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This photo provided by the Broward County Jail shows Nikolas Cruz. Authorities say Cruz, a former student opened fire Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., killing more than a dozen people and injuring several.

Performers at the Orpheum had just 24 hours and loose guidelines to put together a 35-minute production. Did they pull it off?

Fifteen performers gather at the Orpheum Theatre to embark on an adventure attempted only three times before at this location. Over the course of 24 hours they must create an original 35-minute play based on specific criteria assigned to each team. With only a random but mandatory prop, genre, Shakespeare quote and $100 stipend at their disposal, each team is tasked with creating their own work of art during the 24 Hour Theatre Project.

Friday, 6:30 p.m.: Most of the performers have arrived and signed their safety waivers. Although the event doesn’t officially begin until 7, the actors are eager to get through the instructions and break into teams.

Friday, 6:43 p.m.: Actors draw cards to determine teams. Brandon Tesch, originally on Team Kyd, is transferred to Team Simon through a surprising advantage awarded to Rebecca Ellis, who takes his place on Team Kyd.

Friday, 7:07 p.m.: The three teams separate to their designated areas to begin working. Team Beckett starts brainstorming ideas in the upstairs dance studio.

Friday, 8:01 p.m.: Team Kyd gets their first chance to raid the prop department for everything they will need. Teams are not allowed to share props during the shows.

Friday, 9:37 p.m.: Team Simon names their show “Honey Pot.” “I don’t think we’ve ever had titles on the first night,” mentor Brendan Rowlands says.

Friday, 11:26 p.m.: Amy West-Chambers, of Team Kyd, argues with Project Administrator Jared Johnson over the definition of a revenge play. Both are in agreement that revenge has to be plotted but it does not have to be carried out for the show to be considered a revenge play.

Saturday, 12:37 a.m.: All three teams decide to call it a night. They disperse to their homes for a few hours of sleep.

Saturday, 8:48 a.m.: Team Beckett is the first to arrive, followed shortly by Team Kyd and Team Simon in that order.

Saturday, 10:41 a.m.: Performers desperately cling to their coffee cups and energy drinks as they try to caffeinate enough to compensate for the lack of sleep.

Saturday, 11:02 a.m.: Team Beckett begins to tape off the stage for their props and run through lines. The first prop of the show is broken as a picture frame shatters on the stage.

Saturday, 12:00 p.m.: Personal circumstances require Rebecca Ellis, of Team Kyd, to leave the show. Her team will continue without a fifth member. The show must go on.

Saturday, 1:01 p.m.: Team Kyd meets with the sound and lighting engineers to go over the timing of the lights.

Saturday, 2:06 p.m.: Heather Etcheverry uses her advantage to determine the order of the show. Team Beckett will open, followed by Team Kyd, and Team Simon will close the show.

Saturday, 3:00 p.m.: Final requests for sound effects are due.

Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Doors to the theater lobby open. Customers start to fill the room.

Saturday, 7:13 p.m.: Mentor Brendan Rowlands gives everyone a pep talk in the commons area of the dressing rooms. Teams have a final opportunity to run through their lines.

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.: The stage lights shine. Two of the teams take their seats in the front row. The show begins.

Chris Pizzello 

Team LeBron's LeBron James, top, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, dunks over Team Stephen's Kyle Lowry, of the Toronto Raptors, defends during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Homeowner asks city to pay for fence along new section of trail

TWIN FALLS — A homeowner wants the city to pay for a 6-foot-tall privacy fence along property bordering the Canyon Rim Trail.

Lincoln and Heather Tubbs bought their home on Pole Line Road East in 2015. They were aware of the potential for the trail, but say the city’s Parks and Recreation Department had told them it would be a ways out before its construction. Instead, the section of trail was up for completion just two years later.

Landowners and the city last year negotiated a deal with Gary Storrer, whose land also borders the trail, and the trail was relocated and shortened by about 300 feet. Now, as the Tubbs build a fence to limit the “nuisance” of people and animals walking close to their home, they’re asking the city to foot the bill — with a price tag of $25,343.

The Tubbs will come before the City Council at its meeting this week, which has been moved to Tuesday due to the holiday.

“The city paid for the fence on the south side of the trail, and we feel they should pay for a fence on the north side of the trail as well,” Heather Tubbs told the Times-News in a phone interview Friday.

On the other side of the fence (metaphorically and literally), Deputy City Manager Mitch Humble says it isn’t the city’s job to pay for private property with public money. The reason the city built a fence on the south side of the trail was because it protects the public from interacting with Storrer’s cattle grazing nearby.

Humble recognizes that the Tubbses purchased a section of property east of their house, at their expense, and the new trail route probably saved around $30,000.


This map from the city depicts the originally proposed route of The Preserve section of the Canyon Rim Trail (yellow), the Tubbs' property (light blue) and the actual location of the trail (red).

“We purchased a piece of land, that’s why the trail was rerouted,” Tubbs said.

The fence would stretch over 500 feet and be a 6-foot-tall cedar fence for most of it. Tubbs’ eastern property would have a wooden rail fence. The fence bordering Storrer’s property is shorter, but Tubbs said “I’m looking for a privacy fence because we’re people, and we live here.”

