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Curious Mind: Office on Aging helps elderly stay in their homes

Q: I know senior citizens who could use assistance around their homes. Is there a group that does this?

A: “The CSI Office on Aging has in-home services and community resources available for those over 60 years old or disabled,” said Sharon Underwood, Social Services Manager for the College of Southern Idaho’s Office on Aging.

Contracted services include: homemaker services, respite care, transportation, home delivered meals, senior dining and activities, CSI’s Over 60 and Getting Fit, and senior gold card.

Homemaker services provide assistance with light housekeeping and general chores, home modification and other services that can help older people continue to live at home.

Senior dining and activities are offered at 15 senior centers and three other meal sites throughout the Magic Valley.

The senior gold card waives tuition to CSI accredited classes and provides discounts for some other CSI activities.

The CSI Office on Aging is the official Aging and Disability Resource Center for the Magic Valley. Resources are available through Adult Protection Services, Case Management, and Information & Assistance.

There are several support groups for caregivers, grandparents as parents and widows that provide information about available services.

Programs for retired and senior volunteers, foster grandparents, senior companions and for seniors assisting seniors offer a variety of opportunities.

“The CSI Office on Aging receives our funds from both state and federal depending on the program,” Underwood said. “Since state and federal funds are involved certain programs do have eligibility criteria they must meet. Please call us and we will talk about needs and present options of available services throughout their community that may meet their need.”

The Office on Aging can be reached at 208-736-2122 or 800-574-8656.

Weather: Snow Returns as Flooding Continues

After the mild temperatures, rain and even localized flooding across southern Idaho and the Magic Valley the last couple of days it’s hard to even think about the return of snow, but that scenario is possible Tuesday morning to midday.

A cold front was set to move through Idaho Monday night and early Tuesday morning allowing colder air to return to the region. While the cold air entered, the next storm system started to move in from the south-southwest. Like many storms this winter, it will arrive as a warm front. Unlike the other storms that produced freezing rain, this will be snow for Tuesday morning but quickly change over to rain by the afternoon and evening. This storm will produce lower amounts of snow than we’ve seen.

Snow amounts from midnight Tuesday to around noon will range from 1 to 3 inches for most of the Magic Valley and the I-84 corridor, while higher elevations to the south and north could see 2 to 4 inches. Three to six inches are possible in the mountains of the Wood River Valley, South Hills, and Albion Mountains.

While we get a brief period of snow, it doesn’t end the risk of flooding. Flood advisories continue for parts of Twin Falls Country from Filer, Castleford, Clover over to Murtaugh, Hansen and Kimberly until 3:15 p.m. Tuesday due to runoff and melting snow. Also a flood warning is in place for Cassia County until 10 a.m. Wednesday. If you come across a flooded roadway, it is advised by the National Weather Service and law enforcement that you turn around and find an alternate route for your own safety.

5th District Court News: Twin Falls County

Twin Falls County

Monday arraignments

Stephanee Brooke Albertson, 32, Twin Falls; injury to child, $500 bond per warrant, public defender appointed, pretrial March 21.

James Ronald Bea, III, 30, Twin Falls; unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, domestic violence, $25,000 bond, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing Feb. 17.

Harry David Lashbrook, 53, Twin Falls; fugitive (Washington warrant), no bond per warrant, public defender appointed, fugitive identification Feb. 17.

Harry David Lashbrook, 53, Twin Falls; fugitive (Washington warrant), no bond per warrant, public defender appointed, fugitive identification Feb. 17.

Eriberto Gomez, 19, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, $50,000 bond, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing Feb. 17.

Mecah Sofia Loya, 19, Twin Falls; possession of marijuana, own recognizance release, public defender appointed, pretrial March 28.

Dakota Jon Krebs, 22, Twin Falls; battery, $500 bond, public defender appointed, pretrial April 4.

Alan Dale Jepsen, 59, Ogden, Utah; battery, own recognizance release, public defender appointed, pretrial March 21.

Thomas John Crosby, 31, Nampa; disorderly conduct, own recognizance release, public defender appointed, pretrial March 7.

Phillip McMichel Rogers, 36, Twin Falls; trespass, own recognizance release, public defender appointed, pretrial March 21.

Fish and Game unable to reimburse homeowners for removing Japanese Yew

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Fish and Game released a statement Monday correcting information from a press release that was also printed in an Associated Press story in Monday’s Times-News.

The press release last week incorrectly said the agency would reimburse homeowners for the cost of removing the ornamental plant Japanese Yew from yards. The agency now says it can’t afford the cost to reimburse homeowners.

Homeowners are encouraged to remove the plant or wrap it with burlap during the winter and spring if they live in or near big game winter range.

Japanese Yew is toxic to big game animals. Dozens big game animals including deer, elk and pronghorn have died after ingesting the plant.

Minor student conflict delays Twin Falls school bus

TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls school bus was delayed Monday due to a minor conflict between students.

The cascade bus — which left from Vera C. O’Leary Middle School — stopped while en route to dropping off students at home. It resulted in a 20-minute delay.

Initially, school officials thought a student on the bus was having a medical issue.

But it was “just a couple of students having a conflict” and one of them got upset, said Brady Dickinson, director of operations for the Twin Falls School District.

“It ended up not being a serious issue,” he said.

Parents of all Twin Falls School District received an emergency alert shortly before 3:30 p.m.

The notice was intended just for parents of students on the bus, Dickinson said, but was accidentally sent out to everyone.


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Valley Beans

Prices are net to growers, 100 pounds, U.S. No. 1 beans, less Idaho bean tax and storage charges. Prices subject to change without notice. Producers desiring more recent price information should contact dealers.

Other Idaho bean prices are collected by Bean Market News, U.S. Department of Agriculture pintos, $29.00 avg. pinks, not established small reds, not established garbanzos, $35.50 avg. Quotes current Feb. 15.

Valley Grains

Prices for wheat per bushel mixed grain, oats, corn and beans per hundredweight. Prices subject to change without notice.

Wheat, ask (bushel) New Barley, $5.00 (cwt) corn, $7.20 (cwt) oats, $5.35 (cwt). Prices are given by Rangen’s in Buhl. Prices current Feb 15.

Corn, $8.10 (cwt) barley, $6.25 (cwt) wheat, $3.30 (bushel) delivered to Gooding. Prices quoted by JD Heiskell. Prices current Feb 15.


Barrels $1.65 NC Blocks $1.6050 -0.5 Prices current Feb. 15.


Today’s Median

Salmon 120%

Big Wood 169%

Little Wood 164%

Big Lost 163%

Little Lost 131%

Henrys Fork/Teton 120%

Upper Snake Basin 158%

Goose Creek 122%

Salmon Falls 113%

Today’s median peak compares water content with what is normally seen on this day.

As of Feb. 15.

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BLM appoints citizen group members

TWIN FALLS — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has appointed new and returning members to its Twin Falls District Resource Advisory Council, the agency announced Monday.

The citizen volunteer group advises the BLM on public land management issues.

Members are: Mike Henslee of Hagerman, a returning member and federal grazing permittee; Brad Ford of Soda Springs, environmental organization; Shell Howard of Twin Falls, dispersed recreation; Tom Courtney of Twin Falls, a returning member representing the public at large; and Hunter Osborne of Pocatello, tribal interests.

The BLM has 29 RACs around the western United States, where most BLM-managed land is located.