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Ron Paul Wins Idaho Straw Poll

Ron Paul Wins Idaho Straw Poll(BOISE) – U.S. Congressman Ron Paul won the Idaho Straw Poll Friday. Nearly 400 people came to Boise to cast their votes at the GOP fundraiser. Paul took the lead in Idaho with 43 percent of voters, while Mitt Romney came in second with 33 percent, and Newt Gingrich at third with about 12 percent. The […]

Stabbing Witness Speaks Out Against Violence

Stabbing Witness Speaks Out Against Violence(IDAHO FALLS) – The man believed to be the intended victim of a stabbing in Ammon Christmas morning is speaking out against violence. Andrew Hall tells Local News 8 that there is no justification for what happened the day Buck Garner was killed. And what he thought would be a one-on-one fight turned into a massacre […]

Rexburg Housing Expands for Students

Rexburg Housing Expands for Students(REXBURG) – A quick drive around Rexburg shows plenty of construction, with most of it going toward student housing. BYU-Idaho officials tell The school plans to expand enrollment by as many as 1,800 students over the next two years. The newly-completed Ivy apartment complex will open its doors to 900 female students. Students enrolled in […]

State Treasurer Criticized for Gas Card Use

State Treasurer Criticized for Gas Card Use(BOISE) – Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane is getting flak for allegedly using a state credit card to buy fuel for his personal vehicle. Auditors reviewing the financial records of Crane’s office have forwarded their preliminary findings to Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor. The prosecutor will determine whether Crane’s actions constitute a criminal offense. Crane […]

Wolf Hunts to Continue in 2012

Wolf Hunts to Continue in 2012(IDAHO FALLS) – Wolf hunts will continue this coming August. 11 zones remain open to hunting statewide, though the Island Park and Beaverhead zones are now closed. Officials tell Local News 8 that the hunts have gone according to plan. About 30 tags were issued for the Island Park region this year, will only nine […]

Blackfoot Ditches Super-Majority Mandate

Blackfoot Ditches Super-Majority Mandate(BLACKFOOT) – The city of Blackfoot is changing the way it elects city council members. From now on, when more than two candidates are running for city council, the person with the most votes will win. A previous ordinance required a super-majority of fifty percent plus one. Local News 8 reports that the new law will […]

Hoku Plant to Stay Powered

Hoku Plant to Stay Powered(POCATELLO) – The lights will stay on at Hoku’s polysilicon plant in Pocatello. Idaho Power had threatened to cut off electricity to the facility after Hoku failed to make a $1.9 million payment in November. Company officials say Hoku was going through cash flow problems and couldn’t afford to pay their power bill. The Idaho Public […]

Voters Prep for Idaho Straw Poll

Voters Prep for Idaho Straw Poll(BOISE) – Voters across the state are gearing up for the GOP presidential straw poll. Organizers say the vote is scheduled for Friday evening in Boise. Organizers expect between 400 to 1,000 participants. The informal vote will also work as a fundraiser for the Republican Party, with tickets for the event being sold at $30 […]

Train Cars Derail in Pocatello

Train Cars Derail in Pocatello(POCATELLO) – Three train cars derailed in the Union Pacific rail yard in Pocatello last Friday. Union Pacific said the cars were carrying flour, though no injuries were reported. Officials say the company will use flatbed trucks to move the cars out of the yard today. The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Wyoming Educators Crack Down on Bullying

Wyoming Educators Crack Down on Bullying(ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo.) – School bullying has been a nationwide problem, and officials in Wyoming are working to make sure students get the protection they need. The state education department is working with school administrators to stress the importance of character building in their lesson plans. They say students are being encouraged to communicate with […]

Powerball Tickets To Double in Price

Powerball Tickets To Double in Price(IDAHO FALLS) – Paying for a chance to win the lottery is about to get a little more expensive. Lottery officials say that starting Jan. 15, the price for Powerball jackpot tickets will double to $2. The jackpot will also double from $20 million to $40 million. In addition, the number of red Powerballs will be […]

Idaho Contractor to Hire More Workers

Idaho Contractor to Hire More Workers(IDAHO FALLS) – An Idaho Falls-based contracting company plans to hire 100 workers as projects expand into next year. North Wind Group is building a U.S. Air Force camp in Alaska complete with housing, kitchens, bathrooms, and eating areas. The company expects robust sales growth in 2012 as it accepts more contracts from the military […]

Jackson Hospital Work Suspended to Meet Budget

Jackson Hospital Work Suspended to Meet Budget(JACKSON, Wyo.) – Work to expand and renovate St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson has ground to a halt as hospital officials look at ways to keep the project on budget. Acting CEO John Kren says supplies and labor could be as high as $3.5 million over budget. Meanwhile, work on the hospital could be […]

Otter Proposes State-Backed Fund

Otter Proposes State-Backed Fund  (BOISE) – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has plans to unveil a state-backed investment fund aimed at bolstering Idaho’s economy through new technology and research. The plan will lure talented researchers to state universities as well as the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. The initiative is modeled after a similar program in Utah that’s brought […]

Transit System Begins in Fort Hall

Transit System Begins in Fort HallImage courtesy of KIDK (FORT HALL) – The Fort Hall Indian Reservation now has its own transit system, all thanks to federal grants. Tribal members tell KIDK that it’s a solution to a problem in Fort Hall. Authorities used over a half-million dollars in grant money to purchase a small fleet of four buses. They say […]

Drive-By Shooter Arrested

Drive-By Shooter Arrested(POCATELLO) – Police have arrested a man believed to be responsible for a drive-by shooting in Pocatello Wednesday morning. Investigators say Gordon Graves shot a man and a woman on the 800 block of Washington Ave. around 3:30 a.m. The man was struck in the leg and refused medical treatment. The woman was struck in the […]

Boise Mom Abandons Toddler, Faces Felony

Boise Mom Abandons Toddler, Faces Felony(BOISE) – A Boise woman faces felony charges of child abuse and neglect after leaving her toddler at the home of an acquaintance for several days. 23-year-old Corynn Hower left her daughter at the house Dec. 18 and promised to return in about an hour, though police say she never came back to the house. […]

Sears, Kmart to Close Stores Nationwide

Sears, Kmart to Close Stores Nationwide(POCATELLO) – The parent company of Sears and Kmart says it will be closing up to 120 of the stores nationwide. Retailers cited declining sales and a need to control expenses as the reason for the closures. There’s no word yet as to which stores will be closing. There are three Kmart stores in eastern […]

Montana Man Recovering at EIRMC After Shooting

Montana Man Recovering at EIRMC After Shooting(DILLON, Mont.) – A Dillon, Mont. woman has been arrested after allegedly shooting her husband outside their home Monday. 43-year-old Nichole Curr is being held in the Beaverhead County Jail without bond. Police say 46-year-old Gwen Curr was found unconscious near his pickup truck with  gunshot wound to the next. He was airlifted to EIRMC […]

S. Idaho Man Shot by Police

S. Idaho Man Shot by Police(BOISE) – A southern Idaho man remains hospitalized after being shot by police last week in Payette County. 37-year-old Jamee Lee Wade was listed in critical condition at a Boise hospital Tuesday. Authorities say Wade was threatening his mother’s life Friday evening, and the shooting occurred some time after police arrived at the woman’s home. […]

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