TWIN FALLS — Halloween isn’t until Tuesday, but there are several festivities to choose from this week.
Here is a list of 33 events geared toward families and six events for adults.
Tubbs Berry Farm Straw Maze, 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, through Oct. 31, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1150 South Park Ave. W. Admission to maze, slides and playground: $8 for ages 6 and older, $5 for ages 3-5, Friday and Saturday; and $6 for ages 6 and older, $4 for ages 3-5, Monday-Thursday or before 2 p.m. Friday. Tubbsberryfarm.com.
Twin Falls Corn Maze, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, through Nov. 4, at Grandview Drive North and Pole Line Road W. The non-haunted mazes cost $7 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. Haunted maze, 8 p.m. to closing Oct. 27, 28, 30 and 31, and admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Also games, straw bale slide and more. Twinfallscornmaze.com.
Haunted Swamp, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Nov. 3-4 at 646 South Park Ave. W. Tickets are $15 per person, or $12 and $10 for children. Lights on Family Night, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25, $7 each. Idahohauntedswamp.com.
Teen Halloween Party for students in sixth through 12 grades, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Twin Falls Public Library, 201 Fourth Ave. E. Games, prizes and treats. Costumes are welcome, but not required. Free. 208-733-2964, ext. 200.
College of Southern Idaho dance department’s annual performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” 4:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. The students have made their own zombie outfits. The show begins with other dance students performing jazz and contemporary routines. After the show, children will receive Halloween candy, and a chance to take pictures with the performers. Free admission.
“The Ooky Spooky Light Show” Halloween program with showings at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Faulkner Planetarium at College of Southern Idaho’s Herrett Center for Arts and Science. Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for students, including CSI students with valid student ID; children under age 2 admitted for free. 208-732-6655 or herrett.csi.edu.
CSI’s annual Great Pumpkin Race and Youth Challenge, 9 a.m. Oct. 28 starts and finishes near the CSI Desert Building. Registration on race day starts at 9 a.m., with the one-mile Youth Challenge at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K run at 10 a.m. Pre-register at bluecirclesports.com. Prizes awarded in each age group. CSI Culinary Arts Department provides a chili feed after the races. Information: Jaime Tigue at 208-732-6479 or email@example.com.
Cohorts Carnival in the Corn, hosted by CSI Council of Horticulture Students, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Breckenridge Endowment Farm across from the Eldon Evans Expo Center on North College Road. Includes games, music, bounce house, petting zoo, obstacle course, scavenger hunt and more. Carnival admission is $5. Also raffle tickets available for sale. Proceeds go to student organizations at CSI.
Howl-O-Ween Pet Photography, hosted by Fearless Photography and the Twin Falls Animal Shelter, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at the animal shelter, 420 Victory Ave. A Halloween photography event for pets, along with other activities. Costumes are welcome. Admission is $10 or a bag of new and unopened dog or cat food. Donations go to the Twin Falls Animal Shelter.
Creepy Crawly Day, 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Rick Allen Room at Herrett Center for Arts and Science. Features unique critters including snakes, lizards, spiders and scorpions. Learn how reptiles and insects are essential and beneficial in many ways. Free admission. 208-732-6655 or herrett.csi.edu.
“The Ooky Spooky Light Show” Halloween program with showings at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Faulkner Planetarium at College of Southern Idaho’s Herrett Center for Arts and Science. Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for students, including CSI students with valid student ID; children under age 2 admitted for free. Receive $1 off a ticket if you come in costume. 208-732-6655 or herrett.csi.edu.
Trick or Treat Main Street, 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 downtown in the newly renovated area of Main Avenue (200 block of Main Avenue South/East to the 200 block of Main Avenue North/West). 208-735-1105.
Halloween interactive movie, 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at Twin Falls Public Library, 201 Fourth Ave. E. Youth can participate in activities while watching a movie. Free. 208-733-2964, ext. 200.
The Witch and The Ghostmen Halloween Extravaganza, presented by Twin Falls Brickhouse and Safe Harbor, 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at 360 Main Event Center, 348 Fourth Ave. S. The family event includes games, prizes and vendors. Admission is $3 or three canned goods. Proceeds go to Safe Harbor to help local families.
Halloween storytime, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct 31 at Twin Falls Public Library, 201 Fourth Ave. E. Free. 208-733-2964, ext. 200.