The Preserve section of the Canyon Rim Trail connects the Evel Knievel jump site to the rest of the trail at Pole Line Road and Eastland Drive North. It was completed last year. As originally proposed, the trail would have gone around the Tubbs’ property on three sides. The trail now only borders one side of their property.

“No fence on the north side was ever part of the project,” Humble said.

The trail project budget has no funds available to cover the cost of the fence. The City Council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, 203 Main Ave. E.

The Council will also consider:

  • A request to appoint Mary Shaw as a commissioner to the Twin Falls Housing Authority for a five-year term.
  • A request to adopt a resolution authorizing the mayor and city clerk to execute an agreement with Idaho Transportation Department for the Americans with Disabilities Act Curb Ramp Program.
  • A request to approve a change order for the Eastland Drive North and Pole Line Road project.
  • A request for annexation with a zoning change and map amendment for 13.4 acres east of the Canyon Falls Drive and Harrison Street intersection.
  • A request for a zoning district change and zoning map amendment for a 10-acre property on the south side of the 400 block of Diamond Avenue West.

Trump fumes about Russia investigation as nation mourns

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the nation mourned, President Donald Trump kept largely silent about the Florida school shooting victims and the escalating gun control debate, instead raging at the FBI for what he perceived to be a fixation on the Russia investigation at the cost of failing to deter the attack.

From the privacy of Mar-a-Lago, Trump vented about the investigation in a marathon series of tweets over the weekend. He said Sunday "they are laughing their asses off in Moscow" at the lingering fallout from the Kremlin's election interference and the Obama administration bears some blame for the meddling.

Trump was last seen publicly Friday night when he visited the Florida community reeling from a school shooting that left 17 dead and gave rise to a student-led push for more gun control. White House aides advised the president against golfing so soon after the tragedy, so Trump spent much of the holiday weekend watching cable television news and grousing to club members and advisers.

Trump met Sunday afternoon with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, discussing immigration, taxes, infrastructure and the Florida shooting, the White House said.

Amid a growing call for action on guns, the White House said Sunday the president will host a "listening session" with students and teachers this week, but offered no details on who would attend or what would be discussed.

Today, 17 Washington students plan a "lie-in" by the White House to advocate for tougher gun laws. Students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland are planning a march on Washington next month to pressure politicians to take action on gun violence.

Some lawmakers said it would take a powerful movement to motivate Congress.

"I am not optimistic that until there is real action by the American public to demand change in Congress that we're going to see real action to confront gun violence out of this Congress," said Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Throughout the weekend, the president's mind remained on Russia after an indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday charged 13 Russians with a plot to interfere in the U.S. presidential election.

Trump viewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's declaration that the indictment doesn't show that any American knowingly participated as proof of his innocence and is deeply frustrated that the media are still suggesting that his campaign may have colluded with Russian officials, according to a person who has spoken to the president in the last 24 hours but is not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

He has fumed to associates at Mar-a-Lago that the media "won't let it go" and will do everything to delegitimize his presidency. He made those complaints to members who stopped by his table Saturday as he dined with his two adult sons and TV personality Geraldo Rivera.

Initially pleased with the Justice Department's statement, Trump has since griped that Rosenstein did not go far enough in declaring that he was cleared of wrongdoing, and grew angry when his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, gave credence to the notion that Russia's meddling affected the election, the person said.

Trump's frustration bubbled over on Twitter, where he stressed that the Russian effort began before he declared his candidacy, asserted that the Obama administration bears some blame for the election meddling and insisted he never denied that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 U.S. campaign.

By late Sunday night, Trump shifted his wide-ranging Twitter critique to Oprah Winfrey, who has played down suggestions she should run for president in 2020. Trump said her appearance as an interviewer on "60 Minutes" was "biased" and "slanted." "Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!" Trump tweeted.

James Clapper, a former director of national intelligence, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the president was not focusing on the bigger threat.

"Above all this rhetoric here, again, we're losing sight of, what is it we're going to do about the threat posed by the Russians? And he never — he never talks about that," said Clapper. "It's all about himself, collusion or not."

Trump tweeted about the nation's "heavy heart" in the wake of the shooting and noted the "incredible people" he met on his visit to the community. But he also sought to use the shooting to criticize the nation's leading law enforcement agency.

Trump said late Saturday that the FBI "missed all of the many signals" sent by the suspect and argued that agents are "spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign."

The FBI received a tip last month that the man now charged in the school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack. But the agency said Friday that agents failed to investigate.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican and frequent Trump critic, called that tweet an "absurd statement" on CNN's "State of the Union," adding that the "FBI apparently made a terrible mistake, and people should be held accountable. But we need leadership out of the executive."

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stressed on ABC's "This Week" that the indictment was not the end of the Mueller probe.

"I'd caution everybody to not believe that this is yet over, because there's lots of other places where Director Mueller to look regarding potential Russian involvement in all this," said Christie, a Republican. "I think we've unfortunately got more, more to learn and more to come, in the, in the days and weeks ahead."