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FBI confirms ongoing ground search in Grand Teton National Park for missing woman

MOOSE, Wyoming (KIFI)- The Denver field office of the FBI has confirmed they, along with the National Park Service, Teton County Sheriff's Office & Jackson Police Department are currently conducting ground surveys in areas of Grand Teton National Park that are "relevant to the investigation" in Gabrielle Petito's disappearance. Everyone is asked to maintain distance from any law enforcement personnel, equipment, vehicles, and their related activity for the "safety of [...]

By |September 18th, 2021|Regional News|

Roadway repairs begin Monday on ID-33 in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - On Monday, the Idaho Transportation Department will begin repairs on Idaho Highway 33 in Madison County. Work will occur through the city of Rexburg, where crews will mill and repave portions of the roadway to improve safety and the driving experience for motorists.  “We are working to fix areas of the highway that have developed potholes,” ITD Manager Bryan Young said. “This will help to both ensure that [...]

By |September 18th, 2021|Regional News|

Woman claims to have given ride to boyfriend of missing Gabby Petito

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (KIFI/KXPI) - Authorities have been getting more tips from the public concerning the disappearance of Gabby Petito. Petito's last known contact was reportedly in Grand Teton National Park north of Jackson, Wyoming. She was on a leg of her camping excursion with her fiance' Brian Laundrie when she disappeared. Laundrie later showed up at their home in Florida with the white transit van they had been using [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Fiance missing as search for Florida woman continues

NORTH PORT, Florida - (KIFI & CNN) The FBI says they are searching for Brian Laundrie. It comes after Police in North Port said Friday evening they were speaking with family members of Laundrie, the fiancé of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, who was reported missing by her family nearly a week ago. "North Port Police are currently speaking with the Laundrie Family at their request," police said in a Twitter post.  "At this time, [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Wall That Heals now open in Blackfoot

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (KIFI) - Patriotism has filled the air at Jensen's Grove with the arrival of The Wall That Heals. The exhibit features a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The replica is 375 feet in length and stands 7.5 feet high at its tallest point. The names of the 58,281 service members who lost their lives during the Vietnam War are engraved on the wall. [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Victor store owner says missing woman and fiance were in store

VICTOR, Idaho (KIFI)- An owner of a local shop in Victor says Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie came into her store for nearly 20 minutes. The owner of Rustic Row writing on Facebook “Brian and Gabby came to Rustic Row. They told me they were traveling from Florida. They had just been to Teton Park and they said they were interested in going to Yellowstone and I told them they [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Madison Memorial Hospital opens up new mental health facility

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Sjidghnj1UA&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%3Drexburg%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) - Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg opened up it's brand new behavioral mental health center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday. Inside the new facility, there will be 12 new adult beds and rooms, a breakfast nook area and several staff offices. The project has been an idea five years in the making. Once they were able to fund the $2 million building, they started [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

IFFD reminds drivers about pulling over

https://youtube.com/watch?v=V7_mmiqd0cU&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-falls%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - As east Idaho grows, the calls for fire, police or EMS go up. On average, the Idaho Falls Fire Department receives more than 20,000 calls a year. But it says there is one thing that's hurting their response time. The EMS division chief for the fire department tells us during every call, they see at least one vehicle not pull over to let them pass. [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Police: Missing Florida woman and slain couple unrelated

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah county sheriff said Friday detectives have determined there is no connection between the disappearance of a Florida woman who went missing during a cross-country trip with her boyfriend and a still-unsolved slaying of two women who were fatally shot. Police in Florida had said Thursday a possible connection was being explored because the women were found dead in the same tourist town of [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 1,730 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 13 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 1,730 new COVID-19 cases and 13 new deaths Friday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 241,263. There are a total of 191,850 confirmed cases and 49,413 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. The state [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho leaders detail legal issues with federal vaccine mandate, threaten Biden with legal action

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – Governor Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Senate President Pro Tempore Chuck Winder and House Speaker Scott Bedke sent a letter to President Joe Biden Friday detailing the flaws with the President’s federal vaccine mandate on private business and threatened legal action if he does not rescind the directive. “One size fits all federal solutions are unproductive and do not appropriately balance the specific interests and needs of [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Pocatello Regional Transit announces changes for A, C and H routes

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Pocatello Regional Transit (PRT) is making some changes to three of its routes around Pocatello and Chubbuck. PRT is combining its J route service with the H route starting September 20. This route primarily serves the area around Idaho State University. The changes to the H route were made in consultation with officials at ISU. Meanwhile, the A and C routes will see minor bus arrival/departure time adjustments [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

IF Symphony cancels park concert due to COVID-19 surge

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - After months of planning and the growing anticipation of the Idaho Falls community, the Idaho Falls Symphony regrets to announce the cancelation of its upcoming “Symphony in the Park” concert that had been scheduled for Saturday. The Board of Directors met on Thursday and voted unanimously to cancel the concert based on the recent statewide declaration of Crisis Standards of Care and the dire circumstances facing hospitals and [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Infrared flight allows for updated acreage of Boundary Fire

SALMON, Idaho (KIFI) - A recent infrared flight has allowed for updated acreage figures of the Boundary Fire. The lightning caused fire that started on August 10 has burned 64,670 acres and is 48% contained. The Boundary Fire is burning in steep and inaccessible terrain in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, on the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Lowman Ranger District [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

New Portneuf River access available on Douglass Lane

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - You now have a new spot to finish your float on the Portneuf River. Recently, employees from the City of Pocatello, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Idaho Transportation Department, Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust, Idaho State University Geosciences and volunteers from the Portneuf Resource Council removed trees blocking floating on the Portneuf and started work on a new access point on City-owned property at Douglass Lane. During one [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Public invited to share input on ways to improve US 26 and 25th East in Idaho Falls

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) invites members of the public to attend a meeting for the US 26 and 25th East project in Idaho Falls. The meeting will be held in open house format on Thursday, Sept. 23. Individuals are welcome to stop by at any time from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bonneville High School Commons Area - 3165 E Iona Rd. in Idaho Falls. [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

NSA designates CEI’s Cybersecurity Program designated as Center of Academic Excellence

https://youtube.com/watch?v=HL48NYfuBiQ&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-falls%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D CEI CEI IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) — CEI’s Information Assurance & Cybersecurity program is now designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).  “This designation sets CEI apart as one of two Idaho community colleges holding the designation typically held by universities and addressing the shortage of cybersecurity professionals,” CEI Cybersecurity & Technology Chair Josh Duersch said. CAE-designated institutions must complete validation of a Program of Study (PoS) which is a series of [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho grants tax relief to victims of Hurricane Ida

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) — The Idaho State Tax Commission is extending deadlines to file and pay taxes for victims of Hurricane Ida.For victims in Louisiana, the relief postpones tax deadlines that fall from August 26, 2021, through January 2, 2022. As a result, affected taxpayers will have until January 3, 2022, to file returns and pay taxes that were originally due during this period.For victims in parts of Mississippi, the relief postpones tax deadlines that fall from August [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

Splash Dance for Dogs returns Saturday

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - The pups will be taking over the pool at the Ross Park Aquatic Complex Saturday. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the complex will host the 7th edition of the Splash Dance for Dogs organized by The Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter and Toyota. The entry fee is $10 per dog, and the event allows canines enjoy the facility just like their human pals. “Splash Dance for Dogs [...]

By |September 17th, 2021|Regional News|

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