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Idaho’s Suicide Prevention Hotline Expands Hours

Idaho’s Suicide Prevention Hotline Expands HoursTWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – Idaho’s suicide prevention hotline is offering help around the clock for the first time to those who are in danger of ending their lives. The Times-News reports that the Boise phone center is now taking calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline launched in 2012, but […]

UI to Demolish Vacant Fraternity House on Campus

UI to Demolish Vacant Fraternity House on CampusMOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – The University of Idaho has purchased a vacant fraternity house on campus and the building will be demolished to make way for use by a new student organization. The Lewiston Tribune reports the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity moved out of the house in 2007. Though a few student organizations temporarily used […]

Powered Parachutist Spotting Deer Fined in Idaho

Powered Parachutist Spotting Deer Fined in Idaho  MUD LAKE, Idaho (AP) – Three southeastern Idaho men have been banned from hunting for a year after one of them used a powered parachute to spot deer and radio back information to two others on the ground. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a news release Monday says parachute flyer Braxton […]

Northern Idaho County Seeks Federal Payments

Northern Idaho County Seeks Federal PaymentsSANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) – Bonner County commissioners in northern Idaho want Congress to approve a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can’t tax. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that commissioners joined the National Association of Counties in asking that lawmakers approve the program known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes, […]

Anti-Wolf Ad Campaign Launches

Anti-Wolf Ad Campaign LaunchesMOSCOW, Idaho (AP) – A billboard campaign in Washington state aims to reignite a debate that splits the Pacific Northwest: Do wolves belong? The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the four billboards near the Idaho border by Washington Residents Against Wolves calls for the state to decrease the wolf population. The group says wolves kill livestock, […]

Man Found Dead after Standoff in N. Idaho

Man Found Dead after Standoff in N. IdahoCOEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) – Coeur d’Alene police say a fugitive who barricaded himself in his ex-wife’s home for hours has been found dead in the house. Police say 37-year-old John David Crispin was found Sunday morning after an hours-long standoff with police. Police did not immediately say how Crispin died. The incident began Saturday […]

Blaze Destroys Former Kraft Plant in Pocatello

Blaze Destroys Former Kraft Plant in PocatelloPOCATELLO, Idaho (AP) – A weekend fire has destroyed the former Kraft plant in Pocatello. The Idaho State Journal says no one was hurt in the blaze, but the decades-old building was a total loss. A passing motorist reported smoke just after 6 p.m. Saturday. The building was the original site for Kraft Cheese in […]

Spike in Speeding Tickets on I-84 after Speed Hike

Spike in Speeding Tickets on I-84 after Speed HikeJEROME, Idaho (AP) – Idaho State Police say troopers have issued more speeding tickets since the speed limit increased to 80 mph along stretches of Interstate 84. Spokeswoman Teresa Baker says state police wrote 2,066 speeding tickets on I-84 between July 24 and Nov. 13. That’s up nearly 20 percent from the same period in […]

Idaho Sockeye Salmon Success Could be Blueprint

Idaho Sockeye Salmon Success Could be BlueprintBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Fisheries biologists say strategies used to bring back from the brink of extinction a population of central Idaho sockeye salmon have been so successful they could be used as a blueprint to prevent other extinctions. Thomas Flagg of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Paul Kline of the Idaho Department […]

Man Sues after Daughter Cut from Basketball Team

Man Sues after Daughter Cut from Basketball TeamSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah man is suing his daughter’s school district because the girl didn’t make the basketball team. Rick Westmoreland says in a filed lawsuit last week that his daughter wasn’t passed over for the Bonneville High School team because she was a bad player, but because she’s a ninth-grader at […]

Officer in Police Shooting Didn’t Turn on Body Cam

Officer in Police Shooting Didn’t Turn on Body CamSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Authorities say an officer who fatally shot a man in South Jordan over the weekend was testing out a body camera but didn’t have it turned on at the time of the shooting. South Jordan police say 26-year-old Ty Worthington was killed Sunday during a confrontation in a horse corral. […]

Utah to Scrap Parts of Immigration Law Under Deal

Utah to Scrap Parts of Immigration Law Under DealSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah has agreed to scrap three key provisions in its immigration enforcement law and put limits on another in a settlement reached with the ACLU. The ACLU announced the deal Tuesday. Both sides agreed to accept the stipulations of a split ruling on the law that a federal judge made […]

Yellowstone Extends Comment Period on Fee Proposal

Yellowstone Extends Comment Period on Fee ProposalYELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) – The National Park Service is giving the public more time to comment on proposed changes to Yellowstone National Park entrance and permit fees. The new deadline for public comment is midnight Dec. 20. It was originally set for Dec. 5. In addition, the agency is allowing individuals to submit […]

Postmaster Sentenced for Stealing Gift Card

Postmaster Sentenced for Stealing Gift CardIDAHO CITY, Idaho (AP) – The former postmaster for Idaho City who stole a gift card from the mail has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, two years of probation and fined $1,000. The Idaho Statesman reports that 55-year-old Teresa Belau received the sentence Monday in 4th District Court. Judge Roger E. Cockerille suspended […]

Police: Idaho Boy on Joyride Crashes into Church

Police: Idaho Boy on Joyride Crashes into ChurchIDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) – A 12-year-old southeastern Idaho boy police say took a sport utility vehicle without the owner’s consent and crashed might have ended up in a spot with improved chances of forgiveness. Police say the boy avoided injury after losing control of the 2000 GMC Yukon and crashing through the outer wall […]

Idaho Man Gets Life in Prison for Kidnapping, Rape

Idaho Man Gets Life in Prison for Kidnapping, RapeCOEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) – A northern Idaho man who kidnapped, beat and raped a 13-year-old girl has been sentenced to life in prison. Thirty-two-year-old Michael David Nixon of Coeur d’Alene received the sentence in 1st District Court and must serve 20 years before becoming eligible for parole. Nixon was convicted of kidnapping and rape […]

Prosecutor: Double Homicide a Contract Killing

Prosecutor: Double Homicide a Contract KillingBOISE, Idaho (AP) – A Pennsylvania man has been ordered held without bail after an Idaho prosecutor said he came to the state and carried out a contract killing that left two men dead. The Idaho Statesman reports that 44-year-old John C. Douglas of Reading was arraigned Tuesday in 4th District Court in Boise, Idaho. […]

Idaho Prison Director Announces Resignation

Idaho Prison Director Announces ResignationBOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho Department of Correction Director Brent Reinke is stepping down from his post after leading the department since 2007. His tenure included overseeing the fallout of a private-prison scandal, handling the first two executions since 1994 and enhancing the department’s contract oversight. Reinke submitted his resignation Tuesday during a special Idaho […]

Snowboarders to Appeal Ruling Upholding Alta Ban

Snowboarders to Appeal Ruling Upholding Alta BanSALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Four snowboarders challenging one of the last U.S. ski resorts to prohibit their sport are appealing a recent ruling from a federal judge that upheld the ban. Attorneys for the snowboarders filed a notice Friday of their intent to challenge the ruling with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals […]

Ferguson Protest in Downtown Salt Lake City

Ferguson Protest in Downtown Salt Lake CitySALT LAKE CITY (AP) – About 35 protesters withstood near-freezing temperatures in Salt Lake City on Monday night to condemn police killings across the U.S. and a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to charge a white officer in the killing of a black teenager. Attendees at the peaceful protest outside a downtown federal office building […]

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