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Attorney: Trash Letters Supporting Embattled Teacher

Attorney: Trash Letters Supporting Embattled Teacher

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – An attorney for the Snake River School District is advising trustees to throw away hundreds of letters and e-mails regarding an embattled high school science teacher. Elaine Asmus, who has taught biology in the district for 26 years, is accused of harassing a new co-worker. As a result, the high school has […]

Traffic Signal Going Up in Victor

Traffic Signal Going Up in Victor

(VICTOR, ID) – The community of Victor prides itself on having a friendly, small town feel, but it’s growing population is bringing in about a few progressive changes. With thousands of vehicles passing through town every day, the Idaho Transportation Department has plans to put in the town’s first four-way traffic signal later this year. […]

Cook Signs Contract to Resume Coaching Job

Cook Signs Contract to Resume Coaching Job

(POCATELLO, ID) – A former Pocatello High School basketball coach who was fired from her job last October over a controversial Facebook photo has signed a new contract to resume her old coaching job. Laraine Cook already has plans to develop summer training programs next month. Cook spent nearly four months appealing her dismissal, which […]

Flood Insurance Premiums Skyrocket in Pocatello

Flood Insurance Premiums Skyrocket in Pocatello

(POCATELLO, ID) – Monthly flood insurance premiums are about to skyrocket for Pocatello property owners. The National Flood Insurance Program is suffering from a $24 billion deficit due to extensive flood damage in 2013. Last fall, major storms dumped several inches of rain in Pocatello, causing widespread flooding problems for hundreds of homes. City officials […]

Idaho Minimum Wage Jobs Decrease

Idaho Minimum Wage Jobs Decrease

(BOISE, ID) – The number of Idaho workers earning only minimum wage dropped to 7.1 percent last year. Idaho is second only to Tennessee for the highest percentage of workers making the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour. Idaho was one of 27 states to see a deduction in minimum wage jobs. Nearly two-thirds of […]

Two Hurt in BASE Jump Accident

Two Hurt in BASE Jump Accident

(TWIN FALLS, ID) – Two BASE jumpers were seriously hurt in Twin Falls after their parachutes failed to deploy Monday.  Twenty-four-year-old James Rawe of Draper, Utah and an unidentified companion had plans to jump from the 486-foot Perrine Bridge overlooking the Snake River Canyon. Both men, who jumped at the same time, became entangled in […]

Man Facing Charges for Pipe Attack

Man Facing Charges for Pipe Attack

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – An Idaho Falls man is in custody following an attack with a copper pipe.  Forty-four-year-old David Weninger allegedly attacked a 55-year-old man on the 400-block of “A” Street Monday. When police arrived on the scene, Weninger reportedly became combative and kicked an officer several times. The suspect, who was also found […]

Child Porn Suspect Remains in Jail

Child Porn Suspect Remains in Jail

(POCATELLO, ID) – A local man charged with possession of child pornography will remain behind bars, at least for now.  Kay Hocking was charged in December 2012 with 14 felony counts of possession of child pornography. On Monday, Hocking’s attorney requested that his client be temporarily released from jail to settle some medical issues. However, […]

High Speed Chase Ends in Bannock County

High Speed Chase Ends in Bannock County

(POCATELLO, ID) – A high speed chase that started near Malad ended in Pocatello Monday night. Officials arrested 41-year old Kimberly Sue Wilson. The pursuit began along I-15 at milepost 16 and continued for nearly 45 minutes reaching speeds near 100-mph. The chase ended near Century High School. Officers deployed spike strips at least two […]

Historic Silo to be Torn Down

Historic Silo to be Torn Down

(SUGAR CITY, ID) – A Sugar City landmark is biting the dust later this week. The 110-foot concrete grain silo will be demolished at 9 a.m. Saturday. The silo was built between 1906 and 1909, and remained in operation through the 1970s. The city council voted to tear down the silo in January because it […]

