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Veterans Day brings closures

TWIN FALLS — Many government offices and other facilities are closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day.

Most city offices are closed, including those in Twin Falls, Jerome, Burley, Rupert, Gooding, Hailey, Ketchum and Kimberly. The Shoshone City Hall is open.

County, state and federal offices and the College of Southern Idaho are closed.

The Twin Falls Public Library and the Herrett Center for Arts and Science are closed today but open Saturday.

The Twin Falls City Pool is closed for installation of a new bubble dome.

Post offices are open today but there will be no mail delivery on Saturday.

Most banks are open today but closed Saturday.

The Times-News offices in Twin Falls and Burley are open today.

Magic Valley Mall is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Trash collection will follow the regular schedule.

Woman charged with battery in road rage altercation

TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls woman was arraigned Thursday on charges she beat another woman in a fit of road rage at Blue Lakes Boulevard North.

Jennifer Leigh Hohnhorst, 30, was charged with battery and malicious injury to property.

According to a court affidavit, Hohnhorst had, at about 7:30 a.m. Oct. 13, stopped her 2002 Chevy Silverado in the westbound right-turn lane on Bridgeview Boulevard at Blue Lakes while the light was green.

Francesca R. Hills pulled up behind Hohnhorst’s pickup, waiting to turn. The traffic light turned red, then green again, and Hohnhorst’s pickup still didn’t move. A driver waiting behind Hills honked their horn, then Hills honked at Hohnhorst.

Hohnhorst got out of her vehicle and approached Hill, opened her door and punched her in the mouth, using a “back-handed” fist, according to the affidavit, court documents said. Hohnhorst began pulling Hill’s hair, trying to pull her out of the vehicle while her seat belt was still on.

When Hills got out, Hohnhorst bashed her head into the back window of her car, then took her to the pavement, court documents said. Two unidentified men separated the women and Hohnhorst began yelling at them.

Hohnhorst then threw what Hills thought was a cellphone at her car, damaging the windshield. Hohnhorst drove off in her pickup toward the Perrine Bridge.

Nichole Stueve, a witness to the altercation, later told Twin Falls Police Officer Powell Eaton she saw Hohnhorst pull Hills out of her car by her hair.

“Ms. Hohnhorst ‘drove’ Ms. Hills’ head ‘still grabbing her by the hair into the back glass of her vehicle over and over at least three times, face first,’” Eaton reported in the affidavit.

Stueve provided the license plate number of the Silverado, registered to Hohnhorst.

When Eaton presented Hills with a photo lineup, she immediately picked out Hohnhorst’s photo, police said.

A pretrial conference is set for Jan. 3 in Twin Falls County Court.

Another election tie in Idaho heading for possible coin flip

GRANGEVILLE (AP) — A coin toss will likely be needed to decide the winner of a west-central Idaho tied election, the second election tie in the state this week.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that Barbara Lowe and Paul Sand each received 26 votes for a White Bird city council seat in Tuesday’s election.

Bette Pollack of the Idaho County Auditor’s Office says each candidate must be summoned before the city clerk within six days for a final vote canvassing and possible coin toss.

Pollack says that’s planned for Tuesday.

Meanwhile in Heyburn in south-central Idaho, incumbent City Councilman Dick Galbraith and challenger Glen Loveland each received 112 votes on Tuesday for that post.

Officials there say they’re still trying to sort it out, but a coin toss is a possibility.

County in Oregon asserts greater role in use of federal land

PRINEVILLE, Ore. — Encouraged by the Trump administration’s pro-development policies, an Oregon county wants to take some control over federal lands that cover half of the high desert, mountains and forests within its borders.

The three-member Crook County Court governing body unanimously approved the Natural Resources Policy after a public meeting Wednesday in which people spoke passionately for and against the policy.

A sign at the building’s entrance asked attendees to leave their weapons in their cars, and they were told by County Judge Seth Crawford to be respectful of each other. Crawford is the elected county administrator, not a courtroom judge.

The policy notes that “timber harvest, ranching, farming, and mining are the lifeblood of Crook County’s economy” and that “humans are entitled to an equal opportunity to use federal and private lands for both recreation and economic growth.”

At least two other counties — Owyhee County in Idaho and Baker County in Oregon — have enacted similar provisions.

The Crook County policy was drafted by a political action committee created by a group known as Central Oregon Patriots that backed Crawford in the election a year ago. His rival had opposed an earlier version of the land-use plan.

“This plan puts Crook County front and center in an aggressive challenge of federal authority on public lands,” said Sarah Cuddy, of the environmental group Oregon Wild who attended the meeting.

Patrick Lair, a spokesman for the Ochoco National Forest, said the Forest Service would have to wait and see how the county pursues the new policy. The county’s opinions are valued but are just a part of federal considerations, he said.

“As a federal agency, we have obligations to take input from all citizens and stakeholders, not just those who live closest,” Lair said.

The 1,330 square-mile (3,448 sq. kilometer) national forest features stands of majestic Ponderosa pines that were once used to feed five sawmills. All the mills were shuttered years ago as logging took a plunge.

