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Group Fighting to Keep Mail Center Open

Group Fighting to Keep Mail Center OpenPocatello, Idaho — The mail distribution center in Pocatello is scheduled to be partially shut down next year, but one group won’t let that happen without a fight. A ‘day of action’ is planned for next Friday at the Flandro Drive post office to rally support for keeping it open. In a statement, the USPS says […]

Police Investigating Health Clinic Burglary

Police Investigating Health Clinic BurglaryAmmon, Idaho — The Bonneville County Sheriff’s office is looking for suspects after a burglary at an Ammon health clinic resulted in $11,000 worth of losses. Pearl Health Clinic was broken into Wednesday. Computers, tablets, and cash were among the items reported missing. At this point it is not clear if any personal medical information was […]

Teen Arrested for Arson

Teen Arrested for ArsonPocatello, Idaho — A house fire on North Arthur in Pocatello is being treated as arson and police have a suspect in custody. A 17 year old boy has been charged in the case. His name is not being released because of his age. No injuries were reported. The investigation continues.

National Guard Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash

National Guard Soldiers Killed in Helicopter CrashBOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho National Guard says the two crew members are dead after their Army National Guard helicopter crashed last night in Boise. Col. Tim Marsano confirmed the deaths but did not release any details on the two pilots. He says the pilots were on a training mission when the Apache combat […]

National Forest Pot Grower Convicted on 5 Charges

National Forest Pot Grower Convicted on 5 ChargesBOISE, Idaho (AP) – A Mexican man has been convicted of growing 7,000 marijuana plants in two locations on the Boise National Forest. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boise says a federal jury on Tuesday convicted 28-year-old Juan Pablo Villasenor of two counts of manufacturing more than 1,000 marijuana plants. The jury also convicted Villasenor […]

Statewide Initiative Fails in Idaho Election

Statewide Initiative Fails in Idaho ElectionBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho voters rejected the only statewide initiative, and perhaps the most complicated ballot issue, in Tuesday’s election. The constitutional amendment would have allowed lawmakers to reject rules created by executive branch agencies. The amendment failed by a slim margin, collecting 50.3 percent opposing votes, despite it being unanimously supported by Idaho […]

Plan Calls for Increased Public Transportation

Plan Calls for Increased Public Transportation  Pocatello, Idaho — The Bannock Transportation Planning Organization has plans to make Pocatello more connected. The plan would call for more public transit options that would connect different parts of town with buses and make the city more pedestrian friendly. No plans have been formally adopted and public comment is still welcomed.

Bond to Replace 1885 Courthouse Fails

Bond to Replace 1885 Courthouse FailsPARIS, Idaho (AP) – Voters in southeast Idaho have rejected a $3 million bond to replace a courthouse built in 1885. The Idaho State Journal reports that the bond to build a new courthouse in Bear Lake County received about 58 percent of the vote Tuesday, short of the super-majority of 66 percent needed. Bear […]

Educators Disapprove of Ybarra’s Election

Educators Disapprove of Ybarra’s Election  Pocatello, Idaho — The Pocatello Education Association is expressing its displeasure with the election of Sherri Ybarra as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. PEA President Tom Vanderen tells Local News 8 that local educators do not feel she is qualified for the position and are concerned about her plans once she is in office. […]

Melaleuca Rewards 150 Employees with $1.6 Million in Loyalty Bonuses

Melaleuca Rewards 150 Employees with $1.6 Million in Loyalty BonusesIDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Nov. 5, 2014 – Celebrating your anniversary with Melaleuca is extremely rewarding. At least, that’s what 150 Melaleuca employees have to say now that their wallets are heavier. They received $1,677,734.26 million in longevity bonuses at Tuesday’s annual employee meeting for having passed landmark anniversaries with the company.   Melaleuca’s loyalty […]

Ybarra Narrowly Defeats Jones for Schools Chief

Ybarra Narrowly Defeats Jones for Schools ChiefBoise, Idaho — In a race that wasn’t decided until the early morning hours on Wednesday, Republican Sherri Ybarra won the race state superintendent of public instruction. Ybarra defeated Democrat Jana Jones by only 5,715 votes.          

