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Nikki A. Stigall Burton, AKA Nikki Overlin, AKA Nikki Randell, AKA Nikki Stigall-Randell, 35, Twin Falls; manufacture, deliver or possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver with a child present, $285.50 costs, $1,000 fine, $500 public defender, $100 DNA, $60 workmans comp. program fee, five years penitentiary, three years determinate, two indeterminate, one day credited, sentence suspended, three years supervised probation, 100 hours community service.

Wesley Jason Firpo, 48, Twin Falls; possession of a controlled substance, $285.50 costs, three years penitentiary, one year determinate, two indeterminate, 45 days credited, sentence to run consecutive to 2010 case.


Paula Stewart v. Jerry Stewart

Suzanne Cummons v. Lance Cummons

Daniela Rodriguez-Christensen v. Donavan Christensen

Andrew Mattair v. Alexandra Mattair

Karrie Hornbacher v. David Hornbacher

Candice Sosa v. Samuel Redd

Bryan Muff v. Amada Muff

Declo woman gave up her life to teach students on Africa Mercy ship

BURLEY — A Declo woman who decided she needed to “walk the walk” as a Christian has signed up for two years as a volunteer teacher on board a ship designed to provide free medical care to an impoverished country.

Emilie Moore, 25, has been aboard the Africa Mercy for about two months, where she teaches the ship’s medical staff and crew’s children.

Her work allows other volunteers to spend more time on the ship because they are able to take their families with them.

Moore was a teacher at Paul Elementary School for two years before she signed up to teach on the Africa Mercy.

“When you look down on the dock and see the people who have received no medical care, it is mind boggling,” Moore said during a phone interview Monday with the Times-News.

Many of the conditions treated on the ship would have been immediately taken care of in the United States, Moore said.

“But untreated, they grow into something life-threatening here,” she said.

“Emilie teaches so that Africans can have free surgeries on the ship,” said Pauline Rick, a spokeswoman for Mercy Ships. “She enables volunteer families to serve so that their children can maintain their education while living on board. The Mercy Ships volunteers raise their own support to pay monthly crew fees to help cover room and board while donating their time and skills.”


The Africa Mercy ship’s photo captured by a drone.

The decision to become a volunteer teacher came from “a culmination of things,” that included an end to her teaching contract in Paul, her desire to travel and her wish live a Christian life, Moore said.

“It is such a blessing to be part of something bigger than myself,” she said.

The ship is currently docked at Douala, in the Republic of Cameroon, Africa. The ship will stay for 10 months in the port of Douala.

“Mercy Ships plans to provide 3,000 to 4,000 life-changing surgeries onboard the Africa Mercy hospital ship, to treat over 8,000 at a land-based dental clinic as well as providing healthcare training to local medical professionals,” Rick wrote.

Moore heard about the ship from a friend who had volunteered on it. Teaching small classes of students and a multi-cultural group appealed to her.

Moore teaches eight-, fourth- and fifth-graders, and she has students from the U.S., Holland, Australia and Brazil. There are 13 teachers on the ship and 44 students from more than 10 countries.

As she fulfills a background role to the ship’s mission, she is able to teach her students what it means to live a good life.

“I’m also getting to work with these children who are growing up in this unusual role,” she said.

The ship’s crew includes medical personnel, the captain and deck hands as well as the people who prepare food and people fulfilling numerous other roles.

The volunteers receive no pay for their service, and the monthly crew fee they pay is based on the length of service they sign up for.

Moore’s monthly fee is $525, which comes from her savings and a sponsorship from her church.

At 6 feet 4 inches tall, Moore said adapting to life on a ship is interesting.

“When I first got here I thought I was going to hit my head on one of the sprinklers and cause a flood,” she said.

The berths where they sleep can have anywhere from four to 10 bunks. Moore’s berth has four bunks and a 10-foot-by-10-foot sitting room.

“I don’t really feel claustrophobic, though,” she said.

The ship sails from only 10 to 30 days out of the year, and the rest of the time it is in port.

“I can’t believe I am part of this,” Moore said. “I get to live what I say I believe.”

Blue Lakes Inn closes for fall, winter

TWIN FALLS — A 23-room boutique hotel in Twin Falls shut its doors Thursday — but not for forever.

The Blue Lakes Inn will be closed this fall and winter, owner Jim Paxton announced Friday. Employees had all received advanced notice and have made other plans.

But Paxton intends to reopen the business next year, possibly with an eatery or pub behind the hotel.

“The majority of our business is just four to five months of the year,” he said. With tourism season ending, “we just didn’t have the traffic to warrant being open.”

Paxton opened the business in 2001 and leased it until 2012. The hotel then closed for several months before reopening. He is not planning to sell the business.

“It’s pretty special to me,” he said. “There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it and I can’t just let that go.”

He wants to begin looking for another business to open a small eatery or pub behind — but not connected to — the hotel, in order to meet another area of guest needs.

