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Coming soon: A Big Story on the recovery of Rock Creek Canyon

For decades, Rock Creek Canyon was a home for raw sewage. In 1962, a sewer treatment plant opened in Twin Falls, but the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality still estimates that about 30 open sewers still flow into Rock Creek today.

But Magic Valley residents aren’t quite ready to give up on Rock Creek Canyon. Quite the opposite. As the area has become a recreational destination for many, including anglers, rock climbers and hikers, residents are trying to turn around the canyon’s reputation and appearance.

Watch for reporter Mychel Matthews’ story and photography package Thursday at and Sunday in the Times-News.

And see more of the Times-News’ best reporting now at

Blaine County temporarily stops paper recycling

HAILEY — Due to changes in international paper recycling markets, no vendors are currently accepting Blaine County’s used mixed paper for recycling.

The Blaine County Recycle Center has reached storage capacity for mixed paper. Now, all of that stored and all paper submitted for the foreseeable future will be disposed of as trash.

Blaine County is committed to supporting and sustaining the community’s excellent recycling habits. Accordingly, paper will continue to be collected, along with metal cans and plastics 1-5, through existing curbside pick-up where available throughout the county — as well as at Blaine County transfer stations.

The Blaine County Recycle Center and the Blaine County Board of Commissioners will continue looking for alternative solutions during the next three months and, if necessary, will re-evaluate available options by the end of this period.

For more information:

  • Residents who live within a city should contact the appropriate city office.
  • Residents contracting directly with a waste hauler for recycling pick-up may wish to contact their service provider.
  • Residents who bring their own recyclables to the transfer stations may call Esmeralda Palomera at 208-788-5543 or email

5th District Court News: Twin Falls County

Twin Falls County

Tuesday arraignments

Brittany N Eckles, 36, Twin Falls; excessive driving under the influence, injury to a child while transporting a minor in a vehicle while under the influence, bond previously posted, public defender appointed, pretrial July 24.

Clinton James Knapp, 38, Filer; felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, $100,000 bond, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing May 25.

Annette Lawson Marovich, 54, Hansen; possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, $5,000 bond, public defender appointed, pretrial July 24.

Lewis Cantu, 42, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver, $100,000 bond, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing May 25.

Closures resume Thursday on Pole Line Road, Eastland Drive

Closures resume Thursday on Pole Line Road, Eastland Drive

TWIN FALLS — City contractors will resume paving the first phase of an expansion project Thursday along Eastland Drive North and Pole Line Road East.

Weather permitting, the paving will be complete Monday. During paving, contractors will close access on the south side of Pole Line Road at Mountain View Drive. Access on the west side of Eastland Drive from Pole Line Road to Falls Avenue will also be closed.

Streets affected by these closures are: Village Park; Cheney Drive; North Temple; South Temple; Candle Ridge; Julie Lane, and Bitterroot Drive.

Private driveways may need to be closed temporarily when paving occurs near them. For information, call Twin Falls Staff Engineer Josh Baird at 208-735-7323.

Tech and health care lead US stocks lower; bond yields rise

NEW YORK (AP) — Losses in technology and health care companies helped pull U.S. stocks lower Tuesday, snapping an eight-day winning streak by the Dow Jones industrial average.

The broad sell-off followed a slide in bond prices, which sent the 10-year Treasury yield to its highest level in almost seven years. That paves the way for higher borrowing costs on mortgages and other loans.

The prospect of higher mortgage interest rates weighed on homebuilders, while the rise in bond yields sent shares in high-dividend paying stocks lower.

"We're of the view that we're not in a high-rate environment, we're in a less-low rate environment," said Erik Davidson, chief investment officer at Wells Fargo Private Bank. "So we're not too concerned at these levels, but that's definitely driving the market today."

The S&P 500 index fell 18.68 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,711.45. The Dow lost 193 points, or 0.8 percent, to 24,706.41. The drop pulled the 30-company average to a slight loss for the year.

The Nasdaq composite dropped 59.69 points, or 0.8 percent, to 7,351.63. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks finished flat at 1,600.34.

The market slide comes in the midst of a strong May for stocks. The Dow is on track for a gain of 2.2 percent, while the S&P 500 is closing in on a gain of 2.4 percent. The Nasdaq is up 4 percent.

On Tuesday, it was the bond market that appeared to hold investors' focus.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 3.07 percent from 3 percent late Monday. That's the highest level since July 2011 for the yield, which is used to set interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans.

The surge came after the Commerce Department said retail sales climbed 0.3 percent in April. The agency also revised March sales higher to 0.8 percent from 0.6 percent. The retail sales data suggest that consumers are spending more after a weak first quarter. Bond yields tend to rise when investors expect faster economic growth and higher inflation.

The Federal Reserve has signaled that it will raise rates twice more this year, after having done so initially in March, and most economists foresee the next increase in June. Some Fed watchers have been cautioning that any lasting uptick in inflation or in economic growth might spur the Fed to pursue an additional rate increase before year's end.

"The stock market was due for a digestion of the gains that we've seen over the last eight trading sessions," said Quincy Krosby, chief market strategist at Prudential Financial.

