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UPDATE: Power out and roads closed as fire burns in Snake River Canyon

BUHL — More than 6,000 Idaho Power Co. customers regained power Saturday evening in Buhl and Filer after a brush fire burned in the Snake River Canyon north of the towns.

Multiple agencies responded to the fire as smoke billowed into the air east of Clear Lake Country Club.

Several power poles burned at about 4 p.m., causing the power outage, said a Southern Idaho Regional Communications Center supervisor.

Idaho Highway 46 was closed between mileposts 92 in Gooding County and 89 in Twin Falls County. All roads were open at 8:30 Saturday night, SIRCOMM said.

Also by 8:30, Idaho Power reported power had been restored to all customers.

The fire ran from along River Road to the canyon rim, near 1600 East and 4600 North. One house was evacuated.

By 8:30 the fire was under control, SIRCOMM said, but the Buhl Rural Fire Protection District but was still on site.

Chief Andrew Stevens told the Times-News late Saturday night that three structures were threatened but saved. About 60 acres of brush burned, in addition to utility poles.

Twin Falls police to host National Night Out Tuesday

TWIN FALLS — Twin Falls police are hosting this year’s National Night Out on Tuesday.

The free event is held in communities across the country every year as a “community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live,” according to a news release from Twin Falls police. Twin Falls’ will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in City Park, and will include displays and presentations from the Twin Falls Police Department, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police, Idaho Fish and Game, Twin Falls Fire Department, Magic Valley paramedics and other organizations and community groups. Falls Brand has donated hot dogs.

Target stores and the National Association of Town Watch are sponsoring it along with the police department.

5th District Court News



Vincent Daniel Garcia Jr., 21, Jerome; Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or instrument, $245.50 costs, $500 public defender, $100 DNA, five years penitentiary, four determinate, one indeterminate, credit for time served, 365 days retained jurisdiction, sentence to run concurrent with two 2017 cases.

Vincent Daniel Garcia Jr., 21, Jerome; possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, seven years penitentiary, three determinate, four indeterminate, 365 days retained jurisdiction, sentence to run concurrent with 2016 and 2017 cases.

Vincent Daniel Garcia Jr., 21, Jerome; possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, $1,000 fine, $500 public defender, $60 workmans comp. program fee, five years penitentiary, two determinate, three indeterminate, 38 days credit for time served, sentence suspended, sentence to run concurrent with Gooding 2016 case and Twin Falls 2017 case.

Dustin Lee Alan Low, 39, Twin Falls; unlawful sale, delivery or administration of prescription or legend pharmaceutical drug, $245.50 cost, $500 public defender, three years penitentiary, one determinate, two indeterminate, 45 days credited, sentence to run consecutively to 2002 case.

Travis Ian Ford, AKA Travis Jan Ford, 43, Twin Falls; driving under the influence second offense within 15 years, $290.50 costs, $500 public defender, 10 years penitentiary, seven determinate, three indeterminate, 65 days credited, five years drivers license suspension to begin upon release.

Nolan Ryan Russell, 28, Kimberly; three charges burglary each with the following sentence, $245.50 costs, 10 years penitentiary, four determinate, six indeterminate, 253 days credited, 365 days retained jurisdiction, sentences to run consecutively to 2015 case.

Nicole Tara Wentworth, 29, Las Vegas, Nevada; possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, $500 public defender, $100 DNA, $60 workmans comp. program fee, $287.50 restitution, three years penitentiary, one determinate, two indeterminate, four days credited, sentence suspended, 100 hours work detail, two years supervised probation.

Michael Chantz Maybin, 29, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, $60 workmans comp. program fee, six years penitentiary IDOC, three determinate, three indeterminate, 154 days credited, four years supervised probation, sentence to run concurrent to 2015 Minidoka county case.

Kalina Horvath, AKA Kalina Joy Swader, 54, Jerome; possession of a controlled substance, $385.50 costs, $500 public defender, $100 DNA, seven years penitentiary, three determinate, four indeterminate, 365 days retained jurisdiction.


Charles Edgar Hardin, 21, Twin Falls; DUI, $400 public defender, $202.50 costs, 180 days jail, 177 suspended, 12 days credited, guilty withheld judgment, 16 hours work detail, 180 days retained jurisdiction, 12 months supervised probation.

Olivia Baxter, 27, Jerome; DUI, $400 fine, $200 suspended, $202.50 costs, $75 public defender, 180 days jail, 108 suspended, 72 days credited, 180 days restricted drivers license, 12 months supervised probation, sentence to run concurrent to Jerome county felony case.

Miles Marvin Stewart, 58, Kimberly; DUI excessive, $1,000 fine, $1,000 suspended, $202.50 costs, 180 days jail, 175 suspended, one day credited, 10 days discretionary, guilty withheld judgment, 365 days restricted drivers license, 24 months supervised probation, one year interlock device, attend victim impact panel and court alcohol school.


