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Local News 1/24/24

Lawmakers in Idaho heard from Emergency medical services this week where leaders hope to see legislation this session to make EMS an essential service.  The group heard how help is arriving slower in rural areas because of Population growth and other strains on the volunteers.  Rick Funk an EMS chief said that without an increase in funding and recruitment the system could fail in a few years.

Last spring, 81% of Idaho’s high school students graduated on time a slight increase from 2022.  All told, nearly 21,000 students graduated in four years, and about 4,800 did not.  Still, 2023’s four-year graduation rate remains far short of the state goal: that nearly 95% of students earn a high school diploma on time.

Payette City Mayor Craig Jensen resigned from his position Friday for personal reasons.  The resignation was listed as "effective immediately" as of today. Jensen asked that he and his family be given privacy and not be contacted by any news outlets to discuss the matter.

Idaho lawmakers could soon allow teachers and other school employees to carry concealed weapons on school grounds and shield information about the staffers armed at school from public records requests.  A bill introduced Monday would let public school staffers who have “enhanced” concealed weapons permits to carry firearms on campuses. The legislation would also require every school to remove any “gun-free zone” signs or face a fine.

The Twin Falls Transit is now a full city program.  There has been tremendous demand for the pilot ride program that started two years ago.  Ride prices range from a dollar to five.  The average wait time is 30 minutes.

Twin Falls County named Will Carson as the new coroner.  He replaces Gene Turley who resigned earlier this month due to medical problems. 

Winter storms in the area followed by warming temperatures are leading to flooding on some Southern Idaho roads.  The Twin Falls sheriff’s office said many roads have standing water especially near 3100 east and 3050 north.

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