Family Halloween movie featuring a Disney classic, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at Twin Falls Public Library, 201 Fourth Ave. E. Free. 208-733-2964, ext. 200.
Trunk or Treat event, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Amazing Grace Fellowship, 1061 Eastland Drive N. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a DJ and dance floor, a bounce house, food, and free hot drinks, followed by Trunk or Treat, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. 208-736-0727.
Rotary Club of Twin Falls After Hours’ haunted maze, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center, 330 Canyon Crest Drive. Features two haunted mazes, with one for toddlers age 4 and younger, and a larger maze for ages 5 and older. Also children’s games with prizes, face painting, coloring stations, and cookies and candy. Tickets are $3 each or bring a school supply item. The fundraiser benefits a few Title I high-poverty schools in Twin Falls with school supplies, hygiene items and the cost of class field trips.
Annual Festival Alternative family event, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31 at River Christian Fellowship, 4002 N. 3300 E. (corner of Falls Avenue and the road to Shoshone Falls). Free admission.
“The Ooky Spooky Light Show” Halloween program with showings at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Faulkner Planetarium at College of Southern Idaho’s Herrett Center for Arts and Science. Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for students, including CSI students with valid student ID; children under age 2 admitted for free. 208-732-6655 or herrett.csi.edu.
Haunted Mansions of Albion, 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26, 30 and 31, and 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4 at 437 E. North St. Tickets for adults and children are $25 at the door, or $24 at hauntedmansionsofalbion.com. Not recommended for children younger than 8.
Trick or Treat Main Street, 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at several participating businesses in downtown Buhl. Pre-register children at the Buhl Chamber of Commerce office or 208-543-6682. Registration will be held the day of the event starting at 2:30 p.m. at the West End Senior Center.
Trunk or Treat, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Train Station Pizza on U.S. 30.
Community Trunk-o-Treat, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Fabri-Kal parking lot, 2457 Washington Ave.
Burley Straw Maze, 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, through Nov. 4, at 500 S. 845 E. Admission is $10 for the straw maze. Haunted straw maze starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 and admission is $12. Burleystrawmaze.com.
Trick or Treat Main Street, hosted by Gooding Chamber of Commerce, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at participating businesses along Main Street.
Annual Halloween Hoopla, presented by The Chamber, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31 downtown on Main Street. Also costume contest with prizes, sponsored by Kiwanis of Hailey and the Wood River Valley, 3:45 to 5 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre; all-ages contests held every 15 minutes. YMCA of Wood River Valley will have a bounce house, and Sun Valley Ballet holds several performances of “Thriller.”
Trunk or Treat, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Amazing Grace Fellowship Mini-Cassia, 711 21st St., Heyburn. Free.
Halloween Carnival open house, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Jerome Public Library, 100 First Ave. E. Come anytime during the event for games and snacks. Free. 208-324-5427, jerome.lili.org.
Teen Halloween Scavenger Hunt, 5 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at Jerome Public Library, 100 First Ave. E. Includes a costume contest, snacks, mummy wrap, and an eyeball relay race. Free. 208-324-5427, jerome.lili.org.
Nightmare on Main Street features music, 9 to 11 p.m. Oct. 28 downtown and a costume contest with prizes at 10 p.m. Ketchum’s Main Street will be closed 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the event.
Magic Valley Corn Maze, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Monday, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 31, at 4334 E. 3700 N. between Hansen and Murtaugh. Also open by appointment Tuesday and Thursday. Admission is $5 per person. The haunted maze is $10 after 7 p.m. Saturday. Magicvalleycornmaze.com, 208-420-9001.
Four Paws Howl-o-ween Party and Costume Parade, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 28 at Four Paws Bed and Bath, 370 W. 200 S. Parade judging at 1 p.m. Free refreshments, pictures, and prizes for pets and their families. 208-438-4444.
Halloween at the Log features Eric May, 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Log Tavern, 401 Fourth Ave. W.
Halloween Party Oct. 28 at Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center, 330 Canyon Crest Drive. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Canyoncrestdining.com.
Monster Halloween Party, 9 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Rouge at Twin Falls Brickhouse, 516 Hansen St. S. Three dance floors and three DJs with country, top hits and Latin music. Cash prize for best costume. Admission is $5. Ladies admitted for free before 10 p.m. Identification is required, and no full face paint. VIP reservations: 208-280-1932.
