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Vandals topple over iconic statue at Marshall Public Library

ISU POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Marshall Public Library confirmed that someone toppled over the iconic statue of a boy outside the library. On Sept. 20 around 1 p.m., library director Eric Suess was notified the bronze statue in front of the library had been vandalized. The statue was created in 2003 by Doug Warnock, a local artist and Professor of Sculptural and Intermedia Studies at Idaho State University. It's [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Your Health Idaho to post new plans Thursday

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Your Health Idaho clients will have a record number of medical and dental plans to choose from, plus a new insurance carrier in the 2021 mix. According to Your Health Idaho, Regence, which currently sells small group and individual plans off-exchange in Idaho, will offer medical coverage on the plan for the first time next year. Regence will bring the total number of carriers on the Idaho exchange [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Concrete ramps put in on Portneuf River for floaters

News POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - As part of the City of Pocatello's initiative to revitalize the Portneuf River, four new concrete ramps were installed along the river. Using Idaho Parks and Recreation grant money, staff from Idaho Fish and Game constructed the ramps throughout the summer. The four ramps were installed down river: at the Cheyenne Bridge, at Centennial Park, at Taysom Rotary Park and at a parking lot along [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Worker’s compensation insurance rates to drop next year

Local News BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho Department of Insurance announced Tuesday that there will be a (-)1.7% change in Idaho Worker’s Compensation Insurance, effective January 1, 2021. The rate adjustment was recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). The worker’s compensation benefit system is designed to cover medical costs associated with workplace injuries. “The Department is pleased to announce this reduction, which will benefit Idaho businesses, their [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

68 new COVID-19 cases in Southeastern Idaho

SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 68 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 31 new cases in Bannock County, 20 in Bingham County, 3 in Butte County, 2 in Caribou County, 6 in Franklin County, 1 in Oneida County and 5 in Power County. This brings the total of confirmed and probable cases to 2,877. Out of the 2,877 cases, 2,353 have recovered from COVID-19. For [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

2 teens charged with murder

AMMON, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Two 18-year-old boys are charged with killing a man following a shooting Monday in Ammon. Bonneville County Sheriff office said Westley Hightower and Daniel J. Wood are being held in the Bonneville County Jail for Murder. Larry H. Powell, 68, was found dead by deputies in the home at 290 S. Ammon Road Monday afternoon. According to court documents, the young men told deputies they had [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Inkom firefighters help fight record-setting western wildfires

INKOM, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Volunteers from the Inkom Fire Department helped fill critical staffing shortfalls as the record-setting fire season across the western US stretched available wildland fire fighting resources. A total of five Inkom firefighters joined the Northern Nevada Strike Team stationed out of Elko, Nevada in the last week of July and remained with the strike force until it was disbanded in mid-September.  During that six-week period, the [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

SIPH confirmed another death due to COVID-19

BANNOCK COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Southeastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed another death associated with COVID-19 in Bannock County. The individual was a female in her 60s. This brings the total to 17 deaths due to COVID-19 in southeast Idaho. There are 10 in Bingham, 5 in Bannock, 1 in Power and 1 in Bear Lake. Out of respect to these individuals’ families, no additional details will be released. Eastern [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Pocatello taxpayers to see one-time tax relief on December 2020 tax notice

Coronavirus Coverage POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Taxpayers in Pocatello will be seeing a one-time tax relief on their December 2020 tax notice.  The Pocatello City Council recently voted to utilize Governor Brad Little’s public safety proposal that uses up to $200 million of federal coronavirus relief funds for public safety personnel salaries in Idaho’s cities and counties.  The City of Pocatello has been allocated $4.9 million from the Governor’s program, which is estimated to save Pocatello [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Crapo meets with Supreme Court nominee

Local News WASHINGTON D.C. (KIFI/KIDK)-Idaho Republican Senator Mike Crapo met with U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett Tuesday.  Barrett is President Donald Trump’s nominee to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Barrett’s confirmation process began with meetings and phone calls with Senators. Crapo is a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which will conduct confirmation meetings in October. “I had a great meeting with [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Driggs Elementary School closed Wednesday and Thursday

TETON COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - At a special board meeting Monday night, Teton School District 401 trustees heard from Eastern Idaho Public Health, Teton Valley Health and the district’s own administrative team, including the head of the Teton Education Association, regarding last week’s spike in school-related coronavirus incidents. Due to staff shortages at Driggs Elementary School, the board unanimously approved the school’s closure Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 30 and Oct. [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Federal agencies finalize Columbia River management plans

Local News PORTLAND, Ore. (KIFI/KIDK) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) have signed a joint Record of Decision overseeing maintenance and configuration of 14 federal Columbia River System dams. The record of decision defends the agencies’ preferred management alternative and the US Fish and Wildlife Service biological opinions.   In a ceremony Monday, officials from each agency said the [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

White House Task Force report says Idaho remains in coronavirus ‘red zone’

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report obtained by ABC News shows Idaho is still in the red zone for new confirmed cases. This means 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population were reported last week, with the 12th highest rate in the country. Idaho is also in the red zone for test positivity, indicating a rate at or above 10.1%, with the [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Gov. Little to hold statewide town hall Tuesday

Idaho BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Governor Brad Little will host a statewide AARP telephone town hall Tuesday to provide information and answer questions regarding COVID-19 in Idaho.  Secretary of State Lawerence Denney will join to answer questions about the upcoming election. The hour-long conversation begins at 12 p.m. You can join by dialing toll-free 866-767-0637 or register in advance by visiting https://vekeo.com/aarpidaho/.  Idaho Politics / Local News / News / Top Stories

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Eastern Idaho State Fair calls 2020 a winner

Local News BLACKFOOT, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-In spite of a pandemic and high winds, Eastern Idaho State Fair managers are calling the 2020 edition a success. The Fair marked its 118th year by hosting four days of the annual 4H Livestock Competition and Sale, a Fair Food court, and two nights of PRCA Rodeo action. The fair had a blustery start as high winds ripped the roof off some stock buildings, uprooted [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Big Hole inholding to be folded into the national forest

DRIGGS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-The U.S. Forest Service and the Conservation Fund have completed a deal to protect a 960-acre forest inholding.   The partnership also includes the Teton Regional Land Trust, supportive landowners of the Beartooth Group, Teton County, Idaho Commissioners, Valley Advocates for Responsible Development, and Idaho’s Congressional delegation. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest has made the Maytag-Teton Timbers property a top priority for several years. Surrounded by public lands, the inholding [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Construction worker killed in bulldozer accident

Local News RIRIE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-A Bonneville County Road and Bridge worker was killed at around 10:45 a.m. Monday in an accident at Ririe Reservoir. The man, who was not immediately identified, was operating a bulldozer when it overturned on a hillside. A co-worker called for help, but the man died of his injuries at the scene. News / Top Stories

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Potato harvest going strong

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Farmers are hoping this year's potato harvest will be better than last year. A manager at Wilcox Fresh potato company says this year we are seeing a good start to the harvest season. "So far, it's been a really nice fall. The weather's cooperated really well with us for harvest and we've been able to get started. We're probably approaching halfway hoping to finish strong this [...]

By |September 28th, 2020|Regional News|

Potato harvest in full swing

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Potato harvest is in full swing, and farmers are hoping this year's season will do better than last year. A manager at Wilcox Fresh Potato Company says this year we are seeing a good start to the harvest season. "So far, the it's been a really nice fall the weather's cooperated really well with us for harvest," Derek Peterson said. "We've been able to get started. [...]

By |September 28th, 2020|Regional News|
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