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Groups Eye Lawsuit Against Predator Control Agency

Groups Eye Lawsuit Against Predator Control Agency

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Four conservation groups that contend federal officials in Idaho are violating environmental laws by killing predators and other wildlife to protect livestock and crops have taken the first step to file a lawsuit. Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project and three other groups sent a letter to the Idaho office of the U.S. […]

GOP, Dems, trade shots over Balukoff bookkeeping

GOP, Dems, trade shots over Balukoff bookkeeping

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho Republican Party says the Democratic candidate for governor might be violating campaign finance law by having the Idaho Democratic Party pay for his staff. A spokesman for Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff says they’re only doing the same thing Idaho Republican campaigns have done in the past. GOP campaign finance […]

Another Enterovirus Victim Hopstialized

Another Enterovirus Victim Hopstialized

  IDAHO FALLS-As of Saturday September 13, two children are currently hospitalized at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with symptoms consistent with Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68). This represents one new hospitalized patient overnight. The cumulative number of children hospitalized for respiratory symptoms since Sept. 7 is eleven. These children have experienced rapid onset of respiratory distress. […]

Prescribed Burn Planned for Targhee National Forest

Prescribed Burn Planned for Targhee National Forest

  IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) – Targhee National Forest officials are planning a prescribed burn southwest of Swan Valley in eastern Idaho. Forest officials say the burn in an area covering 1,000 acres will attempt to restore aspen stands. The Idaho Falls Post Register reports the burn is scheduled to take place in mid to […]

Teacher Retires Over Inappropriate Texts

Teacher Retires Over Inappropriate Texts

  (SANDPOINT, ID) – A northern Idaho teacher has retired after he send inappropriate text messages to a student. Rod Swerin spent 17 years at Sandpoint Middle School. Administrators say Swerin’s texts were of a sexual nature, describing them as “disturbing,” but not enough to constitute any criminal activity. Investigators say the texts involved Swerin […]

Man Steals $60K in Lotto Tickets

Man Steals $60K in Lotto Tickets

(TWIN FALLS, ID) – A south-central Idaho man is facing multiple charges after stealing an estimated $60,000 in lottery tickets from his employer. James Adam of Twin Falls allegedly cashed the tickets while working as a clerk at a convenience store between January and June. Adam reportedly pre-scanned the tickets to find the winners, then […]

Bannock County Approves Budget

Bannock County Approves Budget

(POCATELLO, ID) – Bannock County has approved a $54 million budget for the next fiscal year. That’s about a million less than the current year. The Idaho State Journal reports that the budget includes a $1.4 million increase on property taxes which will net about $800,000 in revenue. County employees will also see a one […]

Child Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

Child Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident

(JEROME, ID) – A two-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Jerome Friday night. Idaho State Police say the toddler was crossing a street at the time of the accident. Witnesses say a black, crew cab Dodge pickup quickly sped away from the scene. The driver responsible was identified within 24 hours, though […]

Apartments, Businesses Destroyed in Monarch Fire

Apartments, Businesses Destroyed in Monarch Fire

(POCATELLO, ID) – Last week’s fire at the Monarch building in Pocatello destroyed 13 apartments and two businesses. Authorities are still working to determine what caused the blaze, which started early Friday. Crews remained at the scene for the entire day to ensure that the fire didn’t reignite and spread to the buildings next door. […]

Fire Destroys Building in Old Town Pocatello

Fire Destroys Building in Old Town Pocatello

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – A Friday morning fire has severely damaged an historic building in Old Town Pocatello in eastern Idaho. Firefighters say the Monarch Building that is on the National Register of Historic Places was fully involved in flames when they arrived after receiving a 6:40 a.m. call. Authorities say evacuations in the area […]

Odyssey Charter School Closing Permanently

Odyssey Charter School Closing Permanently

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – The Odyssey Charter School in Idaho Falls is closing permanently. The school’s board of directors decided Thursday to not appeal a state ruling that revoked the school’s charter. The state determined that the school’s approach to education did not meet required accreditation standards. Administrators recommended that parents elect a new board […]

Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

(POCATELLO, ID) – A Pocatello murder suspect pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in district court Thursday. Brad Scott Compher is accused of the stabbing death of Nori Jones in September 2004.  Compher, who remains held in the Bannock County Jail without bond, told Judge Robert Naftz that he was concerned about losing his job. […]

Risch Calls for Intervention with ISIS

Risch Calls for Intervention with ISIS

(BOISE, ID) – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch says the U.S. needs to act quickly to prevent ISIS from expanding in Iraq. Radical Islamists have taken over large swaths of Northern Iraq and Syria, killing thousands of ethnic Yazidis, Christians, and other minorities along the way. Risch tells Local News 8 that he agrees with the […]

Committee Moves Bill to Restrict Police Drone Use

Committee Moves Bill to Restrict Police Drone Use

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – Police in Wyoming would have to get warrants to use drones to gather evidence in criminal cases under a bill endorsed by a legislative committee. The Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to send a bill to place restrictions on police use of drones to the full Legislature when it […]

Father Cited After Son Rolls ATV

Father Cited After Son Rolls ATV

(POCATELLO, ID) – A Pocatello father was cited Wednesday evening after his 7-year-old son overturned his ATV. Police say the child took the four-wheeler without permission and rolled it at the intersection of Alameda and Linda. The boy suffered minor road rash injuries but is expected to make a full recover. The father, whose name […]

North Idaho Teacher Retires After Texts to Student

North Idaho Teacher Retires After Texts to Student

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) – A northern Idaho middle school teacher has retired after sending inappropriate text messages of a sexual nature to a student. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports in a story on Thursday that the leave of absence granted to Sandpoint Middle School teacher Rod Swerin in August has transitioned into retirement. Lake […]

Christiansens Thank Community for Support

Christiansens Thank Community for Support

POCATELLO, ID) – The parents of two children killed in a car accident in Pocatello last week are speaking out for the first time. Deric and Brittany Christiansen tell KPVI that the community has raised over $16,000 for their family. The Sept. 3 crash killed 7-year-old Jeric Christiansen and his younger sister Dallas. Sixteen-month-old Justin […]

Improvements Planned at Blackfoot Airport

Improvements Planned at Blackfoot Airport

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) – The Blackfoot Municipal Airport in southeastern Idaho is installing upgrades to meet Federal Aviation Administration standards. Mayor Paul Loomis tells the Idaho State Journal that the upgrades include replacing outdated lights along the runway with LEDs that will be brighter. Plans also call for installing wind cones at both ends of […]

Teacher Hurt When Gun Accidently Shatters Toilet

Teacher Hurt When Gun Accidently Shatters Toilet

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Officials say a Utah teacher carrying a concealed firearm at school was struck by fragments from a bullet and a porcelain toilet when her gun accidently fired. Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley says authorities initially believe the sixth-grade teacher accidently shot herself in the leg while in a faculty […]

US Senate OKs Jackson Courthouse Conveyance

US Senate OKs Jackson Courthouse Conveyance

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – A bill transferring the Clifford P. Hansen Courthouse to Teton County has won approval in the U.S. Senate. The Senate unanimously endorsed a federal conveyance bill sponsored by Wyoming Republican Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi late Tuesday. The proposal returns the courthouse back to the county and allows the federal […]

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