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New Hope for Release of Bowe Bergdahl

New Hope for Release of Bowe Bergdahl

    (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Taliban officials have indicated that they are willing to release POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but are not sure which government officials to turn to for a deal.  This is according to a U.S. defense official who requested not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Bergdahl, […]

New Boundaries Approved for D93 Schools

New Boundaries Approved for D93 Schools

  (AMMON, ID) – The Bonneville School District Board of Trustees has unanimously approved boundary changes for elementary schools. About 100 students will be affected, and all parents will be notified immediately. 18 students attending Rimrock will be moved to Falls Valley, 41 will be moved from Hillview to Ammon, and 50 will be moved from Iona to Bridgewater. […]

Construction Slated for Yellowstone Avenue

Construction Slated for Yellowstone Avenue

  (POCATELLO, ID) – A major construction project on Yellowstone Avenue in Pocatello will start next week. The Idaho Transportation Department will revamp the entire roadway from Cedar Street to Flandro Drive starting Monday. Officials are advising drivers to pursue alternate routes to save time, since traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions. New traffic signals will also go up at […]

Another Earthquake Reported Near Challis

Another Earthquake Reported Near Challis

  (CHALLIS, ID) – Another earthquake hit the Challis area this week. A magnitude 2.9 temblor struck just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, one of at least six comparable quakes in the same area over the past week. Tuesday’s tremor did not cause any damage, but at least two medium-sized earthquakes in the past month have […]

Wyoming Town Evacuated After Explosion

Wyoming Town Evacuated After Explosion

  (OPAL, WY) – A small town in southwest Wyoming had to be evacuated following a natural gas explosion Wednesday. The community of Opal with about 95 people and is about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City remains evacuated. No injuries or fatalities have been reported. Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik said Thursday there’s no estimate of […]

INL Opens New Building

INL Opens New Building

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – A new building opened this week at the Idaho National Laboratory.  The 148,000-square-foot Energy Innovation Lab hosted a dedication ceremony on Tuesday. Featured guests included Congressman Mike Simpson, who secured the funding for the facility, as well as Governor Butch Otter. The lab will be used to bring together experts from […]

Water Lines Shut Off Near Jackson Landslide

Water Lines Shut Off Near Jackson Landslide

(JACKSON, WY) – Water, gas, and electricity have been intermittent for Jackson residents living near a slow-moving landslide. The eroding hillside has caused significant damage to sewer lines along Budge Drive, which had to be repaired Tuesday. Crews are drilling into the crest of the hill to determine the composition of the soil, which can […]

High Winds Cause Power Outages, Close I-15

High Winds Cause Power Outages, Close I-15

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Severe weather caused more than 3,000 area families to lose power Tuesday. High winds knocked out nearly a dozen power poles between Rexburg and Rigby, while blowing dust prompted a temporary closure along I-15 between Idaho Falls and Roberts.  The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 9 o’clock […]

Studded Tires Must Be Removed

Studded Tires Must Be Removed

(POCATELLO, ID) – Studded snow tires must be removed on all vehicles by April 30. Official with the Idaho Transportation Department say that drivers caught on roadways with studded tires after the deadline could face a $67 fine. The specialized tires are effective on icy roads, but are dangerous in normal conditions because they reduce […]

New Apartment Complex Nears Completion

New Apartment Complex Nears Completion

(CHUBBUCK, ID) – A new, 150-unit apartment complex in Chubbuck is nearing completion. Property Manager Jared Barton says Hawthorne Gardens just west of the Pine Ridge Mall will feature a 24-hour fitness center and a swimming pool. The pet-friendly complex already has a waiting list and should be finished by mid-July.

Blackfoot Could Build New Airport

Blackfoot Could Build New Airport

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – The city of Blackfoot is considering a proposal to build a new airport. Mayor Paul Loomis says that if planes weighing more than 12,500 pounds continue to use the runway, they’ll have to relocate it to another place in the county. Area pilots say they’d rather see Blackfoot keep its smaller airport […]

Payday Loans Are Big Business in Gem State

Payday Loans Are Big Business in Gem State

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Idaho leads the nation in its average annual interest for payday loans. Idahoans who take out unsecured advances pay an average of 582 percent on their loans if the money isn’t paid back within a short amount of time. Utah and Nevada also have comparable interest rates. Experts say payday loaning […]

Brush Fire Reported Near McCammon

Brush Fire Reported Near McCammon

(MCCAMMON, ID) – A small brush fire started along I-15 in Marsh Valley Monday. Officials say the blaze ignited in a median between McCammon and Inkom. The McCammon Fire Department and Idaho State Police were able to extinguish the fire within a short time. BLM agents say fire danger for most of eastern Idaho is […]

Dairy Lobbying Group Wants to Join Lawsuit

Dairy Lobbying Group Wants to Join Lawsuit

(BOISE, ID) – The Idaho Dairymen’s Association is asking a federal judge to add the group as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the so-called “ag gag” law. The group contends that animal rights activists do not have the right to secretly film alleged abuse on private farms, which they believe harms the dairy industry. […]

Snake River Schools Renews Asmus’ Contract

Snake River Schools Renews Asmus’ Contract

(BLACKFOOT, ID)  –  Embattled teacher Elaine Asmus will teach again.  Monday, the Snake River School District board decided that the longtime biology teacher’s contract will be renewed, provided she will be placed on probation for one school year.  The meetings filled with testomony have been well-attended by faculty, current and former students and patrons in […]

An Idaho Falls Woman stabs Another

An Idaho Falls Woman stabs Another

(IDAHO FALLS, ID)  –  One woman stabs another during a heated argument last Friday.   The victim, a 20-year old Idaho Falls woman, told police she and 29-year old Talis Tunteri began to argue which then escalated into a physical confrontation.   According to the victim, Tunteri grabbed a steak knife and stabbed her.  The victim’s wounds […]

Jackson Officials to Drill Into Landslide

Jackson Officials to Drill Into Landslide

(JACKSON, WY) – Town officials in Jackson have announced plans to drill into a slow-moving landslide.  Authorities will drill holes at the crest of the hill. Samples will then be taken to determine the composition of the slide. Crews hope to use that information to develop new stabilization plans. The slide along Budge Drive has […]

AF Principal: Donate to Schools, Not Me

AF Principal: Donate to Schools, Not Me

(AMERICAN FALLS, ID) – A local principal running for public office is asking constituents to donate to schools instead of his campaign. American Falls Middle School Principal Randy Jensen is one of four GOP candidates for state superintendent of public instruction. Jensen says he’d like to see the funds help schools even if he doesn’t […]

Jensen’s Grove Stocked With Fish

Jensen’s Grove Stocked With Fish

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – Jensen’s Grove in Blackfoot has plenty of fish for aspiring anglers. On Friday, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game stocked the lake with more than 2,700 rainbow trout. Biologists say that since the lake is allowed to drain each year, it’s necessary to bring in more fish so it can be […]

Poachers Wreak Havoc in N. Idaho

Poachers Wreak Havoc in N. Idaho

(LEWISTON, ID) – Northern Idaho poachers are wreaking havoc on big game animals. State wildlife officials say poachers could be killing as many as 600 elk, 80 moose, and 1,200 deer in the Panhandle alone. Wildlife numbers in the region have plummeted due in large part to the introduction of Canadian gray wolves, but the […]

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