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Casper to accept applications for city council

Casper to accept applications for city councilIDAHO FALLS — Mayor Rebecca Casper is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy on the Idaho Falls City Council. A council seat became open last week after Councilman Dee Whittier died March 1 at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center due to complications from a heart attack sustained on Feb. 23. Idaho Code stipulates that […]

Bond Levy Election Day

Bond Levy Election Day(Political Columnist Mark Richardson) Homeowners in school districts across the state will vote today to determine whether levies and bonds totaling $398.2 million are both reasonable and necessary. Local school districts are seeking a total of seven bond issues and 38 levies in hopes of building new schools and supplementing operational costs. Supplement levies and […]

I.F. man arrested for drugs

I.F. man arrested for drugsIDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Police Department arrested 35‐year‐old Jason L. Foster for felony possession of marijuana Friday. Police reports show officers responded with the Idaho Falls Fire Marshal’s Office around 1:30 p.m. to a garage explosion in the 1400 block of East 16th Street. While assisting the fire marshal, officers found Foster in […]

Fired sheriff’s employee to get day in court

Fired sheriff’s employee to get day in court(Courtesy Rexburg Standard Journal) REXBURG — A former Madison County Sheriff’s deputy will get his day in court. Travis Williams, who was fired in July 2012 from his job with the sheriff’s office, filed a federal lawsuit against Madison County and that suit is now moving forward. Judge Edward Lodge ruled recently that a trial […]

Attorney General reaches settlement with Rexburg physician

Attorney General reaches settlement with Rexburg physicianBOISE – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has reached a settlement with a Rexburg physician investigated for joining other doctors in refusing to provide on-call services in the emergency department of an eastern Idaho hospital. The settlement announced today with Dr. Kevin Lee is similar to agreements reached in December with four other doctors, who, like […]

Pocatello street department to take core sampling

Pocatello street department to take core samplingPOCATELLO — The City of Pocatello Street Operations Department will be doing core sampling at the intersection of Hawthorne Road and Quinn Road Monday. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until approximately 1 p.m. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic in the area. Motorists should expect delays. City officials are strongly […]

Teacher Pay Plan Introduced

Teacher Pay Plan IntroducedBoise — The House Education Committee unanimously approved a $215 million plan to boost teacher pay over the next five years. Under the plan, rookie teacher pay would bump up from $31,750 a year to $32,200 a year. Teachers would have to meet certain benchmarks in order to receive the higher pay. By 2020, new […]

Jefferson schools hold meetings for language immersion program

Jefferson schools hold meetings for language immersion programRIGBY — Jefferson Joint School District 251 will hold two meetings this month for parents interested in enrolling incoming kindergarten students into the World Language Immersion Program at South Fork and Jefferson elementary schools. In order to obtain an application for the program parents must attend one of the two meetings. The first meeting will […]

Annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life conference at ISU

Annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life conference at ISU(Courtesy Idaho State University) POCATELLO – Idaho State University will host its 11th annual Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference Thursday and Friday in the Pond Student Union Building. “ISU’s Gender and Sexuality Conference provides an important opportunity to hear and learn from a wide range of disciplines and fields regarding how gender and […]

$5,000 reward offered in unsolved homicide case

$5,000 reward offered in unsolved homicide casePOCATELLO — The Pocatello Police Department is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of Eugene Lorene Red Elk. Eugene Lorene Red Elk of Pocatello was killed June 14, 2009 during the evening hours in the Duffy’s Tavern parking lot located at […]

President of Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry apologizes for profane email

President of Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry apologizes for profane email(Courtesy Idaho Reports) BOISE — The president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry has apologized, but will retain his position, after a profanity-laced internal e-mail leaked to members of the Idaho Senate. The January 13 e-mail from Alex LaBeau addressed Sen. Jeff Siddoway’s remarks on not lowering taxes until the Legislature raises starting […]

Grammy winner Joe Lovano coming to BYU-Idaho Jazz Festival

Grammy winner Joe Lovano coming to BYU-Idaho Jazz FestivalREXBURG — Grammy-winning sax player Joe Lovano will headline the winter jazz festival at Brigham Young University-Idaho next week. The festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 14 in the Hart Auditorium. Backing up Lovano will be the BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance jazz ensemble under the direction of Mark Watkins. Lovano is known for his […]

I.F. city councilman dies of heart complications

I.F. city councilman dies of heart complicationsIDAHO FALLS — Idaho Falls City Councilman Dee Whittier died Sunday night due to complications from a heart attack several days earlier. The councilman was 57. City officials said Whittier suffered a heart attack last week and underwent quadruple bypass surgery. The Post Register reports that “he remained in critical condition at Eastern Idaho Regional […]

Broadband: Some districts switch and save, others stay put

Broadband: Some districts switch and save, others stay put(Courtesy Idaho Education News) BOISE — Some school districts are signing new, short-term contracts with broadband providers — at big savings. Other districts are sticking with the team that provided broadband under the failed Idaho Education Network contract. Then there’s the remote South Lemhi School District. The Central Idaho district is taking its negotiations down […]

I.F. woman arrested for aggravated DUI

I.F. woman arrested for aggravated DUIIDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Police Department arrested 50‐year‐old Nancy L. Juell for aggravated driving under the influence Saturday. The Idaho Falls woman was involved in a crash at North Holmes and Northgate Mile Saturday afternoon. Police reports show officers responded to the injury accident at around 2:30 p.m. During their accident investigation, Juell […]

I.F. woman arrested for grand theft at Walmart

I.F. woman arrested for grand theft at WalmartIDAHO FALLS — Tawnya N. Kidd of Idaho Falls was arrested Thursday night for grand theft after she attempted to steal more than $1,400 worth of merchandise from Walmart. The Idaho Falls Police Department report the 28-year-old woman left the Walmart at 500 S. Utah Ave., with 167 items valued at at $1,430. She was […]

ISU School of Nursing ranked top in West

ISU School of Nursing ranked top in West(Courtesy Idaho State University) POCATELLO – NurseJournal.org, a global media website for nurses and health care professionals, has ranked Idaho State University’s School of Nursing fifth out of 442 nursing schools in the West. ISU scored 101.32 points out of the maximum 130. NurseJournal.org used 20 metrics to measure schools in five categories: quality, affordability, […]

I.F. Road Construction at Hitt and Sunnyside

I.F. Road Construction at Hitt and SunnysideIDAHO FALLS — DePatco Inc. will begin construction on 25th East/Hitt Road Monday at the intersection of Sunnyside Road and Hitt Road. During construction the contractor will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction when necessary, according to a city news release. Construction activities will be performed during non-peak traffic hours, Additionally, Idaho Falls […]

I.F. appoints new city clerk

I.F. appoints new city clerkIDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls City Council appointed a new city clerk Thursday. Kathy Hampton, the city’s deputy clerk, will replace City Clerk Rosemarie Anderson effective April 5, according to a city news release. Anderson announced her retirement earlier this year. She has worked for the city of Idaho Falls in various capacities for […]

ISU lending forensic expertise to solve 36-year-old murder

ISU lending forensic expertise to solve 36-year-old murder(Courtesy Idaho State University) POCATELLO – Searching for a human skull from a 36-year-old cold case is an unusual and grisly endeavor for a group of 10 Idaho State University faculty, staff and students, but a valuable one. If successful, the group will assist with the positive identification of human remains in the Civil Defense […]

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