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Idaho’s Population up to 1.63 Million

Idaho’s Population up to 1.63 MillionBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho’s population has jumped to 1.63 million with the addition of 21,000 new residents in the last year. The U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday pegged Idaho’s population growth as measured in mid-2014 at just over 1.3 percent, ninth strongest in the nation. The agency says nearly 9,400 more people moved to […]

Snoqualmie Ice Cream Recall; Potential Contamination

Snoqualmie Ice Cream Recall; Potential ContaminationSNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) – Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream says it is voluntarily recalling nearly a year’s worth of ice cream and related products because of possible listeria contamination. The recall announced Tuesday covers products made from Jan. 1 until Dec. 15. Products include all flavors and sizes of ice cream, gelato, custard and sorbet, as […]

College Receives $2.45 Million Biomedical Grant

College Receives $2.45 Million Biomedical GrantCALDWELL, Idaho (AP) – The College of Idaho has received a $2.45 million grant spread over five years for biomedical research. The school in southwest Idaho in a statement Monday says that about a third of the money will be used to investigate the medical properties of sagebrush. A similar amount will be used to […]

Feds Plan to Hold Idaho Oil and Gas Lease Sale

Feds Plan to Hold Idaho Oil and Gas Lease SaleBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Federal officials in Idaho in a battle with a Texas oil company over what is believed to be a profitable natural gas field in Payette County plan to offer five parcels for competitive leasing by April. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Monday opened a 30-day public comment period about […]

Man Dressed as Batman Arrested in Southeast Idaho

Man Dressed as Batman Arrested in Southeast IdahoPOCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – Police in southeast Idaho took into custody a person dressed as Batman after receiving a report of two superheros trying to enter a residence. Pocatello police tell the Idaho State Journal that 24-year-old Michael Andrew Christenson was arrested on a warrant on Saturday night and taken to the Bannock County Jail. […]

E. Idaho Family Says They Own Jesse James’ Cabin

E. Idaho Family Says They Own Jesse James’ CabinMALAD, Idaho (AP) – A southeastern Idaho family that says it owns a dismantled cabin where the outlaw Jesse James once lived wants to raise money to restore the building and create a historical site. Ernest Palmer tells the Idaho State Journal that he has documents proving his great-great aunt in May 1869 married the […]

Earthquake Recorded Near Challis in Central Idaho

Earthquake Recorded Near Challis in Central IdahoCHALLIS, Idaho (AP) – Custer County officials in central Idaho say there’s no damage from an earthquake that shook the area Monday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.7-magnitude temblor occurred about 10:20 a.m. and was located about a mile east of Challis and about a mile deep. Linda Lumpkin of the Custer County […]

Idaho Must Pay Attorney Fees in Gay Marriage Case

Idaho Must Pay Attorney Fees in Gay Marriage CaseBOISE, Idaho (AP) – A federal judge has ruled that Idaho must pay more than $400,000 to the lawyers who successfully fought to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Friday awarded an amount that is about 10 percent less than what the lawyers requested. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter […]

Melaleuca Donates Toys and Food

Melaleuca Donates Toys and FoodIDAHO FALLS, Idaho –  Melaleuca’s charitable giving is making the holidays brighter for families in need throughout Idaho and Tennessee. The company and its employees donated 1,000 cans of food to the Idaho Falls Soup Kitchen, 5.5 tons of food to 13 individual families, 500 Christmas gifts to The Salvation Army and a $1,000 in-kind […]

Instant Racing Earns Big Bucks, Draws Concerns

Instant Racing Earns Big Bucks, Draws ConcernsBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho racing officials say instant racing machines are succeeding in helping boost Idaho’s declining horse industry. However, critics are pointing out that the machines may be cleverly disguised illegal slot machines. Idaho Racing Commission Executive Director Frank Lamb says machines used at places like Les Bois Park outside of Boise are […]

More Yellowstone Roads Open for Snowmobiling

More Yellowstone Roads Open for SnowmobilingYELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) – Yellowstone National Park has been receiving snow lately, and park officials say they’re opening more roads in the park to snowmobiling and other forms of motorized snow travel. Snowmobiles and commercial snow coaches with rubber tracks or large tires may now travel from the park’s South Entrance through West […]

Missing Idaho Cows Recaptured by Employees

Missing Idaho Cows Recaptured by EmployeesPOCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – Pocatello police say two cows that escaped from a meat-processing business have been captured. The Idaho State Journal reports that officers were told by Anderson Custom Pack that employees found the missing cows and brought them back to the business Saturday. Five cows fled from Anderson Custom Pack in two recent […]

Idaho Unemployment Rate Lowest in 7 years

Idaho Unemployment Rate Lowest in 7 years  BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Latest jobless rates show that Idaho is at its lowest in nearly seven years. According to the Idaho Statesman, a declining labor force and above average employer payrolls drove Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate below 4 percent in November. It’s the lowest since early 2008 and down two-tenths of a […]

Idaho Education Board Endorses Tiered Teacher Pay

Idaho Education Board Endorses Tiered Teacher PayBOISE, Idaho (AP) – The State Board of Education has endorsed legislation that would set Idaho teacher pay based on performance standards and experience. Board member Richard Westerberg says the state needs higher teacher salaries, and the plan would allow district to reward their best teachers. Beginning teachers would see salaries increase from about $31,000 […]

Hitt Road to get Major Renovations

Hitt Road to get Major RenovationsIdaho Falls, Idaho — Hitt Road in Idaho Falls will be getting some upgrades. In a city council meeting Thursday night, the city of Idaho Falls approved a $2 million bid with DePatco for the construction project. The improvements will include the widening of the road one-half mile south of Sunnyside, the addition of a […]

BYU-Idaho Fall Commencement Friday

BYU-Idaho Fall Commencement FridayRexburg, Idaho — More than 1,700 BYU-Idaho students will be graduating Friday night. Elder W. Craig Zwick, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will be the keynote speaker at Friday night’s commencement. The university will be awarding more than 1200 bachelor’s degrees. […]

Idaho Falls Given Land for New Park

Idaho Falls Given Land for New ParkIdaho Falls, Idaho — Christmas came a week early for the city of Idaho Falls. It is a receiving 11 acres of riverfront property north of Sunnyside Bridge worth $2 million. Stafford & Woody Smith, Ball Ventures and the Rotary Club of Idaho Falls are donating the land with the intention of it being made into […]

Willard Arts Center Filled with Smoke

Willard Arts Center Filled with SmokeIdaho Falls, Idaho — The Willard Arts Center in downtown Idaho Falls was filled with smoke this morning. A small electrical fire within the heating system blew smoke through the ventilation system. The Idaho Falls Fire Department was called to the scene and the fire did not spread to any other part of the building. […]

Petition to Recall Dunn Certified

Petition to Recall Dunn CertifiedRigby, Idaho — Jefferson County Prosecutor Robin Dunn has a decision to make. The petition calling for his recall was certified by Jefferson County Clerk Christine Boulter Wednesday. Dunn now has five business days to resign or face a recall election. If Dunn chooses not to step down, the election for his recall would take […]

New App Alerts of Geyser Eruptions

New App Alerts of Geyser Eruptions  Yellowstone National Park — When will Old Faithful erupt? Well, now there’s an app for that. The National Park Service says their new geyser app for smartphones and tablets will let you know when Old Faithful or five other geysers at Yellowstone National Park will erupt.

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