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Idaho Group Amends Medicaid Expansion Proposal

Idaho Group Amends Medicaid Expansion ProposalBOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho work group has tweaked its recommendations on expanding Medicaid eligibility in a last-minute effort to make their plan more politically palatable to lawmakers. Work group facilitator Corey Surber says the 15-member group approved a hybrid model Friday. The group had finalized a proposal to Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter back […]

E. Idaho Man Pleads Guilty after Machete Threat

E. Idaho Man Pleads Guilty after Machete ThreatPOCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – A southeastern Idaho man who entered an apartment and threatened two people with a machete has pleaded guilty to one count of second degree attempted murder. KIFI-TV reports in a story on Tuesday that 54-year-old Twain Thomas of Pocatello also last week pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault. Police […]

Yellowstone Seeks Comment on Trail Project

Yellowstone Seeks Comment on Trail ProjectYELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) – The National Park Service is seeking public comment on improving a trail in Yellowstone National Park. The proposed project involves the Mist Creek Pass Trail in the area around Mist Creek Meadows in the Lamar River drainage. The main intent of the project will be to harden sections of […]

Another Delay in Getting State Christmas Tree

Another Delay in Getting State Christmas TreeBOISE, Idaho (AP) – State officials have again delayed cutting down and transporting the state Christmas tree to the Statehouse in Boise due to weather conditions. Idaho Department of Administration spokeswoman Jennifer Pike says Monday’s planned tree cutting has been postponed due to unsafe harvest conditions. A new date and time wasn’t provided. The 50-foot […]

Police Searching for Man who Drove off with Boy

Police Searching for Man who Drove off with BoyBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Police in southwest Idaho are looking for a man who acted suspiciously after picking up a teenager. Eagle police officers report that a 14-year-old boy was running alone on Saturday after finishing a cross country meet when he was picked up by a man in a red pickup truck. According to […]

Police Investigating 3 Deaths in S. Idaho

Police Investigating 3 Deaths in S. IdahoTWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – Police in south-central Idaho say the deaths of three people appear to be a double homicide and a suicide. Police say 36-year-old George Salinas of Twin Falls is suspected of killing 38-year-old LeAnn Schuldies and her 17-year-old daughter. Their bodies were found in a Twin Falls County home at about […]

Wildlife Groups Sue over Imperiled Lynx’s Habitat

Wildlife Groups Sue over Imperiled Lynx’s HabitatBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Wildlife advocates have sued the federal government after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx. Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed separate lawsuits over lynx on Monday in U.S. District Court in Missoula, Montana. They assert the U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

Minor Flooding at Henry’s Fork

Minor Flooding at Henry’s ForkSt. Anthony, Idaho — Parts of the Snake River on Henry’s Fork near St. Anthony flooded Monday. The minor flooding affected mostly low lying pasture land and no structures are threatened. Authorities are asking people to not go near the river and to stay off the ice.

Indoor Shooting Range Set to Open in Idaho Falls

Indoor Shooting Range Set to Open in Idaho FallsIdaho Falls, Idaho — Local law enforcement got in some training Monday night at a new indoor shooting range that will soon be opening in Idaho Falls. Guns n Gear Sports features 15 shooting lanes, a gun shop, and training space. The facility, located at 1315 S. Crane Drive, will open its doors to the public […]

Idaho State University to Use Surplus on Upgrades

Idaho State University to Use Surplus on UpgradesPocatello, Idaho — Idaho State University is planning several building upgrades after the school was able to save $7 million. University leaders attribute the savings to fiscal responsibility and say their reserve target is within reach. They believe they can stay on track without significant tuition increases. The upgrades include renovations to 20 classrooms and a […]

Idaho Health Exchange Experiences High Web Traffic

Idaho Health Exchange Experiences High Web TrafficBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho officials say the state-based health insurance marketplace had nearly 13,000 visitors just days after it opened for business. Your Health Idaho Executive Director Pat Kelly isn’t immediately releasing how many Idahoans signed up for coverage on the state exchange’s website. However, he told reporters Monday yourhealthidaho.org hasn’t experienced any of […]

McDonald’s Rejects Idaho Potatoes

McDonald’s Rejects Idaho Potatoes  BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The USDA has approved Boise-based J.R. Simplot’s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company’s oldest business partners – McDonald’s – hasn’t. The Idaho Statesman reports that the fast-food giant says it doesn’t use genetically modified potatoes and has no plans to change that policy.

Mormon Church Opens up Opportunities for Mothers

Mormon Church Opens up Opportunities for MothersSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Mormon women with children and church members who remarry after divorces now are eligible for full-time teaching jobs in the faith’s seminaries and institutes of religion for junior high, high school and college members. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says the policy change announced Friday was based […]

Study Finds Americans using Less Water, Idahoans Use Most

Study Finds Americans using Less Water, Idahoans Use MostBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Americans are using less water, though people in the Northwest individually use more than the national average, and Idahoans use more than people in any other state. That’s the finding of a study by local, state and federal officials tracking everything from collective sips at the public fountain to irrigation to […]

More Grizzlies Eating Moths South of Yellowstone

More Grizzlies Eating Moths South of YellowstoneBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – Army cutworm moths are a nutritious snack for grizzly bears. And researchers say more grizzly bears are congregating each summer on steep rocky slopes in the southeastern portion of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in search of the moths. Frank van Manen of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team in Bozeman says […]

Idaho Officials won’t Restrict Controversial Traps

Idaho Officials won’t Restrict Controversial TrapsPOST FALLS, Idaho (AP) – Idaho’s Fish and Game commissioners say they’d rather have trappers take classes than restrict the use of controversial body-gripping snares. Officials have been weighing the issue since receiving complaints from hunters and other people worried about their safety in areas used by trappers. The “conibear” snares killed two dogs in […]

Pocatello Concerned about ISU Security Officers

Pocatello Concerned about ISU Security OfficersPOCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – Pocatello officials say they’re concerned that campus security officers at Idaho State University may be overstepping their authority. The Idaho State Journal reports that the concerns stem from several instances, including one in September, when security guards delayed calling Pocatello police about an accidental shooting in a lecture hall and cleaned […]

Chubbuck Issues Permit for Cell Tower by School

Chubbuck Issues Permit for Cell Tower by SchoolChubbuck, Idaho — Initial plans to build a T-Mobile cell tower at Chubbuck Elementary jumped its first hurdle last night. The City of Chubbuck issued a conditional use permit for the project. As a condition for the permit, the tower would have to be at least 80 feet from the school’s playground or any landscaping and […]

Schools in Limbo Following Broadband Ruling

Schools in Limbo Following Broadband RulingBOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho school official says high school students relying on the Idaho Education Network to complete a state-required math course may not be able to graduate now that the broadband contract is void. Earlier this week, a judge tossed out Idaho’s $60 million school broadband contract. Fourth District Judge Patrick Owen […]

Idaho Education Board Approves Certification Rules

Idaho Education Board Approves Certification RulesBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho’s board of education unanimously approved a stricter teacher certification process with the promise of increased pay to make the new licensing plan more attractive to school officials. The board voted Thursday to approve the rules after spending the past few months listening to hundreds of concerned teachers, parents and school […]

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