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Omicron sub-lineage BA.2 identified in Idaho; public health stresses importance of reducing the spread of COVID-19

ADA COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and Central District Health (CDH) are announcing the first confirmed infection with the BA.2 sub-variant of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in Ada County. “The identification of the first infection with this sub-variant of Omicron is a reminder that the virus that causes COVID-19 will continue to mutate as long as it is being transmitted, and is a [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|Regional News|

Crapo welcomes 3 interns for Spring 2022 term

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KIFI) - Three interns have joined U.S. Senator Mike Crapo’s (R-Idaho) Washington, D.C., and Boise offices for the spring 2022 term. “Internships in my Washington, D.C., and Boise offices provide young individuals interested in public service an opportunity to witness firsthand the federal legislative process,” Crapo said. “This group of interns brings a fresh perspective to the federal legislative process, and I look forward to their work and successes.” [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho taxpayers can claim some 2021 charitable contributions without itemizing

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) — Idaho taxpayers can deduct some 2021 charitable contributions on their income taxes even if they use the standard deduction and don’t itemize. They can claim cash contributions to qualifying organizations of up to $600 if they’re married filing jointly and $300 if they’re single or married filing separately. In 2020, the deduction was also available but only up to $300. Congress created this temporary law because of [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|Regional News|

Fugitive wanted in Washington, Idaho arrested in Montana

SUPERIOR, Mont. (AP) — A fugitive wanted after a series of burglaries and vehicle thefts in Washington and Idaho has been arrested in western Montana. Mineral County Sheriff Mike Toth says 30-year-old Jesse Spitzer was arrested Friday morning near the town of Haugan. Spitzer had eluded officers in Snohomish and Chelan counties in Washington and in Post Falls, Idaho, before being confronted by officers in Kellogg, Idaho, on Thursday night. [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|Regional News|

Ririe car wash damaged by fire

https://youtube.com/watch?v=VcWTLfS8isI&feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1&embed_config=%7B%22disableRelatedVideos%22%3Atrue%2C%22adsConfig%22%3A%7B%22adTagParameters%22%3A%7B%22iu%22%3A%22%2F6123%2Fkifi%22%2C%22cust_params%22%3A%22category%3Dnews%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D RIRIE, Idaho (KIFI) - An attic fire damaged a car wash in Ririe Friday morning. Central Fire District Fire Chief Carl Anderson says flames could be seen coming from the roof at Ririe Car Wash and Storage when they were called at about 9 a.m. The car wash happens to be next to the fire station. Once the volunteer firemen arrived, they were able to get on it [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|Regional News|

DEQ issues Air Quality Advisory for Pocatello and Chubbuck

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - An Air Quality Advisory has been issued for Pocatello and Chubbuck. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality reports a high-pressure system aloft has degraded air quality. Open burning is currently prohibited. The high pressure aloft is expected to remain over the area until Sunday, January 30 at which time the weather is expected to change with an increase in winds scouring out the pollutants over the area. You [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|Regional News|

Montana weighs wolf hunt limits; 23 from Yellowstone killed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife commissioners are considering if gray wolf hunting and trapping should continue in areas bordering Yellowstone National Park after 23 of the animals roamed from the park and were killed over the past several months. Park officials have urged the state to suspend hunting in some areas along the park’s border to avoid long-term harm to Yellowstone's renowned wolf packs. State commissioners meet Friday to [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|Regional News|

ISU College of Business sales program receives second scholarship endowment

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - The Idaho State University College of Business’s Sales Certificate Program has received its second endowment scholarship, this time from the Bailey Financial Group of Northwestern Mutual in Boise, Idaho. The Northwestern Mutual Sales Scholarship Endowment is a $25,000 gift that will benefit any business student pursuing the Professional Selling Certificate offered by the College of Business. “Northwestern Mutual – Boise, Idaho is both excited and honored [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho wildlife officials expand river otter trapping

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho wildlife officials have approved expanding trapping for river otters despite widespread opposition. The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted 6-1 on Thursday to approve the plan that lifts trapping restrictions on the mainstem of the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River, mainstem of the Snake River and mainstem of the main Salmon River. It also lifts restrictions on portions of the North Fork of the [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|Regional News|

ISU graduate writes book on data privacy

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Your data, how it’s used, and who has access to it have been hot topics in recent years. Now, an Idaho State University Alumna is tackling the issue in a new book. Recently, Dr. Claire McKay Bowen published her first book, “Protecting Your Privacy in a Data-Driven World.” Throughout its pages, Bowen explains the need to balance access to personal and confidential data by policymakers and data privacy concerns [...]

