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Protesters burn masks at Idaho Capitol rally against rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP)- At least a hundred people gathered at the front of the Idaho Capitol on Saturday to burn masks in a protest against measures taken to limit infections and deaths caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Anti-mask groups say mask mandates are a restriction of their freedoms. Health experts say they help slow the spread of the disease. Videos posted on social media showed adults encouraging children to toss [...]

By |March 7th, 2021|Regional News|

104 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 104 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths on Saturday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 172,931. There are a total of 139,874 confirmed cases and 33,057 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. googletag.cmd.push(function () [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 73 new COVID-19 cases in the area

MGN Image SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Local health officials reported 73 new COVID-19 cases in the area Saturday. See the health district breakdown below. UPDATE 4:30 p.m. Eastern Idaho Public Health reported 51 new COVID-19 cases Saturday. There are 28 new cases in Bonneville, 3 in Fremont, 4 in Jefferson, 15 in Madison and 1 in Teton. There are a total of 473 active cases. You can [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Regional News|

Your thoughts wanted on Proposed Trail System in Pocatello

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - The City of Pocatello Parks and Rec. Dept. is seeking comments about a planned Pioneer Ridge Trail System. It would be located in the BLM’s East Bench Recreation Management Zone. Designers are planning a primary access point along Pocatello Creek Road. It would lead to than 20 miles of trails. They would offer hiking, biking, horseback riding and some all-terrain-vehicle use. City Council members plan to [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Regional News|

3 dogs safe after pulled from Snake River

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Three dogs are safe after they were pulled from the icy Snake River Saturday. At approximately 11:15 a.m., dispatch received reports of three dogs that had gone into the Snake River near the intersection of W. Elva Street and Riverside Drive, just north of the LDS Temple in Idaho Falls. The reporting person told dispatch the dogs were struggling to get out of the icy [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Regional News|

S. Idaho man facing murder charge years after wife’s death

BURLEY, Idaho (AP) - A south-central Idaho man has been charged with first-degree murder following the shooting death of his wife in 2014. Authorities said 32-year-old Jimmy Lee Murphy was taken into custody Wednesday. Murphy took out a $650,000 life insurance policy on his wife just weeks before she was killed in what police say was a staged robbery. The insurance company refused to pay the $650,000 claim. googletag.cmd.push(function () { [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Regional News|

Dogs saved from waters of icy river

The report of three dogs struggling to get out of the icy water came into 911 dispatch around 11:15 this morning. The witness said the animals had gone into the Snake River near the intersection of W. Elva Street and Riverside Drive in Idaho Falls. Members of the Idaho Falls Police Department, Idaho Falls Animal Services and Idaho Falls Fire Department responded. Animal Services crews were able to quickly rescue [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Regional News|

Senate passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan after all-night votes

The Senate passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan on Saturday, after an all-night “vote-a-rama” and a 12-hour struggle to get one Democrat to support the party’s plan on a critical issue. The vote was 50 to 49 on a party-line vote. The legislation is now expected to go back to the House for a final vote before Biden signs it into law. Democrats have faced fierce pressure [...]

By |March 6th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic walkthrough

https://youtube.com/watch?v=VdPWPkJkPwE&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%3Dcoronavirus%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - In Pocatello, when you do go to get your COVID-19 vaccination, there is a good chance you will be getting it at the mass vaccination clinic on the Idaho State University campus. The clinic has the ability to vaccinate up to 600 people per day, and healthcare workers say it's been a huge help. "We are holding this mass vaccine clinic at ISU in [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho House passes opt in requirement for sex education

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers in the Idaho House have passed legislation that would require parents to opt in their kids to some sex education lessons in school. The bill, sponsored by Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Barbara Ehardt, passed 56-12 on a party-line vote Friday, and now goes to the Senate. If enacted, it would change the existing state law, which allows parents to opt out if they don’t want [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|

240 new Idaho COVID-19 cases

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 240 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 172,827. There are a total of 140,013 confirmed cases and 32,814 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. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); The [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|

Filer man sentenced to 24 years for sexual exploitation of children

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – A 29-year-old Filer man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 292 months in federal prison for sexual exploitation of children, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez, Jr. announced Friday. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also ordered Michael Robert Gorley to serve five years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Gorley pleaded guilty to the charge on May 12, 2020. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); According [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|

9 applicants seek Idaho Supreme Court seat

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - Nine attorneys and judges from across Idaho are being considered to replace retiring Idaho Supreme Court Justice Roger Burdick. The Idaho Judicial Council released the names of the applicants for the position Friday. They include: Kimmer W. Callahan of Coeur d'Alene, a lawyer in private practice.Bart M. Davis of Boise, recently the U.S. attorney for the District of Idaho.Leslie M. Hayes of Boise, an Idaho deputy attorney [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: SIPH reports 31 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death

MGN Image SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE 3:40 p.m. Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 31 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and another death 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 15,450. Out of the 15,450 cases, 15,226 have recovered from COVID-19. SIPH has also confirmed another death due to COVID-19 in Bannock [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 125 new COVID-19 cases in the area, 1 new death

MGN Image SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE 5:05 p.m. Local health officials reported 125 new COVID-19 cases and one new COVID-19 related death in the area Friday. See the health district breakdown below. UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Eastern Idaho Public Health reported 94 new cases Friday. There are 51 new cases in Bonneville, 5 in Fremont, 9 in Jefferson, 21 in Madison and 8 in Teton. There are a total of [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|

Local teacher-certification bill passes House

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - The State House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to allow local school districts and public charter schools to certify anyone as a teacher as long as they meet locally set requirements. The certificate would only be good for inside the district or charter school. Supporters of the bill say it will help districts fill empty teaching positions but is opposed by the Idaho Education Association [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho House kills attorney general’s budget

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho House has killed the Idaho Attorney General's budget for the upcoming year, a move that will force the Legislature's budget-setting committee to create a new budget for the office. The 40-29 vote Friday appeared to be latest move in a series of attempts by some conservative lawmakers to limit the power of Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Wasden's opponents have also pushed legislation that would bar his [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho man charged with hacking into computers in Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) - An Idaho man faces federal charges after authorities say he hacked into the computers of a Georgia city and Atlanta area medical clinics. Robert Purbeck - who used online aliases Lifelock and Studmaster - was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Georgia, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta. He's charged with computer fraud and abuse, access device fraud and wire fraud. [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|

Wyoming governor quietly mobilized Guard troops in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - While the Wyoming National Guard was sending more than 100 troops to Washington, D.C., to help with security around President Joe Biden's inauguration in January, Gov. Mark Gordon quietly mobilized dozens of Guard troops and others in case of violence at the state Capitol in Cheyenne. The all-but-undisclosed local deployment Jan. 15-21, specifics of which came to light Friday after an inquiry by The Associated Press, stood in [...]

By |March 5th, 2021|Regional News|
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