Saturday, January 12, 2013

Times-News: Shotgun Used at Idaho School Break-In

Posted By on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Hailey police are investigating a January 11 break-in at Wood River High School.
  • Hailey police are investigating a Jan. 11 break-in at Wood River High School.

Police in Hailey are investigating an incident early Friday, when someone used a shotgun to break into Wood River High School.

This morning's Twin Falls Times-News reports that classes were delayed Friday morning as police inspected the school building. Officials with the Blaine County School District told the Times-News that someone fired a shotgun through a glass door on the north side of the school, entered the building, pulled a fire alarm and fled.

The school district confirmed that officials were advised by Sentinel Security that the school's alarm was activated at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Friday.

School officials said they kept an increased police presence at Blaine County schools throughout the day.

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KLEW: Parents of Victims Call For Superintendent's Resignation In Wake of Idaho School Incident

Posted By on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Officials in a north-central Idaho school district are still dealing with the fallout from a December incident in which students were allegedly attacked by an adult male, landing the man behind bars.

Byron Edwards, 35, of Reubens is charged with three counts of injury to a child for allegedly slapping, kicking, tripping and holding a child in a choke-hold at Highland Elementary School on Dec. 17. Edwards said he was visiting his fifth-grade son at the school when the incident occurred.

"It was my grandson that was put in a headlock," grandparent Ron Peery said at a Jan. 9 emergency meeting of the Highland Joint School District Board of Trustees in Craigmont. "And I feel that I should have been notified before that. I had to come to school to be notified."

Lewiston's KLEW-TV reports that "outraged parents voiced their anger" at the meeting, including some calling for the resignation of district Superintendent Cindy Orr.

"I apologize that I didn't call you as quickly as you liked," Orr told the parents and grandparents. "I made the best decision I thought I could make at the time."

Trustees assured the crowd that they would review the school district's safety policies and invited parents to participate in the analysis.

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Consumer Electronics Show: More Gadgets But More Big Brother

Posted By on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Panasonic unveiled one of its new Smart Tvs at the CES.
  • Panasonic unveiled one of its new smart TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show.

While the Consumer Electronics Show—held annually in Las Vegas—traditionally brings wonder and anticipation, this year's edition produced more than its share of caution as more and more companies revealed that they expect consumers to voluntarily give up personal information while using the latest gadgets.

"This could be creepy to some of us because it is making use of data in a way that has not been done before," said data consultant Thomas Coughlin of Coughlin Associates.

Several technology companies unveiled what they called “smart televisions” at this year’s show. The TVs would use devices like eyes trackers and voice recognition software to figure out who was watching and what that individual would like to watch.

"Increasingly, TVs will know who is watching them, and I expect advertisers will know shortly thereafter. This should result in shows and commercials you like more and even better products, but far less privacy," Rob Enderle, an analyst and consultant with Enderle Group, told the Sydney Morning Herald.

For more active technophiles, health gadget company Fitbit unveiled its fitness monitoring bracelet. Called “Flex,” the device can track steps, distance, calories and how many minutes the user has been active. It also tracks how long the user has been sleeping and details how much the user has been moving in his or her sleep. The website that works in tandem with the Fitbit bracelet will also track user weight goals, calories consumed and the fitness progress of friends.

Additionally, forks with accelerometers will tell a user how quickly they're eating, while sharing the results with friends on data logs.

An estimated 350 million IP-addressable devices will ship worldwide this year. Any device with an IP address makes the physical location of its user traceable.

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Press-Tribune: Canyon County Acquires Map Rock

Posted By on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

The iconic petrogyphs are found six miles from Highway 45 on Map Rock Road.
  • The iconic petrogyphs are found six miles from Highway 45 on Map Rock Road.

Canyon County can now officially call Map Rock its own.

This morning's Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the Canyon County Board of Commissioners on Friday aqcuired the 34-acre site—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—through a deal with the Farm Development Corporation. The county is expected to improve the site to include educational programs, which will showcase the the park's well-known petroglyph panel.

Historians believe that the petroglyphs were created by the Shoshone-Bannock people "prior to Euro-American contact," according to the Press-Tribune. The first formal reference to Map Rock dates back to 1877.

The site is located approximately six miles from Highway 45 on Map Rock Road.

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Free Press: Idaho Lawmen Vigilent About Gem State Pot Busts

Posted By on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

North Idaho lawmen are keeping a close watch on traffic between the Gem State and Washington, since Washington's Dec. 6 legalization of recreational use of up to an ounce of marijuana for adults older than 21.

This week's Idaho County Free Press reports that Idaho County sheriff's deputies and county prosecutors haven't seen any immediate effects but they're still cautioning Idahoans who may be heading to Washington for some pot.

"It may be legal in Washington but it's not legal in the state of Idaho," Grangeville Police Chief Morgan Drew told the Press. "It's definitely a crime, and as far as I'm concerned, they will be treated the same as anyone else."

Marijuana is a so-called schedule 1 drug, and possession of less than three ounces is a misdemeanor, which could result in maximum penalties of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possession of more than three ounces is a felony punishable by up to five years behind bars and a $15,000 fine.

"If, for example, a Clarkston [Wash.] resident drives into Idaho and forgets they have marijuana in their pocket and they are caught, it's still against the law," Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor told the Press. "It's his responsibility to remove it from his person before he comes to Idaho."

Twenty-three states currently support some level of marijuana possession or use, including the recent legalizations in Washington and Colorado.

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Feds Unveil Plan For New Nuke Repository by 2048

Posted By on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

While Idahoans—beginning with Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter—push back against the possibility of more spent nuclear waste entering the Gem State, federal officials renewed their efforts on Friday to create a new national nuclear waste repository.

"I'm commited as ever to enforcing the terms of our 1995 agreement with the federal government to get all nuclear waste out of Idaho by 2035," said Otter in his Jan. 7 State of the State address.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Energy revealed on Jan. 11 a new strategy to begin developing a new deep geologic repository for high-level radioactive waste, to be up and running by 2048. The strategy is needed after the Obama Administration shut down work toward making Yucca Mountain, Nev., the nation's repository for used commercial nuclear fuel and high-level waste.

The new report says the nation should have a site picked by 2026, with the repository designed and licensed by 2042, and operational by 2048.

It's estimated that Idaho has approximately 300 tons of spent nuclear fuel. In 1995, Idaho voters backed an Idaho nuclear waste agreement with the Department of Energy, which would stop feds from sending any more commercial nuclear waste to Idaho and to get rid of all waste that's stored in the Gem State by 2035.

"I’ll say this as plainly and as unequivocally as I can: Idaho will NOT be a repository for nuclear waste," wrote Otter in December.

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