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Man arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, drug offenses

IFFDAustin Blakely IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho Falls Police responded to the area of 1800 Hollipark for a report of a suspicious vehicle Monday shortly after midnight. Officers arrived and located Austin Blakely sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with no license plates. Police said the vehicle was parked in a driveway with the engine running, and due to prior knowledge regarding Blakely, officers recognized him and [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

810 new Idaho COVID-19 cases

MGN IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 810 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 157,588. There are a total of 128,633 confirmed cases and 28,955 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"); }); [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Police seek help locating shooting suspects

MGN Online POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Pocatello Police are asking for your help in locating two adult male suspects who were involved in a shooting at 341 W. Clark on Wednesday at 2:26 a.m. Police said the first suspect is described as being a white male in his early 40s, 5 feet 5 inches tall with a stocky build. He has short grayish-brown hair, was wearing a flannel jacket and [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

High school athletic plan to include more spectators at sporting events

Lee Balcom / CC BY 2.0 BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – Following a week-long decrease in statewide COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Governor Brad Little announced Wednesday he is instructing the State Board of Education to revise its high school athletic plan to allow more spectators at sporting events. “All of our decisions related to the Idaho Rebounds plan have been rooted in detailed metrics related to virus activity and impacts on [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: SIPH reports 66 new COVID-19 cases

MGN Image SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE 4:05 p.m. Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 66 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in southeast Idaho. See county case counts below: New ConfirmedNew ProbableTotalBannock281341Bear Lake022Bingham617Butte202Caribou123Franklin000Oneida224Power437TOTAL432366 googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); This brings the total of confirmed and probable cases to 14,053. Out of the 14,053 cases, 13565 have recovered from COVID-19. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); Eastern Idaho Public Health Eastern [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho lawmakers tweak bill in power struggle with governor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - House lawmakers fine-tuned legislation Wednesday in their power struggle with Republican Gov. Brad Little over emergency declarations stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The House State Affairs Committee killed one bill and replaced it with a reworded version that seeks to give the Legislature, not the governor, the power to extend emergency declarations that would automatically expire after 30 days. The new bill contains a significant change - it [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Wyoming GOP legislator launches long-shot run against Cheney

United States Congress CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is "out of touch" with Wyoming for her vote to impeach President Donald Trump, a Republican state senator said Wednesday in announcing he will run against her. Sen. Anthony Bouchard of Cheyenne has a long time to become better known to voters before the August 2022 Republican primary. But he faces tough odds against the nationally known Cheney. Along with a recent censure [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Analysis: Idaho enjoys $277 million surplus

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI)-The independent Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy reports that when budget cuts, holdbacks, and Medicaid savings are excluded, Idaho’s budget surplus is estimated at $277 million.According to the report, the surplus is due to higher than expected tax receipts from calendar year 2019.  The economic recovery was also better than expected and it was bolstered by population growth and over $9 billion in federal supports.Although the future is [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

SIPH COVID-19 hotline changes hours of operation

Pexels POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - The Southeastern Idaho Public Health COVID-19 Hotline will change its call center hours beginning January 21. The new call center hours will be Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The hotline number is 208-234-5875. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); For southeast Idaho specific information about the novel coronavirus, click HERE. The post SIPH COVID-19 hotline changes hours of operation appeared first on Local [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

New strain of Covid-19 expected to appear in East Idaho soon

Pixabay TETON COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - Health officials believe the new and more contagious strain of Covid-19 is likely soon to be, or is already in, East Idaho. The new variant of Covid-19, called SARS-CoV-2, B.1.1.7, has been detected in numerous states, including Wyoming. On Saturday, the Wyoming Department of Health confirmed the state’s first case of the variant was found in a Teton County adult man. Early contact tracing [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Ranger district seeks state recreation grants

USFSConstructing new bridge along the East Fork Mink Creek Trail system in summer of 2020. POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-The Westside Ranger District of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Pocatello will apply for improvement grants from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation next year.The district is applying for funds to replace tables and toilets at the Scout Mountain Campground, improve the West Fork Mink Trail, and replace a patrol motorcycle. The state [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho Fish and Game calling us to do our part in protecting winter wildlife

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho Fish and Game is asking us to do our part to protect wintering wildlife by leaving animals undisturbed. They tell us winter is a challenging season for Idaho’s wildlife. Especially for big game animals that migrate to lower elevations and spend winter closer to people than during other seasons. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); People can help animals by leaving them undisturbed so they have [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Crude oil prices push Idaho gas prices higher

MGN BOISE, Idaho (KIFI)-Rising crude oil prices are pushing Idaho gas prices higher, despite low demand for fuel. Idaho AAA says the price activity marks the first substantial increase in the month of January since 2009. “There was a slight dip in crude oil prices to end the week, partly based on market concern that the rising number of COVID-19 cases could lead to further restrictions and even less fuel demand.  But [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

INL partnership aimed at testing reactor designs

A simulation of a fuel rod's pellets pressing against rod's protective cladding performed in MOOSE before (L) and after (R) implementing Coreform's spline technology. IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI)-The Idaho National Laboratory has announced a new partnership with Orem, Utah based Coreform.  The collaboration will help model and simulate advanced nuclear reactor designs and help researchers and engineers test them at higher efficiency and lower cost.“Higher fidelity simulations give you better [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

GIFT launches public transit survey

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI)-Greater Idaho Falls Transit (GIFT) has launched an online survey to gather public input on public transit in the community.GIFT, formerly known as TRPTA (Targhee Regional Public Transit Authority), hopes to collect data on why people need public transit, guage demand for it within Idaho Falls, and to identify areas within the city where potential riders live.  Survey data will also be shared with granting organizations such [...]

By |January 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Local housing alliance one of 30 to join federal program

KIFIThe Housing Alliance and Community Partnership in Pocatello, ID POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Help from Washington is on the way to Pocatello. The Housing Alliance and Community Partnership in Pocatello was recently selected as one of 30 city housing authorities across the nation to join Moving to Work, a federal assistance program for low-income families. "We are able to along with community partners create a program that is tailored to [...]

By |January 19th, 2021|Regional News|

IRS Free File service available to taxpayers with 2020 income $72,000 and below

https://youtube.com/watch?v=KPFWT5AocqM&feature=oembed&enablejsapi=1 IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Tax season is here, and filing this year could be easier than ever. The IRS has partnered with companies to help you prepare your tax forms online for free. The free products are available to any taxpayer or family who earned $72,000 or less in 2020. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); "All the software is done in a question and answer format. So [...]

By |January 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Controlled burn gets out of control

North Bannock Fire North Bannock Fire BANNOCK COUNTY (KIFI) - North Bannock Fire responded with the assistance of the Pocatello Fire Department to a controlled burn that got out of control in the Pocatello Creek Road area Tuesday. The fire department reports a half acre was burned with no structures lost and no injuries. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); The fire department reminds you burn permits are required for open [...]

By |January 19th, 2021|Regional News|

1,224 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 30 new deaths

MGN IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 1,224 new COVID-19 cases and 30 new deaths on Tuesday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 156,778. There are a total of 128,067 confirmed cases and 28,711 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 [...]

By |January 19th, 2021|Regional News|
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