Officials work to ID victims in police shooting, house fire

MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say two bodies found in the wreckage of a burned-down house after an officer-involved shooting likely won’t be identified until after dental records are found or DNA testing is complete.

Ada County Coroner Dotti Owens said in a prepared statement that the identification process could take some time.

Three people died in the ordeal that began Wednesday night when residents of a rural home near Meridian called to report someone trying to break into their house. Law enforcement officers arrived a short time later to find the suspected prowler, armed with a gun, near the front door of the home.

They shot at the prowler, who retreated inside. The house caught fire a short time later.

Two of the residents were able to escape the home, but one was badly burned and died the next day. A third resident died in the fire, as did someone believed to be the prowler.

The law enforcement officers who shot at the suspect — Kuna Police Officer Sage Hickam and Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Matkin — were not injured during the confrontation.

Stork report
Stork report: births at Jerome, Twin Falls hospitals

St. Luke’s Jerome

Kaimaya McKnight, daughter of Katelyn Denison and Jaryn McKnight of Shoshone, was born Sept. 21, 2017.

St. Luke’s Magic Valley

Beau Bailey Fuller, son of Ashlee Scott Cabral and McKinnen Anthony Farrell Fuller of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 20, 2017.

Brynlee Jameson Hildreth, daughter of Brandy Jean and Bryon Patrick Hildreth of Hagerman, was born Sept. 20, 2017.

Kehlani Akio Hruza, daughter of Kallie Tori Jones and Jasper Wade Hruza of Jerome, was born Sept. 21, 2017.

Bodhi Maddox Coates, son of Shauna Marie and Bradley Bryan Silvester of Jerome, was born Sept. 21, 2017.

Genevieve Nicole Hall, daughter of Robin Lin and Jacob Jay Hall of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 21, 2017.

Lusciunn Marlei McCutcheon, son of Michelle Gwen and Nevada Kenneth McCutcheon of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 21, 2017.

Oakley Jane Starley, daughter of Nikkita Susan and Andrew Grant Starley of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 21, 2017.

Jamison Clark Coates-Maughan, son of Taylor Amanda Coates and Chancelor Clark Maughan of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 22, 2017.

Owen Lee Schermett, son of Kaylee Alyse and Brandon Michael Schermett of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 22, 2017.

Luiz Ivaan Arellano, son of Kryzna Alexa and Luis Antonio Arellano of Elko, Nev., was born Sept. 22, 2017.

Karlin Kenneth Goss Jr., son of Tetona Lynne Dunlap and Karlin Lee Goss of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 22, 2017.

Brodey Scott Browne, son of Elizabeth Larrie and John Mark Lucius Browne of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 22, 2017.

Clark William Hamilton, son of Chelsea Ingrid and Jackson Walker Hamilton of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 22, 2017.

Hayden Davey Combs, son of Ivee Devan Combs and Glenn Hayden Combs of Filer, was born Sept. 23, 2017.

Abygail Nina Eudave, daughter of Naomi Arvizu and Jaime Eudave of Jerome, was born Sept. 23, 2017.

Jaidyn John Greener, son of Tiffany Leanne and William Nile Greener of Gooding, was born Sept. 24, 2017.

Sebastian Sandoval Gonzalez, son of Wendolyn Perla Gonzalez Carrera and Enrique Sandoval Gonzalez of Jerome, was born Sept. 25, 2017.

Katie Claire Talbot, daughter of Kimberly Michelle and Robert Michael Talbot of Burley, was born Sept. 25, 2017.

Maxziel Carmelo Perez, son of Claudia Angelica and Cesar Perez of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 26, 2017.

Charlie Max Cantrell, son of Amanda Louise and Chase William Cantrell of Buhl, was born Sept. 26, 2017.

Khia Annalise Hewitt, daughter of Yrricka Mychelle Ramirez and Matthew Charles Hewitt of Twin Falls, was born Sept. 26, 2017.

Alayna AniLeigh Romero, daughter of Brittany Rose Sams and Rafhael Romero of Wendell, was born Sept. 27, 2017.

Twin Falls County Most Wanted
Twin Falls County Most Wanted

Dustin Wyatt Peyman

Date of Birth: 12/04/1971

Sex: Male

Height: 5 feet, 7 inches

Weight: 200 pounds

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

Race: White

Wanted for: Probation Violation on the original charge of possession of a controlled substance.

No bond


Average daily flows

Snake River at Heise 5,055 cfs

Snake River at Blackfoot 5,124 cfs

Snake River at American Falls 4,153 cfs

Snake River at Minidoka 3,742 cfs

Snake River at Milner 0 cfs

Little Wood River near Carey 238 cfs

Jackson Lake is 76 percent full.

Palisades Reservoir is 90 percent full.

American Falls Reservoir is 51 percent full.

Upper Snake River system is at 70 percent capacity.

As of Oct. 9.

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