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Broadband: Who wants to vie for the next contract?

Broadband: Who wants to vie for the next contract?(Courtesy Idaho Education News) BOISE — As the self-labeled Idaho Education Network “incumbent,” Education Networks of America is urging the state to stick with a reliable, cost-effective statewide school broadband system. Syringa Networks, the Idaho company that has successfully fought the Idaho Education Network contract in court, says Idaho can save money in the future […]

Idaho lawmaker draws national attention

Idaho lawmaker draws national attentionBOISE — A Northern Idaho lawmaker drew the attention of national media Monday, after receiving a brief lesson on female anatomy during a hearing on anti-abortion legislation. The Spokesman-Review reports Rep. Vito Barbieri, R-Dalton Gardens, asked if a woman could swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct remote gynecological exams. “Dr. Julie Madsen, who […]

Emergency Management to test sirens Wednesday

Emergency Management to test sirens WednesdayIDAHO FALLS — Bonneville County Emergency Management will conduct a test of its emergency alert system Wednesday. Alert sirens throughout Idaho Falls and Ammon will sound a 30-second test voice announcement at 10 a.m. The Idaho Falls Police Department has asked media to assure residents the voice announcement is only a test. There is no […]

I.F. man arrested for stolen property

I.F. man arrested for stolen propertyIDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Police Department arrested 22-year-old Dylan L. Pugh for possession of stolen property Friday. Police discovered the Idaho Falls man driving a stolen vehicle after receiving a tip from the owner. Police reports indicate the car’s owner had seen the vehicle being driven away by Pugh. Officers responded to the […]

Rexburg, Shelley among 10 safest Idaho cities

Rexburg, Shelley among 10 safest Idaho citiesREXBURG — Four eastern Idaho cities have been recognized as among the Gem State’s safest places to live. SafeWise, a nationwide home security company, issued a report ranking the top ten safest cities in Idaho based on statistics from the FBI’s most recent Crime Report. The rankings are based on the number of violent and […]

Crapo Holding Series of Town Meetings

Crapo Holding Series of Town MeetingsWashington, D.C. — Idaho Senator Mike Crapo will be holding a series of town meetings in Eastern Idaho this week. Friday at noon he will be at the American Falls District Library. Then at 2pm, he will hold a town meeting at the Pocatello City Council Chambers. On Saturday he makes his way up to […]

Police Looking for Accused Kidnapper

Police Looking for Accused KidnapperIdaho Falls, Idaho — The Idaho Falls Police need your help to find a man that kidnapped and raped a 14 year old boy. The man is described as 5’9” tall, dark brown skin and short dark brown hair. Was clean shaven and smelled strongly of cigarette smoke. He was driving a white van with […]

Committe Passes Stopgap Funding for School Broadband

Committe Passes Stopgap Funding for School BroadbandBoise, Idaho — Idaho budget writers have approved a nearly $3.6 million stopgap measure to maintain broadband access in public high schools for at least another four months. The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to provide funding to reimburse schools for procuring their own broadband service throughout fiscal year 2015. Earlier this month, a […]

Idaho Senate Deals Blow to Instant Horse Racing

Idaho Senate Deals Blow to Instant Horse RacingBoise, Idaho — The Idaho Senate has passed a measure that would shut down roughly 250 instant horse racing terminals installed in three locations around Idaho must be shut down. One them in Idaho Falls. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill argued that the terminals are too similar to an illegal slot machine. The bill now […]

Transportation Bill Calls for Rise in Gas Tax

Transportation Bill Calls for Rise in Gas TaxBoise, Idaho — A House panel has introduced a sweeping new transportation funding bill, seeking to raise almost $200 million per year to maintain Idaho’s crumbling roads and bridges. The bill aims to cover most of the state’s $262 million annual transportation shortfall. The legislation would raise the state’s gas tax by 8 cents in […]

Bill Seeks to Make Idaho IDs Confrom to Federal Law

Bill Seeks to Make Idaho IDs Confrom to Federal LawBoise, Idaho — Currently, an Idaho Drivers license could keep you off a commercial flight. Legislation seeking to avoid that problem is headed to the House for approval. If passed in both chambers, the bill would allow Idaho’s transportation agency to request a one-year extension to conform to the federal government’s identification law. In 2008, […]

Legislature: Idaho Schools Will Lose Broadband Feb 22

Legislature: Idaho Schools Will Lose Broadband Feb 22Boise, Idaho — You are on your own. That is the message from state lawmakers to schools across the state. Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill told nearly 200 Idaho public school trustees that the state’s broadband project will go dark Feb. 22. This means districts will need to implement their own emergency plan immediately if […]

Rexburg Teen Gives Valentine to Every Girl at School

Rexburg Teen Gives Valentine to Every Girl at SchoolRexburg, Idaho — A Rexburg teen may have just set a new standard for Valentine’s Day. Madison Junior High student Keegan Wolfe said he didn’t want any girl in his school to not have a valentine, so the 14 year old gave a valentine baloon to all 650 girls in the school. With a little help […]

Idaho Falls Business Robbed

Idaho Falls Business RobbedIdaho Falls, Idaho — An Idaho Falls is business is out more than $2,800 after being robbed. The Idaho Falls police department is investigating a burglary at McNeil Development. The crime happened sometime between Wednesday and Thursday night. Currently, there are no suspects. If you know anything about this call the IFPD at 529-1200.

Man Arrested After Stabbing

Man Arrested After StabbingTetonia, Idaho — A local man is facing felony charges after a stabbing Thursday night in Tetonia. Timothy Gray stabbed a 43 year old man several times before fleeing police in the victim’s truck. The Teton County Sheriff’s office, with the help of Idaho State Police, arrested the 26 year old Gray after a car […]

IFRA Reports Jump in Passengers

IFRA Reports Jump in PassengersIdaho Falls, Idaho — More people are flying in and out of the Idaho Falls Regional Airport. The city announced Thursday that the number of fliers in 2014 was up 12 percent from 2013. The city owned airport is looking for more big things in the future. It received a $500,000 grant to establish a […]

Idaho Falls Keeps Runoff Elections

Idaho Falls Keeps Runoff ElectionsIdaho Fall, Idaho — Runoff elections in Idaho Falls are staying put, at least for now. The City Council unanimously tabled the issue at their meeting Thursday night. They can bring it up again, but only after public comment. They had considered scrapping the Runoffs after some brought up concerns about how much they cost.

Committee Pushes to Ban Instant Racing

Committee Pushes to Ban Instant RacingBoise, Idaho — The future of instant racing machines in Idaho took a huge hit Wednesday. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted 8-1 to push along a bill that would ban the betting machines. The Committee heard five hours of testimony from both sides of issue. The bill now heads to the full senate.

Public Lands Rally Held at Capitol

Public Lands Rally Held at CapitolBoise, Idaho — About 500 people are expected on the Statehouse steps at noon Thursday for the “keep public lands in public hands” rally. The Idaho Legislature has been exploring options to attempt to transfer control of most federal public lands to the state, with backers saying the state could do a better job and […]

Commissioners Stick with Plan to Suspend Fair

Commissioners Stick with Plan to Suspend FairPocatello, Idaho — Several people came to the Bannock County Courthouse Wednesday night to let the County Commissioners know how they feel about the North Bannock County Fair being suspended. After hearing from those who came out, the Commissioners stood by their decision. The South Bannock County Fair, held in Downey, will go on as […]

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