Halloween Open Mic hosted by Kit Gikiu, 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 31 at The Cove, 496 W. Addison Ave. All entertainment, all abilities. Wear your costumes.
Halloween celebration in Jarbidge, Nev., with pig roast, 5 p.m. Oct. 28; fire department raffle, 5:30 p.m.; bake auction, 6 p.m.; and costume party, 7 p.m., all at Outdoor Inn. From Twin Falls, drive south on U.S. 93 to Rogerson; turn west on Three Creek Road. 775-488-2311.
Halloween Square and Round Dance for all mainstream and plus dancers Oct. 28 at American Legion Hall, 107 Seventh Ave. E. Pre-rounds at 7:30 p.m. and squares at 8 p.m. Bring finger foods. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded. Bring a new toy or canned food to be donated to a local charity. Suggested donation $4 per person. Info: Bradleys, 208-886-2808.
TWIN FALLS — African-American and American Indian children are faring better in Idaho than elsewhere across the nation, but white, Latino and Asian/Pacific Islander children are doing worse.
The “2017 Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children” report was released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. It makes comparisons by race and ethnic background on topics such as education and health.
As Idaho becomes more diverse, one childhood advocacy official says it’s important to pay attention to barriers children face in being successful. After identifying gaps in progress, she says the next step is discussion and seeking to make policy changes.
“We all have a stake in planning for the next generation and making sure children have what they need for reaching their full potential,” said Alejandra Cerna, policy analyst for Idaho Voices for Children, a nonprofit based in Boise.
The report focuses heavily on obstacles facing immigrant children and those in minority groups. Idaho has 56,000 children in immigrant families, the report notes. The largest group — 67 percent — are Latino.
The report includes several recommendations: keep families together and in their communities, help children in immigrant families meet key developmental milestones and increase economic opportunity for immigrant parents.
Idaho is ranked second-best in the nation for how African-American children are faring.
The Gem State ranks 11th best for American Indian children, 29th for Asian/Pacific Islander children, 37th for Latino children and 41st for white children.
In Idaho, there’s such a small population of African-American and American Indian children, it’s hard to generalize compared with states with a much larger population, Cerna said. “That was an interesting finding, but something we have to interpret a little for folks.”
It’s the second time the Annie E. Casey Foundation has done this type of report.
Scores are based on factors such as babies born at a normal birthweight, percentage of students reaching proficiency in reading and math, teenage girls who delay childbearing until adulthood, high schoolers graduating on time, children living in two-parent families, parents’ educational attainment and children who are living in poverty.
One area where attention could be focused to help address gaps is early learning, Cerna said.
Preschool and home visiting programs are proven to help children prepare for academic and life experiences, she said.
Children who come from a family with severe economic disadvantages or are learning English as a second language have the most to gain from quality interventions, Cerna said.
Hispanic children in Idaho, for example, are much less likely to be enrolled in early learning program compared with their peers, she said, and are less likely to do well on reading proficiency assessments by fourth-grade.
Idaho is among six U.S. states that don’t offer public preschool programs.
Early childhood education advocates say the lack of state-funded preschool is holding Idaho children back. But opponents say it’s the responsibility of parents, not the government, to prepare children for school.
In past years, state legislators have also expressed concerns about the large price tag of implementing a program, and the impact on school facilities and the already existing teacher shortage.
TWIN FALLS — Bumpin Bernie’s, a popular after-hours hangout downtown, needs to control its customers and do more to eliminate rowdiness outside or the city may force the business to close earlier.
Essentially, the city is asking for a little less bumpin’.
The bar, nightclub and hookah lounge at 139 Shoshone St. N. operates until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, but stops serving alcohol at 1 a.m. per state statute. Police say they receive more calls for fights, batteries and disturbances there than at similar bars in town that close at 1:30 a.m.
Police had asked the Planning and Zoning Commission to amend the bar’s special use permit to limit hours to 1:30 a.m. But after hearing testimony on the business’ behalf, the commission decided to table the item and allow Bumpin Bernie’s more time to step up its cleanup efforts and work to address security in the Urban Renewal Agency-owned parking lot behind it.
“You guys got to get control,” chairman Tom Frank said at the public hearing Tuesday. “They’re your customers, whether they go in the building or not. They’re probably using your bathrooms when they’re not out doing something else.”
The issue will come up again before the P&Z at a public hearing Dec. 12.
“Things won’t be so forgiving at that time,” Frank said. “This is kind of your Jesus — pardon that term — meeting, and you guys really need to get a handle on it.”
