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Hiker Rescued from Grand Teton

Hiker Rescued from Grand Teton(JACKSON, Wyo.) – A Montana climber is safe after becoming stranded on the Grand Teton Friday evening. 28-year-old Jesse Selwyn of Florence, Mont. was airlifted to the valley floor after activating a rescue beacon Friday afternoon. Selwyn was uninjured and released soon after landing. Investigators say the climber and his companion had become lost along […]

Five Fires Light Up Southeast Idaho

Five Fires Light Up Southeast Idaho(POCATELLO) – Fire crews have been fighting at least five different blazes in the region – nearly all of which have started in the past few days. The largest fire is currently burning in Power County in what officials are calling the “Garden Fire.” Early estimates indicate the fire has burned around 1,800 acres. The […]

Ross Fork District Fire

Ross Fork District Fire08-23: The Two and and Half Mile Fire is expected to be at full containment by 10 p.m., said Zac Brouillette, the fire’s incident commander. Firefighters on the scene today are focusing on mop-up and rehabilitation activities.   08-22: A pre-evacuation order has been called off for residents near the Two and a Half Mile […]

Redistricting Commission Works Together to Finalize Map

Redistricting Commission Works Together to Finalize Map(BOISE) – The state’s bipartisan Redistricting Commission has spent the past several weeks drawing up new political boundaries for Idaho’s 35 legislative districts. Regionally Teton and Madison Counties will form their own district, Bingham County will become its own, and Power County will be combined with Bannock County. The commission has until Sept. 4 to […]

Wyoming Judge Orders Retrial in 1984 Murder Case

Wyoming Judge Orders Retrial in 1984 Murder Case(PINEDALE, Wyo.) – A Wyoming judge has called for a new trial for a Montana man accused of murdering a woman nearly 30 years ago. District Judge Timothy Day says investigators withheld evidence that could have helped Troy Willoughby at his trial. Willoughby was convicted last year for the 1984 shooting death of Elizabeth Miles […]

State to Pay for College Entrance Exams

State to Pay for College Entrance Exams(BOISE) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna has announced that starting for the class of 2013, the state will pay for college entrance exams.  Luna says the money is an investment in the future of Idaho’s students and noted that the initiative is a sign that the state is taking a special interest […]

Yellowstone Bison Herd Drops by 200

Yellowstone Bison Herd Drops by 200(YELLOWSTONE, N.P.) – Yellowstone National Park’s Bison population has dropped slightly compared to last year. An estimated 3,700 bison now roam the park, down 200 from last year’s figures. Park officials say at least 500 animals died during the winter, with another 200 killed by hunters after they migrated out of the park. This year’s […]

Study Finds D91, 93 Consolidation Too Costly

Study Finds D91, 93 Consolidation Too Costly(IDAHO FALLS) – School board members from Districts 91 and 93 met Wednesday to discuss the results of a study examining whether combining the two districts is feasible. The study conducted by the independent consulting firm, Education Northwest, found that consolidating the districts would actually cost more money than it’s worth. Officials say that while […]

Fire Tears Through Booths at Franklin County Fairgrounds

Fire Tears Through Booths at Franklin County Fairgrounds(PRESTON) – Several booths were destroyed after a fire tore through a building at the Franklin County Fair Wednesday. A vendor selling Navajo tacos and scones had their cooking oil catch on fire. The vendors attempted to put out the fire with a small extinguisher but the flames then spread to three other booths. One […]

Drive-In Fire Contained, Investigation Continues

Drive-In Fire Contained, Investigation Continues(POCATELLO) – Emergency crews are mopping up the remnants of the Drive-In fire near Pocatello, but Bannock County officials have an investigation on their hands. The Sheriff’s Office suspects the nearly 1,300 acre fire was started by a group of pre-teens. The fire destroyed one home, which experts say lacked a safe “fire barrier” around […]

Droughts Impact Regional Grain Prices

Droughts Impact Regional Grain Prices(MORELAND) – Dry weather is wreaking havoc on grain crops in Texas and the Midwest, but local grain producers say the outlook is good in Idaho. Mid August is a dusty time around eastern Idaho, with grain harvest in full swing. Local News 8 reports that grain prices are steadily rising, which means good news […]

Fire Destroys Kitchen in I.F. Home

Fire Destroys Kitchen in I.F. Home(IDAHO FALLS) – A fire ripped through the kitchen of an Idaho Falls home Wednesday night. Fire crews responded to the call on Poulson Street just before 8 p.m. No one was home at the time, and the homeowners say the kitchen hadn’t been used for dinner. Damages are estimated at around $35,000. An investigation […]

Idaho Falls Hotel May Be Finished Soon

Idaho Falls Hotel May Be Finished Soon(IDAHO FALLS) – A 107-room hotel in Idaho Falls may be finished soon, after nearly two years of collecting dust. A civil trial on the project was set for the end of the month but has since been called off. Negotiations are currently underway to resume construction on the Marriott Residence Inn, a project that […]

Baby Monkey Born at Tautphaus Park

Baby Monkey Born at Tautphaus Park(IDAHO FALLS) – Visitors to the Tautphaus Park Zoo can expect to see a lot more babies the next time they take a stroll through the gates. Zoo superintendent Beth Rich tells KIDK that a new baby monkey named “Soldier” is just one of several young animals new to the zoo this year. Rich says […]

Land Board Approves $31M for Idaho Public Schools

Land Board Approves $31M for Idaho Public Schools(BOISE) – Idaho’s Public Schools will receive an extra $31 million thanks to a land endowment. The land board voted to distribute a total of $47.5 million next year to the beneficiaries of the state endowment, which include the University of Idaho and State Hospital South in Blackfoot. Public schools will receive about $31.2 million […]

Boise Woman Faces Felony for Stealing Beer Can

Boise Woman Faces Felony for Stealing Beer Can(BOISE) – A 35-year-old Boise woman could face up to ten years in prison, all for stealing a can of beer from a grocery store. Boise police say Victoria Hill walked into the store with the intent of stealing the 24-ounce can, enough to charge her with felony burglary. Store employees say they witnessed Hill […]

Builders Optimistic in Spite of Lack of Growth

Builders Optimistic in Spite of Lack of Growth(IDAHO FALLS) – A tough economy has hurt almost every inch of the job sector, including construction jobs. KIDK reports that general contractors from around the area are still seeing fewer job opportunities than they did in 2007. In the first half of 2007, Idaho Falls issued 196 building permits for single-family homes, this year […]

Overturned Semi on I-84 West

Overturned Semi on I-84 WestI-84 West of Burley has been closed due to an overturned semi.  The east bound lanes will be closed for an extended period of time as crews work to clean up the accident between mile markers 201 and 208.  Local News 8 is reporting that traffic is being re-routed at exit 201 up to Paul […]

Inmate Arrested for Lewd Conduct

Inmate Arrested for Lewd Conduct(IDAHO FALLS) – An Idaho prison inmate employed through a work-release program has been arrested on charges of lewd conduct with a minor. 62-year-old Raul Castillo reportedly touched a 15-year-old girl between her legs while working at the Idaho Falls Country Club Golf Course. Castillo was arraigned last Thursday and is being held on a […]

Global Warming Could Hurt Trout Population

Global Warming Could Hurt Trout Population(IDAHO FALLS) – Eastern Idaho’s pristine trout fishing could be in danger. Biologists with the U.S. Forest Service say climate change could reduce cutthroat habitat by 58 percent over the next 70 years. The scientists believe warmer winters could cause bigger floods that wash out gravel – the spawning beds where trout lay their eggs. […]
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