Printed on: December 24, 2012

REGIONAL NEWS BRIEFLY


Hearing delayed in fake pregnancy case

TWIN FALLS (AP) -- A court hearing for a south-central Idaho woman accused of faking a pregnancy and receiving about $1,400 in financial donations and gifts has been delayed to give attorneys time to work out a deal.

The Times-News reports that 5th District Judge Roger Harris on Friday delayed the hearing for 44-year-old Lisa Holley for three weeks. Holley faces one count of grand theft by deception.

The hearing is for Harris to decide if prosecutors have enough evidence to take the case to trial.

Food pantry to open at the Univ. of Idaho

MOSCOW (AP) -- The University of Idaho plans to open a food pantry next month amid concerns about low-income student nutrition.

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports that the pantry on the first floor of the Student Union building is tentatively set to open Jan. 15 and has more than 650 pounds of food donations from university food drives.

"The concerns about poverty in the city and county are largely invisible," Dean of Students Bruce Pitman said. "We have many examples of students coming forward and needing additional financial assistance for a wide range of issues."

Paying rent and buying food are some of the most common problems students face because they underestimate the cost of going to school, he said.

Plan to keep nuclear waste in Utah dead

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Top elected officials in Utah are hailing the official death of a plan to store the nation's high-level nuclear waste in Tooele County.

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, a leading opponent of the plan, told The Salt Lake Tribune he's grateful that a consortium of utility companies has abandoned the effort once and for all.

Private Fuel Storage has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Agency to cancel its license for a 100-acre area for radioactive waste containers on the Skull Valley Goshute Reservation.

"Storing this waste on the Goshute land so close to Utahns and the Utah Test and Training Range just didn't make sense," Hatch told The Tribune.

The Republican has voted to have the U.S. Energy Department proceed with the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository in southern Nevada so the waste wouldn't need temporary storage.

Victim of officer shooting identified

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) -- A man shot and killed by police while holding a woman hostage in a Taylorsville parking lot has been identified.

Police said 32-year-old Jose Rodriguez-Castro was killed Thursday while holding the woman believed to be his girlfriend at knifepoint in an SUV at the Department of Workforce Services building.

Police said he ignored several commands to drop the knife. Police said it's not clear why the two were at the jobs department, or what prompted the confrontation.

Montana considers request for grouse

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission has approved looking into a plan to send 80 female sage grouse to North Dakota to bolster dwindling populations.

The Billings Gazette reports that the commission on Thursday gave the OK for biologists to look into sending 40 female sage grouse to North Dakota in 2014 and another 40 in 2015.

"It's a fairly well thought-out plan," said George Pauley of FWP's wildlife division. "They've gone to pretty significant lengths to come up with the best possible practices to ensure it's a success."

North Dakota Department of Game and Fish officials made the request because the state's population of sage grouse has plummeted since an outbreak of West Nile virus.