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In this April 1972 photo made available by NASA, John Young salutes the U.S. flag at the Descartes landing site on the moon during the first Apollo 16 extravehicular activity. NASA says the astronaut, who walked on the moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, died on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. He was 87. (Charles M. Duke Jr./NASA via AP)


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Rep. Clark Kauffman, R—Filer, applauds the Governor after the State of the State Address Jan. 11, 2016, at the Idaho Capitol in Boise.


Local
‘A roller coaster ride’: Bliss couple navigates life with 1 lb., 7 ounce baby born 13 weeks early

UPDATE: Sadly, Uriah Goff died Saturday, Jan. 6.

BLISS — When Alysen Springer went to a specialist in Boise during her pregnancy, she wasn’t expecting to deliver her baby 13 weeks early.

The Bliss resident didn’t bring much — not even a change of clothing — to her Dec. 8 doctor’s appointment. She was just expecting a day trip to formulate a medical plan to help with her son’s growth.

But Springer found out her body wasn’t coping well with the pregnancy. A doctor told her: “You’re not leaving the hospital being pregnant.”

She felt fine for a couple of days in the hospital and thought everything would go back to normal.

But at 3 a.m. Dec. 11, “I took a downhill spiral, basically,” Springer said. She was in pain and her liver was in distress.

Initially, the plan was to try to hold off on delivery for 24 hours. But that didn’t happen. Springer had an emergency C-section — not what she’d originally planned.

“I wanted to do a natural birth,” she said. “But my body was already to the point of shutting down.”

Uriah Goff was born at 27 weeks gestation at 1:02 p.m. Dec. 11. He weighed just 1 pound 7 ounces, and measured 12.4 inches.

Once her son was born, Springer started feeling much better.

Since then, “it’s been kind of a roller coaster ride,” she said. Uriah was so small, he wasn’t taking to feedings at first.

He also underwent “a couple of downhills” common to premature babies, she said, such as needing a blood transfusion. “Besides that, he’s basically in perfect health.”

Uriah will likely be at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit in Boise until March 6, his original due date, but if things go well, he could be released as early as February.

“As they say, he’s the boss right now,” Springer said.

Uriah’s great-grandfather, Danny Reed of Hollister, said the baby is making good progress, especially considering how early he was born. “There haven’t been any major medical issues transpire at this point.”

Now, Uriah weighs 2 pounds, 5 ounces.

Father, Tyler Goff, has two other children from a prior relationship, but Uriah is the first child for the Bliss couple. Springer and Goff have been friends since they were students at Filer High School.

Reed said he thinks the couple has fairly good medical insurance, but there are still daily expenses and a loss of income since Springer hasn’t been able to work.

“They didn’t plan on this happening until March,” Reed said.

Springer has been staying in Boise to be near her son. She’s on maternity leave from her job at Ziggy’s Express Gas & Grill in Bliss.

Goff missed a week of work as a cook at Oxbow Diner in Bliss when Uriah was born. Since then, he has driven back-and-forth from Bliss to Boise on his days off work.

Even though their home is closer to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, the Twin Falls hospital accommodates infants only 30 weeks and older. Those who are younger, like Uriah, receive care in Boise.

Last year, a Hansen couple made headlines when their baby girl — Rainna Crabb — was born in March at just 24 weeks gestation at St. Luke’s Magic Valley, weighing 1 pound, 1 ounce.

Now, she’s home and doing well after spending four months in the NICU in Boise.

It’s a success story — one Uriah will hopefully emulate as his medical journey continues.


Crime-and-courts
Cops search for more Streling remains as FBI tests evidence

BURLEY — Authorities are combing Jerome County for more evidence into the disappearance and apparent murder of Tiffani Streling, the Burley woman who went missing in 2015.

Police announced in November that they’d found Streling’s remains in rural Jerome County. On Friday, Sheriff Doug McFall said that only the skull was originally found, an accidental discovery made by excavation workers.

Now, police are hoping to find Streling’s additional remains in the hopes they could yield more clues into how Streling died and who caused her death.

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Tiffani Streling is still missing Monday, June 29, 2015, in Burley. Her family continues to look for her.

“We are still looking for the rest of her body,” McFall said. “There have been several searches in the immediate area, but it has not been found yet.”

Authorities have not disclosed the exact location of where Streling’s skull was found, likely to keep the public away as authorities search for additional remains.

The FBI is examining forensic evidence collected in November. The sheriff said he didn’t know how long the testing would take. DNA testing is expected to confirm the positive dental identification performed by the Ada County Coroner’s Office.

“We haven’t heard anything back from the FBI lab yet,” McFall said.

All of the information and reports gathered by his office will likely be turned over to the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office, which was investigating Streling’s disappearance.

“We don’t know where the homicide took place,” McFall said, an important factor in determining jurisdiction.

He said there is a possibility that at least “part of the crime” took place in Cassia County.

Cassia County Undersheriff George Warrell said the case has not been officially turned over to his office.

“We are following up leads and gathering as much info as we can,” Warrell said.

Streling was reported missing by her boyfriend James McLaws the day after she disappeared. McLaws and the father of Tiffani’s deceased baby reportedly had a confrontation the day she disappeared.

Her family continued to hold vigils and search for her after her disappearance.

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Community members attend a vigil for Tiffani Streling Dec. 16, 2015, on Overland Avenue in Burley.

Streling’s mother, Melissa Belt, said in November that her family was upset but “relieved” that she had been found.

Streling’s father, William Streling, said the family wanted to wait for her remains to be returned before they held a memorial service.

Warrell said anyone with information on the Streling case should call the Cassia County Sheriff’s Office at 208-878-2251.