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299 new Idaho COVID-19 cases

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 299 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 172,587. There are a total of 139,871 confirmed cases and 32,716 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. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); The [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 107 new COVID-19 cases in the area

MGN Image SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE 4:40 p.m. Local health officials reported 107 new COVID-19 cases in the area Thursday. See the health district breakdown below. UPDATE 4:35 p.m. Eastern Idaho Public Health reported 89 new COVID-19 cases Thursday. There are 51 new cases in Bonneville, 1 in Custer, 5 in Fremont, 10 in Jefferson, 2 in Lemhi, 16 in Madison and 4 in Teton. There are a total [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho set to launch new COVID-19 vaccine appointment system

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Health officials in Idaho have announced a new centralized state system will allow residents this month to reserve coronavirus vaccine appointments. The Idaho Press reported Wednesday some residents frustrated with the current sign-up process have reached out to multiple providers and failed to cancel appointments. That's caused vaccine delays for others who are eligible under the state’s priority guidelines. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); The new [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 cases on the rise as Bonneville, Fremont, Jefferson move up to moderate risk category

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Health officials are urging us to remain alert even as more vaccines are rolling out. In a meeting Thursday morning, officials from Eastern Idaho Public Health, area hospitals and county commissioners talked about case rates and hospitalizations going up and gave numbers. For example, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center went from as few as six patients a couple weeks ago to 20 as recently as [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Former CFO of ETA Compute sentenced for wire fraud

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – A 61-year-old Ketchum man was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced Thursday. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also imposed a term of three years of supervised release to follow Timothy Semones’ prison sentence, a $5,000 fine and entered a restitution order for $3 million payable to the victim, ETA Compute. According to court records, Semones admitted [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Filer man sentenced to 3 years for possessing child pornography

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – A 31-year-old Filer man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 36 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced Thursday. U.S. Chief District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Scott Nice to serve 10 years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Nice pleaded guilty to the charge on March 6, 2020. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); According to [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

USDA announces new Regional Forester for Intermountain Region

OGDEN, Utah (KIFI) - USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen announced Thursday the appointment of Mary Farnsworth as Regional Forester for the agency’s Intermountain Region, located in Ogden, Utah. Farnsworth will oversee management of more than 32 million acres of national forests and grasslands, across six states with over 3,500 permanent and seasonal employees. “Mary’s ability to build effective and enduring partnerships will ensure the continued delivery of healthy, working [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, EPA sue phosphate mine company

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have each sued a phosphate mining company owned by Monsanto over toxic waste that experts believe has poisoned plants, water and animals in eastern Idaho. The government entities filed the lawsuits against P4 Production LLC over waste at the Ballard Mine site near Soda Springs earlier this week, along with a proposed clean-up agreement that could settle the [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Grand Teton boat permits move to online system, permit fee increases

MOOSE, Wyo. (KIFI) - Boaters to Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway will have the option to purchase their park boating permits online beginning Tuesday, April 6. The new online mail-order system will improve the visitor experience by allowing boaters to plan ahead and have their permit mailed directly to them within two weeks. The system allows for contactless ordering and will provide an [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Invasive mussels discovered in aquarium products

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s (ISDA) Invasive Species Program announced Thursday the detection of invasive zebra mussels in aquarium products sold in the state. The ISDA has found live, viable zebra mussels in Marimo moss balls which commonly are sold for use in aquariums. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); ISDA officials were first made aware of the issue Wednesday and agency personnel immediately responded with in-person inspections. ISDA’s [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Simpson cosponsors the Grizzly Bear State Management Act

Washington, D.C. (KIFI) – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson joined Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney in reintroducing H.R 1403, the Grizzly Bear State Management Act. This legislation would return management of the grizzly bear to each state by directing the Department of Interior to re-issue its delisting decision and prohibit further judicial review of this decision. “The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is one of the most well documented bear populations in the world [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho cow manure pollution bill approved by Senate panel

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Senate panel has approved legislation that's the product of more than 400,000 cows and some 50 million pounds a day of cow manure. The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee voted Thursday to send to the full Senate the bill requiring state officials to consider economic ramifications when imposing pollution regulations on farms and ranches, many of which produce cow manure. The bill is backed by the [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Labor Department Advises Idahoans to Watch for Identity Theft

Idaho - The Idaho Department of Labor is reminding people to be alert for identity theft related to unemployment insurance claims. Many individuals have had their personal information compromised, hacked or breached by fraudsters in a large-scale nationwide scam involving phony unemployment benefits claims. If someone has applied for benefits using your personal information, it may have been stolen and misused by fraudsters for unemployment benefits. The Labor unemployment insurance [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Mass vaccination clinic opens on ISU’s Meridian campus

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) ––Idaho State University and Albertsons are collaborating to vaccinate all priority groups against COVID-19, including those 65 years of age and older. A mass vaccination clinic opens this week in the Sam and Aline Skaggs Health Science Center on the University’s Meridian campus. The clinic will be open every Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 5 through April 9, 2021 at the ISU Meridian Health [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Challis, Salmon communities raise money for young man’s surgery

https://youtube.com/watch?v=JrQ4ZtacNxY&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 Rowdy Piva of Challis CHALLIS, Idaho (KIFI) - Rowdy Piva of Challis, Idaho is turning 21 Thursday, but instead of celebrating, he's in Minnesota fighting for his health. Rowdy was diagnosed with a rare genetic pancreatitis associated with the SPINK1 protein, which has caused him chronic stomach pain for most of his childhood. The Piva’s have had to go out of state for care since Rowdy has such [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

1 arrested in connection to armed robbery in Ammon

AMMON, Idaho (KIFI) - The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office reports an arrest was made Wednesday after an attempted armed robbery at the Ammon Speedi-Mart on Feb. 24. Deputies received several tips throughout the past week leading them to 20-year-old Ethan D. Gilmore.  Deputies made contact with Gilmore on a traffic top Wednesday afternoon near Ammon and Lincoln Road and questioned him about his involvement. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); Gilmore admitted he was [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Fish and Game seeks comments about several proposed rule changes

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho Fish and Game is launching a negotiated rulemaking process and wants to hear from you about four dockets of proposed rule changes. The comment period opened on March 3. You can view the negotiated rulemaking notices HERE. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); You can view and comment on each of the rulemaking proposals by visiting Fish and Game’s public comment page, or by following the [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho lawmaker draws ire after saying moms should stay home

https://youtube.com/watch?v=gPhSJhMxwz8&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-politics%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A decision by Idaho lawmakers to reject a $6 million federal grant to improve early childhood education - and comments from one lawmaker who said mothers belong at home - raised the ire of women across the state. Several dozen gathered Wednesday afternoon at the Idaho Statehouse holding signs with slogans like "Who let the moms out?" to demand that the lawmakers bring back and pass [...]

By |March 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Local Links: Grandpa’s Southern BBQ

KIFI IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - You don't often find Southern barbecue in Eastern Idaho, so I was surprised when I stumbled upon Grandpa's Southern BBQ in Idaho Falls. It's a quaint restaurant attached to the Motel West on W. Broadway St. As soon as you walk in, there no mistaking the smell of smoked wood barbecue. "Southern BBQ has it's own aroma. It has it's own calling if you [...]

By |March 3rd, 2021|Regional News|
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