The rise in bond yields pulled down shares in real estate investment trusts and other high-dividend paying stocks. Essex Property Trust fell 3.4 percent to $233.78.

It also put investors in the mood to sell their shares in homebuilders. Mortgage rates, which have been rising this year, tend to track the movement in the 10-year Treasury yield. Higher mortgage rates can make it harder for would-be buyers to afford to purchase a home. D.R. Horton slid 6.7 percent to $40.58.

Some banks got a boost from the higher rates, which make loans more profitable. Capital One Financial rose 1.6 percent to $94.65.

Home Depot dropped 1.4 percent to $187.98 after the home-improvement retailer reported weaker-than-expected sales, partly because of inclement weather, and said the second quarter got off to a slow start.

Technology and health care sector companies took some of the worst losses. Chipmaker Nvidia fell 3.8 percent to $245.56. Drugmaker Celgene slid 3.9 percent to $81.98.

Benchmark U.S. crude oil reversed an early side, rising 35 cents to settle at $71.31 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oil, added 20 cents to close at $78.43 a barrel in London.

The dollar rose to 110.38 yen from 109.66 yen late Monday. The euro weakened to $1.1847 from $1.1944.

The greenback's gains weighed on precious metals prices. Gold fell $27.90, or 2.1 percent, to $1,290.30 an ounce. Silver dropped 38 cents, or 2.3 percent, to $16.27 an ounce. Copper slipped 4 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $3.06 a pound.

In other energy futures trading, heating oil was little changed at $2.25 a gallon. Wholesale gasoline added a penny to $2.21 a gallon. Natural gas dipped a penny to $2.84 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Major indexes in Europe finished mixed Tuesday. Germany's DAX fell 0.1 percent after new data showed the country's economy slowed in the first quarter. France's CAC 40 inched up 0.2 percent. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.2 percent.

In Asia, Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged down 0.2 percent. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.6 percent. South Korea's Kospi slipped 0.7 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 1.2 percent.


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Aon plc 1.60f 28 140.77 -2.46 +5.1

BallardPw ... ... 3.15 -.01 -28.6

BkofAm .48 18 31.22 +.10 +5.8

ConAgra .85 17 37.72 -.03 +.1

Costco 2.28f 30 195.48 -.40 +5.0

Diebold .40 14 12.45 -.45 -23.9

DukeEngy 3.56 17 76.93 -.90 -8.5

DukeRlty .80 22 28.05 -.26 +3.1

Fastenal 1.48 25 52.50 +.72 -4.0

HPInc .56f 13 22.04 -.53 +4.9

HomeDp 4.12f 26 187.98 -3.10 -.8

Idacorp 2.36 22 89.27 -1.21 -2.3

Keycorp .48f 14 20.47 +.31 +1.5

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MicronT ... 6 54.01 +1.01 +31.3

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SkyWest .40 16 55.90 +.30 +5.3

Teradyn .36 27 35.87 -.77 -14.3

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USBancrp 1.20 14 51.12 -.06 -4.6

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WalMart 2.08f 19 84.52 +.13 -14.4

WashFed .68 16 32.40 +.20 -5.4

WellsFargo 1.56 12 54.75 +.27 -9.8

WestRck 1.72 18 60.86 -.35 -3.7

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Aug Live Cattle 102.000 99.550 100.400 S -1.500

