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The Blaine County School District is seeking a levy in March

HAILEY — The Blaine County School District will bring a request for a supplemental levy to voters in March, but will ask for less plant facilities money.

School trustees unanimously decided Tuesday to move forward with a ballot measure.

It will “reallocate property taxes collected for schools so that more money will go into student instruction and less into buildings,” the district said in a Wednesday statement.

The school board will hold a community meeting from 6-7 p.m. Jan. 24 at Carey School. Additional forums will also be planned.

The measure — which will appear on Blaine County ballots during the March 13 election — will require a simple majority to pass.

If approved, it would reduce the existing plant facilities levy from nearly $6 million annually to $2.99 million annually for the next two years. It would also add a two-year supplemental levy for $2.99 million annually.

In total, property taxes collected by the district will remain the same.

Plant facilities money is used for buildings and technology. The current 10-year measure was passed in 2009 and at the time, the school district was anticipating the need for a new elementary school, it said in a statement. “Since that time, enrollment has grown less than expected and a new school is not currently needed.”

The supplemental levy will pay for basic operational expenses.

Specifically, it would help maintain classes that exceed the state requirement — including smaller class sizes, preschool, all-day kindergarten, athletics, art, drama, choir, band, orchestra, career technical education and world languages — provide a small salary increase to help attract and retain staff, and fund strategic plan objectives such as outdoor education for middle school students.

For more information about the levy, visit or call 208-578-5005.

Blaine County School District superintendent gets new 3-year contract

HAILEY — The Blaine County school board has renewed Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes’ contract for an additional three years.

School trustees voted unanimously earlier this week.

The new contract will begin July 1 and continue through June 30, 2021, the Blaine County School District said in a statement Thursday.

Her salary will remain the same, “in recognition of the district’s current financial situation,” according to a joint statement from the school board.

“Under Dr. Holmes’ leadership the district has improved graduation rates, balanced revenues and expenditures, and is addressing the achievement gap relentlessly,” the board said. “We look forward to the next three years under Dr. Holmes’ leadership in positioning Blaine County School District toward becoming the highest performing district in the state of Idaho.”

Rupert Christmas tree burn and hot dog roast Jan. 27

RUPERT — The Rupert Fire Department will hold its annual Christmas Tree Burn and Hot Dog Roast on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Neptune Park, S. Third St. and F Street in Rupert.

The event will begin at noon.

There will be coffee, hot chocolate and hot dogs.

“We have enough trees but anyone is welcome to bring their tree, but it must not have any lights or garbage on it,” Rupert Fire Chief Roger Davis said.

The pile of trees is not as big this year, he said, people apparently are moving away from using natural trees.

The event should be easy to spot.

“Look for the fire and smoke,” Davis said.

The roast is paid for by the fire department.

5th District Court News: Twin Falls County

Twin Falls County

Thursday arraignments

Austin Jay Campbell, 18, Twin Falls; petit theft, own-recognizance release, public defender appointed, pretrial Mar. 13.

James Lee Crandall II, 34, Twin Falls; driving under the influence, $25,000 bond, public defender confirmed, preliminary hearing Jan. 26.

Gregory Vincent Fox, 62, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, $100,000 bond, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing Jan. 26.

Lorre Lynn Clabaugh, 52, Murray, Utah; possession of a controlled substance, $10,000 bond, public defender appointed, preliminary hearing Jan. 26.

Senad Cerimovic, 29, Twin Falls; driving under the influence, own-recognizance release, public defender confirmed, preliminary hearing Jan. 26.

BLM holds meeting for input on wildfires and habitat

BOISE —  The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public meeting to gather input for the preparation of two Programmatic Environmental Impact Statements aimed at reducing wildfires and restoring sagebrush-steppe habitat. The Twin Falls meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Canyon Springs Red Lion Inn, 1357 Blue Lakes Blvd.

One of the impact statements will analyze fuels breaks which slow the advance of wildfire and thereby reduce the threat to life and property, among other benefits. The other will analyze restoration work of burned areas, with an emphasis on replacing invasive species with native and other species more conducive to sagebrush-steppe health. When completed, the two documents will provide standard analyses for fuels breaks and restoration projects, thereby reducing the need for in-depth evaluation on an individual project basis.

The BLM will accept comments until March 1. Comments may be submitted in writing at the public meetings, by fax at 208-373-3805 or by email at or in writing to Jonathan Beck, BLM Idaho State Office, 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, ID 83709.

Stocks of local interest

AlliantEg s 1.34f 21 38.80 -.73 -8.9

Aon plc 1.44 35 142.46 -.84 +6.3

BallardPw ... ... 3.57 +.05 -19.0

BkofAm .48 21 32.33 -.09 +9.5

ConAgra .85 20 36.20 -.33 -3.9

Costco 2.00 30 190.20 -2.61 +2.2

Diebold .40 18 15.85 +.45 -3.1

DukeEngy 3.56 17 76.33 -1.59 -9.2

DukeRlty .80 20 24.83 -.58 -8.7

Fastenal 1.48f 29 55.42 -.64 +1.3

HP Inc .53 14 23.52 +.06 +11.9

HomeDp 4.12f 25 184.98 -3.48 -2.4

Idacorp 2.36 20 82.45 -1.46 -9.8

Keycorp .40f 17 21.16 -.02 +4.9

Lee Ent ... 5 2.35 -.10 ...

MicronT ... 10 48.60 +.62 +18.2

OrbitATK 1.28 23 131.65 -.23 +.1

Sensient 1.32 22 72.82 -.79 -.5

SkyWest .40f 18 56.05 -1.30 +5.6

Teradyn .36f 34 44.76 -.76 +6.9

Tuppwre 2.72 ... 50.84 -1.38 -18.9

US Bancrp 1.20 16 55.01 -.83 +2.7

Valhi .08 53 5.80 -.09 -6.0

WalMart 2.08f 20 91.52 -1.60 -7.3

WashFed .68f 18 35.60 -.40 +3.9

WellsFargo 1.56 14 59.21 -.76 -2.4

WestRck 1.72 20 66.66 -.67 +5.5

ZionsBcp .80f 21 55.79 -.51 +9.7


Valley BeansPrices 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 Feb. 26.

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 Feb. 26.

Corn, $7.30 (cwt) barley, $5.30 (cwt) wheat, $3.90 (bushel). Prices quoted by JD Heiskell. Prices current Feb. 14.


Barrels $1.47 NC Blocks $1.53 +0.5 Prices current Feb. 27.

Snow pack

Today’s Median

Salmon 103%

Big Wood 73%

Little Wood 72%

Big Lost 81%

Little Lost 104%

Henrys Fork/Teton 112%

Upper Snake Basin 110%

Goose Creek 63%

Salmon Falls 62%

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

As of Feb 27.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy suffers ‘very minor injuries’ in crash

RICHFIELD — A Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy suffered “very minor injuries” in a one-vehicle rollover crash Wednesday.

The crash was reported at 12:58 p.m. three miles north of Richfield while the deputy was responding to a call at the Shoshone school, Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez said in a statement Thursday.

The vehicle’s lights and sirens were activated.

The deputy was wearing a seat belt, Rodriguez said. The vehicle’s airbags were deployed during the crash, but the deputy was not transported to the hospital. The deputy’s name was not released.

Idaho State Police is investigating the crash.


Schad Robison, 11, watches the 'Let It Snow' show with his family Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at the Faulkner Planetarium in Twin Falls Idaho. 'Let It Snow' is one of several holiday shows the planetarium offers for families with young children. NOTE: Since most of the action was happening on the ceiling, I knew I had to get low to show the location. 

jwootton / COURTESY PHOTO