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Idaho Tree Company Linked to Human Trafficking

Idaho Tree Company Linked to Human Trafficking

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – A federal lawsuit filed against an Idaho-based company contending it engaged in human trafficking has been put on hold while the U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigates. The Times-News reports that five Mexican men with work visas filed the lawsuit in April against Pure Forest LLC in U.S. District Court […]

Jackson Considering Property Deals

Jackson Considering Property Deals

(JACKSON, WY) – The city of Jackson is considering plans to purchase private property on top of a slow-moving landslide. Officials say it’s crucial to remove soil so that ground movement can be stopped. The city wants to buy some real estate outright, then get easements for commercial property at the base of the hill […]

Fireworks Sparked Hailey Fire

Fireworks Sparked Hailey Fire

  BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Blaine County Sheriff officials say a central Idaho wildfire that caused 20 homes to be evacuated was started by an 18-year-old man lighting fireworks on private property. The sheriff’s office says no charges have been filed but an investigation is ongoing. The office has not yet released the man’s name. […]

Iona Seeks Annexation of Subdivisions

Iona Seeks Annexation of Subdivisions

(IONA, ID) – The city of Iona wants to annex two subdivisions currently under the supervision of Bonneville County. Local News 8 reports that Iona will try to annex both the N’ur subdivision and Green Valley Estates. Rockwell Homes President Greg Hansen, who developed Green Valley Estates, says he’ll sue the city if it approves […]

Death Row Inmate Dies of Illness

Death Row Inmate Dies of Illness

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Officials say a prisoner who has been on Idaho’s death row since 2001 has died after an extended illness. The Idaho Department of Correction says Michael Allen Jauhola (jaw-HOHL’-ah) died Wednesday at age 41. Jauhola had been on death row at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution since 2001, when he was […]

Jolyn Thomas Interviews Retired Judge Mike Heavey

Jolyn Thomas Interviews Retired Judge Mike Heavey

“Judges for Jus­tice” became involved in Christo­pher Tapp’s case in 2012 when Judge Heavey con­tacted the victim’s mother Carol Dodge. Three DNA tests have been per­formed in the case. The sperm DNA left at the 1996 mur­der scene does not match Tapp. In 2009 hairs left at the mur­der scene by the per­pe­tra­tor did not match Tapp and Jan­u­ary 2013 “touch” DNA tests […]

Completion of D Street Underpass Set for Mid-August

Completion of D Street Underpass Set for Mid-August

(IDAHO FALLS, ID)  – The City of Idaho Falls announced on Wednesday that the new completion date for the D Street underpass is set for mid-August.  The project that began in March of 2013 was expected to be finished last month, but a derailment outside of the area back in March forced Union Pacific Railroad […]

ITD Settles With EPA Over Asbestos Complaints

ITD Settles With EPA Over Asbestos Complaints

(SEATTLE, WA) — The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) will pay the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) $55,800 in penalties for alleged violations of federal asbestos regulations.  The ITD is accused of hiring inmates from the St. Anthony Idaho Work Camp to remove floor tiles containing asbestos from a maintenance shop in Rigby without proper safety precautions. […]

Name of Surviving Pilot Released Following Crash

Name of Surviving Pilot Released Following Crash

(CASCADE, ID) – The pilot who survived a deadly mid-air collision in central Idaho Monday morning has been identified. Amy Hoover, 52, of Ellensburg, Washington is an aviation professor at Central Washington University. She also owns Canyon Flying. Hoover was airlifted to a hospital in McCall for treatment. The name of the pilot in the […]

Dems Want to Ban Wolf Hunts Near Yellowstone

Dems Want to Ban Wolf Hunts Near Yellowstone

(WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT) – A House Democrat wants to ban wolf hunting near Yellowstone National Park. U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon is the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee. DeFazio is heeding the call of multiple far-left lobbying groups from outside the Intermountain West, who believe hunting wolves in Island Park and […]

