TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The sheriff of a southern Idaho county has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a child.
The Twin Falls Times-News reports Lincoln County Sheriff Rene...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho authorities say a 42-year-old bicyclist has died after he was struck by a tractor near Murtaugh.
KTVB reports Shae Mayner of Twin Falls died at the scene of the...
Idaho man charged after collision kills pregnant woman
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man is facing four felony charges after investigators say he drove drunk, fell asleep at the wheel and was in a collision that a killed pregnant woman.
Twin Falls woman dies in State Highway 46 crash
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police say a Twin Falls woman died after a motorist fell asleep at the wheel and struck the vehicle she was driving.
Colorado plane lost radio contact before crash in Nevada
ELY, Nev. (AP) — Air traffic controllers lost contact with a small plane in bad weather before it crashed in eastern Nevada this month, killing a Colorado couple.
Idaho gets ‘F’ on American Lung Association’s tobacco report
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho received an overall grade of "F'' in a new tobacco control report from the American Lung Association.
The 2019 "State of Tobacco Control" outlines three recommendations for Idaho: increase funding for tobacco prevention and control work, raise the legal age for the sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21, and pass comprehensive smoke-free air laws at the local and state levels.
Idaho LGBTQ youth feel unsafe at school, survey shows
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Most of the Idaho youth who took part in a national survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer teenagers say they regularly hear homophobic remarks at school.
Did you know that these ‘odd laws’ existed in Idaho?
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Some laws were created to keep us safe. Others help enhance or protect the state's business and agriculture. Certain acts are against the law because they are offensive or deemed to be in bad taste. And others are an attempt to conform to a moral code. But as far as Twin Falls Attorney Grant Loebs can tell, there is a pretty clear reason for most of them.
Grant allows rural Idaho kids to get ready for kindergarten
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A $14.2-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow children in Idaho and other rural states to prepare for kindergarten through an online program.
The Times-News reports Sunday that pilot programs will also be offered in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Optimist Club Youth House opens for young adults in need
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Alex Frandsen considers herself lucky.
She was in two foster-care homes before she lived with her grandmother for two years. When she was 18 years old, she was homeless. She lived out of motels for months.
Now, Anderson is the first resident living in the Twin Falls Optimist Club's Youth House.
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Ambrose School 79, Compass Public Charter School 38
Blackfoot 65, Bonneville 54
Boise 69, Mountain View 62
Borah 61, Capital 55
Burley 48, Wood River 41
Camas County 63, Hagerman 37
Castleford 64, Twin Falls Christian Academy 40
Century 79, Canyon Ridge 52
Coeur d'Alene 61, Lakeland 46
Eagle 60, Skyview 52
Garden Valley 64, Horseshoe Bend 59
Genesis Preparatory Academy 61, Northwest Christian (Colbert), Wash. 41
S. Idaho man who raped boy gets 20 years in prison
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A 52-year-old south-central Idaho man who raped a 15-year-old boy he met on Craigslist has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Tod Weber of Twin Falls received the sentence on Monday in 5th District Court and must serve 10 years before becoming eligible for parole.
The Times-News reports that a jury convicted Weber in August of rape under a charge that applies when the victim is younger than 16 and the perpetrator is 18 or older.
Twin Falls man pleads guilty to sexually abusing 2 children
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two children at different points in 2017 and 2018.
The Times-News reports 64-year-old Terry Wayne Shearer of Twin Falls pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16.
Officials weigh use of trailers to house inmates after fire
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Officials in one Idaho county that has struggled with space in its jail are considering the use of mobile trailers to house prisoners after a recent jail fire left some inmates without beds.
Twin Falls County found beds in neighboring counties for 15 of the 32 inmates displaced by the Nov. 24 fire, which was caused by an electrical issue in a jail annex.
But the Times-News reports accommodations for the remaining inmates include sleeping in cots on the floor of the jail.
City bans setting certain traps without permit or license
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Twin Falls residents now are banned from setting traps that are designed to injure or kill an animal.
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Retail businesses prep for holiday season with extra workers
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Despite unemployment around 2.3 percent, local retailers didn't have too hard of a time finding people looking to line their pockets with a little extra cash this holiday season.
1 dead, 1 severely injured in Idaho tree-trimming accident
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say one man was killed and another was injured during a tree trimming accident on Tuesday.
Cassia County Detective Kevin Horak told The Times-News that 28-year-old Corbin Bowers was killed and 26-year-old Emmett Koyle was hospitalized in critical condition for his injuries.
