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Housing Director: No Drug Tests for Welfare

Housing Director: No Drug Tests for Welfare(POCATELLO, ID) – The executive director of the Pocatello Housing Authority wants to help more people find affordable housing. Sunny Shaw tells Local News 8 that she’s been busy finding subsidized housing for those who need it, with families finding new homes almost every other day. Shaw says it’s unfair and discriminatory to require those […]

Idaho Man Charged After Woman Suffers Face Bites

Idaho Man Charged After Woman Suffers Face BitesCALDWELL, Idaho (AP) – A southwest Idaho man police say bit a woman’s face multiple times has been charged with aggravated battery. Caldwell police arrested 23-year-old Jose Jamie Ruiz of Caldwell at about 3 p.m. on Friday after responding to a disturbance. Police say Ruiz said the woman attacked him and his only means of […]

Photographers: Rut, Obstacles Caused Moose Death

Photographers: Rut, Obstacles Caused Moose DeathJACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Wildlife photographers say they aren’t to blame for the death of a moose at a campground in Grand Teton National Park last week. The cow moose was put down by park rangers on Sept. 24 after it jumped over a picnic table, landed in a fire grate and broke its leg. […]

Bad Weather Prompts Disaster Declaration

Bad Weather Prompts Disaster Declaration(POCATELLO, ID) – Eight Idaho counties have qualified for disaster relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Federal authorities determined that damaging rain and hail between July 25 and Sept. 1 was significant enough to warrant assistance for farmers and ranchers who qualify. Bingham Bonneville, Clark, Jefferson, and Power counties were specifically named, as were […]

Firing Range Opening in Idaho Falls

Firing Range Opening in Idaho Falls(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – A new indoor gun range is coming to Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls. Local News 8 reports that Guns N’ Gear Sports has about a dozen open positions ranging from sales clerks to firearm instructors. Owner Ryan Later says he’s excited to offer eastern Idahoans a more convenient opportunity to […]

School District Cuts Hours Amid Insurance Cost Concerns

School District Cuts Hours Amid Insurance Cost ConcernsTWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – A south-central Idaho school district has cut hours for more than 150 workers to avoid having to provide health insurance mandated under the Affordable Care Act. The Times-News reports in a story on Wednesday that the Twin Falls School District made the move after administrators concluded maintaining work hours would […]

Idaho Supreme Court Rules Bujak Broke Ethics Rules

Idaho Supreme Court Rules Bujak Broke Ethics RulesBOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that Libertarian gubernatorial candidate and former Canyon County prosecutor John Bujak violated four of the Idaho State Bar’s ethics rules between 2004 and 2011. The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the court ordered that Bujak’s law license be suspended for one year, but because he already […]

Rexburg Discusses Overnight Parking

Rexburg Discusses Overnight Parking(REXBURG, ID) – The Rexburg city council reviewed the town’s overnight parking rules during a meeting Wednesday. KIDK reports that the city will close overnight parking in a small area near South 2nd West and West 7th South for pedestrian safety. The rest of the residential areas near BYU-Idaho will remain open to overnight parking […]

Wyoming Landslide Stabilization to Begin in 2015

Wyoming Landslide Stabilization to Begin in 2015JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) – Work will begin next spring on a project to permanently stabilize a slow-moving landslide that has been affecting a Wyoming neighborhood. Jackson town officials say they don’t have enough time this fall to get going on the project before cold weather arrives. The landslide prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes […]

Aberdeen Expands Harvest Break Due to Rain

Aberdeen Expands Harvest Break Due to Rain(ABERDEEN, ID) – The Aberdeen School District is expanding the harvest break. Heavy rains put many potato and beet farmers behind schedule, forcing administrators to extend the break by three days. Bingham County farmers are largely dependent on the help of teenagers and teachers to get their crops out of the ground, sorted, and stored. […]

Smithsonian Exhibit at Natural History Museum

Smithsonian Exhibit at Natural History Museum(POCATELLO, ID) – A Smithsonian exhibit has arrived in the Gate City. It showcases unique aspects of Asian and Pacific American history and its relation to the Gem State. Officials with the Idaho Museum of Natural History say it will only be open for another eight weeks, and covers everything from Japanese internment camps to […]

Underground Lot Demolished

Underground Lot Demolished(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – The underground parking lot at the Bank of Commerce in Idaho Falls is being demolished. The city condemned the lot because water had deteriorated the steel beams supporting the structure. A crane fell through the lot’s upper level in May, damaging a vehicle below. KIDK reports that the bank will fill […]

Smith Gets Jail for Probation Violation

Smith Gets Jail for Probation Violation(POCATELLO, ID) – An attorney from a firm representing an embattled Pocatello teacher says her client was jailed for violating her probation. Amy Smith, who was arrested for driving under the influence in May, admitted Tuesday that she was also driving without privileges. The latter violation put her in jail for 30 days. KPVI reports […]

Local Muslim Leaders Condemn ISIS

Local Muslim Leaders Condemn ISIS(POCATELLO, ID) – Prominent Muslims in Pocatello are vocally condemning radical Islam. ISU professor Daniel Hummel tells Local News 8 that violent extremism is not unique to ISIS and Al Qaeda, and that people of all faiths need to stand up against radicalism in their own religious communities. Philanthropist Naeem Rahim went a step further […]

Fort Hall Standoff Costly

Fort Hall Standoff Costly(FORT HALL, ID) – An 18-hour standoff on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation last month came at a heavy cost. Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen tells the Idaho State Journal that the incident cost his department between $15,000 and $20,000. Pocatello Police spent about $3,500. Several law enforcement agencies were called in to assist tribal […]

$100,000 Reward for Arrest of AK-47 Bandit

$100,000 Reward for Arrest of AK-47 Bandit(REXBURG, ID) – The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the AK-47 bandit. The suspect robbed East Idaho Credit Union in Rexburg on November 7, 2012. He’s also accused of robbing at least four other banks in California, Washington, and Nebraska, as well […]

Pocatello Teacher Jailed for DUI

Pocatello Teacher Jailed for DUI(POCATELLO, ID) – Pocatello teacher Amy Smith has been ordered to serve 30 days in jail on a charge of aggravated driving under the influence. KPVI reports that Smith admitted to driving under the influence of prescription drugs when she wasn’t supposed to. At least four drugs were in her system when she struck a […]

Former Sen. Craig Ordered to Pay for Misused Funds

Former Sen. Craig Ordered to Pay for Misused FundsBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig has been ordered to pay nearly $242,000 to the U.S. Treasury for improperly using campaign funds to cover legal expenses after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Tuesday that Craig illegally converted campaign money for personal […]

Sen. Risch Visits Idaho Falls

Sen. Risch Visits Idaho Falls(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch was in Idaho Falls Tuesday. He spoke during a question and answer session hosted by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce. Risch tells KIDK that one of the biggest international issues facing the country is Islamic terrorism. He called ISIS a “danger to America” that will […]

Yellowstone Construction Ending Weeks Away

Yellowstone Construction Ending Weeks Away(POCATELLO, ID) – Construction on Yellowstone Avenue in Pocatello is still weeks away from completion. The project, which should’ve ended several weeks ago, has been plagued by weather delays. Contractors tell Local News 8 that they’ve been understaffed and can only work at night, making it difficult to meet deadlines. The company is being fined […]

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