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COVID-19 UPDATES: SIPH reports 34 new COVID-19 cases

SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI) - UPDATE 3:55 p.m. Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 34 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 16,710. Out of the 16,710 cases, 16,533 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 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Prosecutor says no criminal charges in jail starvation death

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho jailers watched as a mentally ill man starved to death, according to a newly released investigatory report, but a prosecutor says there isn't enough evidence to justify criminal charges in the case. Lance Quick, 40, was a home inspector in the grip of a manic episode when he was taken to the Bannock County Jail for processing on Dec. 8, 2018. Quick, like millions of [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Bills to defund Idaho GOP attorney general’s office are dead

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Two bills that cleared the Idaho House with overwhelming Republican support to significantly defund Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden's office for not being sufficiently partisan have died in the Senate. The powerful Republican chairwoman and chairman of Senate committees with control of the bills said Monday that they will not get hearings and are dead. They said the legislation could needlessly cost Idaho taxpayers millions of dollars if [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Wyoming couple charged with murder for 2-year-old’s death

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming couple has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of a 2-year-old girl. Paisleigh Williams' father, Moshe Williams, 30, took the girl to the hospital in Cody with a variety of injuries on March 27. She was flown for treatment in Denver, where she died April 4. Prosecutors charged Williams and his partner, Caroyn Aune, 28, both of Cody, with first-degree murder on Monday after initially charging [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Wyoming health orders extended

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KIFI)-In the wake of new COVID-19 numbers, the Wyoming Department of Health is extending two remaining health orders for two more weeks. More than 175,000 individuals have received at least one vaccine dose so far in Wyoming when state and special federal counts are combined. Mask use and physical distancing requirements related to educational institutions are remaining in the statewide orders. Indoor events of more than 500 people [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho House kills $1.1 billion teacher pay bill on tie vote

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The House on Tuesday rejected legislation to pay $1.1 billion to Idaho's K-12 teachers amid concerns about what is being taught in schools. Lawmakers deadlocked 34-34 in a tie vote that means the bill fails to advance. The defeat means the bill must now go back to the Legislature's budget committee to be redone and then returning to the House for another vote. It's not clear how long [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Construction crew blasting creates concern

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI)-People living within several blocks of the 900 block of Wheeler Street in Idaho Falls may have felt some shaking and heard some explosions around 1 p.m. Tuesday.Idaho Falls Police responded to find a construction company blasting through about 500 feet of a vacant field as a trench for a new sewer line.The construction crew had all the necessary permits and there were no immediate reports of [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

SIPH advises providers to follow federal pause of Johnson and Johnson vaccine

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Southeastern Idaho Public Health is advising health care providers around the area to follow the federal recommendation to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. SIPH will wait on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review data about an extremely rare type of blood clot that has been reported in six people who received [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 media briefing set Tuesday

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) will hold a media briefing about COVID-19 in Idaho at 4:30 p.m. MDT Tuesday. You can watch below. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); DHW officials will offer brief opening remarks and then take questions from the media. Those who will attend the briefing include Director Dave Jeppesen; Public Health Administrator Elke Shaw-Tulloch; Dr. Christopher Ball, chief of the Idaho [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Select Yellowstone roads and services open Friday

https://youtube.com/watch?v=e4w-j9iRqhg&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%3Dwyoming%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo (KIFI) - Select roads and services in Yellowstone National Park will open to the public for the season Friday at 8 a.m. You should expect modified operations that are subject to change based on future conditions and public health guidance. Roads open to the public on April 16 googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); West Entrance to Old Faithful Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful (via Norris) [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Pocatello’s glass recycling program collects 500 tons of glass

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - More than 500 tons of glass are getting a second life thanks to the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department’s glass recycling program. Recently, crews picked up a load of glass from one of the 12 glass drop-off bins located around Pocatello and pushed the scales just over 1 million pounds, or 500 tons, of material collected. “We are pleased with the citizens of Pocatello showing their [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

DUI stop leads to arrest for possession of meth

BONNEVILLE COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the Ucon area for a report of a possibly intoxicated driver Sunday after 7 p.m.  The reporting party was giving updates on the vehicle and where it was traveling, advising it was swerving all over the road almost hitting other vehicles.  A deputy located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop near Woodruff and N. Yellowstone.  googletag.cmd.push(function () { [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

House panel OKs changes to bill trimming governor’s powers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A House panel on Tuesday approved Senate changes to a bill trimming a governor's powers during declared emergencies while increasing the Legislature's power. The House State Affairs Committee approved two modest changes to the bill made in the Senate as the two chambers seek to significantly reform how Idaho government functions during emergencies. Lawmakers are taking aim at rules intended to stem the pandemic, like limiting gatherings and [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Central Fire issues burn ban

RIGBY, Idaho (KIFI) - The Central Fire District has issued a burn ban for Tuesday. The district said the ban is due to a forecast of high winds. Absolutely no burning will be allowed. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); The post Central Fire issues burn ban appeared first on Local News 8.

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Air Idaho Rescue opens West Yellowstone base

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Co. (KIFI)-Air Idaho Rescue, a subsidiary of Air Methods, has reopened its seasonal air medical base at West Yellowstone.  The base serves the greater Yellowstone, Wyoming region in conjunction with Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Air Idaho Rescue extends care to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the Gallatin National Forest, and the Madison River Valley.   Operations began this month with service 24 hours a day, seven days [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

DHW recommends Idaho providers follow CDC and FDA guidance to pause use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) is recommending Idaho vaccine providers not use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until more information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This recommendation was made after receiving information Tuesday morning the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are reviewing data for six reported cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Community Food Basket finds a permanent home

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI)-After 41 years of service to the region, Community Food Basket Idaho Falls has purchased their food storage warehouse at 1895 N. Boulevard in Idaho Falls.  The warehouse stores both dry and refrigerated food items, along with a Diaper Bank and newly organized mattress and non-food needs program.“After moving several times over the last few years, we had the unique opportunity to lease this warehouse with the [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Gov. Little to hold town hall Tuesday

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - You can participate in an hour-long statewide telephone town hall with Idaho Governor Brad Little and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen Tuesday at 12 p.m. The discussion will focus on the latest news and information related to the ongoing pandemic. You can join by: googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); dialing toll-free 866-767-0637 at the time of the callregistering to be called in advance at  https://vekeo.com/aarpidaho/streaming live at www.facebook.com/aarpidaho [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho officials investigating riot at prison near Boise

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho Department of Correction officials say they're still investigating a Saturday prison riot that forced staffers to evacuate a housing unit and left five inmates injured. The incident began around 4:30 p.m. as security staffers responded to a report of an assault in a housing unit holding about 100 people at the Idaho State Correctional Center, IDOC spokesman Jeff Ray said in a statement Monday evening. That's when inmates in [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Regional News|

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