Bumpin Bernie’s co-owner Burhan Hetemi said the business has already taken action toward improving the situation.
“I took it upon myself to get a ‘No Loitering’ sign,” Hetemi said.
Since installing the sign about seven weeks ago, he said, there have been no incidents outside the bar — and there has never been a fight inside the bar, Hetemi added. But police reports show there have been a few calls for service at the address of the establishment during that time period.
“I’m really skeptical signing is going to change a drunk person’s behavior,” Commissioner Ed Musser said.
Still, the commission was impressed by Hetemi’s willingness to step up and work with law enforcement.
Since Bumpin Bernie’s received its permit for extended hours of operation in 2011, police have responded to the address 283 times — including 88 times for fights or disturbances.
Just in the past year — from Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017 — there were 108 calls for service at Bumpin Bernie’s.
“About 48 percent of the calls for service occurred in that 1:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. timeframe,” Police Sgt. Kevin Loosli said.
But Tim Stastny, owner of the Slice restaurant nearby, also said the problems are occurring in the URA-owned parking lot. Just last Saturday, his own son was accosted in the parking lot, he said. Stastny has also found blood and vomit on his back door.
“They can’t control it — it’s not their fault,” he said. “You can’t control the maniacs that are coming down there. You never hear of a problem going on inside the bar.”
Artem Petrosyan, an employee who helps manage Bumpin Bernie’s, said his staff call the police when necessary, to make the area safe. And the issues aren’t with the business’ patrons.
“We don’t know who causes the problems,” he said.
Petrosyan also highlighted the business’ role in the community by hosting fundraisers and a venue for local artists to perform.
But the commission seemed to agree that having an establishment open past 1:30 a.m. would by nature attract more people to that area.
“They’re causing it indirectly,” Commissioner Gerardo Munoz said.
Yet the commission understood the need for such a business to cater to the 21-to-40-year-olds who stay up at that time of night.
“My greatest fear is if we keep shutting down at 1:30, our hopes of developing the downtown the way we want it suffers,” Commissioner Kevin Grey said. “It really does.
“… My hat’s off to the owner of this establishment for making those phone calls, and I think it’s unfortunate that that’s counted against them.”
After another downtown business owner complained of broken beer bottles and public urination, commissioners discussed that Bumpin Bernie’s could do more to help clean up. Furthermore, it could discuss the possibility with the URA of lighting that parking lot.
“I think there’s a bigger issue that the city or the owner of the parking lot need to address to make that place safe,” Commissioner Danielle Dawson said.
After the meeting, Bumpin Bernie’s employees spoke to law enforcement and a commissioner, and they seemed eager to pursue more lighting and better communication.
If the conditions don’t improve, Hetemi could face a cut to his hours that would be detrimental to his business. Most customers arrive after 12:45 a.m., he said.
“Most people just think we’re open 1 to 3,” Hetemi said.
It’s an image he has been trying to move away from over the past couple of years. Bumpin Bernie’s serves European food from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It opens again from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; and 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
But since the establishment began operating a hookah lounge in March, Hetemi has noticed more police patrols happening and feels that his business is being targeted.
“I try my best to work with them,” he said.
Bumpin Bernie’s is the only establishment in the area open past 1:30 a.m.
“There’s never been a complaint about the bar, never a written note, never a phone call from a neighbor,” Petrosyan said.
TWIN FALLS — Bail was set at $2 million Tuesday for a Twin Falls mother charged with murdering her 20-month-old daughter.
Amanda J. Dunlap, 22, faces charges of first-degree murder and eight felony counts of injury to a child in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court. She’s being represented by a public defender.
Judge Thomas D. Kershaw Jr. approved a motion from prosecutors to seal the court records from the public and media, ruling that the details of the case were so “highly intimate” that their publication would be “highly objectionable to a reasonable person.”
Authorities have declined to discuss what caused the baby’s death. Asked over the weekend, Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs struggled to find words: “I wouldn’t know how to answer that.”
In a brief statement issued Saturday, police said Dunlap was arrested late Friday in Ada County. Her baby died Oct. 14 in Boise. The girl lived a week in a Boise hospital after being flown from St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center on Oct. 8, when police first began investigating.
According to court records, Dunlap was already facing charges for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the time of the baby’s death.
A preliminary hearing in the murder case is set for Nov. 3.