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Many Ideas Floated over Yellowstone Park Bison

Many Ideas Floated over Yellowstone Park BisonBOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) – The snows inside Yellowstone National Park haven’t been enough to prompt the bison to leave the park boundaries yet, but discussion about what to do with the bison outside the park hasn’t lessened. Ranchers in the area fear bison from the park will spread disease to domestic cattle herds and support […]

State Committee to Review Standardized Test

State Committee to Review Standardized TestTWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – Nearly 20 south-central Idaho educators will help evaluate which standardized test questions public school students will see next spring. Starting Monday, Idaho’s Bias and Sensitivity Committee will meet for the first time to review more than 30,000 test items for the standardized test called the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The Times-News […]

Cow Bolts Butcher Shop, Police Give Chase

Cow Bolts Butcher Shop, Police Give ChasePOCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – A 1,000-pound cow being prepared for slaughter jumped a 6-foot fence and bolted through the streets of Pocatello before police shot and killed it after a lengthy pursuit. Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand tells the Idaho State Journal that his officers fired two shots at the heifer because it posed a […]

Radio Host, Former State Senator Mel Richardson Passes Away

Radio Host, Former State Senator Mel Richardson Passes Away  Idaho Falls, Idaho – Former state senator and long time radio show host Mel Richardson passed away at the age of 86 Thursday. He had been battling cancer. Richardson passed away in his home surrounded by his family. Mel Richardson began his broadcast career in 1952 as a disc jockey.  In 1958 he expanded […]

Attorney: BYU Student to Plead in Meth Lab Case

Attorney: BYU Student to Plead in Meth Lab CasePROVO, Utah (AP) – A Brigham Young University student accused of making methamphetamine in his room is expected to take a plea deal in the case. His lawyer told a judge Wednesday that BYU student Bryce Cazier plans to enter a plea at his next court date Jan. 14. Attorney Jere Reneer says Cazier was […]

NPS: Wyoming Can Manage Private Land in Grand Teton

NPS: Wyoming Can Manage Private Land in Grand TetonJACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – The National Park Service has decided that wildlife on private land within Grand Teton National Park is now under jurisdiction of the state of Wyoming and can be hunted. For decades wildlife on about 950 acres of private land within park boundaries was subject to federal rules, which meant that all […]

Separate Trials for Idaho Couple in Neglect Case

Separate Trials for Idaho Couple in Neglect CaseMOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – A northern Idaho couple accused of neglecting a 67-year-man in their care to such an extent he died of malnutrition or starvation will be tried separately. The Lewiston Tribune reports that 2nd District Judge John R. Stegner on Wednesday agreed with prosecutors to have separate trials for 24-year-old Charles Wright and […]

Shelley Teen Dies in Train-Pickup Collision

Shelley Teen Dies in Train-Pickup CollisionIDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) – Idaho State Police say an 18-year-old man was fatally injured when his pickup truck collided with a train as he tried to drive across a rail crossing in the town of Shelley. State police say Jonathon Adamson of Shelley was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls […]

Ybarra Tightlipped on Budget, Policy Issues

Ybarra Tightlipped on Budget, Policy IssuesBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Sherri Ybarra says she’s staying mum on all things budget, policy and staffing until she’s sworn into office on Jan. 5. The recently elected Republican is in the middle of transitioning to become Idaho’s next superintendent of public instruction. Ybarra told The Associated Press Wednesday that it would be inappropriate to […]

Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot to Receive Horatio Alger Award

Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot to Receive Horatio Alger AwardIn the late 1800s, Horatio Alger made a name for himself writing novels about embattled youth who rose to nobility. Nowadays, the philanthropic organization that bears his name recognizes modern-day rags-to-riches stories such as McDonald’s Ray Kroc, Walmart’s Sam Walton, Home Depot’s Bernard Marcus, Coca Cola’s Douglas Ivester and now Frank VanderSloot, CEO of Idaho […]

