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Heroin Use Up in Eastern Idaho

Heroin Use Up in Eastern Idaho

(POCATELLO, ID) – Heroin use is on the rise in eastern Idaho. Pocatello Police tell KIDK that the drug is now more affordable and available than harder drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine. Just last week, two men were stopped along I-15 and were caught with heroin and other drug paraphernalia. Experts say heroin is a […]

Idaho Barley Crops Ruined

Idaho Barley Crops Ruined

(NEWDALE, ID) – What hope was left for salvaging this year’s barley crop is now gone for most eastern Idaho grain growers. Local News 8 reports that this has been the wettest August for the region in 40 years. As much as 60 percent of the malt barley crop has sprouted. Much of that will […]

Idaho Dairy Org Tells Farmers Not to Give Tours

Idaho Dairy Org Tells Farmers Not to Give Tours

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – An Idaho dairy industry group has sent a letter to all its members urging them to deny media requests for tours and on-farm interviews. The letter from the United Dairymen of Idaho was sent anonymously to the Associated Press late last week. In it, co-chairs Tom Dorsey and Tony Vanderhulst advise […]

Union Pacific Train Derails in Blackfoot

Union Pacific Train Derails in Blackfoot

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – A train derailed in Blackfoot Tuesday morning. Authorities say the northbound Union Pacific train came off its tracks near Broadway and U.S. Highway 91 at around 11:15 a.m. About eight empty freight cars had to be hoisted back into place by a crane. Crews from Union Pacific and the city of Blackfoot […]

Teacher Charged with DUI Suspended

Teacher Charged with DUI Suspended

(POCATELLO, ID) – A Pocatello teacher has been suspended indefinitely for a controversial DUI arrest last May. Amy Smith was charged with a felony for the crash, which injured a crossing guard at Edahow Elementary School. Smith had multiple previous DUI convictions, but her attorney maintains that the latest incident was the result of prescription […]

Superintendent Shackett Gets District 93 Ready for School Year

Superintendent Shackett Gets District 93 Ready for School Year

  (AMMON, ID)  – It was kind of like a pep rally for district employees. Bonneville School District 93 held its annual district opening meeting Tuesday morning. Superintendent Dr. Charles Shackett spoke to a full capacity Performing Arts Center at Hillcrest High School about where the district was succeeding as well as some concerns for […]

Montana Student Missing in Idaho

Montana Student Missing in Idaho

(HORSESHOE BEND, ID) – A 21-year-old University of Montana student has been missing in central Idaho for a week. Lucius Robbi of Orleans, California worked for the summer at an Idaho rafting company. He is driving a green, 1997 Subaru Legacy with one or two kayaks mounted on top. Robbi was supposed to attend orientation […]

Wyoming Nets $200K in Lottery Tickets Opening Day

Wyoming Nets $200K in Lottery Tickets Opening Day

(JACKSON, WY) – The new Wyoming Lottery netted nearly $200,000 in ticket sales on its opening day. Wyoming officially allowed Powerball and Mega Millions beginning August 24, becoming the 44th state to enter the multi-state lottery system.  Natrona County led the state with more than $36,000 in sales. That was closely followed by Sweetwater with more than $24,000, and Laramie […]

Idaho Ranks 48th in Women’s Equality

Idaho Ranks 48th in Women’s Equality

(POCATELLO, ID) – Idaho is ranked 48th in the nation for women’s equality, according to a new report from WalletHub. Financial experts pointed to factors like average wages, the frequency of female executives, and the number of female lawmakers to form their rankings. Neighboring Utah and Wyoming were ranked 49th and 50th respectively. Nevada was ranked […]

East Idaho Sees Tourism Boost

East Idaho Sees Tourism Boost

(REXBURG, ID) – The number of tourists visiting eastern Idaho has gone up this year. Donna Benfield of the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce says tourism has gone up 10 percent compared to last year. Local News 8 reports that the boost is due in large part to the region’s proximity to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Other attractions like Yellowstone […]

