Canyon County

Addison Mohler / US Fish and Wildlife Service

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.

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

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.

Canyon County Historical Society

In 1885, southwestern Idaho's Nampa was just a water tower and a few shacks, but that quickly changed when the railroad came to town. A new book by historian Larry Cain examines the railroad's impact on Nampa, and how the city has changed.

Cain says the trains, and their cargo, are a big reason why Nampa thrived in the early part of the last century.

Darin Oswald / The Idaho Statesman

Update 11:35 a.m.: Officials have identified the child who died in an Idaho school bus crash as 11-year-old Daniel Robert Cook.

Canyon County Coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morris confirmed the child's identity. She says the boy died of blunt force trauma sustained in Thursday morning's collision, which also injured four children.

The bus was carrying 12 kids to a Kuna elementary school when it collided with a dump truck at a rural intersection. Four children were taken to the hospital with injuries, and the bus driver was taken to a hospital for emotional distress.

Southwest Idaho School Levies Pass

Aug 29, 2012
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Canyon County voters in Wilder, Notus, Homedale and Nampa appear to have approved school levies yesterday by wide margins. Nearly two-thirds of Nampa voted to pass a $1.6 million, two-year levy. Those same voters rejected a levy earlier this year for about twice that amount.

Dave Fotsch / Central District Health Department

A woman from Twin Falls has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. It’s the first confirmed case in Idaho this year.

Dave Fotsch of the Central District Health Department says mosquitoes tested positive in Ada, Canyon, and Payette counties. According to the Ada County Weed, Pest, and Mosquito Abatement website, the virus has also been found in west Boise.

Fotsch says West Nile’s peak year came in 2006, with almost one-thousand confirmed cases and 23 deaths. Since then, Fotsch says it’s tapered off, with only three cases last year.

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The 4th of July week is a busy time for fireworks retailers and firefighters.  But the day after the holiday is the busiest day of the year for the Idaho Humane Society, when it comes to stray animals.  Loud noises, smoke, and confusion can send pets running far from home. 

District 11, Senate Seat

Canyon County Senator Patti Anne Lodge (R- Huston) is seeking a seventh term in the Idaho Statehouse.  The Republican lawmaker beat former legislator Maurice Clements.   The two Republicans spent at least $26,000 in their primary election campaigns. Lodge was first elected to the Idaho legislature in 2000.  She chairs the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.  She now faces Democrat Victoria Brown in the general election.

District 11, House Seat A

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