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COVID-19 UPDATES: 1,480 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 26 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 1,480 new COVID-19 cases and 26 new deaths Friday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 284,278. There are a total of 226,343 confirmed cases and 57,935 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 |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

How to be prepared for winter outside of your home

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - As we are slowly getting into the winter season and as the National Weather Service is predicting lots of precipitation over the next five days, it is important to remind ourselves what we can do to stay safe. Check the weather. Be on the alert always with the up-to-date weather conditions that could easily close down certain roads and could possibly create dangerous driving hazards. [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

Search underway in Grand Teton for missing Texas man

MOOSE, Wyo. (KIFI) — Search operations are underway to find a missing 26-year-old Texas man. Jared Hembree was last seen in Grand Teton National Park on Thursday near Game Warden Point in Moran, Wyoming. Hembree is 5’9” tall and 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has been described as wearing a green t-shirt with black pants and is believed to be carrying a black backpack. Park law [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

Neighbors help keep home from burning down

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Neighbors stepped in to keep a home from burning down in Bonneville county before fire crews stepped in. The fire started in the backyard of a home on the 3000 block of Skyview Drive. No one was home at the time, but neighbors say a nearby lawnmower caught fire.  The fire also reached the side of the house and garage before making it to the second [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

Idahoans receive awards for volunteerism and philanthropy

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - More than 40 Idahoans will be honored with Idaho Philanthropy Day awards during community celebrations throughout the state in November. “Idaho’s volunteers provide enormous benefits to our people and communities across the state. It is important that we take the time to recognize those individuals who give so much back to our state by volunteering their time and talent to improve the lives of those [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

EXPLAINER: Where does Gabby Petito slaying probe go next?

By CURT ANDERSONAssociated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Now that the decomposed remains of Brian Laundrie have been found, where does the investigation into the strangling of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito, go from here? Petito, 22, was discovered slain last month on the edge of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, one of the places the young couple had visited during a cross-country van trip that ended with Laundrie [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

Booster vaccines for Moderna, J&J available for 65+ and others

BOISE, Idaho (News Release, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare) - The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare supports authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to administer booster doses of the of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Booster doses of those vaccines are available now for those individuals, in addition to booster doses [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

Man arrested for kidnapping his own children at gunpoint

Bonneville County JailMakena Bret Lagana, 27, was booked in jail Thursday. IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - A man who has a protection order against him showed up at a home and pointed a handgun at a woman then took his two children with him and left the home on Thursday afternoon. Bonneville County Sheriff's office says Makena Bret Lagana had a protection order barring him from contacting his children, their [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

Man arrested and accused of kidnapping his children at gunpoint

https://youtube.com/watch?v=S62uPVH0UYE&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 Bonneville County JailMakena Bret Lagana, 27, was booked in jail Thursday. IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - A man who had a protection order against him, showed up at a home and pointed a handgun at a woman then took his two children and left the home Thursday afternoon. Bonneville County Sheriff's office said Makena Bret Lagana had a protection order barring him from contacting his children, their mother, [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

Scouting for Food Community Food Drive 2021 to be held this month in Scout Mountain District

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) — The Scout Mountain District of the Grand Teton Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Just Serve are inviting local residents to participate the annual "Scouting for Food" community food drive the last two Saturdays in October to help fill local food banks to supply needs during the upcoming regular and the holiday seasons. “This is one of the the largest food drives of the [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

More COVID-19 boosters roll out to southeast Idaho

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a booster dose of the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines to be given to specific groups. For the Moderna vaccine, these groups include: 65 years and olderAge 18+ who live in long-term care settingsAge 18+ who have underlying medical conditionsAge 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings (e.g. health care workers, teachers, [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho State Board of Ed makes some college fees optional

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) — Students at state colleges and universities will be able to opt out of some fees under a plan approved by the Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday. The plan, developed by representatives from each institution, creates four fee categories: Student Enrollment, Engagement and Success; Institutional Operations, Services and Support; Student Health and Wellness; and Student Government. The fee categories will be adopted by the college [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

The timeline of Brian Laundrie’s disappearance still doesn’t jibe among authorities and his family’s lawyer

By Amir Vera, CNN Now that the remains of Brian Laundrie have been positively identified by authorities, there are still lingering questions as to why, how and even when he disappeared in the days after his fiancée, Gabby Petito, was reported missing. His parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, may be vital to unraveling the mysteries. But their recollections of key moments during these critical days — according to their family [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

School bus safety is a serious topic for Bonneville Deputy

https://youtube.com/watch?v=0Fpcrx49I48&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-falls%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - There are about 18 million school bus arm violations a year across the nation, according to the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office. That makes school bus safety week an even more important event, especially for Bonneville County Deputy Daniel Sperry, a school resource officer in Bonneville School District 93. "It's been pretty consistent, unfortunately," Sperry said. "You know, the start of the school year [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

New Wyoming COVID-19 hospital high amid low vaccination rate

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The coronavirus has hospitalized more people in Wyoming than at any point in the COVID-19 pandemic. Wyoming hospitals had 249 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, topping the previous high of 247 in November. The vast majority aren’t vaccinated. Unvaccinated people have accounted for 98% of all new cases in Wyoming since May 1. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Wyoming’s surge coincides with one of the lowest vaccination rates [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

CEI’s associate nursing program now fully accredited by ACEN

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) — The associate registered nursing (RN) program at College of Eastern Idaho (CEI) has been granted initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The effective date for initial accreditation of the associate RN program backdates to July 2, 2019. This means anyone who graduated from CEI’s RN program in December 2019 or later, may claim they graduated from a fully accredited nursing program. ACEN offered a note of thanks for [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

Simpson tells Treasury to abandon IRS monitoring proposal

Washington, D.C. (KIFI) – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined 201 of his House colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Treasury Secretary Yellen voicing serious concern over the proposal to mandate and expand financial data collection on the American public. "The Biden administration's latest proposal to require this level of monitoring and reporting by financial institutions is absolutely absurd," Congressman Simpson said. "This is clearly a violation of individual privacy, not [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

College of Business alumnus establishes scholarship endowment in memory of College Roommate

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) — College of Business alumnus Mike Hill and his wife Tamra Hill have established a new scholarship endowment in the Idaho State University College of Business. The Kerry P. Heintz Memorial Scholarship was established in the memory of Mike’s college friend, Kerry who passed away on January 30, 2021 at the age of 63. The scholarship will benefit juniors and seniors in the marketing program with preference [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

Summit Innovations receives $3,000 donation

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI) - Summit Innovations School (SIS) received a $3,000 donation from Teton Motors to support teachers and students through a larger Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) initiative called Subaru Loves Learning. Teaming up with philanthropic partner AdoptAClassroom.org, Summit Innovations School, and more than 600 schools across the country received funding to equip their classrooms with the resources necessary for students to learn and thrive in school. “Summit Innovations [...]

By |October 22nd, 2021|Regional News|

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