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Madison opting out of test could cost Idaho $10 million

Madison opting out of test could cost Idaho $10 million(Courtesy Idaho Education News) REXBURG — Madison School District Superintendent Geoff Thomas says his students will not be taking the state-adopted standardized test next month, even though that may defy a federal requirement and could cost Idaho more than $10 million. “It certainly could be that extreme,” said Tim Corder, special assistant to Superintendent of […]

Idaho Falls man tasered after alleged domestic dispute

Idaho Falls man tasered after alleged domestic disputeIDAHO FALLS – Police tasered and arrested a man Tuesday night after they say he assaulted an officer following a domestic dispute. Rusty Price, 48, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail after officers were called to the 700 block of Cleveland. A woman reported she and Price had been arguing when he became physically […]

Police: Man assaulted, robbed woman & kicked officer

Police: Man assaulted, robbed woman & kicked officerPOCATELLO – A Pocatello man is behind bars after police said he assaulted and robbed a woman Tuesday night. Jeffrey Upchurch, 28, was arrested near 5th and Bridger Street around 8:30 p.m. Investigators said he assaulted, knocked down and took cash from a woman walking near 100 McKinley Ave. Officers don’t believe Upchurch knew the […]

Report: State has ‘sunk’ $61 million into Schoolnet

Report: State has ‘sunk’ $61 million into Schoolnet(Courtesy Idaho Education News) The state has “sunk” about $61 million into a flawed statewide instructional management system, and now has few options going forward. That’s the conclusion of a state report criticizing the Schoolnet project — a system that was supposed to provide teachers with real-time data on student development and growth. “Poor management, […]

Burglaries in I.F.

Burglaries in I.F.IDAHO FALLS — Several vehicles and a business were burglarized in Idaho Falls Monday night. The Idaho Falls Police Department responded to several vehicle burglaries at the 700 block of 1st Street at about 9 p.m. The vehicles involved had the passenger side windows broken out, and, in all cases, women’s purses were taken. A […]

IDAHO FALLS – The mayor of Idaho Falls and several other community leaders will travel to Washington DC this week to meet with members of the Idaho congressional delegation. The group will discuss issues affecting eastern Idaho and also meet with folks from the US Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Energy, and the Energy […]

Police respond to “out of control” man at EIRMC

Police respond to “out of control” man at EIRMCIDAHO FALLS — Police were called to East Idaho Regional Medical Center on Sunday for a report of an out of control man in the emergency room. Police say 19-year-old Zachary Anderson walked into the hospital and became combative with workers. Security was called and, according to officers, Anderson was carrying a marijuana pure and […]

Idaho’s new graduation rate: 77.3 percent

Idaho’s new graduation rate: 77.3 percent(Courtesy Idaho Education News) BOISE — More than three in four Idaho students earned a high school diploma within four years, according to 2013-14 numbers from the State Department of Education. And close to 88 percent of the students in the class of 2014 pursued or received a high school diploma or certificate of some […]

Leaving I.F. coach has lasting impact on students

Leaving I.F. coach has lasting impact on studentsIDAHO FALLS – When you love a sport as much as Britney Christensen, walking away from it can be very hard. Christensen, the head coach of the Idaho Falls High School’s girls basketball team, recently announced that after six seasons, she would resign, effective immediately, to spend more time with her family. “I’ve loved my […]

TEDx Rexburg event rethinks the ordinary

TEDx Rexburg event rethinks the ordinary(Courtesy Rexburg Standard Journal) REXBURG — Rexburg was exposed to some “ideas worth spreading” after last Saturday’s TEDx event with the theme of “Rethinking the Ordinary.” One hundred specifically selected individuals gathered at The Atrium at Hemming Village to hear eight speakers share their views on a number of subjects including love, practice, relationships and […]

House Education passes teacher salary bill

House Education passes teacher salary bill(Courtesy Idaho Education News) BOISE — The House Education Committee passed a five-year teacher salary bill Friday on the strength of unanimous support from education groups. Lawmakers, state officials and education groups had been engaged in a deep debate over teacher salaries and accountability throughout the session, with two previous versions of the career ladder […]

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 […]

I.F. man arrested for possession

I.F. man arrested for possessionIDAHO FALLS — Hunter Johnson of Idaho Falls was arrested Wednesday for possession of marijuana and providing a false name to police. Johnson also had a warrant out for his arrest out of Washington State. The Idaho Falls Police Department reports officers were attempting to locate the owner of a small dog. When the owner […]

Bowling alley break-in

Bowling alley break-inRIGBY — Rigby Bowl, a local bowling alley, was broken into and vandalized Monday night. The Rigby Police Department reports the front glass door had been broken and a number of items inside the building had been destroyed. The fire hose also had been turned on, flooding the building. Additionally, money had been stolen from […]

Ammon high school participating in Locks of Love

Ammon high school participating in Locks of LoveIt’s been nearly a decade since Coach Linda Hostert was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, she was able to beat this disease and her courageous battle helped launch an annual tradition at Hillcrest High School. Friday morning, more than a dozen people will be donating at least 10 inches of their hair to Locks of […]

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 […]

Sugar-Salem school board seeks input on levy

Sugar-Salem school board seeks input on levy(Courtesy: Rexburg Standard Journal) SUGAR CITY — Sugar-Salem School District 322 will hold a public meeting Wednesday to discuss a proposed $450,000 supplemental levy. During a board meeting last Thursday, the Sugar-Salem board of trustees discussed the possibility of a plant facility levy, whose funds would go toward the school facilities — playgrounds, school buildings, […]

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 […]

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