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Mother of child who died in April car fire to serve at least 5 years in prison

BOISE — The mother of a child who died in a car fire at a Boise Walmart last April was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday and must serve at least five years before she’s eligible for parole, according to court documents.

Jennifer Miller, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of injury to a child in September. In exchange, three additional charges were dropped.

According to court documents, Miller fell asleep in the early hours of April 10 while an open-flame cooking device was still turned on in the vehicle. Authorities said she used it for heat for her two children and herself, who were sleeping in the car, parked in the Walmart lot.

Miller’s daughter, 4-year-old Allie Nicole Rose, died in the fire after Miller was unable to rescue her from the back seat, police said. Miller’s 1-year-old son, Lane Rose, survived.

Judge Samuel Hoagland said that although Miller’s actions were not intentional, a punishment needed to be handed down due to her carelessness.

“I believe the sentence imposed is just, fair and reasonable,” Hoagland said. “I believe that the ... selfish and careless acts caused the injury and death of her child, and I believe that justice requires she serve for a period of imprisonment.”

Miller was handed 10-year sentences on each injury to child charge, to be served consecutively. The first 2 1/2 years of each sentence is fixed. Restitution of $10,680.18 was also ordered.

Miller briefly addressed the courtroom before she was sentenced.

“I’m sorry. I’m sorry to everyone that was involved,” Miller said. “Every day I replay that night, what could I have done differently. ... I wish I could go back now, but I can’t. I can’t fix this one.

“Wherever you decide is where I’m supposed to be.”

Craters of the Moon offers winter activities

ARCO — Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve’s dark lava rock now wears a mantle of white. The loop drive is closed to automobile travel, but there are still many excellent opportunities to explore the park.

Winter activities include:

  • Visitor Center: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, except for Christmas and New Year’s Day — View exhibits and audio-visual presentations to learn m
  • ore about your national monument. Check out the bookstore for unique gifts or snowshoe rentals. For more information, go to
  • Christmas Bird Count: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 — This is an international effort to count wintering birds in the western hemisphere. Participants of all skill levels are welcome. Meet at the visitor center at 9 a.m. Wear boots, hats, gloves and warm layered clothing to spend the day outside. Bring binoculars and a lunch to eat in the field. Snowshoes will be provided if conditions require. For more information, call 208-527-1352 or go to
  • Cross-country skiing/snowshoeing: mid-December through February, depending o
  • n snow conditions — The seven-mile loop road will be groomed for skiing as snowpack allows. T
  • here are no entry or user fees. Most of the winter trail follows relatively level terrain and can be completed in two to four hours. There are also excellent opportunities for snowshoeing throughout the park including the 1½-mile Snowshoe Loop Trail. Pets are not permitted on any of the trails. For maps and current conditions, go to
  • Snowshoe Walk: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays in January and February, and on March 2. This will be a ranger-guided snowshoe walk beginning with a short introduction to the winter environment followed by a fun loop through the park on snowshoes. Look for tracks and climb a volcano on this two-mile trek. Snowshoes are available for complimentary use; donations will be accepted. Depending on conditions, snowshoeing can be a strenuous activity that
  • may not be suitable for younger children. Group size is limited to 30. Sign up at the visitor center on the day of the walk.
  • Group Snowshoe Walk: 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays in January and February, by reservation. Group size is limited to 30. Sign up by calling 208-527-1335 or email early.
  • Snow School: Tuesday through Friday during January and February. Bring your students to the monument for an unforgettable trek. Snowshoe with a ranger and learn about how wildlife adapts to winter conditions. There are enough snowshoes available for about 30 students; the walks are suitable for third-graders and older. To schedule a field trip, call 208-527-1335. Transportation assistance is available. After registering for a Snow School visit, staff will provide you with information
  • on what to wear and bring. For more information, go to
  • s/snowschool.htm.

Stuff the Bus event is Saturday at Walmart

TWIN FALLS — Iliad Media Group’s 14th Annual Stuff the Bus event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Walmart., 252 Cheney Drive W.

