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Smith Declines Debate with Simpson

Smith Declines Debate with Simpson

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Attorney Bryan Smith has declined an invitation to debate incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson in Idaho Falls. The debate would’ve been put on by the City Club, which has held political forums since 2007. Smith says he didn’t want to debate Simpson because of the City Club’s choice for a moderator, […]

Another Earthquake Reported Near Challis

Another Earthquake Reported Near Challis

(CHALLIS, ID) – Another earthquake hit central Idaho early Thursday. A magnitude 4.1 temblor was reported just before 6:30 a.m. about nine miles northwest of Challis. Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey say it was the largest quake to hit the area in recent weeks, with about a dozen small rumblings since mid-March. No structural […]

Yellowstone to Upgrade Power Grid

Yellowstone to Upgrade Power Grid

(WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT) – Yellowstone National Park officials have signed off on a plan to make improvements to the park’s electrical grid. The proposal calls for new electrical towers for transferring more power to substations. Spokesman Al Nash says an increased demand for electricity has caused some power outages over the past few years, stressing […]

Pocatello Convenience Store Robbed

Pocatello Convenience Store Robbed

  (POCATELLO, ID) – A Pocatello convenience store was robbed early Wednesday.  The robbery happened at about 3:30 a.m. at the Jackson’s Food Store on Pocatello Creek Road. The suspect entered the store and demanded cash and merchandise, fleeing the scene before police arrived. He’s described as white, in his early 20s, between 5’7″ and […]

Unstable Hillside Prompts Evacuations

Unstable Hillside Prompts Evacuations

  (JACKSON, WY) – An unstable hillside has prompted the evacuation of several Jackson neighborhoods and businesses.  The area around Budge Drive and the Walgreen’s complex were evacuated Wednesday as a precaution. Lower Valley Energy has also been disconnecting utilities for homes at the base of the hill. Unstable soil caused a pump station to […]

Drug Cartels Marketing Heroin in East Idaho

Drug Cartels Marketing Heroin in East Idaho

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – The number of heroin seizures by eastern Idaho police departments is on the rise.  Mexican drug cartels are targeting the region with large amounts of heroin, which is believed to be laced with deadly pharmaceutical drugs and may be produced in a laboratory. People addicted to prescription pain killers sometimes switch […]

No Preliminary Hearing for Machete-Wielding Attacker

No Preliminary Hearing for Machete-Wielding Attacker

(POCATELLO, ID) – A Pocatello burglar who was shot while trying to attack his neighbor with a machete waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday.  Fifty-four-year-old Twain Thomas tried to force his way into his neighbor’s apartment at a complex on Garfield Avenue in February. He now faces two felony counts of attempted murder. The neighbor reportedly […]

Toyota Recall Impacting Local Dealers

Toyota Recall Impacting Local Dealers

(POCATELLO, ID) – Toyota has announced a voluntary recall on nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S. Faulty electrical connections on the steering column could cause air bags to deactivate on some Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, Tacoma, and RAV4 models from 2006 to 2010. Area retailers say the Corolla and Highlander were among the top-selling vehicles […]

Otter Signs Prison Reform Bill

Otter Signs Prison Reform Bill

(BOISE, ID) – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has signed a bill aimed at reducing the state’s high incarceration rate and saving money on prison spending. The law requires judges to take into account whether or not the defendant poses a risk of reoffending when determining punishments. Proponents believe it will keep more low-risk and non-violent […]

Rocky Mountain Power Promoting Energy Efficiency

Rocky Mountain Power Promoting Energy Efficiency

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – Rocky Mountain Power met with eastern Idaho customers Wednesday as part of an effort to promote energy efficiency. Spokesman Paul Murphy says the company is working with area businesses to keep rates low and maintain reliable service. Basic American Foods was recognized as the utility’s Wattsmart Business Partner of the Year for […]

Woman Gets Prison for Stabbing Death

Woman Gets Prison for Stabbing Death

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – A Fort Hall woman will serve at least 15 years in prison for her role in a fatal stabbing last fall.  Twenty-three-year-old Sheree Moreno pleaded guilty in January to a felony manslaughter charge. Moreno was originally charged with second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Salvador Valerio, but made a plea agreement […]

Officer Who Shot Dog Back at Work

Officer Who Shot Dog Back at Work

(FILER, ID) – A Filer police officer who sparked outrage after shooting a dog is back at work. Tarek Hassani killed a dog February 8 following a report about dogs running loose in a neighborhood. Dash cam footage of the incident shows the dog barking and growling at Hassani, which prompted him to open fire. […]

Refilling Begins at Jensen’s Grove

Refilling Begins at Jensen’s Grove

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – The city of Blackfoot has begun refilling the lake at Jensen’s Grove. Late winter storms dramatically improved the snowpack in the mountains throughout the region, meaning that water recreation areas won’t be on the chopping block when it comes to meeting irrigation demands. The water, which comes directly from the Snake River, […]

Fire Chief: Burn Permits Now Required

Fire Chief: Burn Permits Now Required

(POCATELLO, ID) – Fire officials from around southeast Idaho are warning residents to obtain burn permits before burning anything on their property during spring cleaning. The Pocatello Valley Volunteer Fire Department is also advising people to contact their local dispatch centers to notify them prior to burning leaves, branches, and other material. All burning must […]

Jackson Hole Sees Record Skiing Season

Jackson Hole Sees Record Skiing Season

(JACKSON, WY) – The Jackson Hole Mountain Resort had one of its best seasons on record during the winter of 2013 and 2014. With more than 500 inches of snow and 563,000 visitors, the latest season surpassed last year’s record by 12 percent. The Jackson Hole Airport also expanded air service to 12 U.S. cities. […]

Man Attacks Building With Hatchet

Man Attacks Building With Hatchet

(POCATELLO, ID) – A man was arrested following a strange incident at a Pocatello gas station Tuesday.  Twenty-one-year-old Logan Burnett is accused of using a hatchet to cause damage at a gas station on South 5th Avenue near the ISU campus. After allegedly shouting racial slurs at two Hispanic males, one of the men punched […]

Blackfoot Planning Overpass/Underpass for RR Crossing

Blackfoot Planning Overpass/Underpass for RR Crossing

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis is considering plans to construct an overpass or an underpass to help alleviate delays at railroad crossings. He says it’s important to maintain the flow of traffic through town to ensure that emergency vehicles can have better accessibility. Trains are notorious for passing through Blackfoot during high traffic […]

Two Arrested for Attempted Murder

Two Arrested for Attempted Murder

(ISLAND PARK, ID) – Two people are in custody for their alleged involvement in a shooting in Island Park Sunday afternoon.  The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 49-year-old Eric Norlen of Driggs was shot at a residence on the 3300-block of Lariat. 20-year-old Jermaine Wiley of Bakersfield, California and 24-year-old Jessica Brown of Utah were […]

Kitchen Burglar Held at Gunpoint

Kitchen Burglar Held at Gunpoint

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – An Idaho Falls man was arrested after breaking into a home early Monday.  Nineteen-year-old Colton Miller is accused of burglarizing a home on the 4000-block of East Sagewood Drive just after 3 a.m. Miller was seen rummaging through a refrigerator and using a microwave. The homeowner reportedly used a handgun to […]

North Dakota Motorists Linked to Drug Trafficking

North Dakota Motorists Linked to Drug Trafficking

(AMERICAN FALLS, ID) – Power County has seen an uptick in the number of drug trafficking arrests over the past few months. Idaho State Police say many of those arrested are from North Dakota. The high number of out-of-state drug convictions has raised a few eyebrows, but authorities say 80 percent of all vehicles stopped […]

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