By |January 28th, 2022|Regional News|

Record $600M Idaho tax cut heads to full Senate

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation containing Idaho’s largest-ever tax cut is continuing its apparent unstoppable trip through the Legislature. The measure on Thursday cleared a Senate panel and headed to the full Senate. The record $600 million cut includes a one-time $350 million in rebates and $250 million in permanent income tax reductions going forward for people and businesses. The measure has already cleared the House, and Republican Gov. Brad [...]

By |January 27th, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho Supreme Court upholds new legislative district map

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the state’s new map redrawing Idaho’s 35 legislative districts, finding that four separate lawsuits against the Idaho Commission for Reapportionment failed to show that the way the map split some counties was unreasonable. The unanimous ruling written by Justice John Stegner was released Thursday afternoon. The bipartisan Idaho Commission for Reapportionment is tasked every 10 years with redrawing voting districts [...]

By |January 27th, 2022|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 3,777 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 3,777 new COVID-19 cases and 8 new deaths Thursday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 372,442. The state reports data for the most recent 2-week period are incomplete. Due to the recent surge in cases, approximately 42,070 outstanding positive laboratory results are pending local public health district review and follow-up. There are a total of [...]

By |January 27th, 2022|Regional News|

2021 Madison County Deputy of the Year: Maki Fujimoto

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) - The winner of 2021's Madison County Deputy of the Year is Maki Fujimoto. He is a correction officer working with the jail and was just promoted to a staff sergeant recently for his good work. Fujimoto was born and raised in Rexburg. When he was playing basketball one day with his friends, they encouraged him to join them with the Madison County Sheriff's Department. Since his [...]

By |January 27th, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho wolf population holding steady, wildlife officials say

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho wildlife managers say the state's wolf population remained steady last year at about 1,500. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game made its wolf population estimate public on Thursday during an Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting. Officials say the estimate represents wolf numbers during August and is based in part on information from hundreds of trail cameras. Idaho lawmakers last year approved a law [...]

By |January 27th, 2022|Regional News|

Judge: Wyoming governor may pick superintendent amid lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge is allowing Wyoming's governor to appoint a state superintendent of public instruction amid a lawsuit over how the three finalists for the job were chosen. Gov. Mark Gordon plans to name the successor to State Superintendent Jillian Balow on Thursday after the ruling earlier in the day. Wyoming U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl wrote that those questioning how the Wyoming Republican Party chose the [...]

By |January 27th, 2022|Regional News|

4 injured in apartment explosion

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - The Idaho Falls Fire Department is on scene of an explosion on the 500 block of Fanning Ave. Officials say a report of an explosion in an apartment complex occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. Four people were injured, two of which have been transported to the hospital. The other two that were injured are being treated on scene. All occupants have been evacuated. The Law [...]

By |January 27th, 2022|Regional News|

House panel introduces bill banning youth conversion therapy

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House panel has introduced legislation that would bar licensed therapists and counselors from offering so-called conversion therapy to minors. Conversion therapy is the scientifically discredited practice of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. On Thursday, Democratic Rep. John McCrostie of Garden City proposed legislation that would restrict licensed providers from giving conversion therapy to people under age 18. The bill wouldn't [...]

By |January 27th, 2022|Regional News|

Stage Stop Sled Dog race begins Friday

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI) - The Pedigree® Stage Stop Race, now in its 27th year, will commence its 2022 event starting on Town Square in downtown Jackson, Wyoming Friday night. The 2022 Stage Stop Race is primed for stiff competition this year. With a total combined payout of $165,000, the Pedigree Stage Race offers the largest purse in the lower 48 and draws top teams from the United States and Canada. [...]

By |January 27th, 2022|Regional News|

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