Help stuff two buses with new unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items. Donations will be distributed throughout the Magic Valley to those in need.

Iliad Media includes 92.7 The Music Monster, 104.7 Bob FM, 95.1 The Breeze, 102.1 The Bull, Q 106.7 and I-Rock 105.1 FM.

Buses will be provided by Mid-Columbia Bus Company Inc.

Stomp Out Hunger provides almost 500,000 meals for Idahoans

BOISE — Stinker Stores across Idaho participated in Stomp out Hunger, a company-wide campaign created to provide as much help as possible to families in need during the holiday season.

Over the course of 10 days in November, each store in Idaho provided customers the opportunity to add to their purchase at the register by making a donation to the Idaho Foodbank. Statewide, the 67 stores raised $70,265. In addition, owners Nancy and Charley Jones contributed $25,000 — bringing the grand total to $95,265. This year’s donation is $13,000 more than donations raised in 2017.

Because just $1 can provide food for five meals, this donation can provide enough food for 476,325 meals.

“The Stinker Store customers have shown incredible generosity during this campaign,” the Idaho Foodbank President and CEO Karen Vauk said in a statement. “It is through their kindness and the efforts of every Stinker Store team member that we are able to provide enough food for thousands of families this holiday season.”

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Kiwi Loco has reopened in a new location — and it has doughnuts

TWIN FALLS — A frozen yogurt shop has moved to Blue Lakes Boulevard and has added doughnuts to its menu.

Kiwi Loco reopened Wednesday at 828 Blue Lakes Blvd. N. The shop originally opened in 2010 but closed in September after the owners decided they needed to reinvent the business.

The soft opening continues this week, with a grand opening planned sometime next week, co-owner Angela Heider said. Kiwi Loco’s new hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday for doughnuts only.

“We’re coming in early and making them fresh every morning,” Heider said. “People are so excited.”

Kiwi Loco now employs about a dozen people, including several new positions that were added for baking. Heider plans to offer soup and bread bowls along with doughnuts, hot chocolate, frozen yogurt, sodas and bubble teas this winter.

The doughnuts come in traditional flavors as well as a few “crazy” ones, she said.

Hello Sweeto Burrito: Developer plans 2 new restaurants in northwest Twin Falls

TWIN FALLS — Eastern Idaho developers have plans to bring two more restaurants to Cheney Drive West in Twin Falls.

Partner Eric Jon Wall will go before the Twin Falls Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday to request a special use permit for a drive-through in conjunction with a restaurant with extended hours on the northwest corner of Cheney Drive West and Billar Street. The 4,000-square-foot building will have two food tenants, including a Sweeto Burrito — a Salt Lake City-based Mexican food chain.

“We’ve had pretty good success with it out of Idaho Falls,” Wall told the Times-News during a phone interview.

If the permits are approved, construction should begin around Feb. 1, with the restaurant opening July 1, he said.


A sign Wednesday at the northwest corner of Cheney Drive West and Billar Street advertises real estate opportunities in northwest Twin Falls. This lot is planned to have a Sweeto Burrito next year.

The other restaurant tenant has not been announced, but is a chain that will also cater to the lunchtime crowd, Wall said. He chose this location because the growing northwest part of Twin Falls has a lot of daytime workers and people who could benefit from more restaurants — such as the College of Southern Idaho, Canyon Ridge High School and St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center.

Twin Falls Planning and Zoning Director Jonathan Spendlove said the area south and west of Walmart still has a lot of empty lots available, and he expects to see more similar developments come in.

It’s a part of town that’s had seen significant change in the past year or so, with the arrival of an O’Reilly Auto Parts, Kneaders Bakery & Café, Beans and Brews Coffee House, Pizza Hut, CapEd Credit Union and Burger King. Construction continues on a multi-tenant building that will soon house a Hong Kong Restaurant, an ice cream shop featuring Reed’s Dairy ice cream, and a Jersey Mike’s Subs.


