Man pleads guilty to video voyeurism
TWIN FALLS — A man charged in a 2018 video voyeurism case entered a guilty plea Tuesday.
Brian Michael Trappen, 38, appeared before Fifth District Judge Benjamin Cluff at the Twin Falls County Courthouse with his attorney, Doug Nelson, for Tuesday’s hearing.
Trappen’s trial in the case was scheduled to start Wednesday.
The charges stemmed from a 2017 incident in which Trappen set up a video camera to record a woman undressing before getting into a tanning bed, according to court documents. The tanning bed was located at the Argo Company, owned by Trappen’s family.
Trappen faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $50,000 fine when he is sentenced on Nov. 25.
He entered a guilty plea to charges of vehicular manslaughter in a Jerome County case on Aug. 19. That sentencing will take place on Nov. 18.
Ranch bronc and bull riding event in Gooding
GOODING — Johnny G Taxidermy and AP Mechanical Crane Service will present the Greatest Lil’ Show on Dirt, with two performances at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Gooding County Fairgrounds, 201 Lucy Lane.
The Outlaw Broncs from Nevada will take on some of the West’s best cowboys in ranch bronc riding. Then strap on your seat belts for some of the world’s smallest bucking bulls competing in head-to-head championships against some of the world’s youngest extreme athletes. Also enjoy barrel racing and the ever-popular mutton busting.
There will be vendors, a bounce house, a mechanical bull and much more.
Admission is only $7 for this great family entertainment. Children 14 and younger get in free with a paid adult.
For more information, call 209-840-0602.
Gooding Basque Association holds Friday dinnerGOODING — The Gooding Basque Association will hold its monthly First Friday dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Gooding Basque Center, 285 Euskadi Lane.
The menu will include grilled lamb chops, battered cod, lamb ribs, homemade soup, green salad with Basque dressing, rice, green beans, sheepherders bread and desserts.
The cost is $16 for adults and $14 for seniors.
For more information, call Julie at 208-308-5051.
$125M for New Mexico defense projects going to border wall
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities want to divert $125 million from two planned projects at New Mexico military bases to help to build part of President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Members of the New Mexico congressional delegation were informed Wednesday of the Department of Defense’s decision.
Funding is expected to be diverted from an $85 million project for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle training facility at Holloman Air Force Base and from a $40 million project for an information systems facility at White Sands Missile Range.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding diverted from 127 military construction projects to build 175 miles of the wall along the southern border.
Rangers probe illegal fireworks show in Colorado DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is investigating an illegal fireworks display on the summit of one of Colorado’s highest mountains over the Labor Day weekend.
The agency says the fireworks were ignited early Monday atop Mount Evans, the state’s 14th tallest at 14,264 feet (4,348 meters) above sea level. Colorado has more than 50 peaks above 14,000 feet (4,267 meters).
Mount Evans is in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest, where fireworks are illegal. The Forest Service says fireworks can ignite wildfires, injure wildlife and damage fragile, high-elevation ecosystems.
A paved road leads to the summit, which is about a 60-mile (97-kilometer) drive from downtown Denver. The Forest Service says about 140 people were on the summit for the display, and that the outing was organized on social media.
Hearing on huge open-pit mine may take 2 days
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — It might take two days for the Nevada Environmental Commission to decide whether a company can develop an open-pit mine that critics say could pollute ground water for hundreds of years. Panel Chairman Jim Gans called an appeal Wednesday one of the most important the panel has heard in a long time. He may continue the hearing Thursday as well.
Conservationists with Reno-based Great Basin Resource Watch want the state to rescind a permit for a molybdenum (muh-LIB’-duh-nuhm) mine that a subsidiary of Denver-based General Moly Inc. wants to dig near Eureka, Nevada — 250 miles (402 kilometers) east of Reno.
Their experts testified that approval last year was based on flawed calculations underestimating the amount of acid drainage that will fill the pit lake when mining is complete.
Molybdenum is a metal with a high melting point used to refine oil and make electrodes, missile and aircraft parts.
The Great Basin Resource Watch planned to argue its appeal Wednesday in Carson City.