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Ybarra visits Highland High School

https://youtube.com/watch?v=QcT-Klv2NMM&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%3Deducation%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra made a stop at Highland High School in Pocatello Tuesday afternoon.  Ybarra took a tour of the school. She sat in on civic classes and gave students stress balls after coming back to the classroom from the Thanksgiving holiday.  The visit was a part of her plan to see what idaho high schools are teaching in their classrooms statewide. "I had a great opportunity to meet with a member of my student [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Steamboat eruptions slow down

https://youtube.com/watch?v=4pc_rQke2eY&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%3Dwyoming%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (KIFI) - Eruptions of Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park are down this year compared to the last two years. Last year, there had been 46 eruptions by the end of November. This year, there have only been 19. The Yellowstone Volcano Observatory told Jackson Hole Radio this sort of thing was expected.  Steamboat is considered the world's tallest active geyser and can shoot water [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Coats ready to hang on Wall of Warmth

Dusty BeeCoats donated for the Wall of Warmth, which begins Dec. 1. IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Volunteers from Hall Foundation and Valorie's List are on a mission to keep Idahoans warm this winter. They're getting ready to hang thousand of coats for this year's Wall of Warmth. The coats are for anyone who needs a coat for the winter. Organizers say if you need a coat, take one. They [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Yellowstone area grizzly bears at record number

https://youtube.com/watch?v=JD3Bp2cP92g&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%3Danimals%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI) - The latest numbers from Wyoming Game and Fish show the number of grizzly bears living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has reached a record population. There is an estimated population of more than 1,060 bears. Last year, there were more than 720 bears estimated to live in the region. Officials say the increase in numbers is likely due to new and better monitoring methods. But as [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 636 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 8 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 636 new COVID-19 cases and 8 new deaths Tuesday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 306,845. There are a total of 243,357 confirmed cases and 63,488 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in Idaho, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. See the chart below. The state [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Hazmat team investigates suspicious device at Thunder Ridge

AMMON, Idaho (KIFI) - Bonneville School District 93 reports a suspicious looking device was found in a student's backpack at Thunder Ridge High School Tuesday afternoon. The district said out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to have a hazmat team examine the device. After a brief investigation, it was found the device was harmless, and students at the school were never in danger. "We wish to [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

School bus with no children on board involved in crash

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho State Police are investigating a two vehicle non injury crash on N 45th W and Broadway near Idaho Falls Tuesday around 7:00 a.m. According to police, a 64-year- old male from Shelley was traveling north on N 45th W in a 2013 Chevrolet Impala, and a 63-year-old female was driving a school bus westbound on W Broadway St. when the impala turned west and [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Busy Wyoming airport serving parks to close for runway work

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s busiest airport will close for more than two months next year during a $42 million runway reconstruction project. Jackson Hole Airport in the southern end of Grand Teton is the only major U.S. commercial airport surrounded by a national park. The airport brings visitors to Grand Teton and Yellowstone and the area’s ski resorts. The airport will close in mid-April for 78 days, from the [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

After 15 years of giving, the YMCA is continuing its annual tree lot

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - The national tree shortage for this time of year has hit hard. Many of the local stores have limited variety on hand with not much knowledge of when or if they will get more artificial trees this season. It might be time to try your hand at a real tree this year. For the past 15 years, the Idaho Falls chapter of the non profit [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Winter operations at Craters of the Moon

ARCO, Idaho (KIFI) – Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve has closed the Robert Limbert Visitor Center and bookstore. However, the Loop Road and trails (excluding the Caves Area and all caves) are open 24-hours per day and accessible by biking, hiking, snowshoeing or skiing only. If you are visiting the park during this time, expect snow, ice and winter conditions. No snow clearing will take place along [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Wilson Boat Ramp seasonal closure begins Dec. 1

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI) - The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department says Winter Wildlife closures take effect Wednesday for Parcel 13 (Wilson Boat Ramp) to all motorized travel. Staff will be putting up barricades and signage to notify the public. The closure goes through March 15. The post Wilson Boat Ramp seasonal closure begins Dec. 1 appeared first on Local News 8.

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Wyoming State Board of Education adopts rules on school schedules, moves accountability rules forward

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KIFI) – The Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE) voted to adopt the proposed Chapter 22 Rules governing School Schedules at its regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 19. The board’s approval came after a 45-day public comment period on the rules and will now go to Governor Mark Gordon for review. If signed by the governor, K-12 schools will operate under a new definition of pupil-teacher contact time. [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Gov. Gordon criticizes Biden Administration’s oil and gas leasing review

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KIFI) – Governor Mark Gordon has responded forcefully to Friday’s release of the Department of the Interior’s report on federal oil and gas leasing and permitting. The Governor said this "unnecessary" review was used as an excuse for the Biden Administration’s illegal moratorium on oil and gas leasing on Federal lands. The Governor’s full statement follows: The Biden Administration’s long-awaited review, released quietly the day after Thanksgiving, lacks merit and is a frontal [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Nonresident licenses and tags for 2022 go on sale Dec. 1

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Nonresident hunting, fishing and combination licenses for 2022 will go on sale at midnight MST, Dec. 1, 2021. Nonresident deer and elk tags will go on sale starting at 10 a.m. MST on Dec. 1.  Licenses and tags can be bought online at GoOutdoorsIdaho.com, or by phone at 1-800-554-8685, at a license vendor location, or Fish and Game regional offices during normal business hours. The number of available tags [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho braces for expected arrival of omicron variant

https://youtube.com/watch?v=B2Jgk_UEP18&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%3Dcoronavirus%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho health officials are bracing for the expected appearance of the omicron variant, saying the state is well-positioned to detect its arrival but a poor vaccination rate among residents is problematic. Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen and other officials at a news conference Tuesday said there isn’t enough known about the omicron variant yet to understand possible ramifications when it reaches the [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 press conference set Tuesday

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) will hold a media briefing about COVID-19 in Idaho at 2:30 p.m. (MT) Tuesday. You can watch it below. Those who will attend the briefing from DHW include Director Dave Jeppesen, Dr. Christine Hahn, state epidemiologist; Dr. Christopher Ball, chief of the Idaho Bureau of Laboratories; and Sarah Leeds, manager of the Idaho Immunization Program. The post COVID-19 press [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Ammon man arrested for aggravated battery

AMMON, Idaho (KIFI) - Bonneville County Sheriffs deputies assigned to the Ammon Division responded to a disturbance overnight in the 1000 S. block of Curlew Dr. involving an adult male resident and three juveniles.  The resident, 46 year old Devin W. Miner, called dispatch and advised three subjects were armed and breaking into the residence.  Dispatch could hear Miner yelling at the subjects, telling them, “Don’t move or I will [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

Why Dollar Tree is ditching $1 forever

By Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business Dollar Tree is throwing away those green “Everything’s $1” signs at stores, ditching the brand identity it created and stuck to devotedly for 35 years. The chain said last week that it will permanently raise prices by 25% on the majority of its products. Dollar Tree has already made the change at some stores and will roll out the new prices to all of its [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

High speed pursuit injures officer

https://youtube.com/watch?v=lhJ4QatYTv4&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%3Dcrime-tracker%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D FORT HALL, Idaho (KIFI) - A police officer is recovering after being hurt in a high-speed chase. The suspect was driving northbound on Highway 91 from Bannock County toward the Fort Hall Reservation around 4 p.m. Monday. Officers waited just north of the Fort Hall Monument. One officer was in their vehicle parked several feet off the roadway when the suspect veered off and hit them. The suspect [...]

By |November 30th, 2021|Regional News|

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