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Whiskey Complex Fire Almost 50 Percent Contained

Whiskey Complex Fire Almost 50 Percent Contained

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Firefighters continue to gain the upper hand on two wildfires burning in the Boise National Forest. The lighting-caused Whiskey Complex Fire has burned nearly 15 square miles since first erupting a week ago. With the help of more than 1,000 firefighters sent to suppress the flames, the fire is now 40 […]

Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit

Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho’s woman appeal over the National Security Agency’s collection of cell phone information. Anna Smith of Coeur d’Alene sued the NSA last year, contending that the agency’s collection of the data amounts to an illegal search […]

ISU Conducts Mars Research at Craters of the Moon

ISU Conducts Mars Research at Craters of the Moon

(ARCO, ID) – Geoscience students at Idaho State University are studying volcanic formations at Craters of the Moon to learn more about Mars. Researchers are using equipment and techniques from NASA to better understand how planets are formed. They say studying the old eruptions at Craters will provide them a glimpse into volcanic activity throughout […]

Pocatello PD Gets MRAP

Pocatello PD Gets MRAP

(POCATELLO, ID) – The Pocatello Police Department has a new armored personnel carrier. Federal authorities have been selling Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, to law enforcement agencies around the nation. The vehicles are normally used for combat operations in the Middle East. KPVI reports that the Preston Police Department also has an MRAP, […]

Gay Rights Activists Sentenced

Gay Rights Activists Sentenced

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Nearly two dozen gay-rights activists who were arrested after they blocked doorways in the Idaho Statehouse were sentenced Monday in Boise. The 23 defendants took part in peaceful protests during the 2014 legislative session as part of an effort to convince lawmakers to add legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and […]

Storms Cause Power Outages

Storms Cause Power Outages

(POCATELLO, ID) – Monday night thunderstorms cut off power to about 10,000 people in eastern Idaho. Dime-sized hail struck the Gate City at around 7:30 p.m, accompanied by heavy showers and strong winds. The outage lasted about a half-hour. Minor flooding was reported along Yellowstone in Pocatello, as well as other low-lying areas. No significant […]

Speed Limits Increasing Thursday

Speed Limits Increasing Thursday

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Interstate traffic around eastern Idaho is about to speed up. Starting Thursday, vehicle traffic on Idaho freeways will increase to 80 miles per hour. Truck speed limits will also go up to 70 miles per hour. 65-mile-per-hour speed limits will remain in place in Idaho Falls and Pocatello, as well as […]

Major Marijuana Bust in Rigby

Major Marijuana Bust in Rigby

(RIGBY, ID) – Rigby Police uncovered a marijuana growing operation over the weekend.  Authorities say marijuana was being grown at a rental property on Idaho Avenue. Officers found about 20 marijuana plants inside a motor home belonging to the renter. He’s believed to have grown the plants in a garage, then transferred them in pots […]

Bike for Kids Idaho Presents Bikes to Special Needs Kids

Bike for Kids Idaho Presents Bikes to Special Needs Kids

(IDAHO FALLS, ID)  – Bike for Kids Idaho presented five customized bikes to five special needs kids on Monday.  Each bike was built for the specific needs of the children chosen.  The program began six years ago and works along side with the The Children with Disabilities Foundation.  Both organizations are made of up of volunteers from […]

Catholic Bishop of Boise Resigning

Catholic Bishop of Boise Resigning

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise will offer his resignation to Pope Francis early next month in keeping with church policy. Michael Driscoll has been bishop in Boise 15 years. All bishops are asked to submit a resignation on their 75th birthday. Driscoll, who is Idaho’s oldest presiding […]

No Charges for Jefferson County Prosecuter

No Charges for Jefferson County Prosecuter

(POCATELLO, ID) – No charges will be filed against a Jefferson County prosecutor accused of pulling a knife on someone during an argument. Robin Dunn allegedly became irate when a horse was disqualified at the Pocatello Downs May 4. The Idaho State Journal reports that Dunn used a pocket knife, but never displayed the blade. […]

Anheuser-Busch Showcases “Smart Barley” Technology

Anheuser-Busch Showcases “Smart Barley” Technology

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Anheuser-Busch unveiled their new “Smart Barley” technology in Idaho Falls on Friday. KIDK reports that the company wants to help eastern Idaho farmers cut costs and save water. The new system measures humidity, moisture, soil health, and other data, which can then be compared to information collected from other barley farms […]

Eagles Building to Become Events Center

Eagles Building to Become Events Center

(POCATELLO, ID) – The old Eagles building on West Benton in Pocatello is being turned into an events center. The Idaho State Journal reports that the two-story building will be renamed “Liberty Hall” and will be open for parties, weddings, business meetings, and just about anything else. Owners Torrey Whitaker and Nicki Chopski say they […]

One Killed in Jefferson County Crash

One Killed in Jefferson County Crash

(ROBERTS, ID) – A Roberts man died in a motorcycle crash in Jefferson County Friday night.  Twenty-eight-year-old Fernando Gonzales was headed home on State Highway 48 when he lost control of his bike just before 11:30 p.m. The accident happened about three miles east of Roberts. Idaho State Police say Gonzales, who was not wearing […]

Body Recovered From Blackfoot Reservoir

Body Recovered From Blackfoot Reservoir

(SODA SPRINGS, ID) – The body of a Bear Lake County man was recovered from Blackfoot Reservoir Sunday morning. Twenty-eight-year-old Tyson Sims of Georgetown was found with a search plane shortly before 9 a.m. Sims was swimming with a friend on Thursday when their boat drifted away. His friend was able to make it back […]

Stallings Supports Undocumented Immigrants

Stallings Supports Undocumented Immigrants

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Democratic congressional candidate Richard Stallings is standing up for illegal immigrants. Stallings led a counter-protest against the Tea Party in Idaho Falls on Saturday. The pro-immigrant group outnumbered the Tea Party protesters by a 3-1 ratio.  More than 300 anti-illegal immigration rallies were held across the country over the weekend. The […]

Grain Elevator Worker Stopped Jumper

Grain Elevator Worker Stopped Jumper

  POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – Police in southeast Idaho say an employee at a grain elevator likely prevented another man from jumping to his death. Pocatello Police Department spokeswoman Diane Brush says a man unknown to employees climbed an external fire escape on a grain elevator in Pocatello at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. She tells […]

Sierra Club Wants National Monument

Sierra Club Wants National Monument

  BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The executive director of the 2.4-million-member Sierra Club says the chances of a national monument being designated in central Idaho are better than 50 percent. Michael Brune on a stop in Boise on Thursday said he’s met with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to discuss a 591,905-acre national monument in the […]

Idaho Falls Police Crackdown on Aggressive Driving

Idaho Falls Police Crackdown on Aggressive Driving

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) — For the next ten days, starting Friday, the Idaho Falls Police Department will be placing extra officers on the streets focusing on aggressive driving.  The campaign is made possible thanks to a $7,500 grant from the Office of Highway Safety.  According to the Transportation Department, 218 deaths and 1,840 serious injuries have […]

GOP Chairman Suing Fellow Republicans

GOP Chairman Suing Fellow Republicans

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Embattled Idaho Republican Chairman Barry Peterson has filed a lawsuit against two GOP members for allegedly scheduling an illegal meeting of the state central committee while also declaring all state party offices – including Peterson’s – vacant. Peterson filed the lawsuit against Mike Mathews and Cindy Siddoway Thursday in district court […]

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