House Fire Kills 2 Children in South-Central Idaho

House Fire Kills 2 Children in South-Central IdahoTWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – Two children have died in a house fire that erupted in a south-central Idaho mobile home park. The Times-News reports that a 3-year-old girl escaped with minor injuries from the Twin Falls mobile home Monday evening. However, 4-year-old Kayden Green and 1-year-old Damion Green died. The three children were the […]

Wrong Number Triggers School Lockdown in N. Idaho

Wrong Number Triggers School Lockdown in N. IdahoSANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) – A northern Idaho middle school went into lockdown after a student in a different building accidentally activated the alarm while making a phone call from a school landline. The student made a call at Washington Elementary School on Monday, but neglected to press the digit needed to connect to an outside […]

As Beef Prices Rise, Cattle Herds go Missing in Idaho

As Beef Prices Rise, Cattle Herds go Missing in IdahoBOISE, Idaho (AP) – More than 150 cattle valued at about $350,000 have been reported missing in southeastern Idaho, and authorities aren’t excluding modern-day cattle rustling as beef prices have soared. Three ranchers say roundup searches in recent weeks in the hills and gulches on the remote summer range where the cattle graze have come […]

Former S. Idaho Deputy Faces Assault Charge

Former S. Idaho Deputy Faces Assault ChargeRUPERT, Idaho (AP) – A former Minidoka County deputy who ran for county sheriff is facing a charge of felony burglary and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. The Times-News reports that authorities arrested 51-year-old Darrell James Broner on Saturday. Authorities say Broner went to Minidoka County Sheriff’s Capt. Daniel Guy Kindig’s residence where […]

Idaho’s Federal Lands Panel Stresses Collaboration

Idaho’s Federal Lands Panel Stresses CollaborationBOISE, Idaho (AP) – A legislative committee studying the pros and cons of a state takeover of federal lands in Idaho discussed for the first time what their recommendation should look like before sending them to the governor’s desk. Committee chairman and state Sen. Chuck Winder says up until Tuesday, the bipartisan committee had held […]

Poaching Spree Leads to Hunting Ban in Idaho

Poaching Spree Leads to Hunting Ban in IdahoIDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) – The hunting licenses for two southeast Idaho men have been revoked for life in Idaho following a three-month poaching spree. Thirty-five-year-old Brandon Harris of Ririe and 33-year-old Adam Harris of Archer received the sentences in 7th District Court in November. Brandon Harris pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing or possessing a […]

Sage Grouse Discussed by Western Governors

Sage Grouse Discussed by Western GovernorsLAS VEGAS (AP) – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told Western governors that the federal government is trying to find a way to save the sage grouse without having to list the bird as an endangered species. Jewell, during the Western Governors’ Association’s winter meeting in Las Vegas, says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has […]

Some Criticize Proposed Yellowstone Fees

Some Criticize Proposed Yellowstone FeesJACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – A proposal to double the cost to enter Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in northwest Wyoming is drawing resistance. The town of Jackson, fishing guides and wildlife safari companies are among those speaking out against a plan that calls for increasing entrance fees for the two neighboring parks. Under the […]

Possible Hope in Western Battle Against Cheatgrass

Possible Hope in Western Battle Against CheatgrassBOISE, Idaho (AP) – A century-long losing battle against an invasive weed responsible for fueling massive western wildfires and threatening native species and rangeland could be about to turn around. Cheatgrass has become the most common plant in the Intermountain West and the dominant plant in an area about the size of Montana. But federal […]

Teen Boy Killed Riding Skateboard in Boise

Teen Boy Killed Riding Skateboard in BoiseBOISE, Idaho (AP) – A teenage boy who had been riding his skateboard on a sidewalk in downtown Boise is dead after a collision with a pickup. The Idaho Statesman reports that the truck, driven by a 43-year-old Boise man, was leaving a parking garage Saturday when it struck the 14-year-old. Police say witnesses reported […]

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