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Board of Education approves partial wavier of senior project graduation requirement

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho State Board of Education voted Wednesday to extend a partial waiver of the Board rule requiring high school seniors complete a senior project in order to graduate during the 2020/21 school year.  A partial waiver enables schools that want to maintain the requirement for the current school year if they choose to do so. In March, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Board initially [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Community Food Basket seeks to collect 120,000 pounds of food

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Community Food Basket has seen a continued rise in the need for emergency food provisions since March. An average month pre-pandemic brought more than 1,000 families through their doors. Since March, the number of families and individuals needing assistance has grown by more than 100%. The month of October will have the Food Basket assisting more than 2,500.  Because the pandemic has forced many [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

EIPH confirms another death due to COVID-19

Coronavirus Coverage SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - Eastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed another death associated with COVID-19. The individual was a male in his 70s from Teton County. This brings the total to 36 deaths due to COVID-19 in the health district. Out of respect to these individuals’ families, no additional details will be released. Southeastern Idaho Public Health has reported 35 deaths in its health district. As of Wednesday, [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

987 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho officials reported 987 new COVID-19 cases and 11 new deaths on Wednesday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 55,650. There are a total of 49,228 confirmed cases and 6,422 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. Southeastern Idaho [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Idaho governor: collaboration key to solving land issues

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A collaborative process that gives everyone a say is key to solving many federal public lands issues in the U.S. West, Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday. "Good resource management in the West requires that people are not disenfranchised because they don't have a voice in how they manage the federal lands," Little said in a keynote speech to the Western Governors' Association's Working Lands Roundtable. The [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

126 new COVID-19 cases in Southeastern Idaho

SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 126 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in southeast Idaho. See county case counts below: This brings the total of confirmed and probable cases to 4,670. Out of the 4,670 cases, 3,705 have recovered from COVID-19. For more information, click HERE. SIPH COVID-19 risk level monitor has four categories: minimal, moderate, high and critical. Oneida County is in the minimal [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Festival of Trees to move forward in an innovative way

Holidays IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - There will be an Idaho Falls Festival of Trees this year, but it will be an un-usual event. The centerpiece will still include hand-crafted, decorated Christmas trees, with wreaths, displays and mantles all for sale. "We won't be having the kids singing groups and the live performance that people are used to," event President Kathie Hendrix said. "But we'll have more than 30 beautifully decorated trees [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Coronavirus Coverage BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small — from Idaho to Ohio — in recent days. With persistent resistance to statewide mask mandates, some [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Idaho launches $1,000,000 raffle

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Tickets went on sale Tuesday for the Idaho Lottery’s annual “Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle.”  As it has in the past, the Lottery will only sell 250,000 tickets at $10 each. “Idaho Lottery players enjoy playing Idaho-only games,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “The Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle has produced an Idaho Lottery millionaire every year. And after fourteen years, it’s still the best chance for players to win a million, [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

CEI to use grant for new career and technical facility

Local News IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-College of Eastern Idaho has been awarded a $1.2 million Economic Development Administration grant to design and build an 80,000 square foot career and technical education facility.  The building will house workforce training programs focused on energy, environment, and technology fields.  The EDA grant will be matched with $1.2 million in local funds.“EDA is pleased to support the College of Eastern Idaho’s locally driven efforts [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

I-15 closed due to high winds

Breaking News IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho Transportation Department reports Interstate 15 north of Idaho Falls near Osgood is closed due to blowing dust and low visibility. The closure is between milepost 119 to milepost 135. Idaho State Police said a detour is in place. 🚨🚨Road Closure 🚨🚨Interstate 15 north of Idaho Falls near Osgood is closed due to blowing dust and low visibility.Detour is in place.Go to [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Power sports among growing industries amid pandemic

News IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Outdoor recreation continues to increase as the pandemic continues. Some major power sports vendors, like Polaris, have seen a 70 to 100% increase in sales in the last year. Off-roading vehicles of all types have garnered increased interest. Xtreme Powersports in Idaho Falls has kept busy renting ATVs and side-by-sides out to hunters in the past month. Owner Matt Sorg says that rental snowmobiles [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

3 moose illegally killed in west-central Idaho

CASCADE, Idaho (AP) - Three bull moose were illegally shot and killed in Valley County in west-central Idaho, Idaho officials say, and a fourth bull moose was shot at but apparently not injured. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game this week said a large bull moose was killed west of Smiths Ferry sometime between Oct. 10 and Saturday. Officials are investigating and offering a reward. Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) is [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Local company invents new type of light

Local News RIGBY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A small startup company in Rigby has invented a new type of lightbulb. The company Pure Light says this will make other light bulbs obsolete. They say they have also invented a new anti-smog/anti-pollution electric muffler that is expected to reduce vehicle emissions by up to 80%.  Those two new inventions are now patent pending.  They expect to patent another 10 products within the [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Chubbuck Elementary School to host virtual Halloween parade

Holidays POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) — Instead of canceling Chubbuck Elementary School’s annual Halloween parade, Chubbuck’s school staff and administrators decided to find a new way to celebrate the holiday by hosting a virtual parade using Facebook Live. “This year, it has been more important than ever for us to include parents and families in our school community," Principal A.J. Watson said. "With most other activities being canceled and limited opportunities [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Wyoming submits vaccination plan

Local News CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK)-In the event there is one, Wyoming has submitted its initial plan to the Centers for Disease Control for distributing and administering a COVID-19 vaccine.The plan uses much of the infrastructure already in use by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH).   Governor Mark Gordon said it is expected to change over time and be updated as the state learns more details about the vaccine and the [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Health officials offer tips and tricks for Halloween during a pandemic

Coronavirus Coverage POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Halloween traditions may look different this year to keep everyone safe from COVID-19. However, local health officials say there are still plenty of ways families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus. “Any way you look at it, Halloween will feel a little different this year,” Southeastern Idaho Public Health’s Director Maggie Mann said. “From a [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Idaho congressman shares his viewpoints at local luncheon

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Congressman Mike Simpson spoke at a Business Lunch hosted by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce at the West Bank Convention Center on Wednesday. He addressed many issues facing Idahoans and all Americans. Congressman Simpson spoke about some of the bills he has planned for Idaho. He says one bipartisan bill he worked on for a year, the Wokers Modernization Act, passed in the [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|

Refinancing saves Idaho taxpayers millions

Local News BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Idaho State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth says refinancing efforts by the Idaho Bond Bank Authority (IBBA) will save taxpayers $9.3 million.The IBBA closed a bond issue to refinance outstanding loans that was intended to lower future debt service costs. Ellsworth said, “I am pleased with the overall results of the IBBA work.  Interest rates were near historical lows and investor demand was high for such a strong [...]

By |October 21st, 2020|Regional News|
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