Canyon County

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A consulting firm has come up with a new figure for what it would cost to build a jail in Canyon County that addresses overcrowding and other problems at the current facility.


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Mike Bullinger, the man wanted in connection to a triple homicide in the outskirts of Caldwell, continues to elude authorities. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are all hoping new information about the suspected murderer comes to light.


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Canyon County saw a record number of involuntary mental hold cases in July.

There were 123 such cases, a monthly record, according to the county's director of indigent services, Yvonne Baker, the Idaho Press Tribune reported.

The county also set a record for payments related to those mental holds in the past few weeks, sending out checks totaling $153,000, Controller Zach Wagoner said.

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Several motorcycle deaths throughout the Treasure Valley over the last week or so are causing alarm and raising questions about safety.

In a little over a week, five people around the Valley were killed in motorcycle accidents: three in Boise, one in Canyon County and another in Boise County.

The five deaths in such a short amount of time are particularly surprising given there were just five motorcycle deaths across the Treasure Valley in all of 2010.

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A four-day job fair gets underway in Caldwell this morning. A wide variety of industries will be participating in the event at the Idaho Department of Labor’s Canyon County office.

The largest job fair in recent memory, different sectors will be at the site looking to hire new talent each day.

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The Canyon County Fair isn’t going anywhere; it’ll stay at its home in Caldwell. County commissioners made the announcement earlier this week, ending a proposed move for the fair to an 80 acre property north of Nampa.

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After a U.S. Department of Justice found a Nampa polling place is inaccessible to voters with disabilities, Canyon County officials are working to make sure everyone can get inside to vote.

The Idaho Press Tribune reports that Canyon County Clerk Chris Yamamoto is proposing a second entrance at the Southside Methodist Church after the DOJ found the church's ramp was too steep and lacked handrails.

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The Treasure Valley Food Coalition this week is asking the question, “why should we save farmland in Idaho?” As growth and development spread across the Treasure Valley, the coalition is starting a conversation about preserving farmland in places like Canyon County.

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A special prosecutor has cleared Canyon County’s sheriff of any wrongdoing after a year-long investigation.

KTVB-TV reports that Sheriff Kieran Donahue was accused of misusing public funds.

Special prosecutor Daniel Norris, the Malheur County District Attorney, announced his decision Friday.

Norris said allegations that Donahue used county resources inappropriately for personal benefit were without merit and he broke no laws.

Authorities say an Idaho jail is no longer required to have federal oversight now that conditions have been improved.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the Canyon County jail has been under federal court oversight since the American Civil Liberties Union sued over what it called "indecent, cruel and inhumane" conditions there seven years ago.

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The occupation of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon has gone on for almost a week. The armed militants there say the refuge is a symbol of government overreach in the West. In Idaho, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge has been the subject of angst over federal regulations – but with a different outcome.

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A Canyon County high school student has been asked to remove a Confederate flag from his truck because administrators worry it is a gang symbol.

KIVI-TV reports that Cossa Academy student Jordan Beattie says he hung the flag from his truck after his girlfriend gave it to him as a gift. His mother Sherry Beattie says when he came to the Wilder school with the flag displayed he was called to the school office.

A jailed Nampa man accused of kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend now faces a new round of charges after he sent letters from jail asking people he knew to convince the victim to drop her allegations.

The Idaho Statesman reports 34-year-old Arturo Mendoza has been in Canyon County jail since February and is now charged with three counts of criminal solicitation to commit a crime.

Mendoza admitted he wrote the letters but denied any intent to threaten or contact the alleged victim.

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Authorities in southwest Idaho say a deputy responding to a disturbance at a home shot and killed a man who emerged from the home with a pistol.

Canyon County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marv Dashiell says the shooting occurred at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday east of Middleton.

Dashiell in a news release says the deputy fired multiple rounds from his sidearm during the confrontation.

He says it's not known if the man fired with the pistol.

Lifesaving measures by the deputy and other emergency responders failed.

Names have not been released.

The Idaho Youth Ranch is moving one of its residential care facilities from Rupert to Canyon County.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the Ranch Campus program, which provides residential care and therapy to Idaho kids who are in crisis, will be moving to a large property near the small town of Middleton in southwestern Idaho sometime in the next few years.

The Idaho Youth Ranch works with at-risk kids and their families to provide emergency shelter, substance abuse treatment, job training and counseling.

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