County Commissioner Jerry Brummer said after the meeting that he believes the Trump administration will be receptive to the county’s attempt to assert its authority in helping manage federal lands.

“We’ve got to go up the ladder. A lot of this is policy change,” Brummer said.

Crook County Court previously considered the policy more than a year ago — before elections shifted the political landscape. Federal Bureau of Land Management district head Carol Benkosky warned it would create an adversarial relationship with federal agencies.

Since then, Wyoming lawyer Karen Budd-Falen, a key figure in the county supremacy movement, advised the county about modifying the plan.

Budd-Falen served on President Donald Trump’s transition team and has been mentioned as a possible nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management.

The movement that Budd-Falen has championed since the 1980s pushed to ensure federal land managers’ plans were consistent with the “customs and cultures” of the counties in which the federal lands were located, said R. McGreggor Cawley, a professor of environmental politics and public administration at the University of Wyoming.

Opponents of the Crook County policy predicted federal agencies will ignore it, and they fear it could spark an armed takeover such as the one at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge two years ago.

Pete Sharp, a member of the Central Oregon Patriots and the political action committee that drafted the land-use plan, said his group is not a militia.

He said he believes in guns and agreed with those who occupied the wildlife refuge in an adjacent county for 41 days to protest federal land use policies. But Sharp said he wouldn’t take up arms to push his agenda.

“I would not even think about that kind of thing,” Sharp, 74, said in an interview, wearing a black leather vest over a red shirt and cowboy hat and boots. He said elections were a more productive and less disruptive way to achieve goals.

Chris Scranton held a sign during the meeting that said, “I love public land.” He said he believes the local PAC “has the same motivations and goals as the ... Malheur occupiers although their tactics are different.”

The people behind the new policy “do not believe people like me who are not extracting resources but instead are birding, hunting, fishing, flower-sniffing etc. have the same rights to the land as they do,” Scranton said in an email.

Opponents also noted the Ochoco Forest Restoration Collaborative, with a wide variety of stakeholders, already works with federal officials about land management.

Steve Forrester, who had a career in forestry products and is now city manager of Prineville, the county seat, said he favors the new policy.

“If you don’t communicate and educate, you’re going to get run over,” he said outside the hearing room.

The new policy takes effect in 120 days.

5th District Court News: Twin Falls County

Twin Falls County

Thursday arraignments

Monte Clark Adamson, 48, homeless; grand theft, burglary, operating a vehicle without owner’s consent, $5,000 bond, public defender appointed, prelim. Nov. 17.

Jennifer Leigh Hohnhorst, 30, Twin Falls; battery, malicious injury to property, walk-in arraignment, private counsel, pretrial Jan. 3, 2018.

Brian K. Wilson, 40, Jackson, Louisiana; driving without privileges, failure to carry drivers license on person, false logbook, driving after being placed out of service, possession or use of alcohol, $1,500 bond, public defender appointed, pretrial Dec. 27.

Coal D. Dils, 22, Twin Falls; domestic battery in the presence of a child, released on own recognizance, public defender appointed, pretrial Dec. 27.

Fred Joseph Morton, Jr., 44, Twin Falls; no contact order violation, $7,500 bond, public defender appointed, pretrial Dec. 12.

Walter William Osborn, 33, Twin Falls; driving without privileges, failure to appear, $1,000 bond, public defender appointed, pretrial. Dec. 19.

Walter William Osborn, 33, Twin Falls; failure to surrender drivers license after suspended, released on own recognizance, public defender appointed, pretrial Dec. 19.

Jesse Lyn Heck, 30, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance — 2 counts, destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence, $100,000 bond, public defender appointed, prelim. Nov. 17.

Filimo Cortes, 25, Jerome; failure to provide proof of vehicle insurance — second offense, driving without privileges — 3rd offense, $5,000 bond, public defender appointed, pretrial Dec. 5.

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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.

Open market prices established by Kelley Bean’s Idaho locations: pintos, $21; great northerns, $21; small reds, $28; blacks, $27; pinks, ask. Quotes current Dec. 4.

Valley Grains

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

Wheat, $3.45, new barley, $6.00 (cwt) corn, $7.00 (cwt) oats, $5.45 (cwt). Prices are given by Rangen in Buhl. Prices current Dec. 4.

Corn, $7.40 (cwt) barley, $5.50 (cwt) wheat, $3.75 (bushel). Prices quoted by JD Heiskell. Prices current Dec. 4.


Barrels $1.5500 +1.5 Blocks $1.5200 -4.25 Prices current Dec 4.


Average daily flows

Snake River at Heise 3,558 cfs

Snake River at Blackfoot 5,042 cfs

Snake River at American Falls 2,135 cfs

Snake River at Minidoka 2,273 cfs

Snake River at Milner 1,710 cfs

Little Wood River near Carey 2 cfs

Jackson Lake is 76 percent full.

Palisades Reservoir is 95 percent full.

American Falls Reservoir is 74 percent full.

Upper Snake River system is at 81 percent capacity.

As of Nov. 20.

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