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I.F. police respond to reported gunman

I.F. police respond to reported gunmanIDAHO FALLS — Residents were given a scare Wednesday after parts of downtown Idaho Falls were closed due to a reported gunman on a roof. The Idaho Falls Police Department identified a 16‐year‐old boy as the suspected gunman. According to a department press release, officers received a call around 6:11 p.m. of an unidentified individual […]

District 93 board re-approves $56.1 million bond for May election

District 93 board re-approves $56.1 million bond for May electionIDAHO FALLS — Board trustees in Bonneville Joint School District 93 approved a new plan to re-run its $56.1 million bond proposal in May. On Wednesday night, trustees voted 4-1 to make a third attempt to secure funding to build a new high school. The new school is aimed at reducing increasing overcrowding problems in […]

EITC students bring home gold in web design

EITC students bring home gold in web designBOISE — Students at Eastern Idaho Technical College returned home as state champions this weekend. Twelve students attended the Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference in Boise and won more than a dozen awards, including the state championship in team web design. “I’m really proud of the web development students,” faculty adviser Julie Anderson […]

BYUI building projects underway

BYUI building projects underway(Courtesy: Brigham Young University-Idaho) REXBURG ­­­— Construction is underway on the new Science and Technology Building at Brigham Young University-Idaho, with crews currently working to excavate the site. Initial work has also begun on pouring the building’s foundation. Located on the southern edge of campus on Sage Street between Center Street and 1st West, the 108,000 […]

I.F. Zoo announces spring break programs

I.F. Zoo announces spring break programsIDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park is announcing some exciting spring break programs for kids of all ages. Things with Wings and the Science of Flight workshops will help children discover how animals fly.  Participants will explore why birds look and move the way they do and what the science of […]

I.F. welcomes new police officer

I.F. welcomes new police officerIDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Police Department is welcoming a new officer to the force. Justin Gramm, a native of California, was selected among the top officer candidates that tested for the department last summer. “It’s definitely a job with a purpose,” said Gramm.  “I’ve always been a mediator for people’s problems.” Gramm currently […]

D93 bond fails, other levies pass

D93 bond fails, other levies passIDAHO FALLS — A $56.1 million school bond proposal failed by less than 1 percent Tuesday in Bonneville Joint School District 93. The measure received 4,829 votes in favor of the bond, which accounted for some 65.72 percent of the total. To pass, the bond needed a 66 percent supermajority vote. “I feel good about […]

Casper to accept applications for city council

Casper to accept applications for city councilIDAHO FALLS — Mayor Rebecca Casper is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy on the Idaho Falls City Council. A council seat became open last week after Councilman Dee Whittier died March 1 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center due to complications from a heart attack sustained on Feb. 23. Idaho Code stipulates that […]

Bond Levy Election Day

Bond Levy Election Day(Political Columnist Mark Richardson) Homeowners in school districts across the state will vote today to determine whether levies and bonds totaling $398.2 million are both reasonable and necessary. Local school districts are seeking a total of seven bond issues and 38 levies in hopes of building new schools and supplementing operational costs. Supplement levies and […]

I.F. man arrested for drugs

I.F. man arrested for drugsIDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Police Department arrested 35‐year‐old Jason L. Foster for felony possession of marijuana Friday. Police reports show officers responded with the Idaho Falls Fire Marshal’s Office around 1:30 p.m. to a garage explosion in the 1400 block of East 16th Street. While assisting the fire marshal, officers found Foster in […]

Fired sheriff’s employee to get day in court

Fired sheriff’s employee to get day in court(Courtesy Rexburg Standard Journal) REXBURG — A former Madison County Sheriff’s deputy will get his day in court. Travis Williams, who was fired in July 2012 from his job with the sheriff’s office, filed a federal lawsuit against Madison County and that suit is now moving forward. Judge Edward Lodge ruled recently that a trial […]

Attorney General reaches settlement with Rexburg physician

Attorney General reaches settlement with Rexburg physicianBOISE – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has reached a settlement with a Rexburg physician investigated for joining other doctors in refusing to provide on-call services in the emergency department of an eastern Idaho hospital. The settlement announced today with Dr. Kevin Lee is similar to agreements reached in December with four other doctors, who, like […]

Pocatello street department to take core sampling

Pocatello street department to take core samplingPOCATELLO — The City of Pocatello Street Operations Department will be doing core sampling at the intersection of Hawthorne Road and Quinn Road Monday. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until approximately 1 p.m. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic in the area. Motorists should expect delays. City officials are strongly […]

Teacher Pay Plan Introduced

Teacher Pay Plan IntroducedBoise — The House Education Committee unanimously approved a $215 million plan to boost teacher pay over the next five years. Under the plan, rookie teacher pay would bump up from $31,750 a year to $32,200 a year. Teachers would have to meet certain benchmarks in order to receive the higher pay. By 2020, new […]

Jefferson schools hold meetings for language immersion program

Jefferson schools hold meetings for language immersion programRIGBY — Jefferson Joint School District 251 will hold two meetings this month for parents interested in enrolling incoming kindergarten students into the World Language Immersion Program at South Fork and Jefferson elementary schools. In order to obtain an application for the program parents must attend one of the two meetings. The first meeting will […]

Annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life conference at ISU

Annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life conference at ISU(Courtesy Idaho State University) POCATELLO – Idaho State University will host its 11th annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference Thursday and Friday in the Pond Student Union Building. “ISU’s Gender and Sexuality Conference provides an important opportunity to hear and learn from a wide range of disciplines and fields regarding how gender and […]

$5,000 reward offered in unsolved homicide case

$5,000 reward offered in unsolved homicide casePOCATELLO — The Pocatello Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of Eugene Lorene Red Elk. Eugene Lorene Red Elk of Pocatello was killed June 14, 2009 during the evening hours in the Duffy’s Tavern parking lot located at […]

President of Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry apologizes for profane email

President of Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry apologizes for profane email(Courtesy Idaho Reports) BOISE — The president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry has apologized, but will retain his position, after a profanity-laced internal e-mail leaked to members of the Idaho Senate. The January 13 e-mail from Alex LaBeau addressed Sen. Jeff Siddoway’s remarks on not lowering taxes until the Legislature raises starting […]

Grammy winner Joe Lovano coming to BYU-Idaho Jazz Festival

Grammy winner Joe Lovano coming to BYU-Idaho Jazz FestivalREXBURG — Grammy-winning sax player Joe Lovano will headline the winter jazz festival at Brigham Young University-Idaho next week. The festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 14 in the Hart Auditorium. Backing up Lovano will be the BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance jazz ensemble under the direction of Mark Watkins. Lovano is known for his […]

I.F. city councilman dies of heart complications

I.F. city councilman dies of heart complicationsIDAHO FALLS — Idaho Falls City Councilman Dee Whittier died Sunday night due to complications from a heart attack several days earlier. The councilman was 57. City officials said Whittier suffered a heart attack last week and underwent quadruple bypass surgery. The Post Register reports that “he remained in critical condition at Eastern Idaho Regional […]

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