Angel Hunsaker v. Taylor Hunsaker

Micah Funk v. Tracy Funk

Stephanie Larsen v. James Larsen

Anthony Fitzgerald v. Tamarra Fitzgerald

Benjaman Dodge v. Melody Dodge

Bidhya Shah v. Binod Shah

Carleen Miller v. Gerald Miller

Hanako Wakatsuki-Chong v. Nicolas Diaz

Timberly Fetterly v. Kenneth Fetterly

Walter McMaylor Sr. v. Marina McMaylor

Timothy Wood v. Beverly Wood

Ellie Coates v. Dallen Coates

Accused vandal said he didn't mean to hit sheep

GOODING — The man who is charged with damaging the Hagerman Sheep Monument with his truck told authorities he just wanted to turn cookies in the grass and didn’t mean to hit the sheep.

Charles Bishop admitted to being responsible for the damage, knocking over some of the sheep statues, damaging a placard and digging tire tracks into the grass and gravel on July 22, according to an affidavit written by Gooding County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Kiger. Kiger writes Bishop contacted both Mayor Pete Weir and City Councilman Steve Bland to tell them and ask them to go with him to apologize to Bill Jones, who donated the money for the monument. However, both Bishop and his daughter, who was with him at the time, said he didn’t intend to strike the monument.

According to the affidavit, Bishop had picked up his daughter Wynnzdie Bishop and they were driving through Hagerman when they “engaged in a heated discussion over Jason’s ex-wife when he asked her if she wanted to have some fun, she said that Jason thought he had driven past the monument when he drove off the road and onto the grass,” according to what she told Deputy Alex Boyer. “She said that the sprinklers were on and the grass was wet and while turning cookies Jason lost control of the truck and ended up on the sheep. During their interviews both Jason and Wynnzdie told Deputy Boyer that they never meant to harm the sheep only turn cookies on the grass.”

Bishop, 47, is being charged with malicious injury to property, a felony, and two misdemeanors. He was freed on $300 bond and is due back in court on Aug. 7.

Stork report: births at Jerome, Twin Falls hospitals

St. Luke’s Jerome

Meridian Rose Carrola, daughter of Meaghan and Albert Carrola of Buhl, was born July 17, 2017.

St. Luke’s Magic Valley

Laykken Jase Corle, son of Alexis Taelor Smart and Dalton Lee Corle of Buhl, was born July 18, 2017.

Ronan Wayne McNabb, son of Bobbie Jo Maylyn Evans and Shay Wayne McNabb of Kimberly, was born July 18, 2017.

Italia Arielle Cook, daughter of Deloris Alyssa Rose Cook and Austen Adrian Luna of Gooding, was born July 18, 2017.

Solyana Measho Fishale, daughter of Selamawit Berhe Ghebretinsae and Measho Fishale Melaki of Twin Falls, was born July 20, 2017.

Brooklyn Rose Germann, daughter of Kyra Marie and Bradley Ray Germann of Jerome, was born July 20, 2017.

Alanna Kathryn West, daughter of Charmaine Le West and Bradshaw Isaac West of Twin Falls, was born July 20, 2017.

Patricia Elaine Beeson, daughter of Mattison Raye Marsh and Justin Raymond Beeson of Twin Falls, was born July 20, 2017.

Harper Wageman, daughter of Sarah Beth Renee Wageman and Michael Todd Wageman of Twin Falls, was born July 21, 2017.

Austin Eugene Shope, son of Kaitlynn Elaine Mary Shope and Samuel Lee Shope Jr. of Filer, was born July 21, 2017.

Marcus Noel Trujillo, son of Emilie Oreta Burton and Bill Marcus Trujillo of Heyburn, was born July 23, 2017.

Jack Israel Willis, son of Amber Nichole and Justin Lee Howard Willis of Twin Falls, was born July 24, 2017.

Olivia Ryann Galvan, daughter of Danika Nichole Kirk and Kelly Grant Galvan of Jerome, was born July 24, 2017.

Charlie Rose Ritter-Engle, daughter of Ileana Rose Ritter-Engle of Kimberly, was born July 26, 2017.


Average daily flows

Snake River at Heise 9,050 cfs

Snake River at Blackfoot 1,894 cfs

Snake River at American Falls 10,378 cfs

Snake River at Minidoka 8,315 cfs

Snake River at Milner 0 cfs

Little Wood River near Carey 287 cfs

Jackson Lake is 91 percent full.

Palisades Reservoir is 96 percent full.

American Falls Reservoir is 62 percent full.

Upper Snake River system is at 80 percent capacity.

As of Aug. 21.

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Air Guard tankers activated to fight western wildfires

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Air National Guard C-130s from Wyoming, Nevada and Colorado that are equipped to battle wildfires have been activated to fight wildfires in the western U.S.

The three large aircraft will be stationed in Fresno, California.

Currently the activation is scheduled to last one month but can be changed.

Lt. Col. Todd Davis of the 187th Airlift Squadron in Wyoming says the C-130 will fly as low as 150 feet above the ground while on wildfire missions.

The planes can discharge up to 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than 5 seconds and cover an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.

NY crew heading west to help fight wildfires

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A crew from New York state is heading west to help battle wildfires.

Twenty employees and volunteers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation are departing Saturday to help where needed. Crews are battling wildfires in California, Montana and British Columbia.

The New York team includes state forest rangers and is expected to be out west for two weeks. Costs will be handled by the U.S. Forest Service.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is proud to help its neighbors out west.