Man Arrested for Attempted Strangulation

Man Arrested for Attempted Strangulation

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – An Idaho Falls man was arrested Sunday on a charge of attempted strangulation.  Fifty-year-old Jorge Casas-Ramirez was taken into custody following a report of a domestic dispute on the 1000-block of Garfield. Investigators later determined that Casas-Ramirez had choked a 46-year-old woman during an argument. The suspect, who remains in the […]

Earthquake Rattles Challis

Earthquake Rattles Challis

(CHALLIS, ID) – A small earthquake rattled portions of central Idaho northeast of Challis Monday. The magnitude 3.3 temblor hit at 12:43 p.m. and was followed by three aftershocks. The Custer County sheriff’s office fielded several calls in the immediate aftermath of the quake, which resulted in no injuries or noticeable damage. Challis was the […]

Pocatello Police Cracking Down on Panhandlers

Pocatello Police Cracking Down on Panhandlers

(POCATELLO, ID) – Pocatello Police are looking into ways to crack down on panhandling. The department is drafting an ordinance that targets illegal stops in traffic lanes involving any kind of monetary or material exchange through car windows. Lt. Paul Manning says many of those holding signs on corners make as much as $80 per […]

Congressman Mike Simpson Receives National Award

Congressman Mike Simpson Receives National Award

(IDAHO FALLS, ID)  –  Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson was in Idaho Falls to receive a National Award Monday.  U.S. Chamber of Commerce board member Frank VanderSloot hosted Rep. Simpson and dignitaries at Melaleuca as Simpson received the Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award.  The award presented to the congressman in recognition of Simpson’s support of pro-growth, […]

Two Killed in Fatal Accidents

Two Killed in Fatal Accidents

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Two people were killed in traffic accidents in eastern Idaho over the weekend.  On Friday afternoon, 31-year-old Brett Payne of Pocatello lost control of his SUV along I-15 north of Chubbuck. Payne, who was not wearing a seat belt, overcorrected and went off the right shoulder in the southbound lanes. He […]

17 Pounds of Meth Seized in Drug Bust

17 Pounds of Meth Seized in Drug Bust

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – More than 17 pounds of methamphetamine were seized in a major drug bust in Bonneville County last week. Authorities also recovered 2.5 pounds of marijuana, 46 grams of cocaine, and $8,300 in cash. Law enforcement officers representing seven departments from city, county, state, and federal agencies coordinated two search operations at […]

GOP Senate Delegation Tours INL

GOP Senate Delegation Tours INL

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Four U.S. Senators toured the Idaho National Laboratory Friday. Republicans Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, John Barrasso of Wyoming, as well as Mike Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho got some first-hand experience to see the goings-on at the site and a chance to discuss the GOP’s future in expanding nuclear energy. […]

Unemployment Claims Drop Slightly

Unemployment Claims Drop Slightly

(BOISE, ID) – The number of people living in the Gem State collecting unemployment benefits dropped slightly in February to 5.3 percent, the lowest amount since the latter half of the Bush administration. That’s compared to 6.7 percent nationally. Half of Idaho’s counties had unemployment rates lower than the state average, including Bannock and Bonneville […]

Group Hopes to Ban Smoking in Cars With Kids

Group Hopes to Ban Smoking in Cars With Kids

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – A group of Idaho Falls mothers are actively promoting a petition that would outlaw smoking in vehicles with children present. Tavia Pickett says she’d like to see a state ordinance against it. Utah, Oregon, and California already have laws against smoking in cars with kids present. Pickett believes it’s more harmful […]

LeFavour Hides in Statehouse Closet

LeFavour Hides in Statehouse Closet

(BOISE, ID) – Former state Sen. Nicole LeFavour was asked to leave the Capitol following yet another protest Tuesday.  LeFavour hid for five hours inside a closet in the Senate lounge behind the Senate chamber. Once discovered, she complied with a request from Senate Pro-Tem Brent Hill of Rexburg to leave the premises. LeFavour wanted […]

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