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Teacher pay talks play out behind the scenes

Teacher pay talks play out behind the scenes(Courtesy Idaho Education News) BOISE — With educators becoming anxious, top lawmakers said Wednesday that legislation to boost teacher pay is imminent. House Education Committee Chairman Reed DeMordaunt, R-Eagle, said lawmakers and education groups continue to go through negotiations and “mathematical exercises” to flesh out a plan that can enjoy widespread support. But as of […]

I.F. tech high school offers College Tech Night

I.F. tech high school offers College Tech NightIDAHO FALLS — The Technical Careers High School will host its annual College Tech Night tonight. Bonneville Joint School District 93’s tech school has invited representatives from professional-technical departments at all area colleges to attend. About 20 different programs will be highlighted from Eastern Idaho Technical College, Idaho State University’s College of Technology and Brigham […]

UPDATE: Idaho Falls woman injured by train

UPDATE: Idaho Falls woman injured by trainIDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls woman suffered a foot injury after crawling under and being struck by a train Wednesday night. The Idaho Falls Police Department reports the 18-year-old female was skateboarding home near East Anderson and North Holmes at 10:40 p.m. when she came upon a train blocking an intersection. Police spokeswoman Joelyn […]

ISU to hold health fair, offer free health screenings

ISU to hold health fair, offer free health screeningsPOCATELLO — Idaho State University will hold its 34th annual Health Fair next month. The event is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19 and 20 at the Pond Student Union Parking lot in Pocatello. This year’s fair includes more than 70 informational learning centers, blood draws and comprehensive health screenings services. The […]

Foster Care Awareness Fair in Idaho Falls

Foster Care Awareness Fair in Idaho FallsIDAHO FALLS — A Foster Care Awareness Fair will be held at the Idaho Falls Public Library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The event was organized by a group of Brigham Young University-Idaho students in cooperation with national non-profit organizations Home Matters, Together We Rise and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. […]

Fort Hall man pleads guilty to theft from tribe

Fort Hall man pleads guilty to theft from tribePOCATELLO — A Fort Hall man plead guilty to theft from a tribal organization in U.S. District Court Tuesday. Demetrius Anthony Gomez, 28, had previously been indicted by a federal grand jury on May, 28 2014. A district court news release shows the theft occurred April 2, 2014, at the Sage Hill Travel Center, a […]

Rexburg man pleads guilty to investment fraud scheme

Rexburg man pleads guilty to investment fraud schemePOCATELLO — A Rexburg man admitted to defrauding and stealing some $9 million from investors in U.S. District Court Tuesday. Michael Justin Hoopes, 41, plead guilty to wire fraud and engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity, according to a district court news release. In his plea agreement, Hoopes admitted that […]

Construction to slow traffic on I-15 near Pocatello

Construction to slow traffic on I-15 near PocatelloPOCATELLO — Northbound traffic on I-15 between Portneuf Area Exit 63 and 5th Street Exit 67 will be slowed starting Wednesday as traffic is diverted to a southbound lane. The city of Pocatello is reminding motorists that Interstate traffic will now be two-way. This change is necessary to allow for construction of the South Valley […]

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 […]

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