You win some, you lose some, isn’t that the lesson we all learned in elementary school soccer? This morning has some pretty clear winners (I’m looking at you, Mitt Romney) and losers (now I’m looking at you, Jose Antonio Lara), but aren’t we all winners in the end? No. No we’re not. Unless you consider potentially spending life in prison or spending the rest of your life paying more and more on your electric bills “winning.” Even Herman Cain walks away a winner in comparison to those fates (zing!).
- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney jumped far ahead of the pack last night after just killing it at the New Hampshire primary. Romney walked away in first with 39.3 percent of the vote, while second place contender Ron Paul managed 22.8 percent. Moderate Republican candidate Jon Hunstman enjoyed a last-minute surge to third place after months and months of groundwork in New Hampshire. Unlike the Iowa contest last week, this was an actual primary, meaning Romney walked away seven of New Hampshire’s 12 delegates. Paul earned three delegates and Huntsman earned two, making them the three early front runners for the Republican nomination.
- A Burley man faces life in prison after police say he strangled his wife to death in their home Monday. Jose Antonio Lara, 29, pleaded not guilty to the charges, telling the judge he strangled Joann Lyn Lara, 25, out of self-defense. The couple’s two children, ages 4 and 7 have been placed in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, as Lara faces a $500,0000 bail. A preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 20 at 9 a.m., so we’ll see what will come of Lara, although the state has decided not to pursue the death penalty. [TN]
- Rocky Mountain Power customers will officially face an increase in their electric bills, after the Utah-based company took public comment, mulled it over and got approval by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The new increases will amount to an average of 11.28 percent increase, which is actually higher than the 10.6 percent increase the company proposed back in October. The increase will come in two doses, by 5.88 percent effective Tuesday, and by an addition 5.4 percent on Jan 1, 2013. Still, the numbers are lower than Rocky Mountain Power’s initial request of a 15 percent increase. [LN8]
- Idaho Falls School District 91 has saved $3 million in energy costs over the last five years, even earning two awards for the feat from Energy Education, Inc. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The district implemented a conservation program back in 2006 and it looks like it did pretty well. Dana Wood, district director of operations, said a lot of the energy savings came from simply turning off lights and computers at night and over weekends and holidays, but there were also some pretty big mechanical changes as well. Instead of traditional water heaters, for example, the district started pulling energy from groundwater. Wood said the $3 million in savings will probably just go to offset immense budget cuts. [LN8]