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Blaine County Woman Infected with West Nile

Blaine County Woman Infected with West Nile

(KETCHUM, ID) – A Blaine County woman is recovering after being infected with West Nile Virus. Officials say the victim was in her 20s and didn’t need to be hospitalized. This is the first known human case in Idaho this year. The virus has already been found in mosquitoes in river bottom areas on the […]

Helicopter Crashes in Idaho Falls

Helicopter Crashes in Idaho Falls

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) – An eastern Idaho man attempting to take off in a helicopter from his backyard with his wife and daughter aboard lost control and crashed. The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office says pilot Dave Hansen and his family were able to get out of the helicopter and didn’t require medical attention following […]

Intermountain Gas to Increase Rates

Intermountain Gas to Increase Rates

(BOISE, ID) – Intermountain Gas is asking the state to raise monthly rates by an average of 2.64 percent. The change would generate about $6.7 million in revenue, and would likely go into effect by October 1. Executives say the increase would cost customers less than $2 more per month, while commercial users will see […]

Councilwoman Calls for Investigation of Pocatello Paving Issue

Councilwoman Calls for Investigation of Pocatello Paving Issue

  (POCATELLO, ID) – Pocatello city councilwoman Eva Nye is speaking out about the latest paving controversy. Nye says an internal audit found that the city’s paving crews had done work in at least five other eastern Idaho towns, but only received compensation for one of those projects. Nye maintains that she and her fellow […]

Rain Damages Hay Crops

Rain Damages Hay Crops

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – Last week’s rain showers caused headaches for local hay farmers. Local News 8 reports that many growers had cut hay and were ready to bale when the storms hit. Alfalfa and grass hay need to be dry for baling to reduce the risk of molding and spontaneous combustion. Several farmers lost thousands […]

Yellowstone to Remove 900 Bison

Yellowstone to Remove 900 Bison

  (WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT) – Yellowstone National Park administrators want to remove 900 bison next winter. The plan calls for the removal of 19 percent of the park’s bison population through hunting, as well as other methods. Wildlife activists say they’d rather see the animals allowed in a buffer zone outside the park where they’d […]

Jensen: “I didn’t Endorse Ybarra”

Jensen: “I didn’t Endorse Ybarra”

(BOISE, ID) – A former Republican candidate for superintendent of public instruction has not endorsed either party’s candidate for election. Randy Jensen explicitly asked GOP candidate Sherri Ybarra to remove his name from her website as a campaign committee member. The two had spoken on kind terms in May, which Ybarra had mistaken as a […]

Blackfoot Police Officers Accused of Trespassing

Blackfoot Police Officers Accused of Trespassing

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – Four Blackfoot Police officers are in hot water for allegedly trespassing. Police Chief Kurt Asmus says the officers were intoxicated when they were caught trespassing near some large grain silos in Rockford. The incident occurred on Aug. 5. The officers were off duty and in street clothes when they were caught on […]

Woman Dies in Crash Near Bone

Woman Dies in Crash Near Bone

(BONE, ID) – A woman died in a car accident in rural Bingham County Sunday afternoon. Investigators say 35-year-old Jorlei Lewis was headed southbound on Bone Road in her SUV when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road. Lewis lost control of her vehicle and overturned. She was pronounced dead at the scene. […]

IFPD Investigating Theft on City Property

IFPD Investigating Theft on City Property

(IDAHO FALLS, ID)  –  Nine stainless steel drums were stolen from a gated lot near the Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation maintenance building on Rollandet. The Idaho Falls Police Department believe the drums were stolen sometime on August 1.  The IFPD is investigating the crime. The drums are valued at $46,000. There are no suspects at […]

Russian Ban on Ag Imports to Affect Idaho Farmers

Russian Ban on Ag Imports to Affect Idaho Farmers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Russia is the 14th largest export market for Idaho agriculture. But the recent Russian ban on food and ag imports from the West shouldn’t have much of an impact on Idaho farmers. That’s because about 90 percent of Idaho’s exports to Russia are live animals, mainly beef cattle and dairy heifers, […]

Progress Made on Idaho’s Biggest Fire

Progress Made on Idaho’s Biggest Fire

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Firefighters continue to make progress in battling Idaho’s largest wildfire. The Big Cougar fire burning on the Idaho side of the Snake River across from Oregon and Washington is now 40 percent contained. The fire has burned about 101 square miles. Firefighters are shifting their efforts to slow the fire’s spread […]

Carmike 7 Theater in Chubbuck Closes

Carmike 7 Theater in Chubbuck Closes

(CHUBBUCK, ID) – The Carmike 7 movie theater in Chubbuck is closed to make room for new restaurants. Officials say some former Carmike 7 employees will be moved to the Pine Ridge Ten theater nearby. The old theater will be torn down later this month, and had a real estate price tag of $1.2 million […]

Historic Church Being Renovated

Historic Church Being Renovated

(POCATELLO, ID) – One of Pocatello’s oldest churches is getting a facelift. The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church on 5th Avenue has been around for nearly a century, and is already in the National Register of Historic Places. KPVI reports that the church, which serves about 150 southeast Idaho families, is getting a new roof, sound […]

New Miss Shoshone-Bannock Crowned

New Miss Shoshone-Bannock Crowned

(FORT HALL, ID) – Tadrochelle “Sister” Murray is now the 51st Miss Sho–Ban. Murray was crowned during the annual Shoshone-Bannock Days in Fort Hall last week. Also honored was Taylor Thomas, the outgoing queen and current Miss Indian World, who received a Congressional Record from U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson. Murray also received a $1,000 scholarship.

Taxes Could Go Up for Idaho Falls Homes

Taxes Could Go Up for Idaho Falls Homes

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Property taxes could be going up in Idaho Falls. Local News 8 reports that the City Council is looking into ways to balance the budget and meet infrastructure needs. Officials are considering a 1.5 percent tax levy on all taxable properties around the community. They say that would amount to about […]

High Speed Chase Ends in Bannock County

High Speed Chase Ends in Bannock County

(POCATELLO, ID) – A man was hospitalized following a high-speed chase in Pocatello Saturday morning. The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office says the chase involved a stolen vehicle. The suspect, whose name has not been released, led authorities from multiple agencies on a chase that ended near the U.S. Highway 30 turnoff along I-15. Police were […]

Climber Hurt on Grand Teton

Climber Hurt on Grand Teton

  (JACKSON, WY) – A Minnesota man was seriously hurt while climbing the Grand Teton solo on Friday morning. Investigators say Steve Markusen of Minneapolis, fell about 100 feet down near the Friction Pitch at about 13,300 feet. Markusen was rescued by several other climbers, which included four Boston firefighters who rendered First Aid. Park […]

Fire Damages Idaho Falls Apartment Building

Fire Damages Idaho Falls Apartment Building

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – A fire caused extensive damage to an Idaho Falls apartment complex Sunday night. The fire started at the Parkwood Pointe complex on the 1900-block of Parkwood just after 7 p.m. Everyone in the building was evacuated, and three people lost their home.  Those displaced are staying with family members until a […]

Rexburg Forms Task Force to Address Flooding Concerns

Rexburg Forms Task Force to Address Flooding Concerns

(REXBURG, ID)  – After facing the wrath of homeowners affected by last month’s flash flood, the city of Rexburg has formed a task force to address infrastructure issues. A July 15 storm overwhelmed the city’s drainage system causing significant damage to several homes and buildings. KIFI reports that the task force is made up of Mayor […]

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