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Pocatello/Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce cleanup Hiline Road ahead of fall event

Local News CHUBBUCK, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Pocatello and Chubbuck region may be getting a bit of a makeover. The Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce's Community Beautification Committee cleaned up areas alongside Hiline Road in Chubbuck on Wednesday. The Committee wanted to get a head start before their annual Fall Cleanup taking place next Saturday, Oct. 3.  "Traditionally, we have cleaned up on Bannock Highway," said Chamber of Commerce member Lisa Armijo. [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|Regional News|

Minidoka Project dams handed over to private companies

WASHINGTON D.C. (KIFI/KIDK)-The Bureau of Reclamation is transferring ownership of the Minidoka Project to two irrigation districts, the Minidoka Irrigation District and the A&B Irrigation District in Magic Valley. Minidoka Project lands extend from the town of Ashton, Idaho along the Snake River, about 300 miles downstream to the town of Bliss in south-central Idaho.  It includes five reservoirs, including the Minidoka Dam and Powerplant and Lake Walcott, Jackson Lake [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|Regional News|

Flags to fly at half-staff to honor firefighter Ricky Fulton

Idaho IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - American flags and State of Idaho flags will be flown at half-staff starting Thursday, Sept. 24 for the death of Ricky Fulton, a firefighter who lost his life in the line of duty. You can view our previous story about that HERE. The flags will be at half-staff until the day following the memorial service, per Idaho Code 67-820. That date has not been [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|Regional News|

Pocatello Animal Services to address stray cat problem with trap and release

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Pocatello Animal Services is taking a new approach to an age-old problem: stray cats. “It’s always the same. Every year we get an abundance of cats and we just do the same thing. Well, nothing’s changing so let’s try something else,” said Josh Heinz, Pocatello Animal Services Director. Recently, Pocatello Animal Services started its Community Cat Program. Animal Services staff will set traps in areas [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Parents debate Halloween celebrations

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - In years past, the start of fall is typically the start of Halloween planning. Children begin picking out costumes, parents start loading up on goodies to hand out, and the spooky season begins. This year, Governor Little says Halloween during the pandemic may be more of a risky season. "I love going on Halloween with my grandchildren, but this is going to be a high-risk [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Pocatello Fire Department act swiftly in Monday’s fire

News POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Pocatello Fire Department had quite an eventful day on Monday. A brush fire formed quickly alongside Alvin Ricken Drive in Pocatello. The flames moved along I-15, threatening campus facilities on the east side of the interstate. The fire crew responded in a swift manner. "The key is always getting them when they're small, because the bigger head of steam they get, the harder they [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Bannock County DMV to close for training

Local News BANNOCK COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho State Department of Transportation will be implementing a new software system (GEM) for all Department of Motor Vehicles offices statewide on October 13, 2020. In preparation for this change in systems, Bannock County Motor Vehicle Department will be closed to the public for training on Monday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Oct. 9. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause," Bannock County [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

396 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho officials reported 396 new COVID-19 cases and 3 new deaths on Wednesday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 38,743. There are a total of 35,363 confirmed cases and 3,380 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. Southeastern Idaho [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

24 new COVID-19 cases in Southeastern Idaho

SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 24 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 8 new cases in Bannock County, 9 in Bingham County, 2 in Caribou County, 3 in Franklin County, 1 in Oneida County and 1 in Power County. This brings the total of confirmed and probable cases to 2,508. Out of the 2,508 cases, 1,874 have recovered from COVID-19. For more information, click HERE. [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Police seek help locating circuit breaker thieves

Crime Tracker POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Pocatello Police Department is requesting your assistance locating circuit breaker thieves. On Tuesday at 8:00 a.m., the owner of Jamba Juice at 1103 Yellowstone Avenue reported the theft of circuit breakers. The exterior panel was opened and the breakers were removed. According to Idaho Power, the individuals responsible most likely have some electrical experience. Earlier this month, there were 43 similar thefts at [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Pilot killed in tanker crash near Emmett

EMMETT, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-A pilot flying a Single Engine Air Tanker was killed at around 7 p.m. Tuesday during an initial attack operation on the Schill Fire, about 2 miles southeast of Emmett. The pilot was identified as Ricky Fulton.  He was flying a T-857 aircraft owned by Aero S.E.A.T. Inc.   Fulton was on an on-call contract with BLM Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. Firefighters [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

DOE marks major milestone in reactor research project

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-The U.S. Department of Energy has approved “Critical Decision 1” for the Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) project.  Critical Decision 1 is the second step in the formal process used to review and manage research infrastructure projects. The VTR is described as a one-of-a-kind scientific user facility that would support research and development of innovative nuclear energy and other technologies. As part of the decision, federal committees reviewed [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Senate considers endangered species amendments

Local News WASHINGTON D.C. (KIFI/KIDK)-Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon testified before Senator John Barrasso’s (R-Wyo) Committee on Environment and Public Works Wednesday on a plan to update and modernize the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).   Gordon said an initial proposal made some significant improvements, elevating the role of state wildlife agencies in species management and recovery plans. “Private landowners, ranchers and farmers across our nation have made amazing contributions to [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Telehealth program to bring critical care to Rexburg

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg will partner with Intermountain Healthcare (IHC) for Telehealth Critical Care beginning October 1. The program will allow adult patients suffering from critical conditions to be treated at Madison Memorial, as they would be in a larger, specialized Intensive Care Unit. IHC perfected the process with its own rural hospitals over the past five years. Madison Memorial said the partnership will provide clinical serve, [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Idaho aims for 1M registered voters in November election

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Elections officials in Idaho have said they are aiming for a million registered voters in the state this year, many of whom are expected to vote by mail during the pandemic. About 330,000 state residents have already requested absentee ballots, with at least a third of residents living in Ada County where most of the state's population resides, the Idaho Press reported. Secretary of State Lawerence Denney [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Wyoming COVID-19 deaths rise to 50

Local News CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK)-Wyoming deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic have now risen to 50.   The Wyoming Department of Health said the latest was an older adult living in Big Horn County.  He had been hospitalized for treatment in another state following virus exposure in Wyoming.  The man did have health conditions putting him at higher risk of serious illness related to COVID-19. Among Wyoming residents, there have now [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Bonneville County elections office have made changes for this years election

BONNEVILLE COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - This is shaping up to be a big election year. Normally, Bonneville County will send out up to 4,000 ballots. So far this year, they have sent out 17,000 ballots.  Bonneville County's Election supervisor Brenda Prudent tells us voters have two major concerns. "Will the polls be open on election day? Seems to be at the top of everybody's mind and the next one is; Is our [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Jefferson School District revises Back-To-School plan

RIGBY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Jefferson School District 251 Superintendent Chad Martin announced the board of trustees revised the district's Back-To-School plan at an emergency school board meeting Tuesday. The board voted to adjust protocols while the district is in the Yellow or “Moderate Risk” zone by moving to a four-day week with Mondays being a “flexible learning day” for students. This starts on Monday, October 5, 2020. With this change, [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|

Bayer-Soda Springs employees support school backpack program

Local News SODA SPRINGS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Bayer’s Soda Springs facility has presented the Idaho Foodbank with a $10,000 grant. The funding will support child nutrition efforts through the Backpack program, which provides weekend meals to chronically hungry students every Friday. There are approximately 63 schools in the region that participate in the program.  According to the Foodbank, the grant will provide over 1,400 of the 17,500 backpacks that are distributed in [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Regional News|
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