Aug Live Cattle 122.550 121.175 122.375 S 0.725

Oct Live Cattle 124.025 122.650 123.875 S 0.975

Aug Feeder Cattle 145.675 143.975 145.475 S 1.075

Oct Feeder Cattle 144.125 142.650 143.875 S 0.975

Aug Lean Hogs 68.100 65.125 67.750 S 1.700

Oct Lean Hogs 72.575 69.975 72.125 S 1.375

Jul Wheat 515^4 513^2 514^4 S -3^6

Sep Wheat 522^0 513^4 518^0 S -4^2

Jul KC Wheat 476^4 S

Sep KC Wheat 504^0 494^2 498^0 S -7^6

Jul MPS Wheat 585^0 585^0 587^6 P -2^6

Sep MPS Wheat 579^2 574^6 579^6 P -4^6

Jul Corn 376^0 372^4 374^2 S -0^2

Sep Corn 386^6 382^6 384^2 S 0^0

Jul Soybeans 916^6 908^4 913^4 S 1^4

Aug Soybeans 928^4 920^4 925^4 S 1^6

Jul BFP Milk 14.35 14.17 14.20 S -0.11

Aug BFP Milk 14.73 14.59 14.61 S -0.13

Sep BFP Milk 15.10 14.96 14.97 S -0.08

Oct BFP Milk 15.46 15.35 15.36 S -0.09

Nov BFP Milk 15.65 15.59 15.59 S -0.04

Jul Sugar 12.88 12.88 12.72 S -0.03

Oct Sugar 12.98 12.98 12.83 S -0.03

Jun B-Pound 1.2805 1.2805 1.2723 P 0.0032

Jun J-Yen 0.88845 0.88845 0.88720 P -0.00285

Jun Canada Dollar 0.75470 0.75470 0.75505 P -0.00755

Jun Euro-Currency 1.13720 1.13720 1.13530 P 0.00040

Jun Swiss Franc 1.0040 1.0040 1.0036 P 0.0000

Jun US Dollar 97.155 97.155 96.902 P 0.063

Aug Comex Gold 1244.8 1244.8 1242.6 S -4.7

Oct Comex Gold 1250.6 1250.6 1248.6 S -4.6

Sep Comex Silver 14.620 14.620 14.582 S -0.090

Dec Comex Silver 14.700 14.700 14.673 S -0.097

Sep Treasury Bond 143^19 143^19 142^25 S 1^20

Sep Coffee 107.50 107.50 105.95 S -0.95

Dec Coffee 110.40 110.40 108.85 S -0.95

Jul Cotton 80.11 S 1.34

Mar Cotton 82.24 80.83 82.09 S 1.14

Aug Unleaded Gas 1.4936 1.4165 1.4492 P 0.0073

Aug Heating Oil 1.9249 1.8657 1.8927 P -0.0062

Jul Natural Gas 4.630 4.404 4.457 P 0.027

Aug Crude Oil 54.67 52.37 53.46 P -0.11

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Valley Beans

Prices 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 $22, great northerns $21, small reds $28, blacks ask, pinks, $25. Quotes current Dec. 10.

Valley Grains

Prices for wheat per bushel mixed grain, oats, corn and beans per hundredweight. Prices subject to change without notice.

Wheat, $4.20, barley, $6.50 (cwt) corn, $7.59 (cwt) oats, $7.00 (cwt). Prices are given by Rangen in Buhl. Prices current Dec. 10.

Corn, $7.80 (cwt) barley, $5.00 (cwt) wheat, $4.75 (bushel). Prices quoted by JD Heiskell. Prices current Dec. 10.


Barrels $1.2775 +2.5 Blocks $1.3475 -1.75 Prices current Dec. 12

Snow pack

Today’s Median

Salmon 63%

Big Wood 51%

Little Wood 38%

Big Lost 41%

Little Lost 58%

Henrys Fork/Teton 88%

Upper Snake Basin 85%

Goose Creek 93%

Salmon Falls 86%

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

As of Dec. 12.

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