Idaho Falls, Ammon Split Cost of Hitt Road Expansion

Idaho Falls, Ammon Split Cost of Hitt Road Expansion

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – The cities of Idaho Falls and Ammon have agreed to split the costs of a $3.4 million project to renovate Hitt Road. KIDK reports that each city will pay $1.7 million on the project, which includes improving the Sunnyside intersection and widening a half-mile stretch of Hitt Road south of that […]

Spud Prices Dropping

Spud Prices Dropping

  (IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Potato prices are dropping significantly, and many eastern Idaho farmers are concerned. Local News 8 reports that spuds went for $8 or $9 per 100 pounds last year, and now it’s dropped to about $5, which is often less than the cost of production. Experts believe that could translate to […]

Sex Offender Gets Prison for Failing to Register

Sex Offender Gets Prison for Failing to Register

(POCATELLO, ID) – A former Pocatello man will spend a year in prison for failing to register as a sex offender.  Jeramie McGuire, 36,was convicted of rape in Oregon 16 years ago. McGuire moved from Big Piney, Wyoming to Pocatello in 2013, but never notified authorities about his new address. Prosecutors say it was all […]

Alpine Man Killed in Crash

Alpine Man Killed in Crash

(ALPINE, WY) – A Wyoming man is dead after a crash on U.S. Highway 26 Tuesday afternoon.  Idaho State Police say 65-year-old Neil Anderson of Alpine was headed eastbound near Palisades Reservoir when he lost control of his pickup and rolled it down an embankment. Anderson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from […]

Former Governor John V. Evans Dies at Age 89

Former Governor John V. Evans Dies at Age 89

(BOISE, ID)  –  Former Idaho Democratic Governor John Victor Evans Sr. has died.  He was 89.  The Malad native died Tuesday in his home in Boise.  Evans was elected lieutenant governor in 1974.  In 1977, he became governor when Cecil Andrus was named U.S. Interior secretary under President Jimmy Carter.  A year later, Evans became […]

Sheriff Halts Evacuations Near Hailey Fire

Sheriff Halts Evacuations Near Hailey Fire

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Authorities have lifted all mandatory evacuation orders stemming from a growing wildfire near the community of Hailey. The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office said Monday afternoon it lifted the evacuation order for 20 homes along Croesus Creek Road and Rodeo Drive. The orders had been in place when the fire was advancing […]

Boat Catches Fire at Ririe Reservoir

Boat Catches Fire at Ririe Reservoir

(RIRIE, ID) – A boat caught on fire on Ririe Reservoir Monday morning. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office believes the fire may have been started by gas fumes and completely destroyed the boat. All three aboard were able to flag down a boat nearby to be rescued. No injuries were reported. 

Poor Families Moving to Urban Areas

Poor Families Moving to Urban Areas

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – More and more low income families are moving to urban areas for more employment opportunities. Economist Dan Cravens tells Local News 8 that the increased demand for affordable housing is driving up the cost of living for both renters and homeowners. Officials say the number of poverty-stricken families in Bonneville and Bingham […]

Lesbian Sues for Burial in Veteran’s Cemetery

Lesbian Sues for Burial in Veteran’s Cemetery

(BOISE, ID) – A U.S. Navy Veteran is suing the state for the right to be buried next to her late wife. Madelynn Taylor, 74, married her partner, Jean Mixner, in California six years ago. Idaho authorities won’t allow Taylor pre-arrange her burial with Mixner’s ashes at the state Veteran’s Cemetery because Idaho doesn’t recognize […]

Two Arrested for Negligent Discharge

Two Arrested for Negligent Discharge

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Two Idaho Falls residents were arrested last Friday after they were caught firing a pistol into the air. The incident occurred near the intersection of 7th and Lee shortly before midnight. Elizabeth Blefield, 43, is accused of providing a gun to 41-year-old John Stuart, who allegedly fired multiple shots into the […]

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