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Curious Mind: Cycling the interstate

Q: Can bicycles be ridden on Interstate 84?

A: “Bicycles can be ridden on I-84 as well as all of the other interstates in Idaho,” said Adam Rush, Public Involvement Coordinator for the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Communication.

He said U.S. code and the Federal Highway Administration state: “There must be exceptional circumstances for denying bicycle and pedestrian access either by prohibition or by designing highways that are incompatible with safe, convenient walking and bicycling. Even where circumstances are exceptional; states, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and local governments must still ensure that bicycle and pedestrian access along the corridor served by the new or improved facility is not made more difficult or impossible. For example, there may be ways to provide alternative routes on parallel surface streets or by providing shuttle bus service.”

“The transportation department encourages bicyclists to wear reflective clothing, have lights on the front and back of bicycles and be careful to stay on the shoulder of a highway route,” said Rush.

According to the Idaho Bicycle Commuter Guide, at 40 mph, the stopping distance of most motor vehicles is more than 180 feet (including reaction time). Wearing retro-reflective clothing allows drivers to see from a greater distance, up to 500 feet. Retro-reflective material greatly increases visibility in low-light conditions because it returns light directly toward its source, such as an approaching car or truck.

League of American Bicyclists ranks Idaho 28th nationally as bicycle friendly, and Idaho is seventh out of 13 in the West. The ranking is concerned with actions by state legislatures. Idaho spends the fifth least per capita of federal funds on biking and walking of any state despite having a high percentage of commuters who bike and walk to work.

Idaho defines bicycles as vehicles, and cyclists must ride with the traffic flow and as far right as conditions safely allow except under any of the following circumstances:

When overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction;

When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway;

When reasonably necessary to avoid unsafe conditions including those caused by substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge; or

When a one-way roadway with two or more marked traffic lanes, in which case a bicyclist may ride as near the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway as practicable.

Sun Valley Center for the Arts announces scholarships

KETCHUM — Applications for its 2018 Sun Valley Center for the Arts scholarship program will be available online beginning Dec. 1. The deadline for submission is Feb. 21.

Each year, the center awards four scholarships to local educators and students — home schooled, public and private. The scholarship program is made possible through funds raised at the center’s annual wine auction and private donations. For 2018, the center will add a fifth scholarship to the mix — the Jack Thornton Memorial Scholarship for the Performing Arts.

Applications and detailed information about the center’s scholarship program can be found at Questions about the application process may be directed to Sarah Stavros at or 208-726-9491, ext. 121.

Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival applications available

KETCHUM — Artist applications for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts 50th annual Arts and Crafts Festival will be available online beginning Dec. 1. Artists in all fine art and fine craft disciplines are welcome to apply.

The outdoor juried arts and crafts festival honors artists and their craft and provides a venue for artists to showcase and sell their art. The festival also creates an opportunity for the community to learn about the national arts and crafts scene by interacting directly with artists and makers. The event includes artist demonstrations, live music, food vendors and a children’s activity area.

The festival is Aug. 10-12.

Detailed information about the Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival can be found at Questions about the application process may be directed to Sarah Stavros, festival director, at or 208-726-9491, ext. 121.

5th District Court News: Gooding County

Gooding County

Felony sentencings

Shawn D. Lindsay, 28, possession of a controlled substance marijuana in an amount greater than three ounces in any prepared form, $285.50 costs, $250 fine, $60 workman’s compensation program fee, $100 DNA, $424.55 restitution, five years penitentiary, two determinate, three indeterminate, 60 discretionary, 100 hours community service, three years supervised probation.

Gil A. Leyva Valdez, 19, possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, $1,000 fine, $500 public defender, $60 public defender, three years penitentiary, one year determinate, two indeterminate, 104 days credited, sentence suspended, 60 days discretionary jail, 100 hours community service, two years supervised probation, two 12 step program meetings weekly. Second charge possession of a controlled substance charge dismissed.

Jorge Crispin Mendez-Bernal, Jorge Mendez, 29, possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, $1,000 fine, $500 public defender, $100 DNA, $250.25 restitution, three years penitentiary, one year determinate, two indeterminate, 92 days credited, sentence suspended, 60 days discretionary, 100 hours community service, weekly 12 step meetings, submit to weekly UA’s. Use of drug paraphernalia or possession with intent to use charge dismissed.

Elections chief: No wrongdoing in gubernatorial complaint

BOISE (AP) — The Idaho Secretary of State’s office says a new complaint into a Republican gubernatorial candidate’s campaign finances was resolved long ago.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Taso Kinnas, a former treasurer for the Idahoans for Liberty PAC, filed a complaint Thursday with the secretary of state targeting Boise businessman and first-time gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist.

According to Kinnas, campaign finance records show Ahlquist spent more than $40,000 of his own campaign funds before filing as a political candidate.

Tim Hurst, deputy secretary of state, says the office looked into that spending activity earlier this year and concluded Ahlquist did nothing wrong.

Hurst says Ahlquist’s campaign contacted Secretary of State Lawerence Denney prior to spending the funds and was told Ahlquist didn’t need to file as a political candidate because Ahlquist was using his money.