Few use Idaho’s scholarships for adults returning to college
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new state scholarship program designed to help adults return to college is only being used by 28 residents so far, but Idaho officials say the program is still ramping up.
Finding the proper send-off for your four-legged friend
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — For many people, pets are family. And for Charles Schabacker, that connection doesn't stop upon their death.
Schabacker has had his pets cremated, and when he dies, he wants his ashes to be mixed with theirs. With the growing popularity of cremation over the past decade, it isn't an unusual request; Schabacker, a veterinarian and owner of Sawtooth Veterinary Services in Jerome, says he knows several other clients with those same wishes.
Idaho man pleads guilty in deadly Burley shooting
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man who police say shot a man working in a Burley transmission shop in an attempted robbery has pleaded guilty.
The Times-News reports 22-year-old Luis Gabriel Ponce pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the December death of 58-year-old Christopher Fassett.
Deputies cleared of wrongdoing in home invasion, fatal fire
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors have cleared Ada County Sheriff's deputies who shot at a Nampa man before he broke into a Boise house, set it on fire and died in the blaze.
Pavel Florea had extremely high levels of methamphetamine when he also pointed a shotgun at deputies on Sept. 27, 2017, according to a report released Wednesday by the Ada County Sheriff's Office.
Police investigating death of infant twin brothers
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say an investigation is underway after infant twin brothers in Idaho died despite efforts by first responders to save them.
The Times-News reports Twin Falls Police Lt. Terry Thueson says a 911 call made at 2:18 p.m. Friday reported that the children were unresponsive.
Suicide rates on the rise in Idaho, Mountain West
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — On a mid-September evening, as the sun sank into the Snake River Canyon, several dozen strangers gathered at the Perrine Bridge to send a simple message.
Using pipe cleaners, they adorned the bridge with bright orange bracelets bearing two words: "Love yourself." Afterward, they mingled quietly among themselves, some opening up to discuss the common tragedy they shared.
Man saved by deputy and passer-by in car accident
HAGERMAN, Idaho (AP) — A man was pulled from his burning pick-up truck by a sheriff's deputy and a passer-by in southern Idaho.
The man, who has not been identified, was driving an older model truck on U.S. 30 south of Hagerman when it went over a 10-foot embankment on Friday.
Lincoln Elementary bids farewell to volunteer ‘Grandpa Jack’
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Hundreds of Lincoln Elementary School students clapped and cheered for Jackie Dayley, known to many as "Grandpa."
Lincoln Elementary held an assembly honoring "Grandpa Jack," who is wrapping up about 16 years of volunteering at the school through the College of Southern Idaho Office on Aging's foster grandparent program. He also volunteered at the Twin Falls School District's migrant summer school.
Idaho school district adding unarmed security aides
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A southern Idaho school district is adding unarmed security aides to help bolster the protection of its students and faculty.
Twin Falls School District trustees voted in July to hire the unarmed school security aides, the Times-News reported .
S. Idaho man pleads guilty in fatal drive-by shooting case
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder following the drive-by shooting death of a 15-year-old boy.
The Times-News reports that 21-year-old Gerardo Chavez pleaded guilty Friday in 5th District Court in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a charge of intimidating a witness.
Authorities say Chavez and Jose Daniel Alvarez killed Vason Widaman over a drug-related dispute in May 2017.
New test will better measure Idaho students’ reading skills
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho students in kindergarten through third grade are gearing up to take a new reading test designed to feel like a computer game.
The Times-News reported Friday that the Istation's Indicators of Progress Early Reading test is replacing the old Idaho Reading Indicator.
Companies seek to increase weight limits on US 93, Idaho 75
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Two companies have asked the Idaho Transportation Department to allow heavier trucks on highways crossing a dozen south-central Idaho bridges.
Fewer arriving refugees means fewer workers in Magic Valley
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has welcomed far fewer refugees this year, which means resettlement agencies have more time to work with families, but local businesses are scrambling to find workers.
The College of Southern Idaho's Refugee Center is on track to resettle 71 people this year, a fraction of the 300 people it typically serves each fiscal year. It's received 64 refugees so far this year, with another family of seven expected next month. The fiscal year ends at the end of September.
Idaho man makes modified guilty plea in dragging case
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A southern Idaho man who was charged with dragging a woman alongside his truck before running her over has entered a modified guilty plea in court.
