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Twin Falls County Most Wanted

Name: Justin James Russell

Date of birth: July 25, 1992

Sex: Male

Height: Five feet, 10 inches

Weight: 170 pounds

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Race: White

Wanted for: Probation violation on the original charges of possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a financial transaction card—two counts

Bond: None


Local
Free dental sealants for Horizon and Jefferson schools

JEROME — Beginning Tuesday, Horizon Elementary first- and second-graders can receive free dental sealants and fluoride varnish to help prevent cavities, as part of Delta Dental of Idaho’s Grins on the Go program. This service will go through Jan. 23.

Jefferson Elementary first- and second- graders can be recipients of the program beginning Jan. 24.

Dental sealants fill the deep grooves of back teeth where 90 percent of cavities occur; fluoride varnish helps protect the smooth surfaces of teeth. Grins on the Go clinics take place on-site as part of Delta Dental of Idaho’s community outreach effort. To receive these free cavity-prevention treatments, children must attend Horizon or Jefferson schools and have a parent or guardian sign a health history and permission form — obtained from the school.

The Grins on the Go clinic does not bill Medicaid or private insurance. There is no cost associated with this program. More information: call Delta Dental Community Outreach at 208-489-3541.


Local
BLM waives fees for Monday holiday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“On Monday, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the BLM invites families to spend the day together enjoying America’s rich public-lands heritage,” Brian Steed, BLM deputy director, said in a statement. “Most of these lands are just a short drive from your community. Our fee-free days are a way to encourage our neighbors to enjoy a family outing while reflecting on the American values that have made America great.”

Site-specific standard amenity and individual day-use fees at BLM-managed recreation sites and areas will be waived for the day. Other fees — such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, group day-use and use of special areas — will remain in effect.

BLM-managed public lands offer more recreational opportunities than any other federal agency; these include camping, hunting, fishing, horseback-riding, boating, whitewater-rafting, off-highway vehicle driving and many more activities. About 67 million visits are made annually to BLM-managed lands and waters, supporting more than 48,000 jobs nationwide and contributing almost $7 billion to the country’s economy.

The BLM will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on four additional occasions this year — Presidents’ Day, Feb. 19; National Get Outdoors Day, June 9; National Public Lands Day, Sept. 22; and Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11.


Local
Syringa Mountain School expands enrollment to seventh grade

HAILEY — After announcing its expansion to include seventh grade, Syringa Mountain School opened enrollment Jan. 8 for the 2018/2019 school year. All kindergarten through seventh grade registrants must enroll on the digital form located on the Syringa Mountain School website: syringamountianschoool.org. Full registration will commence after the lottery has been drawn on Feb 21. Any vacant seats after that will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Idaho legislation dictates that an enrollment lottery will occur annually at Syringa. Full details are available at syringamountianschoool.org/lottery-information/. Priority is generally allotted in this order: returning students, siblings of returning students, Blaine County residents and outside Blaine County residents.

More information go to syringamountainschool.org or email nwhittington@syringamountainschool.org.


Local
iSucceed Virtual High School holds information session

BOISE — iSucceed Virtual High School, a tuition-free online high school available to all ninth- through 12th-grade students in Idaho, will host an information session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Twin Falls Public Library, 201 Fourth Ave. E. This will be open-house style where families can drop in anytime to learn about the school and enroll for quarter-three classes which begin Jan. 22.

iSucceed is a public charter high school that is accredited and 100 percent online — allowing students to do coursework at their own pace and on their own schedule from their homes. Laptops are school-provided. Students who express a financial need can receive a Google Chromebook to use free-of-charge while they are enrolled.

All Idaho high school students are eligible to enroll at information sessions or online at http://isucceedvhs.net/enrollment-info/. Families planning to enroll onsite must bring copies of the following items: birth certificate; immunization records; proof of residency — utility bill or lease/mortgage agreement; and a parent-signed consent form if a student is under 18.

iSucceed Virtual High School Inc. was founded in 2008 as an Idaho nonprofit corporation by a group of concerned parents and community members. It provides a personalized, flexible and innovative 100 percent online program where students get instruction, supervision and support from a team of highly qualified Idaho-certified instructors.

More information: call 208-375-3116 or email info@isucceedvhs.net or go to isucceedvhs.net.


Local
Blaine County hosts middle school open houses

HAILEY — Blaine County School District will host Middle School Choice Week with open houses for Hemingway STEAM and Wood River Middle schools. Fifth grade parents and students are invited to meet the teachers and tour the schools: Hemingway STEAM School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at 111 Eighth St. E., Ketchum; Wood River Middle School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 900 Second Ave. N, Hailey.

Hemingway STEAM School offers a smaller environment and a focus on integrating science, technology, engineering, arts and math into every lesson. In addition, Hemingway STEAM offers world languages and STEAM-focused electives. Wood River Middle School offers a robust number of elective courses, world languages, athletics, clubs and activities.

