TWIN FALLS — South-central Idaho had no significant change in unemployment last month, but upcoming changes in business could have bigger effects in the coming months.
The Idaho Department of Labor reported a 2.6 percent unemployment rate for the region in July, up just a tenth of a percent from June.
Idaho’s unemployment, however, dropped to its lowest levels since 2008 — 3 percent. The state also led the nation in month-over-month job growth of 0.6 percent.
Job growth is also strong in the eight-county region, and appears to be less focused in manufacturing than in years past, Regional Economist Jan Roeser said.
“This is probably more sustainable, and it’s all the industries that are contributing,” she said.
In the first six months of 2017, Twin Falls and Jerome counties surpassed job growth in the Treasure Valley. The counties expanded jobs by 6 percent to nearly 45,000.
South-central Idaho’s slight drop in labor force and slight increase in unemployment in July isn’t much to put stock in, Roeser said.
Upcoming changes that could show a bigger impact? The harvest season approaches.
“If there is somebody out there that doesn’t have a job, I hope they go to a staffing agency,” Roeser said.
Plus, new businesses are in the works. Several retailers — Charming Charlies, Goodwill Industries and O’Reilly Auto Parts, for example — are slated to open this fall in Twin Falls. A new MyPlace Hotel will open at the end of September.
In Burley, Dow Chemical will open soon and has probably already begun recruiting, Roeser said. And other announcements for economic development projects have been hinted at in Mini-Cassia and Jerome County.
A dark cloud on the horizon: Twin Falls’ Macy’s store intends to close in March.
“It is concerning to lose Macy’s,” Roeser said. “It really truly was the anchor for that mall.”
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian on Interstate 15 in Idaho Falls.
Police in a news release Saturday say 41-year-old Alexis A. Fehringer of Idaho Falls was lying in the northbound lane of travel at about 1 a.m. Thursday when she was struck by multiple vehicles and died at the scene.
Police say one vehicle returned.
Police are requesting information from other motorists in the area at the time.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials are about to deliberately poison off nonnative fish species in one of the park’s major river drainages.
The operation along the upper Gibbon River begins Monday and will include lakes in the river drainage.
Park officials are targeting lake-dwelling grayling as well as rainbow trout and brook trout. They plan to reintroduce native species after the operation is finished.
Trails and campsites in the area will be closed.
COEUR D’ALENE (AP) — A Washington state man that northern Idaho authorities say drove the wrong way on Interstate 90 and nearly collided with an Idaho State Police trooper transporting a prisoner has been taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office says police arrested 46-year-old Shannon M. Defrance of Spokane at about 2 a.m. Saturday.
Police say they closed the eastbound on-ramps and activated emergency lights as Defrance approached in the wrong lane at freeway speeds in a silver Mercedes coupe.
Police say Defrance stopped and told deputies he was too drunk to be driving. Police say he failed a field sobriety test with a blood-alcohol content of twice the legal limit.
Defrance was booked into the Kootenai County Jail.
He’s also facing a misdemeanor charge of driving with an invalid driver’s license.
David Alexander Doyle, 21, Castro Valley, California; possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver, $285.50 costs, $100 DNA, $60 workmans comp. program fee, $743.67 restitution, four years penitentiary, one and a half year determinate, two and a half years penitentiary, two days credited, sentence suspended, three years supervised probation.
Natasha Vivian Jones, 32, Helena, Mont.; possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, $100 DNA, $60 workmans comp. program fee, $872.80 restitution, three years penitentiary, guilty withheld sentence, 100 days community service, three years supervised probation.
Michael Jason Park, 40, Buhl; possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, $300 public defender, seven years penitentiary, five determinate, two indeterminate, 129 days credited, sentence to run concurrent to 2010 and 2013 cases. Major contraband introduced into a correctional facility charge dismissed.
Timothy Bernerd Killinger, AKA Timothy B. Killington, 31, Filer; possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, $500 public defender, $100 DNA, $60 workmans comp. program fee, five years penitentiary, two determinate, three indeterminate, 55 days credited, 365 days retained jurisdiction.
Samuel Joe Vargas, 27, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, $285.50 costs, $487.18 restitution, 119 days credited, 365 days retained jurisdiction, sentence to run concurrent to 2014 case. Possession of drug paraphernalia with the intent to deliver charge dismissed. Three possession of a controlled substance charges dismissed.
Adam Doral Goff, 37, Twin Falls; Assault or battery upon certain personnel, $500 public defender, five years penitentiary, three determinate, two indeterminate, 61 days credited, four years supervised probation, sentence to run concurrently to 2017 Jerome county case.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE SENTENCINGS
Kegan R. Kinyon, 25, Buhl; DUI, $400 fine, $202.50 costs, 180 days jail, 10 days suspended, credit for time served, 20 days discretionary, 180 days drivers license suspension, 24 months supervised probation, remain in DUI court until program complete, 40 hours work detail.
David Michael Haynes, 38, Spring Creek, Nev.; DUI excessive, $500 fine, $202.50 costs, 365 days jail, 335 suspended, two days credited, 20 days discretionary, 365 days drivers license suspension, 24 months supervised probation, substance abuse evaluation and complete recommendations. Consume or possess open container of alcoholic beverage by driver charge dismissed.