Hurst added that Idaho law is unclear if candidates must file before spending their own money for a campaign.

Consumer goods firms lead US stocks slightly higher

NEW YORK (AP) — The major U.S. stock indexes capped a day of mostly subdued trading with slight gains Monday.

Consumer and household goods companies led the market higher, offsetting losses by industrial and energy stocks.

A batch of corporate deal news also helped put investors in a buying mood. Mattel soared nearly 21 percent on a report that Hasbro offered to buy the rival toymaker.

General Electric slumped about 7 percent after cutting its dividend and releasing a weak forecast for next year.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 2.54 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,584.84. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 17.49 points, or 0.1 percent, to 23,439.70. The Nasdaq composite added 6.66 points, or 0.1 percent, to 6,757.60.

The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks dipped 0.21 points, or 0.01 percent, to 1,475.07. More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange.

Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held at 2.40 percent.

The gains in consumer stocks and utilities, which also rose, suggest that investors were looking for yield, said Lindsey Bell, investment strategist at CFRA Research.

"They're maybe showing a little bit of skepticism in the bull market that's more than eight years old," she said. "Maybe they're feeling a little bit squeamish after last week."

The stock market snapped an eight-week string of gains last week.

The major stock indexes opened lower on Monday and then wavered between small gains and losses. By midmorning they had inched back up into positive territory, hovering just above their Friday closing levels for the rest of the day.

Consumer and household goods companies were among the big gainers Monday. J. M. Smucker rose $2.37, or 2.3 percent, to $106.49.

While trading was mostly subdued, investors bid up shares in companies at the center of merger-related news.

Toymaker Mattel soared 20.7 percent following a report that rival Hasbro made an offer to buy the company. Mattel was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500, climbing $3.02 to $17.64. Hasbro added $5.39, or 5.9 percent, to $96.84.

Mall owner GGP jumped 8.3 percent after Brookfield Property Partners offered to buy the rest of the company for $14 billion, or $23 a share. Shares in GGP rose $1.85 to $24.05.

Traders also sent shares in Qualcomm 3 percent higher after the company rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from Broadcom worth $103 billion, or $70 a share. Qualcomm said the proposal was significantly undervalued and that a tie-up between the massive chipmakers would face substantial regulatory resistance. Shares in Qualcomm added $1.92 to $66.49. Broadcom rose 5 cents to $265.01.

Some corporate deals failed to put investors in a buying mood.

WisdomTree Investments fell 5.5 percent after the asset management company said it will pay $611 million to buy a European division of ETF Securities. Shares in WisdomTree shed 66 cents to $11.28.

General Electric tumbled 7.2 percent after the company said it would slash its dividend in half to 12 cents per share, starting next month. The company also released annual profit projections that were well below what Wall Street had been expecting.

Chairman and CEO John Flannery, speaking to investors gathered in Boston, said the cost-cutting maneuver was part of the measures GE will undertake to make the company simpler and stronger. The stock was the biggest decliner in the S&P 500, losing $1.47 to $19.02. GE is down just under 40 percent this year.

The slide in GE weighed on the industrials sector. GE accounts for about 8 percent of the sector's market capitalization.

Traders also had their eye on the latest company earnings Monday.

Tyson Foods rose 2 percent after the meat producer posted a larger profit and greater sales than analysts had expected. The stock added $1.45 to $75.59.

Energy futures closed mostly lower.

Benchmark U.S. crude rose 2 cents to settle at $56.76 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, slipped 36 cents to close at $63.16 a barrel in London.

In other energy trading, wholesale gasoline gave up 2 cents to $1.79 a gallon. Heating oil was little changed at $1.93 a gallon. Natural gas fell 5 cents to $3.17 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Stocks in the S&P 500's energy sector declined the most. Newfield Exploration slid $1.22, or 3.7 percent, to $32.09.

Gold rose $4.70 to $1,278.90 an ounce. Silver added 18 cents to $16.05 an ounce. Copper gained 4 cents to $3.12 a pound.

The dollar rose to 113.57 yen from 113.54 yen on Friday. The euro strengthened to $1.1667 from $1.1618. The pound slid to $1.3114 from $1.3126 as investors worried that British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a rebellion within her own party over the handling of the Brexit talks.

Major stock indexes in Europe closed lower. Germany's DAX shed 0.4 percent, while France's CAC 40 fell 0.7 percent. London's FTSE 100 slid 0.2 percent.

Earlier in Asia, Tokyo's Nikkei 225 fell 1.3 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng gained 0.2 percent. Seoul's Kospi slid 0.5 percent. Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 fell 0.1 percent. India's Sensex lost 0.4 percent. Benchmarks in New Zealand and Jakarta rose, while Taiwan and Singapore declined.

