(AP) – Idaho climate experts say some record-setting weather in March has put the state’s rivers and aquifers in great shape heading into summer. National Weather Service meteorologist Jay Breidenbach said Thursday March storms saturated central and northern Idaho. But they largely avoided much of the state’s southern half.
(AP) Idaho expects a normal fire season – for now — as much of the west braces for an active and dangerous season. The state’s mountain ranges have normal snowpack, reservoirs are dumping water for snowmelt and early spring has brought more rain and snow, even in the desert-like south.
The Idaho State Police along with Jerome and Minidoka County deputies worked into the late evening Wednesday clearing wreckage from Interstate 84. There were a total of 18 vehicles involved in crashes over a seven mile stretch of the interstate near Paul. A storm front with high winds moved through that area shortly after 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon churning up dust from freshly tilled fields in the area making visibility very difficult.
(AP) A former principal in the southeastern Idaho town of Blackfoot has pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexually abusing a child. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Christopher Cox had sexual relations
with a 14-year-old female student last year. Cox pleaded not guilty during a Bingham County court hearing on Monday.
Taxes are due next Tuesday which means procrastinators still have some time left to figure out if they can get a bigger refund. Every year thousands of Idahoans rush to file their taxes to meet the deadline. This year it’s on April 17. The Idaho State Tax Commission reports that nearly half of individual tax returns have yet to be filed. Tax preparer Tom Brown says you might want to watch out for a couple things that often get overlooked when doing your taxes.
This Saturday, across the state, Democrats will caucus. Every two years, the party holds a caucus, and every four is a presidential caucus. A presidential caucus might seem irrelevant as President Barack Obama will be the party nominee, but the state party says the caucus is still important.
It may not be long now until construction on a new shopping area in north Twin Falls begins. All that is left to happen now for the Canyon Park Development to begin is approval from the Twin Falls City Council and that could happen in the next two weeks to two months.
Idaho’s only black lawmaker says receiving a direct mailing from a national Ku Klux Klan organization has bolstered her resolve to fight prejudice. Boise Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb says childhood memories of a cross burning on her lawn were rekindled last week when she opened a hand-addressed application to join the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
There are new concerns growing over the future access of Lake Walcott in Minidoka County and County Commissioners are becoming concerned as a management plan is being developed for the Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge. The Times News reports today that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is developing a 15-year plan to manage the nearly 21,000-acre refuge that encompasses Lake Walcott State Park.
There may soon be a new shopping mall in Twin Falls. This one will be located along the Snake River Canyon Rim west of the Perrine Bridge and north of the Golden Corral Restaurant. Last night the Twin Falls City Council approved a change that will allow for the development of the shopping center. The vote, however, was not unanimous, at 5 in favor and two against.
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