District 93 Supplemental Levy Passes

District 93 Supplemental Levy PassesIdaho Falls, Idaho — A $3 million supplemental levy for Bonneville School District 93 passed with 63 percent of the voters giving their approval. The money will be used to continue normal operations. Patrons are already paying for this levy, so taxes will not go up.

INL Director Steps Down

INL Director Steps DownIdaho Falls, Idaho — Idaho National Laboratory Director John Grossnebacher is stepping down after a more than a decade on the job. Ron Townsend, Chair of Battelle Energy Alliance’s Board of Managers made the announcement Tuesday. Townsend praised Grossenbacher for his “strong leadership and vision” as the head man at the site.  Grossenbacher led the BEA […]

Car Wedges Under Tractor-Trailer in E. Idaho

Car Wedges Under Tractor-Trailer in E. IdahoPOCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – Idaho State Police say an 18-year-old man driving a small car at freeway speed on Interstate 15 in southeastern Idaho fell asleep and drifted into the undercarriage of a tractor-trailer traveling in the same direction. Police say the 2003 Dodge Neon driven by Dakota Mason of Pocatello became stuck under the […]

Republican Crane Wins 5th Term as Idaho Treasurer

Republican Crane Wins 5th Term as Idaho TreasurerBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Republican Ron Crane has won a fifth term as Idaho treasurer, defeating Democratic challenger and political newcomer Deborah Silver. Typically, the state treasurer’s race is a quiet one. Unlike other low-profile statewide positions like controller and secretary of state, the treasurer doesn’t sit on the Land Board which manages 2.5 million […]

Denney to Succeed Ysursa as Secretary of State

Denney to Succeed Ysursa as Secretary of StateBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Republican Lawerence Denney will replace outgoing Ben Ysursa as Idaho’s secretary of state. Denney defeated House freshman and Democratic challenger Holli Woodings in Tuesday’s general election. The position oversees Idaho’s election process and business registrations. The secretary of state also serves on the five-member Idaho Land Board, which oversees 2.5 million […]

Idaho’s US Rep. Mike Simpson Wins Re-Election

Idaho’s US Rep. Mike Simpson Wins Re-ElectionBOISE, Idaho (AP) – US Rep. Mike Simpson will go on to serve a ninth term in Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District after defeating former Democratic challenger Richard Stallings. Tuesday’s election is the second time the two opponents have faced off for the same congressional seat. Stallings held the seat from 1985 to 1993. However, he […]

Idaho’s US Rep. Raul Labrador Wins Re-Election

Idaho’s US Rep. Raul Labrador Wins Re-ElectionBOISE, Idaho (AP) – US Rep. Raul Labrador has secured a victory in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District against Democratic challenger Shirley Ringo. This will be Labrador’s third term in office. While he unsuccessfully made an attempt to win the House Majority Leader back in May, Labrador has held onto his reputation as being a tea […]

Idaho Republican US Sen. Jim Risch Wins 2nd Term

Idaho Republican US Sen. Jim Risch Wins 2nd TermBOISE, Idaho (AP) – U.S. Sen. Jim Risch has been elected to represent Idaho for a second term the same night Republicans claimed the Senate majority for the first time in eight years. Risch, an attorney and longtime state senator who briefly served as Idaho governor before he was first elected to Congress in 2008, […]

Republican Idaho Gov. Otter Wins Rare 3rd Term

Republican Idaho Gov. Otter Wins Rare 3rd TermBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has won a rare third term leading the state. Otter, a long-time politician who served in both the state legislature and Congress before he first won the governor’s post in 2006, faced a difficult race against his Democrat challenger, Boise businessman A.J. Balukoff. Another challenger, Libertarian […]

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