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Coexisting with creepy-crawlies

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Late-Summer through Early-Fall is the time of year Idahoans are most likely to come face to face with the infamous hobo spider. One local enthusiast says mating season is to blame. The male spiders are running around frantically, looking for a mate. "They're very fast and they can get very large. That's the reason wy people in Idaho are generally scared to death of them," [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Regional News|

Governor Little Recall Falls Short, Decision to Burn Petitions Draws Controversy

The following is an article re-distributed with permission from The Idaho Dispatch. The original article can be found HERE.   IDAHO - A number of recall efforts are underway in Idaho. There is a recall effort against Mountain Home Mayor Rich Sykes. Additionally, recalls against Boise Mayor Lauren McLean and City Councilmember Lisa Sanchez are also ongoing. However, the deadline to turn in petitions for the recall of Governor Brad [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Regional News|

Eastern Idaho Fair Food Tour visits Rexburg

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIFK) - The Eastern Idaho State Fair has had to adjust their plans many times due to the pandemic, but one thing that has continued is the food. On Thursday, the Fair Food Tour set up shop in Rexburg. "I got pulled pork nachos, she got crazy corn, and my little cousins, and siblings, they got corn dogs," said fair food fan, David. Despite the change of venue, [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Regional News|

Law Enforcement Searches for Leads in Vehicle Incident

The following is a release form the Bonneville County Sheriff's Department:  IDAHO FALLS - On August 12th, 2020, at approximately 1:00pm, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies in the Ammon Division and Idaho Falls Police Officers were dispatched to a report of an altercation in a moving vehicle between two people, a male and a female.  Dispatch received multiple calls that initially reported the altercation starting in the area of Curlew Dr. [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Regional News|

Initiative backers call it quits on education ballot drive

Idaho By KEITH RIDLER Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho group collecting online signatures for an education initiative for the November ballot has suspended the effort following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them. Reclaim Idaho on Thursday said it was ending the drive though the court case remains alive. But it's back at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and not likely to wrap up with [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Featured, Regional News|

New unemployment claims dip slightly

Local News BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Idahoans have filed 3,250 new claims for unemployment benefits in the week ending August 8.  The Idaho Department of Labor said that is 10%, or 357 claims, less than the previous week. The total number of people requesting a benefit payment was 20,263, a 4% decline from the previous week. Again this week, health care and social assistance workers represented the largest number of new claims [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Regional News|

Educators object to proposed liability bill

Local News BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-Among the issues being considered by the Idaho Legislature in a special session this month will be what legislators call the “Special Session Liability Bill.”   The intent of the bill would be to create a liability shield of protection against lawsuits during declared emergencies, like the COVID-19 epidemic. Supporters said the bill would protect businesses and schools that may find it difficult to follow local and [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Regional News|

Election officials urge Idahoans to register early

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-The Bonneville County Elections office is encouraging eligible voters to register early to vote in the general election.In-person early voting will begin around October 19.    The Elections Office said it is preparing polling places to open on Election Day, but warns that certain locations may not be available. Notices will be sent to registered voters impacted by any changes in their polling location.All registered voters may request [...]

By |August 13th, 2020|Regional News|

Body of missing Rigby man found

Local News We learned that the Bonneville County Sheriff's Search & Rescue team found the remains of Paul Oler in a canal Wednesday night. Crews and family members have been searching for the 53-year old Rigby man since his car rolled over on Highway 20 on August first. State Police troopers found his car at exit 311 and say he must have crashed while trying to get on the highway. [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|

District 91 discusses reopening plans

Education IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho Falls School District 91 had a meeting Wednesday night at Compass Academy to discuss their reopening plan. You can watch the meeting live from the school district's YouTube page below. [embedded content] For a closer look at the school district's reopening plan, click here. "The decision that's made tonight is how we open," District 91 Superintendent, George Boland said. "Where we go from there [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|

538 new Idaho COVID-19 cases Wednesday

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho officials reported 538 new COVID-19 cases and zero new deaths on Wednesday. This brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March to 26,133. There are a total of 24,418 confirmed cases and 1,715 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 Idaho counties, according to numbers released from the local health districts and the state. See the chart below. Southeastern Idaho Public [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|

High-speed crash sends 1 to hospital

MGN Online POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho State Police investigated a crash in Pocatello around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.   ISP reports 26-year-old Marita G. Gonzales, of Pocatello, was driving southbound on Garrett Way at excessive speeds in a 2003 Cadillac DeVille.   Gonzales went through the intersection of Garrett Way and E. Gould St., continuing southbound onto N. 3rd Ave and hit a parked commercial vehicle near the intersection of N. [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|

Stage 1 fire restrictions ordered on Bridger-Teton Forest

NPS JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK)-The Bridger-Teton National Forest has implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.  The fire danger is high and forecasts call for warm and dry conditionsto persist for the remainder of August and beyond. So far, the Teton Interagency Fire Center has extinguished 168 unattended or abandoned campfires this summer.Campfires are discouraged, but the restrictions allow fires only in designated areas and within installed fire [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|

High-speed crash sends 1 to hospital

MGN Online POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho State Police investigated a crash in Pocatello around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.   ISP reports 26-year-old Marita G. Gonzales, of Pocatello, was driving southbound on Garrett Way at excessive speeds in a 2003 Cadillac DeVille.   Gonzales went through the intersection of Garrett Way and E. Gould St., continuing southbound onto N. 3rd Ave and hit a parked commercial vehicle near the intersection of N. [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|

Stage 1 fire restrictions ordered on Bridger-Teton Forest

NPS JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI/KIDK)-The Bridger-Teton National Forest has implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.  The fire danger is high and forecasts call for warm and dry conditionsto persist for the remainder of August and beyond. So far, the Teton Interagency Fire Center has extinguished 168 unattended or abandoned campfires this summer.Campfires are discouraged, but the restrictions allow fires only in designated areas and within installed fire [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|

34 new COVID-19 cases in Southeastern Idaho

CDC SOUTHEAST IDAHO (KIFI/KIDK) - Southeastern Idaho Public Health has 34 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are 16 new cases in Bannock County, 3 in Bear Lake County, 14 in Bingham County and 1 in Oneida County. This brings the total of confirmed and probable cases to 1001. Out of the 1001 cases, 814 have recovered from COVID-19. For more information, click HERE. SIPH covers Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|

Idaho Falls man arrested for Walmart burglary

Crime Tracker IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho Falls Police officers were called to Walmart on 500 S Utah for reports of a burglary in process Sunday shortly before 4 p.m. A man, identified as 43-year-old Idaho Falls resident Gilberto Badachi, had walked out of the store with a cartload of more than $500 of unpaid merchandise and refused to stop when confronted by store employees. Badachi ran from store [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|

Fire near Montana-Idaho border increases to 1,500 acres

News A Bear Creek fire burning near the Montana-Idaho border is estimated to be approximately 1,500 acres Wednesday morning. The fire increased overnight from 200 acres Tuesday evening, fire managers said. The fire burned actively through the night due to low relative humidity, they said. The cause of the fire is unknown. The fire started Tuesday, August 11 at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the Lemhi Pass area. The fire is [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|

302 citations written during extra focus on seat belt enforcement

MGN Online IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Idaho State Police joined law enforcement partners throughout the state in a recent focus on seat belt education and enforcement. Between July 25 and August 7, ISP troopers wrote 302 citations to motorists found not wearing a seat belt. Troopers hope the focused enforcement reminds motorists to take responsibility for their own safety by buckling up. "Seatbelts are the quickest and easiest way to save a [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Regional News|
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