farms to the area, Jerome County officials are taking steps to regulate such large-scale operations. A few years ago California changed the rules for large poultry farms to the point that many thought would run some of the large operations out of the state to others with lesser binding regulations, such as southern Idaho.
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