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Police investigating rape allegations against Idaho lawmaker

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Boise Police Department is investigating a rape allegation made against an Idaho lawmaker. Police spokeswoman Haley Williams confirmed Monday that the department has an open investigation into the allegations made by a legislative staffer against Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, a Republican from Lewiston. Von Ehlinger has denied the allegations, saying the encounter in March was consensual. A legislative ethics committee announced last week that its members unanimously [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Fort Hall man sentenced for stabbing

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – A 19-year-old Fort Hall man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 40 months in federal prison for assault resulting in serious bodily injury, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced. Senior U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Lance Jonathon Broncho to serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.  Broncho pleaded guilty to the charge on December 16, 2020. googletag.cmd.push(function () [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: SIPH reports 13 new COVID-19 cases

SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI) - UPDATE 4:00 p.m. Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 13 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in southeast Idaho. See county case counts below: googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); This brings the total of confirmed and probable cases to 16,772. Out of the 16,772 cases, 16,658 have recovered from COVID-19. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-7"); }); Eastern Idaho Public Health Eastern Idaho Public Health has not yet [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 67 new COVID-19 cases in the area, 1 new death

SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI) - UPDATE 4:35 p.m. Local health officials reported 67 new COVID-19 cases and one new COVID-19 related death in the area Monday. See the health district breakdown below. UPDATE 4:30 p.m. Eastern Idaho Public Health reported 54 new COVID-19 cases Monday. There are 40 new cases in Bonneville, 1 in Fremont, 6 in Jefferson, 2 in Madison and 5 in Teton. There are a total of 228 [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Rep. Liz Cheney outraises challengers for 2022 primaries

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney has reported a strong start to her campaign's fundraising efforts for the 2022 primary election, when she is set to face challengers that have surfaced since her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. Cheney raised $1.54 million in the first quarter of 2021, the most she has reported in a single quarter in her past three elections, the Wyoming Tribune [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Firefighters quickly extinguish sulfur fire in St. Anthony

A sulfur fire was quickly put out the Simplot facility in St. Anthony. ST. ANTHONY, Idaho (KIFI) - A sulfur fire was quickly doused at the Simplot facility in St. Anthony Monday morning. The fire was reported at 8:14 a.m. and was out by 10:30 a.m. Firefighters used a dry foam to extinguish the flames. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); They reported no damage as done and was contained in [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Senate fails to override governor’s veto on emergency powers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Republican-dominated Senate on Monday failed to override GOP Gov. Brad Little's veto of a measure seeking to curb a governor's power to respond to emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate voted 23-12, failing by one vote to get the two-thirds threshold needed. It came after Little vetoed the legislation on Friday with support from four former governors and said he planned to veto a similar House bill. That [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Power affected by pole fire near Hibbard

ASHTON, Idaho (KIFI)-Fall River Electric Cooperative crews are working to replace a power pole in the Hibbard area.   Fall River officials said the pole was destroyed by fire due to careless ditch burning last weekend.Power will be off for about two hours starting at around 1 p.m. Monday. The post Power affected by pole fire near Hibbard appeared first on Local News 8.

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho Gov. signs bill allowing growing, transport of hemp

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a bill legalizing the production and transportation of hemp with up to 0.3% of THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high. The Republican governor signed the bill Friday, making Idaho the last state to do so. However, the new law does not allow selling to Idaho consumers hemp products containing any amount of THC. Hemp products with [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Officers cleared in police involved shooting death

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) - The Madison County Prosecutor’s Office has determined Rexburg Police acted appropriately in a shooting incident that resulted in the death of Troy Allen at Brenchley Apartments on February 15, 2021.The incident began at 8:08 p.m. with a call from a woman that an unwanted subject had forcibly entered her apartment at 430 South 3rd West. Officers Daniel Allen and Jon Bone arrived and made contact with [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Grizzly mauling near Yellowstone kills backcountry guide

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) - A Montana backcountry guide has died after he was mauled by a large grizzly bear that was probably defending a nearby moose carcass just outside Yellowstone National Park, officials said Monday. Charles "Carl" Mock, 40, who lived in the park gateway community of West Yellowstone, died Saturday, two days after he was attacked while fishing alone in a forested area along the Madison River several miles north [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Fire destroys workshop near McCammon

McCammon, Idaho (KIFI)-McCammon Volunteer firefighters were called to a workshop fire south of McCammon on Old Highway 191 at 9:52 p.m. Sunday. With help from fire departments in Inkom and Arimo, firefighters used 5 engines, 3 water tenders, and 20 firefighters to gain control of the fire. The workshop was a total loss and vinyl siding on a nearby residence suffered minor damage from severe heat, but there were no [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Gov. Little appoints IDVS Chief Administrator

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – Governor Brad Little announced Monday he appointed Mark Tschampl as Chief Administrator at the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. “As a veteran himself, I have the utmost confidence Mark will serve and support those who have served our country,” Governor Little said. “His career experience in the military and leadership roles in numerous civilian positions will prove to be extremely valuable in his new role.” Tschampl was a [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Your Health Idaho signup deadline approaching

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI)-After extending the original filing deadline to the end of April, Your Health Idaho is advising residents they have until Friday, April 30 to enroll in 2021 health insurance without a qualifying life event.“This is the last chance for Idahoans to take advantage of the increased tax credits and enroll in 2021 coverage,” said Pat Kelly, Your Health Idaho Executive Director. “These savings can be significant for Idaho [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Court shears sheep station grazing allotment

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI)-A federal court ruled Friday against a U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to reauthorize and expand domestic sheep grazing in and around the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in the Centennial Mountains. Western Wildlands, WildEarth Guardians, and the Center for Biological Diversity sued in 2019, charging that the government’s analysis failed to account for the impacts on grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, and other vulnerable wildlife. “The Centennial Mountains are [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Gov. Little signs ballot initiative bill

https://youtube.com/watch?v=VJD4vFXP44s&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 (KIFI) - The public outcry against Governor Brad Little's decision to sign senate bill 11-10 is continuing to grow. The controversial bill was signed into law on Saturday. It will make it very difficult for regular people to get their ideas on the ballot. The nonpartisan group, Reclaim Idaho, is speaking out against the bill that they say will keep the voice of the public from [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Jackson home destroyed in early morning fire

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI)- A family in Jackson is without a home or belongings, after a fire Sunday morning. Battalion Chief Jim Tucker said the fire destroyed the mobile home in Evans Trailer Park, along with everything inside. The call came in about 7:50 A.M. Sunday morning. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); Tucker said the fire started in the back bedroom and spread quickly despite efforts from the mother and [...]

By |April 18th, 2021|Regional News|

Make-A-Wish gifts American Falls child new playset

KIFIGutierrez family sits with Home Depot volunteers in front of new playset AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – On Saturday, Make-A-Wish Idaho partnered with The Home Depot Foundation to fulfill the wish five-year-old Eileen Gutierrez by building a playset in her backyard. Eileen was diagnosed with leukemia in June of 2019 and has battling the disease for almost two years. Eileen wished for an outdoor playset, so she could swing and slide [...]

By |April 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho governor signs bill making ballot measures tougher

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed legislation making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots in what is widely seen as an attempt to stop a medical marijuana initiative. The Republican governor announced the decision Saturday to sign into law the measure backers say is needed because the current process favors urban voters. Opponents say the measure would make it nearly impossible to [...]

By |April 17th, 2021|Regional News|

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