Oct Live Cattle 105.400 103.250 103.750 S -1.525

Aug Feeder Cattle 135.500 133.450 133.550 S -1.850

Oct Feeder Cattle 140.800 138.525 138.950 S -1.850

Aug Lean Hogs 76.300 74.075 74.725 S -1.425

Oct Lean Hogs 78.825 76.575 77.700 S -1.025

Jul Wheat 496^2 486^2 493^4 S 2^2

Sep Wheat 496^2 486^2 493^4 S 2^2

Jul KC Wheat 514^6 502^4 509^6 S 0^0

Sep KC Wheat 533^4 521^2 528^4 S 0^0

Jul MPS Wheat 608^0 599^4 606^2 S 4^6

Sep MPS Wheat 608^0 599^4 606^2 S 4^6

Jul Corn 402^4 396^0 402^2 S 5^6

Sep Corn 410^6 404^2 410^4 S 5^6

Jul Soybeans 1025^2 1005^2 1018^6 S 1^0

Aug Soybeans 1028^4 1009^0 1022^0 S 1^0

Jul BFP Milk 16.14 16.06 16.12 0.03

Aug BFP Milk 16.37 16.24 16.36 0.09

Sep BFP Milk 16.71 16.58 16.71 0.12

Oct BFP Milk 16.95 16.84 16.94 0.10

Nov BFP Milk 16.96 16.86 16.96 0.16

Jul Sugar 11.54 11.22 11.52 S 0.26

Oct Sugar 11.87 11.59 11.85 S 0.21

Jun B-Pound 1.3591 1.3470 1.3528 -0.0057

Jun J-Yen 0.91380 0.90715 0.90790 -0.00590

Jun Canada Dollar 0.78215 0.77410 0.77765 -0.00410

Jun Euro-Currency 1.19660 1.18480 1.18715 -0.01000

Jun Swiss Franc 1.0043 0.9985 1.0007 -0.0019

Jun US Dollar 93.345 92.480 93.110 0.648

Aug Comex Gold 1320.8 1294.1 1298.0 -26.3

Oct Comex Gold 1326.6 1301.0 1303.4 -27.2

Sep Comex Silver 16.565 16.205 16.290 -0.355

Dec Comex Silver 16.650 16.285 16.380 -0.353

Sep Treasury Bond 142^23 140^26 141^9 -1^15

Sep Coffee 117.95 116.35 116.95 S -0.65

Dec Coffee 120.25 118.70 119.25 S -0.65

Jul Cotton 84.39 83.36 83.76 S 0.06

Mar Cotton 80.35 79.63 80.11 S 0.25

Aug Unleaded Gas 2.2227 2.1871 2.2016 0.0021

Aug Heating Oil 2.2646 2.2331 2.2398 -0.0014

Jul Natural Gas 2.864 2.824 2.834 -0.008

Aug Crude Oil 71.95 70.48 71.22 0.23

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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 May 21.

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 May 21.

Corn, $7.65 (cwt) barley, $6.00 (cwt) wheat, $3.98 (bushel). Prices quoted by JD Heiskell. Prices current May 21.


Barrels $1.5650  -.5 Blocks $1.6375 +5.75 Prices current May 22.


Average daily flows Snake River at Heise 16,778 cfs

Snake River at Blackfoot 14,090 cfs

Snake River at American Falls 16,940 cfs

Snake River at Minidoka 16,642 cfs

Snake River at Milner 8,800 cfs

Little Wood River near Carey 300 cfs

Jackson Lake is 81 percent full.

Palisades Reservoir is 63 percent full.

American Falls Reservoir is 99 percent full.

As of May 18

Controversial wolf researcher agrees to leave WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — A controversial wolf researcher will accept a $300,000 settlement to leave Washington State University, the school said.

Robert Wielgus, director of the Carnivore Conservation Lab, sued the Pullman school for infringement of his academic freedom.

Wielgus angered ranchers with his research of wolf behavior. He concluded the state’s policy of killing wolves that preyed on cattle was likely to increase cattle predation because it destabilized the structure of wolf packs.

Ranchers complained to the Washington State Legislature, which cut Wielgus’ funding and demanded he be removed as principal investigator on his ongoing work.

Wielgus then filed a lawsuit alleging the university punished him to placate politicians beholden to ranchers.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that WSU administrators became worried the dispute would hurt chances for funding its new medical school.

“If wolves continue to go poorly, there won’t be a new medical school,” Dan Coyne, lobbyist for WSU, wrote to another WSU lobbyist, according to emails obtained by the newspaper through a public information request.

The settlement will be paid from the state insurance liability account.

The lawsuit was filed with the assistance of PEER, or Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Jeff Ruch, executive director of PEER, said the case showed that Washington had politicized its wolf policy.

“Rob published in very prestigious journals. You would think they would be proud of him and have his back,” Ruch said of WSU administrators. “Instead they had a knife in his back.”

The university issued a statement on Monday.

“Washington State University and Dr. Rob Wielgus have reached an agreement under which Dr. Wielgus will resign at the end of the spring 2018 semester and release all claims and employment rights in exchange for two payments totaling $300,000, with funds coming from the state,” the university said. “In reaching this agreement, neither party acknowledges any wrongdoing. Both parties view this as an opportunity to sever the employment relationship on mutually acceptable terms, while resolving disputed legal claims.”

While Wielgus’ research indicated wolf kills of cattle are rare, the return of the gray wolf to Washington this century has been met with fierce resistance by some ranchers.

Washington has about 120 known wolves in 22 packs, mostly in the northeastern corner of the state. The state has engaged in the killing of problem wolves, which has outraged conservation groups.

Slain train worker's wife says agency failed to protect him

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah state agency failed to protect a train worker who was kidnapped and killed by a father and son in 2016, his widow claims in a lawsuit.

The Utah Transit Authority put a panic button on workers’ radios after union warnings about the dangers of working alone, but didn’t respond to his final radio call in time to save him, the suit said. The suit faults the agency for not putting workers in pairs or installing GPS devices in maintenance trucks.

Kay Ricks, 63, was grabbed while working near a Salt Lake City train station by two men who were on the run from police. Flint and Dereck Harrison forced him into his own truck and drove two hours north to Wyoming, then pulled off a dirt road and beat him with his own tools.

He survived long enough to drag himself out of the sagebrush in hopes of being found, the lawsuit said. His body was found five days after his disappearance.

The Harrisons were on the run from police after tying up five people in a Utah basement. They’d lured a woman and her four teenage daughters to a house outside Salt Lake City with a barbecue invitation, then tied them up and beat them with a baseball bat, police said.

The women managed to escape, but the men fled. Two days later they attacked Ricks at a nearby downtown train substation, authorities said. They were eventually arrested in Wyoming. Flint Harrison killed himself in jail, and Dereck Harrison is serving life in prison.

Spokesman Carl Arky declined to comment on the claims Tuesday, saying the agency hasn’t seen the lawsuit yet.