Rexburg Man Missing

Rexburg Man Missing

(REXBURG, ID) – A 76-year-old Rexburg man has been missing since last Friday. Donald Gilder was last seen Friday morning after leaving the Yellowstone Dialysis Center in Rexburg. He is driving a gray, 2002 GMC Envoy with Madison County plates. He is known to frequent the Rexburg Nature Park. Gilder is white, approximately 6’2″ and 250 pounds. Those with information about his whereabouts can […]

Crapo Investigating Veterans Affairs

Crapo Investigating Veterans Affairs

(WASHINGTON, DC) – U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is investigating the treatment of veterans seeking medical care in Idaho. Crapo is looking at the quality of treatment Idahoans receive from the Veterans Administration. Authorities say Crapo has surveyed more than 700 families receiving veteran-focused benefits through federal agencies. Crapo hopes the results of the survey can help lawmakers better serve both current […]

Man Arrested for Attempted Strangulation

Man Arrested for Attempted Strangulation

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – An Idaho Falls man was arrested Saturday night following a domestic disturbance.  Police say 45-year-old Michael Sparks was charged with felony attempted strangulation and domestic battery. Officers responded to the scene on the 200-block of Third Street at around 10:30 p.m. Sparks is accused of punching a 37-year-old woman and attempting […]

Idaho to Distribute Predator Deterrent Money

Idaho to Distribute Predator Deterrent Money

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) – Idaho officials say they are finalizing the details of a program that will distribute up to $50,000 to reimburse livestock producers for money spent on nonlethal ways to deter predators. Dustin Miller of the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation says the application criteria for the federal money will be announced […]

Idaho Students to Take New Test this School Year

Idaho Students to Take New Test this School Year

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho students have already been exposed to the state’s latest education measures, but this school year they will be asked to take a standardized test aligned with the Idaho Common Core for which the results will be collected and made public. Students, parents and educators got a taste of the Smarter […]

Hotel on the Falls in Receivership

Hotel on the Falls in Receivership

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – The iconic Hotel on the Falls is under new management. Officials announced on Friday that the 60-year-old Idaho Falls hotel had been placed in receivership as a result of unspecified financial problems. The nearby West Bank Lounge was also closed on Wednesday. Property owner Dane Watkins is currently looking for new […]

Bonneville Sheriff’s Divers Help Pull Weeds

Bonneville Sheriff’s Divers Help Pull Weeds

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) – An eastern Idaho law enforcement dive team has been recruited to help unclog irrigation systems. Officials with the Bonneville County Weed Control say they have asked the county sheriff’s divers and Idaho Falls Power Co. to pull invasive weeds found in a lake that feeds canal water to farmers. The […]

EISF Expanding Handicapped Parking

EISF Expanding Handicapped Parking

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – Eastern Idaho State Fair executives are working to improve parking this year. Manager Brandon Bird tells KIDK that renovations on Ash Road were recently completed, and that handicapped spots have been added near gate entrances. The fair will continue to provide shuttle services free of charge for those parking several blocks away. This year’s […]

Bengals Attempt World Record Again

Bengals Attempt World Record Again

(POCATELLO, ID) – Idaho State University students attempted to break the world record for the longest slip-n-slide on Saturday. Local News 8 reports that participants covered more than 146,000 feet in just under an hour. That shattered rival Boise State University’s record of only 103,000 feet over the same time frame. Organizers say they’ll find […]

Teen Girl Eyes Quarterback Position

Teen Girl Eyes Quarterback Position

(POCATELLO, ID) – A Century High School freshman is hoping to break records as her school’s first female quarterback. Sarah Moloney tells the Idaho State Journal that she tried out for the freshman football team at the behest of her older brothers, who were also high school athletes. Coach Dave Spillet says he’s been impressed with 14-year-old Moloney’s work both on […]

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