Juan Carlos Rocha, 20, Jerome; DUI, $300 fine, $202.50 costs, $75 public defender, 90 days jail, 88 suspended, one day credited, guilty withheld judgment, eight hours work detail, 180 days restricted drivers license, 12 months supervised probation.
Tucker Reno Donnelley, 24, Twin Falls; DUI, $400 fine, $202.50 costs, 180 days jail, 170 suspended, one day credited, guilty withheld judgment, 72 hours work detail, 180 days restricted drivers license, 12 months supervised probation, follow recommendations from evaluation.
DIVORCE CIVIL PROCEEDINGS
Matthew McFarlin v. Kirsten McFarlin
William Edwards v. Ashlee Edwards
Charles Bishop v. Nichole Bishop
Lloyd Schnittyer v. Sierra Schnittyer
Rita Mintun v. Florin Saez
Mayra Garcia v. Jorge Ortiz Cruz
Rolene Ferrell v. Kevin Ferrell
Laura Wray v. Thomas Stewart
Kimber Barrow v. Joseph Barrow
Mabel Fletcher v. Bert Fletcher
Ashley Koopman v. Bryan Koopman
Nikki Burton v. Terry Burton
Selma Suljovic v. Nedzad Suljovic
Ashlei Underwood v. Bryan Underwood
Michelle Petruska v. Bradley Sawyer
Rorri Henstock v. Zachary Seay
Ashton Layne Koehn, son of Aimee Myers and Montana Koehn of Jerome, was born Aug. 7, 2017.
Brody Alan Merritt, son of Penny King Merritt and Randy Merritt of Buhl, was born Aug. 11, 2017.
Atticus Rockwell Baker, son of Bethany Baker of Jerome, was born Aug. 11, 2017.
Chloe Grace Winters, daughter of Hollie Dawn Winters and James Darrell Winters Jr. of Battle Mountain, Nev., was born Aug. 6, 2017.
Jane Carter Krabbenhoft, daughter of Camilla Susan and Tyler Jon Krabbenhoft of Twin Falls, was born Aug. 9, 2017.
Rilynn LouAnn McCombs, daughter of Ashlynn LeAnn and Cody Scott McCombs of Twin Falls, was born Aug. 9, 2017.
Xzander Maddox Alaniz, son of Melissa and Miguel Michael Alaniz of Jerome, was born Aug. 10, 2017.
Callen Dale Ralls, son of Mary Esperanza and Yates Norman Ralls of Jerome, was born Aug. 10, 2017.
Kiyanna Ellie Gonzalez, daughter of Maria DeJesus Diaz and Carlos Enrique Gonzalez II of Rupert, was born Aug. 10, 2017.
Evander Scott Scruggs Drain, son of Sarah Francis Bunce and Dennis Scott Drain of Jerome, was born Aug. 10, 2017.
Santana Marie Lynn Fox, daughter of Savanna Brook Fox and Shannon Laray Fox of Twin Falls, was born Aug. 10, 2017.
Kynlee Reese Colvin, daughter of Jennifer Michelle Colvin and James Douglas Colvin III of Twin Falls, was born Aug. 11, 2017.
Colt Willard Stevenson, son of Joanna Marie and Christopher Scott Stevenson of Jerome, was born Aug. 11, 2017.
Atlas Reid Leavitt, daughter of Steffany Nicole and Dylan Thomas Leavitt of Kimberly, was born Aug. 11, 2017.
Cohen Lee Gleason, son of Tina Marie and Tecopa Gleason of Jackpot, Nev., was born Aug. 11, 2017.
Maher Mahar Rasheed, son of Luma Majid Hatem and Mahar Rasheed Hameed of Twin Falls, was born Aug. 12, 2017.
Pearl J. Williams, daughter of Brittany Lee Zigich and Kenneth John Williams of Twin Falls, was born Aug. 12, 2017.
Liam Brady French, son of Kristan Nichole and Jeremy French of Twin Falls, was born Aug. 12, 2017.
Kyiah Jean Marie Bridges, daughter of Karissa Marie and Kirby Charles Bridges of Twin Falls, was born Aug. 12, 2017.
Nathaniel Graham Alexander, son of Maribeth and Micah Wayne Alexander of Buhl, was born Aug. 13, 2017.
Santiago Alan Salazar, son of Kimberly Marie and Victor Alan Salazar of Wendell, was born Aug. 13, 2017.
Ryken Michael Thurmond, son of Kelsey Anne and Eric Michael Thurmond of Hailey, was born Aug. 13, 2017.
Maxwell James Stopher, son of Connie Lynn and Patrick Kyle Stopher of Twin Falls, was born Aug. 13, 2017.
Julietta Mosqueda, daughter of Gina Liza Soto and Juan Jesus Mosqueda of Hollister, was born Aug. 13, 2017.
Cooper Dawson Porter, son of Lara and Lucas Allen Porter of Twin Falls, was born Aug. 14, 2017.
Janessa Mae Vielmas, daughter of Samantha Celeste Cabral and Jose Alfredo Vielmas of Murtaugh, was born Aug. 14, 2017.
Valerie Ximena Nieto, daughter of Leticia Martinez Nieto and Flaviano Rodrigues Nieto of Filer, was born Aug. 15, 2017.
Riggs Scott Burtenshaw, son of Tara Lee and Benjamin Don Burtenshaw of Gooding, was born Aug. 15, 2017.
Angel Jose Juarez, son of Marisol and Jose Juarez of Gooding, was born Aug. 15, 2017.