Life returns to BLM land burned by 2012 Cave Canyon Fire
OAKLEY, Idaho (AP) — On the evening of Aug. 5, 2012, a bolt of lightning shot from the clouds, striking the northeastern edge of the South Hills. Minutes later, a trickle of smoke climbed from Cave Canyon, near the Big Cottonwood Wildlife Management Area in Cassia County.
The Cave Canyon Fire soon overtook a neighboring fire and turned into a Type 1 wildfire that was met by the interagency Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 with 50 firefighters from Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.
Twin Falls jail in ‘crisis’ as felony cases increase
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — As Twin Falls expands as a regional hub, the jail and prosecutor's desk are overflowing with felons and felony cases.
The county prosecuting attorney's office is on track to deal with an estimated 900 felony cases this year, nearly double what the office saw 10 years ago.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho teacher who told police he had sex with a girl he knew to be underage has been found not guilty of rape.
Twin Falls County Prosecuting Attorney Grant Loebs said the jury's decision on Wednesday to find 40-year-old Jason Benjamin not guilty of raping the teenager "staggering."
S. Idaho man denies killing girlfriend’s infant
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho man facing charges in the death of his girlfriend's 20-month-old daughter has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
The Times-News reports that 33-year-old Joshua Molina of Jerome on Monday in 5th District Court also pleaded not guilty to four counts of injury to a child.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A recent inspection of a small stream and stretch of river in Twin Falls found several noxious weeds and invasive species.
BELLEVUE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities have evacuated some recreation areas in central Idaho because of extreme wildfire behavior in the region.
The Twin Falls District of the Bureau of Land Management said in a release that the Sharps fire was reported to dispatchers at about 11 a.m. on Sunday, prompting officials to evacuate homes and campgrounds near the Little Wood River Reservoir and the High Five Creek Recreation Area. Others in the region have been warned to be ready to evacuate if needed.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — It could take emergency responders more than 10 minutes to respond to the Valley School District's rural and geographically isolated campus in Hazelton.
The approximately 500-student district in Jerome County is working to combat that issue.
In March, the school board voted to hire a school resource officer — the first one for the district — who'll start in early August. Students return for a new school year Aug. 15.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Public health advisories have been issued for two south-central Idaho reservoirs due to harmful algae blooms.
The Times-News reports that the South Central Public Health District and Idaho Department of Environmental Quality on Friday issued the advisories for Mormon Reservoir and Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir.
Officials say a toxin produced by the algae is at unhealthy levels, and that children and pets are particularly susceptible.
S. Idaho woman denies killing infant daughter
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A south-central Idaho woman facing charges in the death of her 20-month-old daughter has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Twenty-three-year-old Amanda Dunlap of Twin Falls on Monday in 5th District Court also pleaded not guilty to eight felony charges of injury to a child.
Lyryk Altom died at a Boise hospital in October. According to court documents, a doctor told police that the child's head injuries were caused by non-accidental blunt force trauma.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Officials at a south-central Idaho charter school have approved allowing a school employee to carry a concealed firearm on campus.
The Times-News reports that Xavier Charter School's board of trustees on Thursday unanimously approved the request from the employee.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The assessed value of yogurt company Chobani's Twin Falls plant is $216 million higher than it should be, company officials said.
Police: Bodies found in south-central Idaho home
KIMBERLY, Idaho (AP) — Authorities in south-central Idaho say two people have been found dead in a home in Kimberly.
Twin Falls County Coroner Gene Turley tells The Times-News that it appears to be a murder-suicide.
Law enforcement officials found the bodies at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday while doing a welfare check at the home. Autopsies are planned.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio truck driver was killed in a fiery explosion when two tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 84 in southern Idaho.
The Idaho Transportation Department says all lanes of I-84 east of Twin Falls have reopened following Tuesday's collision that sent a massive plume of smoke into the air and blocked traffic for hours.
The Idaho State Journal reports that 39-year-old Corey McCaslin, of Port Washington, Ohio, died in the crash.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has been sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of attempted sexual abuse of a child under 16 that involved trying to lure children into his car.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the prosecution of whoever removed a large sign identifying a wild horse herd area in southwestern Idaho.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management in a news release Wednesday says the 12-foot sign posted at a remote intersection noted the location of the Saylor Creek Wild Horse Herd Management Area.
The agency says it places signs at strategic locations in the desert to identify features and roads.
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Early statewide results show that Idaho 11th-graders did slightly worse on this year's SAT college entrance exam than in 2017.
The state Department of Education released data last week revealing how students preformed on standardized tests they took in the spring, the Times-News reported.