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LOCAL LINKS: Splash Self Serve Pet Spa

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - A do-it-yourself pet spa is making a big Splash in downtown Idaho Falls. It's fitting that the business name is Splash Self Serve Pet Spa. "I just try to make it a fun place," said owner Tina Dixon. "Customers say when they come around the corner, their dogs just go crazy." Splash is a self-serve pet spa that utilizes waist-high bathing tubs. They provide everything [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Governor: House recess will cause Idaho government problems

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little says the state House's decision to recess rather than officially adjourn like the Senate did will create major dysfunction in state government. Little said Thursday implementation of administrative rules is going to be among the problems. The arcane but important rules involve everything from licensing critical care nurses to environmental protections to hunting and fishing tags. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); Alex [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Scientists urge restoration of federal gray wolf protections

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A group of scientists urged the Biden administration Thursday to restore legal protections for gray wolves, saying their removal earlier this year was premature and that states are allowing too many of the animals to be killed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dropped wolves in most of the lower 48 states from the endangered species list in January. The decision was among more than 100 Trump [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 149 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 0 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 149 new COVID-19 cases and zero new deaths Thursday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 189,735. There are a total of 151,924 confirmed cases and 37,811 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 |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho Falls Zoo unveils new penguin exhibit

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI)- It was an exciting morning Thursday at Idaho Falls Zoo, with the ribbon cutting for the new penguin exhibit. David Pennock, the executive director for the zoo, said he hopes visitors use the exhibit as an educational moment. "If population trends continue the way they are now, this species will be extinct in the wild in five short years," Pennock said. "And so the main point [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

BLM issues fire prevention order, urges public to help prevent human-caused wildfires

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and with fire season already upon much of the State of Idaho, the BLM is asking for the public to help prevent human-caused wildfires. BLM Idaho State Director John F. Ruhs recently signed the 2021 Fire Prevention Order, which prohibits specific fire-related activities from May 10 to October 20.   The Fire Prevention Order makes it illegal to burn explosive material or use exploding targets, [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

D93 summer food service program beings June 7

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Bonneville School District 93 is gearing up for the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children ages 1 to 18 without charge beginning June 7. You can get meals at the following sites and times: googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); The post D93 summer food service program beings June 7 appeared first on Local News 8.

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Gov. Little announces $1,000 “Defend the Police” bonuses for frontline ISP personnel

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – During this National Police Week, Governor Brad Little is showing our law enforcement Idaho “backs the blue” by providing $1,000 hazard pay bonuses to frontline personnel at Idaho State Police. “Idaho truly is a state that ‘backs the blue.’ While other places seek to ‘defund the police,’ here in Idaho we are defending the police! Our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho Falls Regional Airport receives accreditation

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – The Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) has been awarded accreditation by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) as a GBAC STAR facility. The GBAC STAR is a performance-based accreditation program for facilities such as stadiums, arenas, convention centers, hotels, restaurants, medical facilities and others to help ensure proper cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention systems are in place to protect the public.   GBAC is [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Differing views emerge on Idaho legislative session outcome

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday offered differing views on the outcomes of Idaho's longest ever legislative session after lawmakers grappled with challenges brought on by fast growth and an influx of new residents straining roads, schools and tax fairness policy. "It's going to take some time to transition from old Idaho into this new Idaho," said Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke. "It's a different economy, but people [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho death row inmate asks Supreme Court to stop execution

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho man scheduled for execution in three weeks is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the state from moving forward with his lethal injection while it reviews his case. Attorneys for Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr. filed the request on Thursday, asking the nation's highest court to review whether he would have been convicted if jurors had known about a secret meeting between court officials and [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Teton County Wyo. to host 2 COVID-19 vaccine clinics

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI) - The Teton County Health Department will begin administering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to individuals ages 12 and up. This is following the decision made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 to recommend to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should be made available for people ages 12 and up. The ACIP met [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Eastern Idaho State Fair rewards dedicated students

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (KIFI) – The Eastern Idaho State Fair, in partnership with Butler Amusements, Inc., announced six finalists who have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the college of her choice. A five-member scholarship committee selected the winners out of the numerous commendable applicants. “We were so impressed this year in the quality of applicants that we received. This year’s decision was the most difficult that we have ever had [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Updated CDC guidance says people vaccinated against COVID-19 can go without masks indoors and outdoors

People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic," Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 briefing. "We have all longed for [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Wienermobile comes to eastern Idaho

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Let's be frank, we all need a reason to smile. What better way to bring smiles to eatern Idaho than a 27-foot long hot dog on wheels? Tommy Salami and Niener Wiener will be bringing free, family-friendly events to grocery stores in the area. You can view the schedule below. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); The iconic vehicle has been cruising the hot dog highways [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Lawsuit dropped in alleged Idaho doctor-patient insemination

https://youtube.com/watch?v=kkPvUiSf61U&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 (AP) - The lawsuit against a retired Idaho gynecologist accused of using his own sperm to inseminate a patient seeking fertility treatments has been dismissed. Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler brought the lawsuit against Dr. Gerald Mortimer in 2018 after their daughter, Kelli Rowlette, learned through genetic testing that Mortimer was her biological father, not Fowler. The case had been set to go to trial next [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

2 Idaho high school seniors honored as 2021 Presidential Scholars

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – Students from Moscow and Nampa have been named U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2021, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced Thursday. “Congratulations to Jaston B. McClure of Moscow High School and Katherine E. Hebdon of Skyview High, who have been selected among 161 high school seniors nationwide for the 57th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars,” Superintendent Ybarra said. “I’m proud to have these outstanding young Idahoans representing their [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

South Entrance and select roads in Yellowstone to open Friday

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (KIFI) - Weather-permitting, the following roads in Yellowstone National Park will open Friday, May 14, at 8 a.m. to public motorists:  South Entrance to West Thumb Lake Village to West Thumb West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass)   Conditions can change quickly, especially during spring and fall, and roads can temporarily close due to poor driving conditions.  googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); For road status updates:  Visit park roads. Text "82190" to 888-777 to receive Yellowstone road [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

Rocky Mountain Middle School announces new mascot

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Rocky Mountain Middle School will have a new mascot next year. Bonneville School District 93 announced the Rocky Mountain Panthers will become the Rocky Mountain Stingers. The district said this change is to align the middle school's mascot and colors with Bonneville High School, just like Sandcreek Middle School and Black Canyon Middle School did with their respective high schools. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Regional News|

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