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Idaho State Police release 2021 crime report

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho State Police completed a 2021 Crime in Idaho Report, primarily detailing statistics collected from police agencies. According to ISP statistics, there is a murder someplace in Idaho every 9.4 days, a rape every 12 hours and an aggravated assault every 2.9 hours. Drug offenses occur every 39.4 minutes and pornography offenses every 1.3 days. There is a crime against persons every 29.5 minutes, a crime against property [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

U.S.S. Idaho to be christened with Idaho water

https://youtube.com/watch?v=bkCbLPYS6qM&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%3Didaho%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - Construction continues on the future U.S.S. Idaho.  A new state of the art nuclear submarine that it being built in Connecticut. ABC's Steve Dent reports when it comes time to christen it will be something unique in the video above. The post U.S.S. Idaho to be christened with Idaho water appeared first on Local News 8.

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Operation Dry Water: Stay safe while boating over holiday weekend

MOOSE, Wyo. (KIFI) — Grand Teton National Park will participate in Operation Dry Water, a nationwide awareness effort to promote boating safety, this weekend, July 2-4. All visitors are reminded to operate boats safely and with regard to others. As part of Operation Dry Water, rangers will provide heightened awareness and enforcement on all park waters. Rangers will also conduct vessel safety inspections. These inspections are meant to ensure boaters have [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 1,116 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 1,116 new COVID-19 cases and 8 new deaths Friday. State-level case and hospital data are now being updated on the state dashboard on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, excluding holidays. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 464,094. There are a total of 362,041 confirmed cases and 102,053 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

National Guard activated to assist with flooding after Lingle Canal Breach

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KIFI) – Governor Mark Gordon has mobilized the Wyoming National Guard and multiple state agencies to provide assistance to the residents of Lingle and Goshen County in response to flooding that is occurring as a result of a breach in the Interstate Canal north of Lingle.  "I want to thank our state agencies for their quick response to this concerning situation and I praise them for their hard work [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

AP source: Rudy Gobert traded by Jazz to Timberwolves

Rudy Gobert has been traded by the Utah Jazz to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a massive package of players and draft picks, a person with knowledge of the blockbuster deal said. Utah is getting four first-round picks between 2023 and 2029, along with Patrick Beverley, Malik Beasley and a first-round pick this year in Walker Kessler, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Celebrate with a plan and be responsible, drive sober this holiday weekend

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - As Idahoans hit the road this weekend to celebrate Independence Day, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office will be joining law enforcement agencies across Idaho to keep roads free from impaired driving. Now through July 9, dedicated patrols looking for drivers under the influence of drugs and alcohol will working high traffic and event areas.   The primary goal of these patrols will be to prevent the tragedies previously seen [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Recreation program address access on north end of forest

SALMON, Idaho (KIFI) — With the 4th of July holiday and many stakeholders planning forest visits over the long weekend, the Recreation Program has issued access updates for popular destinations on the northern end of the Salmon-Challis.  Meadow Lake Campground, a popular destination on the Leadore Ranger District, is not accessible due to snow on the campground road and in campsites. Crews anticipate opening gates to the campground the afternoon of July 5. [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

ITD now taking comments for all upcoming projects

EAST IDAHO (KIFI) - The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is asking for input on the just-released draft Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP).  The 2023-2029 ITIP is a seven-year master plan of the state’s transportation improvement projects. Projects can range from large-scale interstate improvements to smaller projects like the installation of a new guardrail. In all, the draft ITIP includes projects in all 44 counties and all modes of transportation. Projects [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Take extra care with pets this Fourth of July as fireworks can scare animals

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - The City of Pocatello Animal Services Department is reminding citizens to take extra care with their pets during the Fourth of July holiday. July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. The loud noises and bright lights from fireworks displays can scare pets, which can make them run away. Pets can be found miles from their homes, confused, disoriented, exhausted, and often times injured. Protect [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Final amended consent judgments against Idaho Power Company available for public review

POWER COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is publishing notice the final amended consent judgments against Idaho Power Company (Idaho Power) have been entered by the courts. The complaints were filed on April 7, 2022, in Ada, Gooding, Jerome, Owyhee, Power, Twin Falls and Valley counties for violations of the Clean Water Act at 15 hydroelectric projects located on the Snake River or its tributaries. [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Little declares July 2 Idaho Wildland Firefighter Day

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – Governor Brad Little has proclaimed July 2 as Idaho Wildland Firefighter Day. The proclamation recognizes the highly dangerous work Idaho wildland firefighters accomplish in the protection of 6.3 million acres of private, state and federal land. Last year Idaho’s wildland firefighters fought 413 wildfires on 142 thousand acres, holding 88% of the fires to 10 acres or less. These men and women spend weeks living and [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Sandy Fire estimated at 99 acres as Incident Management Team arrives

BONDURANT, Wyo. (KIFI) — The Sandy Fire is burning on the Big Piney Ranger District of the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The fire was reported at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday June 28 and is 99 acres.  A Type 3 incident management team has arrived and will assume command Saturday. A Type 3 incident management team is mobilized to provide command and control and assist the Forest by managing the fire suppression operations. The [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho’s 2021 wages average $23.05 per hour

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho’s 2021 average wage for all occupations was $23.05 per hour, according to recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program. The release includes 2021 data on employment and wages by occupation for the state, seven Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and two rural county regions. The $23.05 average hourly wage rate was an increase of $0.55 over [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Post-Roe, states struggle with conflicting abortion bans

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In Arizona, Republicans are fighting among themselves over whether a 121-year-old anti-abortion law from the pre-statehood Wild West days, when Arizona was still a frontier mining territory, should be enforced over a 2022 version. In Idaho, meanwhile, it is not clear whether a pair of laws from the early 1970s making it a felony to “knowingly aid” in an abortion or to publish information about how [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Judge won’t dismiss parent lawsuit in Gabby Petito slaying

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit in which the parents of Gabby Petito claim that Brian Laundrie told his parents he had killed her before he returned home alone from their western trip. The decision Thursday by Sarasota County Circuit Judge Hunter Carroll means the lawsuit can proceed against Christopher and Robert Laundrie. Petito’s parents, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt, contend the Laundries [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

41st annual Teton Valley Balloon Rally takes flight

DRIGGS, Idaho (KIFI) - The annual Teton Valley Balloon Rally is ready to take off into the sky for this holiday weekend. Lightning forced day 1 of the festivities to be cancelled, but organizers are hoping July 2 - July 4 will have better weather conditions. The festivities start every morning right after sunrise around 6 a.m. At that time, all 24 participants will launch their hot air balloons into [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

Cheney presses primary foe on Trump’s false election claim

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. Capitol insurrection dominated Thursday's debate in Wyoming among U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and her four Republican primary challengers, with Cheney pressing her Donald Trump-backed opponent on whether she agreed with the former president's claim that widespread fraud cost him reelection. That opponent, Harriet Hageman, said there were “serious concerns” about the 2020 election, but stopped short of repeating Trump's false claim that drove thousands [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

1 killed in boating accident

LEMHI COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - The Lemhi County Sheriff's Office reports an 80-year-old Salmon man died in a boating accident Thursday. According to police, a 911 call at 2:15 p.m. reported a boat had flipped on the Salmon River about a mile south of the tower rock boat ramp and an 80-year-old was in the water. The Lemhi County Sheriff's Office, Salmon Search and Rescue and Salmon EMTs responded to [...]

By |July 1st, 2022|Regional News|

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