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614 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho officials reported 614 new COVID-19 cases and 5 new deaths on Wednesday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 42,048. There are a total of 38,186 confirmed cases and 3,862 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 30th, 2020|Regional News|

East Idaho fires burned less acres, more started by humans

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - In a typical fire season, about 106 fires in east Idaho will burn about 80,000 acres. “This year has been significantly lower,” said Sarah Wheeler with the US Forest Service and Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center. This year, 120 fires have burned 18,000 acres, a significant decrease from previous years. Wheeler attributes this to a few things. “First, is just pure luck, like where fires started, [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

47 new COVID-19 cases in Southeastern Idaho

SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 47 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 28 new cases in Bannock County, 1 in Bear Lake County, 8 in Bingham County, 2 in Butte County, 3 in Franklin County and 5 in Power County. This brings the total of confirmed and probable cases to 2,970. Out of the 2,970 cases, 2,442 have recovered from COVID-19. For more information, click [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Police release name of suspect shot by officers

News POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Pocatello Police are releasing the name of the person who was shot by officers on Friday night. Jake Lee Sheeler, 28, is in critical condition at the Portneuf Medical Center being treated for gunshot wounds, according to the house supervisor. He is suspected of stealing two guns from a home on Hyde Street Friday afternoon and threatening the home owner -- which led to police [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Risch meets with Supreme Court nominee

Local News WASHINGTON D.C. (KIFI/KIDK)-Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett continued to make rounds of U.S. Senate offices.  On Wednesday, Barrett met with Idaho Senator Jim Risch (R).    Following their meeting Risch issued the following statement: “Judge Barrett’s credentials are impressive and her legal acumen was evident in my discussion with her. Judge Barrett’s respect for and defense of the U.S. Constitution makes her an exceptional nominee to serve as [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Regulators set hearing on water company acquisition

Top Stories BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a telephonic public hearing to consider the Falls Water Company’s proposal to acquire and operate the Morning View Water System.  Falls Water has operated an Idaho Falls water system since 1958, serving about 5,500 customers.  Morning View serves about 118 residential customers in and around Rigby. Falls Water is not proposing any increases in rates. The hearing is set [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Ammon Fire Department joining Fire District

AMMON, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Ammon Fire Department firefighters are serving their last day under the city of Ammon. Thursday marks the beginning of their new leadership under Bonneville County Fire District #1. The turnover means the Ammon Fire Department employees will now be Fire District employees.  Ammon Fire Department will drive the same trucks with the same paint schemes and everything will look the same on the outside. They will [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Westside Ranger District plans prescription burn

Local News POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Approximately 1,276 acres, 5 miles east of Pocatello, will be treated with prescribed fire operations this fall on the Westside Ranger District. The work, in the Toponce area, will begin in October and continue through December, depending on weather conditions.  The burns are part of a multi-year Caribou-Targhee National Forest project aimed at improving wildlife habitat and managing forest fuels. The activity is planned for fall [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Tetonia area wetlands earn easement protection

News DRIGGS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Teton Regional Land Trust has completed a new conservation easement that will help protect the Spring Creek wetland complex near Tetonia. The new easement will add an additional 110 acres to the existing 200 acres already protected.  It will help enhance habitat protection for native plants, fish, and wildlife, including “species of greatest conservation need.” "It is great to see the sensitive habitat of the Spring Creek [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Idaho joins $39.5 million multistate settlement over 2014 Anthem data breach

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced Idaho’s participation in a $39.5 million multistate settlement with health insurance provider Anthem, Inc. Wednesday. The 43-state settlement stems from Anthem’s 2014 data breach that exposed the personal information of 78.8 million Americans. The settlement requires Anthem to implement data security and good governance provisions that will better protect consumers’ personal information. In February 2015, Anthem disclosed cyber attackers had infiltrated [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Yellowstone fire danger reduced to high

Local News YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (KIFI/KIDK) - The parkwide wildland fire danger for Yellowstone National Park has been reduced to high. Backcountry fire restrictions will be lifted on October 1. Campfires are only permitted within established fire rings in campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. All campfires must be cold to the touch before abandoning. Soak, stir, feel, repeat until cold. Stay informed about current fire activity in Yellowstone. For area [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Man arrested after injury hit and run crash

BONNEVILLE COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A 27-year-old Idaho Falls man was arrested for leaving the scene of an injury crash Tuesday. Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies and Idaho Falls Fire were dispatched to the area of 5000 W. 17th N. to an injury crash involving a female victim riding a bicycle around 4:10 p.m.  Upon arrival, deputies and fire personnel located the 58-year-old female victim and two individuals who found her injured [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Judge considers change of venue in Dripps murder case

News IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Attorneys for Brian Dripps asked 7th District Judge Joel Tingey Wednesday to move his approaching trial somewhere outside Bonneville County. 7th District Judge Joel Tingey has taken the issue under advisement.Tingey’s attorney Jim Archibald argued for a hearing someplace like Boise or Caldwell.  Dripps is accused of the rape and murder of Angie Dodge in Idaho Falls 24 years ago.  He was charged after DNA evidence [...]

By |September 30th, 2020|Regional News|

Fluor Idaho enters into Mentor-Protégé Agreement with Walsh Engineering Services

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – Fluor Idaho, cleanup contractor at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site, has signed a Mentor-Protégé Agreement with Idaho Falls-based business Walsh Engineering Services. Walsh Engineering Services will provide Fluor Idaho with civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering expertise. In turn, Walsh Engineering will work with Fluor Idaho to become more proficient in project management and scheduling. Mark Pope, owner and president of Walsh Engineering [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

511 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho officials reported 511 new COVID-19 cases and 4 new deaths on Tuesday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 41,434. There are a total of 37,699 confirmed cases and 3,735 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 29th, 2020|Regional News|

EIPH confirmes 2 more deaths due to COVID-19

Coronavirus Coverage BANNOCK COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Eastern Idaho Public Health has confirmed two more deaths associated with COVID-19. Both individuals were males in their 70s. One was from Bonneville County and the other was from Madison County. This brings the total to 25 deaths in the health district. There are 17 reported deaths in Bonneville, 3 in Fremont, 2 in Jefferson, 2 in Madison and 1 in Custer. Southeastern [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Gallatin County adds up Bridger Foothills fire impact

Local News BOZEMAN, Mont. (KIFI/KIDK)-Gallatin County, Montana officials have tallied up the impact of the Bridger Foothills fire that swept through Gallatin and part of Park County beginning September 5, 2020.   The fire grew from 400 acres to over 7,000 in a 6-hour period. The canyon topography, with homes located along long, winding roads, and surrounded by forest land, warnings and evacuations were extremely dangerous. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Wyoming to modify some COVID-19 restaurant restrictions

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK)-Over the past 14 days, Wyoming has averaged approximately 79 new cases of COVID-19 per day.  The percent of COVID-19 tests with a positive result is 5.1%.  Now, Governor Mark Gordon has decided to ease restrictions on restaurants in the state.  The new rules take effect October 1. Changes in Health Order Number 1 will no longer require restaurants to space out seating in booths.  It increases the [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|

Your Health Idaho to post new plans Thursday

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Your Health Idaho clients will have a record number of medical and dental plans to choose from, plus a new insurance carrier in the 2021 mix. According to Your Health Idaho, Regence, which currently sells small group and individual plans off-exchange in Idaho, will offer medical coverage on the plan for the first time next year. Regence will bring the total number of carriers on the Idaho exchange [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Regional News|
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