Editor’s note: This column first ran Jan. 8, 2015, in the Times-News and on Magicvalley.com.
TWIN FALLS — Clarence E. Bisbee wasn’t the only photographer to capture pioneer life in the Magic Valley.
Charles Roscoe Savage was a Mormon who immigrated from England in 1855. He is well known for his photographs of the American West.
Savage settled in Salt Lake City in 1960, then traveled extensively while under contract with the Union Pacific Railroad. He photographed completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Point on May 10, 1869, where the Union and Central Pacific railroads famously joined in Utah Territory.
Many of his photographs were reproduced in Harper’s Weekly. Unfortunately, most of his early originals were lost in a 1883 fire at his studio.
Savage had photographed much of the landscape around southern Idaho before Bisbee arrived in 1906.
TWIN FALLS — It was a coding activity in eighth-grade that sparked Jacob Buscher’s interest in computer science. Four years later, the Twin Falls 17-year-old is operating his own software development company.
On Wednesday, he helped out classmates with “Hour of Code“ activities at Twin Falls High School. Across the Magic Valley, many school campuses are also getting involved as part of Computer Science Education Week.
The purpose is to encourage more students to get interested in computer science as a possible career. There’s a huge demand for employees and a growing number of high-paying jobs.
“There’s a massive deficit of people to fill jobs in this industry, especially around here,” Jacob said.
In an increasingly technology-reliant era, coding is becoming more crucial. It’s used, for example, to create computer software, websites and mobile applications.
Just about everything is run using coding, Jacob said, but many people don’t understand how it works. With the worldwide Hour of Code, “it’s getting (students) a little bit more knowledge of how it runs.”
For those who are knowledgeable and skilled at computer programming, there are huge benefits. Here in Idaho, software developers and computer systems employees rank number one on the Idaho Department of Labor‘s “hot jobs” list. The number of jobs is expected to grow nearly 37 percent between 2014 and 2024, with an estimated 259 openings each year. Jobs typically require a bachelor’s degree and the median hourly wage is $39.52.
To help address the nationwide shortage and expose more students to coding, the nonprofit Code.org provides free online tutorials. Twin Falls High and other schools across the Magic Valley are using the tutorials this week for the Hour of Code. Some tutorials are even based on popular movies and games, such as Minecraft and Star Wars.
It’s the fourth year Jacob has volunteered to help his peers during the Hour of Code.
All eight science teachers at Twin Falls High gave up an instructional day Wednesday to accommodate the lesson.
“We’re trying to hit every student at every level,” computer science teacher Sarah LaMarche said.
Students could stick with a basic coding tutorial, she said, or move on to more advanced lessons.
In the Jerome School District, all three elementary schools — Summit, Horizon and Jefferson — are doing Hour of Code activities this week during computer lab time, curriculum director Janet Avery said.
For Jacob, the Hour of Code is what led to his interest in computer science. “It’s taken off since then,” he said.
Jacob has found work writing code, including for a publishing company. And as a high school sophomore, he created his own company called BF Innovative Technologies.
In October, he filed as a limited liability company with the help of his parents, who run Business Techs.
As for Hour of Code, a focus this year at Twin Falls High was showing students the basics of algorithms — the actual code that goes into creating a program — and its real-life applications, Jacob said.
Coding may seem intimidating when looking at the whole picture. But “when you break down programs into algorithms,” he said, “it’s not complicated at all.”
Patricio Vazquez-Guzman, 47, Buhl; aggravated assault, $25,000, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing Dec. 15.
Kari Jo Kingston, 43, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, $5,000, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing Dec. 15.
Skyler S Guymon, 23, Twin Falls; possession of paraphernalia, $100, public defender appointed, pretrial Jan. 30.
TWIN FALLS — A fatal fire that took the life of a 2-year-old girl Monday afternoon is thought to have started when a cat knocked a heat lamp into a turtle terrarium, according to the Idaho State Fire Marshal.
Cassandra Luckey was the only victim of a blaze that engulfed an RV trailer on U.S. 93, south of Twin Falls, around 1 p.m. Monday. She was napping in the motorhome when the fire started, police said. Her mother, Meredith Menard, had stepped out and into the house next door just minutes before the trailer went up in flames.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office believes the fire began when a heat lamp was knocked down into a terrarium that held a turtle and decorations.
“We think there was a cat that the family had, and apparently the cat had a habit of trying to get to the turtle,” Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl said.
