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COVID-19 UPDATES: 511 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 511 new COVID-19 cases and 0 new deaths Friday. 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 449,265. There are a total of 351,807 confirmed cases and 97,458 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Allergies are kicking up

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - With the return to springtime temperatures, allergy season is back. We have seen an increase in sneezing, coughing, and runny noses across our region. It's more than just pollen that is affecting it too. Snow mold is another contributor for our allergies. This mold comes in the form of old, dirty snow that melts and then evaporates a harmful gas. The rapid change of weather [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Robbery suspects lead police on I-15 chase; end in arrests

KIFI/Linda Larsen KIFI/Linda Larsen KIFI/Linda Larsen KIFI/Linda Larsen KIFI/Linda Larsen KIFI/Linda Larsen POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Three robbery suspects are in custody following a high-speed chase Friday. Police say the three may have been involved in an earlier robbery at the Walgreens on the 900 block of Yellowstone Highway in Pocatello just before 10 a.m.  Police say they tried to jump over the pharmacy counter and took some drugs. Investigators [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Site of Montpelier Temple officially announced

Todd KunzThe site of the newly-announced Montpelier Temple. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsThe site of the newly-announced Montpelier Idaho Temple. MONTPELIER, Idaho, (KIFI/KXPI) - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has officially confirmed the location of the Montpelier Idaho Temple, less than seven weeks after the new temple was announced by President Russell M. Nelson. The temple will be built on 2.6-acres at the intersection of Washington Street [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

F&G aware of numerous wild bird die-offs related to avian influenza

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Avian influenza is infecting birds across Idaho, and Idaho Fish and Game is aware of numerous cases of wild bird die-offs. Officials say unfortunately, the disease will have to run its course in most instances, and Fish and Game personnel cannot respond to all cases of infected wild birds. “We are aware sick and dead birds are being seen by the public in many ponds, [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

City of Ammon taking public comments on Flagship Homes annexation

AMMON, Idaho (KIFI) - The City of Ammon is still taking public comment regarding a proposed land annexation. Flagship Homes is looking to annex nearly 600 acres for both residential and commercial use. Ammon City administrator Micah Austin explains the project is still the same as when it was discussed last year. The only difference is the city wanted more detail from Flagship regarding how they planned to contribute to [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho Falls Zoo kids’ summer camp registration now open

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho Falls Zoo summer camp registration is now open. The zoo will host in-person kids’ camps between June and August for ages 5 to 17. The zoo camps offer one-of-a-kind summer experiences full of fun, interactive activities and up-close learning with animals on zoo grounds. Kids must have completed the applicable grades to register for camp. Zoo members receive camp discounts.  You can learn more and [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho’s April unemployment rate falls to historic low of 2.6%

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.6% in April, down from March’s rate of 2.7%. April’s rate marks the third consecutive month of historic lows since record keeping began in 1976. The number of Idahoans employed or looking for work grew by 4,770 people (0.5%) to 937,023. Labor force participation increased by one-tenth of a percent between March and April to 62.1%. Idaho’s peak participation rate [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Bonneville County honors officers fallen in the line of duty

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Bonneville County law enforcement invites the public to pay tribute to Idaho's fallen heroes. The annual memorial service recognizes fallen officers in the respective Bonneville County police departments and sheriff's department. The public is invited to join the department at 6 p.m. on May 20 to pay their respects to fallen officers. The post Bonneville County honors officers fallen in the line of duty appeared [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Burn permit system scheduled for maintenance this Sunday

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - On Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. MT, Idaho Department of Land’s (IDL) burn permit website will undergo maintenance and burn permits will not be available during this time. Since the permits are valid 10 days from the date of issue, those who have plans to burn this weekend should apply for a permit now. Permits are free, applying only takes a few minutes, [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Rendezvous Center to be Dedicated as Richard and Connie S. Bowen Rendezvous Center

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - The Rendezvous Center at Idaho State University will be rededicated in honor of Richard L. and Connie S. Bowen at a reception on Friday May 20 at 3 p.m. Anyone is invited to attend. A brief program will take place on the east patio of the Rendezvous Center near Cadet Field. Richard Bowen served as the president of Idaho State from 1985 to 2005, and Connie dedicated [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Deputies remind Idahoans to “Click it Don’t Risk It”

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies are taking part in a statewide effort to increase seat belt use in Idaho. Now through Memorial Day weekend, additional patrols will be in high traffic areas enforcing Idaho’s seat belt law and educating motorists why it’s important to use them. According to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), in 2020, there were 86 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Deputies remind Idahoans to “Click it Don’t Risk It”

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies are taking part in a statewide effort to increase seat belt use in Idaho. Now through Memorial Day weekend, additional patrols will be in high traffic areas enforcing Idaho’s seat belt law and educating motorists why it’s important to use them. According to the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), in 2020, there were 86 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Pocatello Animal Services to host rabies clinic May 21

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Pocatello Animal Services will be hosting a rabies clinic Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price is $10 per vaccine, and individuals can pay by cash or check. Officials ask you bring a valid ID. Credit cards will not be accepted. After the animal has received their first rabies vaccination, it will only need to get vaccinated every three years. If your pet [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho Museum of Natural History to offer free admission to active military and families this summer

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Museum of Natural History on Idaho State University’s Pocatello campus announces it will join museums nationwide in participating in the thirteenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. Launching on Saturday, May 21, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, Sept. 5, Labor Day, the free admission program is [...]

By |May 20th, 2022|Regional News|

No school Friday for Taylorview Middle School

D91 IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KXPI) - There will be no in-person classes at Taylorview Middle School Friday, May 20. It will be an online learning day.  District administration said the school has a blown transformer and D91 crews are working as quickly as possible to fix the problem. Taylorview Middle School is the only school impacted. All other D91 schools will be in session Friday as normal. Here's the message sent home [...]

By |May 19th, 2022|Regional News|

Stock concerns

https://youtube.com/watch?v=1xRFhUHY200&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%3Deconomy%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Wall Street holds its breath as the market dips yet again. The DOW dropped another 237 points Thursday and the Nasdaq lost 30, while The S&P 500 fell 23 points. Many financial analysts have been sounding the warning cry of a recession. "With the Fed raising interest rates a half a point a couple of weeks ago, and they're poised to raise rates [...]

By |May 19th, 2022|Regional News|

Portneuf Medical Center receives Primary Plus Stroke Center certification

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) — Portneuf Medical Center announced it has received certification from DNV as a Primary Plus Stroke Center, affirming the hospital’s readiness to handle a full range of stroke-related medical problems. The PSC+ Program Certification includes all the requirements of the Primary Stroke Program (PSC) with the addition of the specific thrombectomy, medical staff and metric requirements that are in the comprehensive program. It is the second highest [...]

By |May 19th, 2022|Regional News|

Strong winds in eastern Idaho

 IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Despite the nice sunny day, Thursday's wind was the talk of the town.  With gusts of more than 50 miles per hour, the wind may have changed some your plans. That was the case for David O'Hrabka and his family who were visiting from out of town. They were planning to go to the Tetons, but decided to stay in Idaho Falls and walk the greenbelt [...]

By |May 19th, 2022|Regional News|

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