Stocks of local interest

AlliantEgs 1.22 24 ... 44.30 +.62 +16.9

Aonplc 1.44 21 1 41.89 -1.36 +27.2

BallardPw ... ... ... 4.86 -.25 +194.5

BkofAm .48 15 ... 26.40 -.11 +19.5

ConAgra .85 19 ... 34.84 +.04 -11.9

Costco 2.00 28 ... 171.46 +.10 +7.1

Diebold .40 20 ... 17.85 -.30 -29.0

DukeEngy 3.56 20 ... 89.88 +.99 +15.8

DukeRlty .80f 23 ... 29.11 +.15 +9.6

Fastenal 1.28 25 ... 47.23 -.36 +.5

HPInc .53 13 ... 21.17 -.06 +42.7

HomeDp 3.56 24 ... 165.35 +1.24 +23.3

Idacorp 2.36f 24 ... 96.04 +.87 +19.2

Keycorp .38 16 ... 17.92 +.28 -1.9

LeeEnt ... 5 ... 2.30 -.05 -20.7

MicronT ... 10 ... 45.60 +.82 +108.0

OrbitATK 1.28 23 ... 132.89 -.07 +51.5

Sensient 1.32f 23 ... 75.40 +.88 -4.0

SkyWest .32 15 ... 45.95 +.05 +26.1

Teradyn .28 20 ... 43.85 +.15 +72.6

Tuppwre 2.72 13 ... 59.01 +.18 +12.1

USBancrp 1.20f 15 ... 51.68 +.07 +.6

Valhi .08 41 ... 4.56 +.26 +31.8

WalMart 2.04 20 ... 90.99 +.07 +31.6

WashFed .60 17 ... 33.45 ... -2.6

WellsFargo 1.56f 13 ... 53.72 -.09 -2.5

WestRck 1.72f ... ... 58.84 +.18 +15.9

ZionsBcp .64f 17 ... 45.43 +1.50 +5.6


Aug Live Cattle 127.675 125.225 126.400 S -0.350

Oct Live Cattle 128.050 126.000 126.975 S -0.125

Aug Feeder Cattle 159.375 157.550 158.700 S 0.225

Oct Feeder Cattle 155.200 153.275 154.625 S -0.450

Aug Lean Hogs 70.675 69.900 70.300 S 0.050

Oct Lean Hogs 74.325 73.850 74.250 S 0.200

Jul Wheat 432.5^0 422.5^2 424.5^2 S -7.5^2

Sep Wheat 449.5^0 440.5^2 443.5^2 S -5.5^6

Jul KC Wheat 433.5^0 423.5^6 427.5^4 S -5.5^6

Sep KC Wheat 450.5^0 439.5^6 444.5^2 S -5.5^6

Jul MPS Wheat 646.5^4 630.5^0 633.5^2 S -14.5^2

Sep MPS Wheat 657.5^6 642.5^4 647.5^0 S -12.5^2

Jul Corn 344.5^0 341.5^4 342.5^2 S -1.5^2

Sep Corn 356.5^6 354.5^2 355.5^0 S -1.5^6

Jul Soybeans 978.5^0 963.5^2 963.5^4 S -13.5^6

Aug Soybeans 990.5^2 973.5^6 974.5^2 S -12.5^6

Jul BFP Milk 15.72 15.49 15.70 0.11

Aug BFP Milk 15.01 14.83 14.99 0.12

Sep BFP Milk 14.98 14.80 14.95 0.08

Oct BFP Milk 14.94 14.78 14.93 0.08

Nov BFP Milk 15.01 14.98 15.00 0.01

Jul Sugar 15.18 14.86 15.13 S 0.17

Oct Sugar 15.12 14.87 15.04 S 0.08

Jun B-Pound 1.3185 1.3074 1.3129 -0.0080

Jun J-Yen 0.88430 0.88060 0.88165 0.00000

Jun Canada Dollar 0.78905 0.78505 0.78575 -0.00315

Jun ^uro-Currency 1.16970 1.16585 1.16880 0.00010

Jun Swiss Franc 1.0086 1.0034 1.0061 -0.0003

Jun US Dollar 94.545 94.310 94.375 D 0.097

Aug Comex Gold 1284.2 1278.9 1282.2 3.7

Oct Comex Gold 1288.2 1283.0 1287.2 4.4

Sep Comex Silver 17.160 16.910 17.125 0.160

Dec Comex Silver 17.195 17.005 17.195 0.167

Sep Treasury Bond 152.5^30 152.5^1 152.5^12 0.5^2

Sep Coffee 131.35 130.05 130.75 S -0.15

Dec Coffee 133.60 132.35 133.05 S -0.10

Jul Cotton 69.68 68.85 68.88 S -0.17

Mar Cotton 70.50 69.80 69.91 S -0.17

Aug Unleaded Gas 1.8122 1.7744 1.7782 -0.0179

Aug Heating Oil 1.9469 1.9242 1.9353 -0.0024

Jul Natural Gas 3.231 3.127 3.140 -0.073

Aug Crude Oil 57.37 56.52 56.93 -0.05

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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 Nov. 20.

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 Nov. 20.

Corn, $7.40 (cwt) barley, $5.50 (cwt) wheat, $3.75 (bushel). Prices quoted by JD Heiskell. Prices current Nov. 13.


Barrels $1.675 +3.5 Blocks $1.6050 +0.5 Prices current Nov. 21.


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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