The official cause of the fire has been listed as combustible material too close to a heating source, according to Sandahl.
Oct Live Cattle 115.450 114.275 115.350 S 0.900
Aug Feeder Cattle 149.475 148.175 149.175 S 1.300
Oct Feeder Cattle 147.575 146.225 147.375 S 1.250
Aug Lean Hogs 76.225 75.275 75.900 S 0.375
Oct Lean Hogs 80.825 80.100 80.125 S -0.425
Jul Wheat 425.5%5E6 421.5%5E2 424.5%5E6 3.5%5E2
Sep Wheat 438.5%5E4 434.5%5E4 437.5%5E6 3.5%5E2
Jul KC Wheat 430.5%5E6 426.5%5E4 428.5%5E6 1.5%5E6
Sep KC Wheat 444.5%5E0 439.5%5E6 442.5%5E4 2.5%5E0
Jul MPS Wheat 616.5%5E4 610.5%5E0 610.5%5E0 -1.5%5E6
Sep MPS Wheat 625.5%5E2 619.5%5E0 619.5%5E0 -2.5%5E0
Jul Corn 354.5%5E0 350.5%5E4 351.5%5E2 -1.5%5E6
Sep Corn 361.5%5E6 358.5%5E6 359.5%5E4 -1.5%5E4
Jul Soybeans 974.5%5E6 966.5%5E4 972.5%5E4 3.5%5E6
Aug Soybeans 985.5%5E6 977.5%5E4 983.5%5E4 3.5%5E4
Jul BFP Milk 13.75 13.34 13.57 -0.12
Aug BFP Milk 13.73 13.43 13.52 -0.23
Sep BFP Milk 13.98 13.70 13.73 -0.29
Oct BFP Milk 14.30 14.11 14.11 -0.19
Nov BFP Milk 14.65 14.55 14.55 -0.06
Jul Sugar 13.59 13.02 13.08 S -0.34
Oct Sugar 13.73 13.20 13.24 S -0.34
Jun B-Pound 1.3940 1.3831 1.3908 0.0001
Jun J-Yen 0.90615 0.89975 0.90280 -0.00010
Jun Canada Dollar 0.80605 0.80120 0.80435 -0.00225
Jun %5Euro-Currency 1.23085 1.22090 1.22760 -0.00075
Jun Swiss Franc 1.0487 1.0382 1.0470 0.0022
Jun US Dollar 90.765 90.205 90.360 D 0.047
Aug Comex Gold 1338.0 1329.1 1332.0 -12.0
Oct Comex Gold 1342.8 1334.2 1337.8 -11.3
Sep Comex Silver 17.220 17.005 17.045 -0.206
Dec Comex Silver 17.305 17.095 17.125 -0.215
Sep Treasury Bond 150.5%5E8 149.5%5E10 149.5%5E17 -0.5%5E25
Sep Coffee 126.30 123.45 123.55 S -2.00
Dec Coffee 128.70 125.85 125.90 S -2.05
Jul Cotton 83.94 81.82 82.63 D 0.49
Mar Cotton 84.50 82.47 83.34 D 0.74
Aug Unleaded Gas 1.8896 1.8604 1.8884 0.0193
Aug Heating Oil 2.0680 2.0405 2.0584 -0.0047
Jul Natural Gas 3.260 3.070 3.193 -0.039
Aug Crude Oil 46.43 45.16 46.20 0.54
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Valley BeansPrices 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 Feb. 19.
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 Feb. 19.
Corn, $7.30 (cwt) barley, $5.30 (cwt) wheat, $3.90 (bushel). Prices quoted by JD Heiskell. Prices current Feb. 14.
Barrels $1.4850 +0.25 Blocks $1.55 +0.5 Prices current Feb. 21.
Big Wood 73%
Little Wood 74%
Big Lost 94%
Little Lost 105%
Henrys Fork/Teton 96%
Upper Snake Basin 114%
Goose Creek 62%
Salmon Falls 64%
Today’s median peak compares water content with what is normally seen on this day.
As of Jan. 1.
TWIN FALLS — Police are looking for an unidentified vandal who drove around town throwing rocks at car windows late Tuesday night.
The Twin Falls Police Department had received about 20 reports from all over the city as of Wednesday afternoon, according to Lt. Terry Thueson.
The department believes the person threw the rocks in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
No further details are known at this time, Thueson said.