Bring-a-Friend-to School Day for current fifth- and sixth-grade students will be at Hemingway on Jan. 22, and tours with the principal will be from 12 to 1 p.m. every Friday. Register for Hemingway STEAM School with Principal Tish Short on Jan. 26 — the pre-registration and school choice forms should be returned to fifth-grade teachers.

More information: go to www.blaineschools.org or call Hemingway STEAM School at 208-578-5050 or Wood River Middle School at 208-578-5030.


Local
Martin Luther King Jr. Day brings Monday closures

TWIN FALLS – Many government offices and other facilities will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

City offices will be closed in Twin Falls, Jerome, Burley, Rupert, Hailey, Ketchum, Gooding and Shoshone, among other cities.

Buhl City Hall will be open, but the Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed.

County, state and federal offices will be closed along with post offices, banks, the Twin Falls Public Library, College of Southern Idaho and Herrett Center for Arts and Science.

The Twin Falls City Pool will offer open swim from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.

The Times-News offices in Twin Falls and Burley will be open.

Magic Valley Mall will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Trash collection will follow the regular schedule.


Local
Stork report: births at Jerome, Twin Falls hospitals

St. Luke’s Jerome

Abraham Vega, son of Roberta Vega of Gooding, was born Jan. 2, 2018.

Clayton Ernest Wayne Banks, son of Kturah Lee Ward and Richard Ian Banks of Jerome, was born Jan. 3, 2018.

Carlos Adan Rivera Gomez, son of Gloria Rivera and Jorge Gomez of Shoshone, was born Jan. 4, 2018.

Ryker Max Thompson, son of Sarah and Austin Thompson of Kimberly, was born Jan. 5, 2018.

St. Luke’s

Magic Valley

Daniel Jameson Matthew Shell, son of Heather Ann and Jeffery Paul Michael Shell of Twin Falls, was born Jan. 3, 2018.

McKinley Lela Rae Carnahan, daughter of Shelby Lorraine and Jacob Everrett Carnahan of Twin Falls, was born Jan. 4, 2018.

Holden James Scherer, son of Danielle Lee and Parker James Scherer of Twin Falls, was born Jan. 4, 2018.

Trapper Kyle Frandsen, son of Kyanne and Kyle Gene Frandsen of Kimberly, was born Jan. 4, 2018.

Christopher August Cardinet, son of Samantha Nicole and Christopher Dakota Cardinet of Twin Falls, was born Jan. 4, 2018.

Jax Duncan Brackett, son of Laura Tay and Jared Duncan Brackett of Filer, was born Jan. 5, 2018.

Caledonia Mae-Rose Johnson, daughter of Jessica Lea Bethke and Charles Benjamin Johnson of Twin Falls, was born Jan. 5, 2018.

Dayton James Fox, son of Ashley Rae and Jacoby Jay Fox of Declo, was born Jan. 6, 2018.

Kaysen Michael Okarma and Wyatt Cole Okarma, twin sons of Jessica Ann and Todd Okarma of Twin Falls, were born Jan. 6, 2018.

Zeplynn Grace Black, daughter of Justina Ariel F. Gill and Kimball Moses Black of Buhl, was born Jan. 7, 2018.

Kycin Ezekiel Staggs, son of Jammie DeLynn Staggs of Twin Falls, was born Jan. 7, 2018.

Naylani Lyric Gates, daughter of Jenna Nicol Winfrey and Kristopher Raythel Gates of Twin Falls, was born Jan. 8, 2018.

Ace Keeton Jones, son of Britteny June and Austin Thomas Jones of Gooding, was born Jan. 8, 2018.

Grey Alan Capps, son of Kira Ann and Todd Christopher Capps of Jerome, was born Jan. 8, 2018.

Charlee Mae Rice, daughter of Sarah Marie Rice of Kimberly, was born Jan. 9, 2018.

Alana Sophia Saldivar, daughter of Meggan Lesley Cecalia of Jerome, was born Jan. 9, 2018.

Ariana James Skuza, daughter of Christina Dawson Skuza and Kyle Skuza of Twin Falls, was born Jan. 9, 2018.

Hallie Nicole Criner, daughter of Taunee Lynn Criner and James Stephen Criner Jr. of Hagerman, was born Jan. 9, 2018.

Chloe Jo Gilbert, daughter of Katelyn Marie Gilbert and Dennis Earl Gilbert Jr. of Twin Falls, was born Jan. 10, 2018.


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Snow pack
Snowpack

Today’s Median

Salmon 94%

Big Wood 76%

Little Wood 75%

Big Lost 87%

Little Lost 100%

Henrys Fork/Teton 99%

Upper Snake Basin 104%

Goose Creek 65%

Salmon Falls 65%

Today’s median peak compares water content with what is normally seen on this day.

As of Jan. 17.