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I.F. fire department to host award ceremony

I.F. fire department to host award ceremonyIDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Fire Department will hold its annual awards ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium on March 21. The event is open to the public. “This is an opportunity for us to recognize a few members of our community who have made a significant impact on us. It is […]

Eastern Idaho man sentenced for $280,000 fraud

Eastern Idaho man sentenced for $280,000 fraudPOCATELLO — Matthew Lewis Udy of Idaho Falls was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release for fraud and unauthorized use of an access device, according to a news release. The 45-year-old also was ordered to pay $275,488.32 restitution to his victims. He had previously […]

Melaleuca unveils global headquarters

Melaleuca unveils global headquartersIDAHO FALLS — Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot unveiled his company’s new global headquarters to members of the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and the media on Monday. The 350,000 square-foot complex, located south of Idaho Falls, consolidates the majority of Melaleuca’s regional holdings into a single a 195-acre campus. The building, VanderSloot said, is […]

I.F. students recieve $50K from Mayor’s Scholarship Fund

I.F. students recieve $50K from Mayor’s Scholarship FundIDAHO FALLS — The Mayor’s Scholarship Fund will awarded some $50,000 to students from area schools during an award ceremony Wednesday. A reception limited to the 50 award recipients, parents, sponsors and school administrators will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by a public award ceremony at 7 p.m. The award ceremony is free and […]

Podcast: Police Chief Mark McBride speaks with KEIR host Mark Richardson about rooftop gunman

Podcast: Police Chief Mark McBride speaks with KEIR host Mark Richardson about rooftop gunmanEIN Political columnist Mark Richardson sat down with Idaho Falls Police Chief Mark McBride to get the full stroy behind the rooftop gunman that shutdown portions of Idaho Falls Wednesday. Listen to the entire interview below: We have seen and read of similar high tension situations around the country where police are put into what […]

Podcast: Jefferson Prosecutor Robin Dunn speaks with KEIR host Jolyn Thomas

Podcast: Jefferson Prosecutor Robin Dunn speaks with KEIR host Jolyn ThomasThe attempted recall election of Jefferson County Prosecutor Robin Dunn failed, but rumors and allegations are still swirling in Jefferson County. On Friday, Idaho’s Midday News host Jolyn Thomas had an in-depth on-air conversation with Dunn about the recall election and his feelings about the controversies in Jefferson County. He opened up about how the […]

I.F. police chief talks rooftop gunman

I.F. police chief talks rooftop gunmanIdaho Falls Police received a call Wednesday evening about a man on the roof of a building in downtown Idaho Fall holding a rifle mounted with a scope. The incident sparked a partial shutdown of downtown Idaho Falls, while SWAT teams were deployed to quickly appraise the situation. EIN Political columnist Mark Richardson sat down […]

Ybarra is pitching her version of a teacher pay bill

Ybarra is pitching her version of a teacher pay bill(Courtesy: Idaho Education News) BOISE — The plan would allow 10 school districts to participate in a pilot of the career ladder teacher salary plan, Ybarra said in an interview with Idaho Education News Thursday afternoon. Ybarra would also give all teachers a 3 percent raise next year and roll out a separate tiered licensure […]

LDS Temple thief pleads guilty

LDS Temple thief pleads guilty(Courtesy: Rexburg Standard Journal) REXBURG — The former BYU-Idaho student who was accused of a string of thefts, including from the LDS Rexburg Temple, has pleaded guilty to several counts of the crime. Tylon Jay Rankin, 23, a former BYU-Idaho student was arrested for committing a series of thefts in Rexburg over several months. He […]

Opinion: Levy Elections, Opportunities of a Republic

Opinion: Levy Elections, Opportunities of a Republic(Political Columnist Mark Richardson) Another round of school bonds and levies have been presented for public approval and, as typical, received a mixed reception. Requests from the school boards have been greeted with everything from enthusiasm to groans and protests at the prospect of another slice of the public funding being seized. Overall, voters have […]

I.F. police respond to reported gunman

I.F. police respond to reported gunmanIDAHO FALLS — Residents were given a scare Wednesday after parts of downtown Idaho Falls were closed due to a reported gunman on a roof. The Idaho Falls Police Department identified a 16‐year‐old boy as the suspected gunman. According to a department press release, officers received a call around 6:11 p.m. of an unidentified individual […]

District 93 board re-approves $56.1 million bond for May election

District 93 board re-approves $56.1 million bond for May electionIDAHO FALLS — Board trustees in Bonneville Joint School District 93 approved a new plan to re-run its $56.1 million bond proposal in May. On Wednesday night, trustees voted 4-1 to make a third attempt to secure funding to build a new high school. The new school is aimed at reducing increasing overcrowding problems in […]

BYUI building projects underway

BYUI building projects underway(Courtesy: Brigham Young University-Idaho) REXBURG ­­­— Construction is underway on the new Science and Technology Building at Brigham Young University-Idaho, with crews currently working to excavate the site. Initial work has also begun on pouring the building’s foundation. Located on the southern edge of campus on Sage Street between Center Street and 1st West, the 108,000 […]

I.F. Zoo announces spring break programs

I.F. Zoo announces spring break programsIDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park is announcing some exciting spring break programs for kids of all ages. Things with Wings and the Science of Flight workshops will help children discover how animals fly.  Participants will explore why birds look and move the way they do and what the science of […]

D93 bond fails, other levies pass

D93 bond fails, other levies passIDAHO FALLS — A $56.1 million school bond proposal failed by less than 1 percent Tuesday in Bonneville Joint School District 93. The measure received 4,829 votes in favor of the bond, which accounted for some 65.72 percent of the total. To pass, the bond needed a 66 percent supermajority vote. “I feel good about […]

Casper to accept applications for city council

Casper to accept applications for city councilIDAHO FALLS — Mayor Rebecca Casper is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy on the Idaho Falls City Council. A council seat became open last week after Councilman Dee Whittier died March 1 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center due to complications from a heart attack sustained on Feb. 23. Idaho Code stipulates that […]

Bond Levy Election Day

Bond Levy Election Day(Political Columnist Mark Richardson) Homeowners in school districts across the state will vote today to determine whether levies and bonds totaling $398.2 million are both reasonable and necessary. Local school districts are seeking a total of seven bond issues and 38 levies in hopes of building new schools and supplementing operational costs. Supplement levies and […]

Fired sheriff’s employee to get day in court

Fired sheriff’s employee to get day in court(Courtesy Rexburg Standard Journal) REXBURG — A former Madison County Sheriff’s deputy will get his day in court. Travis Williams, who was fired in July 2012 from his job with the sheriff’s office, filed a federal lawsuit against Madison County and that suit is now moving forward. Judge Edward Lodge ruled recently that a trial […]

Attorney General reaches settlement with Rexburg physician

Attorney General reaches settlement with Rexburg physicianBOISE – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has reached a settlement with a Rexburg physician investigated for joining other doctors in refusing to provide on-call services in the emergency department of an eastern Idaho hospital. The settlement announced today with Dr. Kevin Lee is similar to agreements reached in December with four other doctors, who, like […]

Teacher Pay Plan Introduced

Teacher Pay Plan IntroducedBoise — The House Education Committee unanimously approved a $215 million plan to boost teacher pay over the next five years. Under the plan, rookie teacher pay would bump up from $31,750 a year to $32,200 a year. Teachers would have to meet certain benchmarks in order to receive the higher pay. By 2020, new […]

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