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COVID-19 UPDATES: 417 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 417 new COVID-19 cases and 3 new deaths over the weekend. 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 449,682. There are a total of 352,142 confirmed cases and 97,540 probable cases in all 44 of the [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho Falls man arrested for trafficking methamphetamine

BONNEVILLE COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - Bonneville County Special Investigations Unit detectives served a search warrant Monday afternoon at a residence in the 1100 E. block of 1st St. as part of an ongoing investigation.  As deputies arrived, they located 43-year-old Jason L. Gneiting and detained him.  During a search of the residence, deputies seized approximately 15 pounds of methamphetamine and various items of drug paraphernalia.   Gneiting was then transported to [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Former Idaho Falls mayor passes away

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - The City of Idaho Falls announced Monday afternoon the passing of former Mayor Jared Fuhriman. The city said Fuhriman passed away on Sunday. Fuhriman was mayor from 2006 to 2013. "The City of Idaho Falls sends its condolences to Mayor Fuhriman's family," the city said in a tweet. "Mayor Fuhriman served our community to the best of his ability and had a way of making [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Reports increasing for stomach-related illnesses in Wyoming

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI) - The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) said reports of stomach-related illnesses known overall as viral gastroenteritis have been recently increasing in Wyoming. Recent upticks have been reported from the northern part of the state, including Sheridan and Park counties, as well as in southern Wyoming’s Laramie County. “We are specifically seeing increased reports in school and restaurant settings,” WDH surveillance epidemiologist Matt Peterson said. Peterson said [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Better Business Bureau warns against moving scams

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – As people are packing up and moving out, scams are creeping in. The Better Business Bureau of Idaho warns movers about potential traps they could fall into when hiring a moving company. Since May is National Moving Month, the BBB especially wants to highlight unethical business practices and provide the best tips for a smooth move. In 2021, the BBB recorded nearly 1,100 complaints against [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho gas prices on the rise

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Average gasoline prices in Idaho have risen 10.8 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.60/g Monday, according to GasBuddy's survey of 802 stations in Idaho. Prices in Idaho are 20.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.43/g higher than a year ago. The price of diesel has risen 22.6 cents nationally in the past week and stands at $5.518 per [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

US releases environmental study for new Idaho test reactor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have released an environmental study for a proposed nuclear test reactor to be built in eastern Idaho that backers say is needed to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants. The U.S. Department of Energy earlier this month released the environmental impact statement for the Versatile Test Reactor that would be the first new test reactor built [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho Community Foundation grants $140K in east and southeast Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - The Idaho Community Foundation is awarding grants totaling more than $140,000 for east and southeast Idaho’s educational efforts and for landscaping, beautification and public recreation in the region. The education grants are from the Idaho Future Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation and total $98,000. Recipients are: Challis Public Library (Custer) – $10,000 to offer an afterschool Skills Lab program 2-3 days a week for grades [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Yellowstone reminds boaters, anglers to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (KIFI) - Yellowstone National Park announced boating and fishing season will begin Saturday, May 28, and emphasizes clean, drain and dry to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and protect park waters. Boaters and anglers must clean, drain and dry all boats and equipment prior to arriving in the park to minimize the risk of introducing AIS into Yellowstone’s waters. Watercraft equipped with sealed internal ballast tanks are banned from [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

AAA: 39.2 million Americans to travel for Memorial Day weekend

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – Expensive fuel and pricey plane tickets won’t discourage another big increase in Memorial Day travel this year. According to new projections by AAA, more than 39 million Americans (or nearly 12% of the U.S. population), including 224,000 Idahoans, will take a trip over the holiday weekend – an 8% increase from a year ago. This year’s Memorial Day travel volume is three million more people than [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Caribou County magistrate judge appointed

CARIBOU COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - On Friday, the Sixth District Magistrates Commission convened and appointed David W. Cousin to serve as a Caribou County magistrate judge. Cousin will succeed the Honorable David R. Kress, who will leave the bench June 30, 2022. Cousin received his bachelor’s degree from Adams State and his law degree from University of Utah College of Law. Since 2016, he has been a Bingham County Deputy [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Grizzly sow and yearling euthanized in Island Park after becoming food-conditioned

ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) - On Saturday, Idaho Fish and Game in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service euthanized a sow grizzly and a yearling male after they had become food-conditioned and increasingly sought out human food sources. The sow and yearling began frequenting residential neighborhoods where they became habituated to human food sources after receiving multiple food rewards from porches, unsecured garbage cans and vehicles. The sow [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

South Fremont Junior High sixth grade teacher prepares to go to a NASA summer experience

ST. ANTHONY, Idaho (KIFI) - Rebecca Porter is in her first year of teaching at South Fremont Junior High in St. Anthony. The science teacher recently saw a post on Facebook which has lead her to apply for a special experience to visit the NASA campus in Houston, Texas. "I'm a part of, like, a bunch of middle school science teacher forums. And somebody had just posted, Hey, I got [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Jefferson County Lake fills thanks to sub-water in the area

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - Jefferson County Lake is not even half full as of Friday, but according to Mickey Eames, the Park and Recreation director for Jefferson County, the county doesn't actually fill the lake. It fills through a different method. "It feels on its own. It comes from the bottom up. It's sub water and by the end of June, first part of July, we're told you were [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

During the spring wildlife baby boom, young animals are better off left alone

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Spring is here, and so is the peak of baby wildlife season. People are bound to see young wildlife when they venture outdoors during the spring and early summer, and there is a pretty good chance that they will see a baby animal that appears to be alone, with mom nowhere in sight. While a well-intentioned human’s first instinct might be to rescue these cute, [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Soldier Mountain to open mountain bike park May 28

FAIRFIELD, Idaho (KIFI) - The mountain bike park at Soldier Mountain will open for the season May 28. However, the lifts will not turn this summer except for a few special events, so riders must pedal under their own power uphill. Mountain biking will not be allowed during those special events, which include a 3D archery shoot June 11-12 and two disc golf tournaments, the details for which are forthcoming. Besides the [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

Car crashes into car lot overnight

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Just after midnight a couple crashed their car into the Auto Image Auto Sales car lot at the intersection of E Lincoln Rd and Bennett Ave in Idaho Falls. Debris was scattered throughout the car lot, a sign was knocked down and at least one of the company's used cars was damaged. Idaho Falls Police and Idaho Falls Fire Department quickly arrived at the scene [...]

By |May 23rd, 2022|Regional News|

7th annual Giddy Up Staci Shryock Memorial Ride raises funds for ISU nursing students

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - The 7th annual Giddy Up Staci Shryock Memorial Ride kicked off on Saturday in Pocatello.  The group rode from the Gate City up into Idaho Falls and circled their way through Blackfoot.  The event honors the life of the late Staci Shryock, who was hit head on while riding a motorcycle seven years ago.  At the time of her death, Shryock had just become a registered nurse. In her honor, the [...]

By |May 22nd, 2022|Regional News|

Reed’s Waffles & Ice Cream opens in Pocatello

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - There's a new place to satisfy your sweet tooth in Pocatello. Reed's Waffles and Ice Cream officially opened their doors for business on Saturday. The ice cream shop is located at 1301 South Fifth Avenue, directly across from Idaho State University. The shop offers sixteen flavors of the family’s famous ice cream, with any of those combinations available with a waffle. It's an old tradition with a new home. "We're really excited to [...]

By |May 22nd, 2022|Regional News|

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