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Local News 11/8/23

Election results from yesterday’s votes are coming in as we go on the air this morning. In Jerome, voters said no to the Valley Recreation district bond. It appears the supplemental levy passed for Minidoka school district 331. The Hansen free library district permanent override levy is leaning toward a yes vote. Go to this stations website’s local news tab for the most up to date results.

A Rock Creek Fire District firefighter was injured by a hit-and-run driver yesterday morning when he was at the scene of a crash north of Hansen. The firefighter stopped a female motorist driving a smaller, blue SUV with 2T plates to prevent a head-on collision. The woman, westbound on Addison Avenue, stopped to let an oncoming vehicle pass, and then her vehicle struck the firefighter as she accelerated to go around him. The impact pushed him into a fire engine. He was transported to the hospital. Police are looking for a woman with dark hair and wearing a baseball cap. There should be some damage to the passenger side or mirror of the blue SUV.

Federal Judge B. Lynn Winmill heard oral arguments for and against a preliminary injunction for House Bill 71, a bill that criminalizes gender-affirming care for youth in Idaho. If it takes effect, the law would make it a felony for medical providers to give minors puberty blockers or hormone treatments for gender dysphoria. The bill also makes it illegal to perform gender-affirming surgeries to minors. Medical providers could face up to 10 years in prison.

Idaho state officials are hopeful that the approximately $3 million effort to kill invasive quagga mussels detected in the Snake River in September was successful. But they don’t expect to know if they wiped out all of the mussels until water sampling surveys resume next spring. The plan involved treating a 16-mile section of the Snake River near Twin Falls.

A traffic accident early yesterday morning clogged a portion of I-84 in Boise. Police say a semi with a single trailer struck a center barrier and overturned just before 3 am. Two left westbound lanes were blocked for most of the day.

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