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US extends travel restrictions at Mexican and Canadian land borders as it makes plans to allow fully vaccinated foreign visitors to fly to America

By Jason Hoffman and Priscilla Alvarez, CNN The United States is extending nonessential travel restrictions at land crossings with Canada and Mexico through October 21, even as it makes plans to allow fully vaccinated foreign visitors to come to the US later this year. “We do not have any updates to the land border policies at this point. Title 19 is being extend for another month, as it is done [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Forest Service trying to reduce wildfires by burning slash piles

KIFISlash Piles ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) - You may have seen piles like this while you have been out camping in the forest. They’re called slash piles.  They’re a type of fire mitigation that is designed to keep the forest healthy and prevent dangerous wildfires.  Forest rangers and fire officials reduce the fuel in an area by safely burning highly flammable fuels like dead trees and pine needles. “They basically [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho’s unemployment rate drops to 2.9% for August

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by one-tenth of a percent from July to 2.9%. August was the first time Idaho's unemployment rate dropped below 3% since March of 2020. The state's previous streak of unemployment rates under 3% lasted for 26 months – from February 2018 to March 2020. Idaho’s labor force participation rate held steady at 62.5% for August, as the number of people [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Boundary Fire nearly 50% contained

SALMON, Idaho (KIFI) - The lightning caused Boundary Fire that started on August 10 has burned 73,620 acres and is 48% contained. The Boundary Fire is burning in steep and inaccessible terrain in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness(FCRONRW), on the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Lowman Ranger District of the Boise National Forest. Firefighter and public safety remain the number one [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Roadside maintenance beings Monday in Jackson

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI) — The Jackson and Blackrock Ranger districts of the Bridger-Teton National Forest have planned roadside clearing of vegetation in four areas. Beginning on Monday, Four Mile Road (FS 30050) on the Blackrock District followed by the Shadow Mountain Loop (FS 30340) and Mosquito Creek (FS 30980) on the Jackson District. Each location is planned to be completed in four to six days. Officials say this maintenance will improve the [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Autopsy will be conducted this week on remains found in Gabby Petito case

By Madeline Holcombe, CNN The case of missing Gabby Petito took a tragic turn Sunday when police found human remains during their search for her — and officials are working to determine whether the discovery could answer questions regarding what happened to the 22-year-old. Teton County, Wyoming, Coroner Dr. Brent Blue told CNN an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, saying officials would confirm the identity of the remains through photographs, [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Higher pay, bonuses attract more Idaho correction officers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's top prison official says a boost in pay and bonuses for prison workers has caused a spike in applications and increased retention of those already employed. Idaho Department of Correction Director Josh Tewalt told the Legislature's Criminal Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee on Friday the agency has received more than 130 applications and that some officers who planned to leave are staying. Corrections facilities have been [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Plane tips backward during unloading in Idaho

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A United Airlines plane tipped backward while being unloaded in Idaho, with passengers including part of the University of Southern California football team still on board. United representatives said in a statement that the plane tipped — so that its nose was pointing in the air — due to a weight shift during unloading in Lewiston on Friday. No injuries were reported. The plane was leveled [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Principal of SW Idaho charter school dies due to COVID-19

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) — Officials at a southwestern Idaho public charter school say the school's principal has died due to COVID-19. The school board at Heritage Community Charter School in Caldwell announced the death of Javier Castaneda in a letter to parents. The school's website links to a GoFundMe page that says Castaneda died unexpectedly Wednesday as a result of becoming ill with COVID-19. He is survived by his wife [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Pocatello Pump brings out the competition

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - The oldest rock climbing competition in the United States returned to the Gate City. Idaho State University’s Outdoor Adventure Center hosted this year's Pocatello Pump. The event was held on the basalt crags of Ross Park’s sunny side and shady side, where participants of all ages climbed rocks with varying stages of difficulty. "People have been supporting the Pocatello Pump for 41 years and we see [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Body found in search area for missing woman

MOOSE, Wyoming (KIFI)- Officials have found a body in the area where they had been searching for Gabby Petito. Teton County Coroner Brent Blue was seen arriving in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  Sources also confirm that about 10 minutes after Blue arrived on the scene, search dogs participating in the search left the search area. The post Body found in search area for missing woman appeared first on Local News [...]

By |September 19th, 2021|Regional News|

UPDATED: Body found in search area for missing woman

MOOSE, Wyoming (KIFI)- Officials have confirmed they found a body "consistent with the description" of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, officials announced Sunday. The body has not been officially identified, and the cause of death has not been confirmed. "I would like to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gabby's family," an FBI supervisor said. "As every parent can imagine this is an incredibly difficult time for the family and friends. Our [...]

By |September 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Woman dead after UTV accident

ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) - A woman died Friday night, after a UTV accident. A Fremont County Sheriff's deputy and Island Park EMS responded to the call just before 11 P.M. near Big Springs. The reporting party, Scott Taylor, told dispatch that he and his wife, Tonya Taylor, had been in a single-vehicle accident and that Tonya was trapped under the UTV and submerged in water. Officials say Taylor initially [...]

By |September 19th, 2021|Regional News|

UPDATED: Body found in search area for missing woman

MOOSE, Wyoming (KIFI)- Officials have confirmed they found a body "consistent with the description" of missing 22-year-old Gabby Petito, officials announced Sunday. The body has not been officially identified, and the cause of death has not been confirmed. "I would like to extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to Gabby's family," an FBI supervisor said. "As every parent can imagine this is an incredibly difficult time for the family and friends. Our [...]

By |September 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Woman dead after UTV accident

ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) - A woman died Friday night, after a UTV accident. A Fremont County Sheriff's deputy and Island Park EMS responded to the call just before 11 P.M. near Big Springs. The reporting party, Scott Taylor, told dispatch that he and his wife, Tonya Taylor, had been in a single-vehicle accident and that Tonya was trapped under the UTV and submerged in water. Officials say Taylor initially [...]

By |September 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Fatal drowning in Fremont County

FREMONT COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI)- A person drowned Saturday afternoon in Fremont County, after a group of people floating in a drift boat hit a rock and threw out everyone inside. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says the call came in about 2 P.M. A press release states: "Multiple responders from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Fremont County EMS, and Fremont County Search and Rescue responded due to the location of [...]

By |September 19th, 2021|Regional News|

Pocatello hosts Gift of Life Walk/Run

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Organ donors got the help they need thanks to the Pocatello community. On Saturday, The Portneuf Wellness Complex hosted the annual Gift of Life Walk/Run.  The event featured a 5k and 2k run. Signs were displayed on the lawn of local donors and their story.  Event Organizer Dixie Madsen says she enjoyed seeing donor families participate in the event.  "For a lot of families, this is a really important [...]

By |September 19th, 2021|Regional News|

FBI confirms ongoing ground search in Grand Teton National Park for missing woman

MOOSE, Wyoming (KIFI)- The Denver field office of the FBI has confirmed they, along with the National Park Service, Teton County Sheriff's Office & Jackson Police Department are currently conducting ground surveys in areas of Grand Teton National Park that are "relevant to the investigation" in Gabrielle Petito's disappearance. Everyone is asked to maintain distance from any law enforcement personnel, equipment, vehicles, and their related activity for the "safety of [...]

By |September 18th, 2021|Regional News|

Roadway repairs begin Monday on ID-33 in Madison County

MADISON COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - On Monday, the Idaho Transportation Department will begin repairs on Idaho Highway 33 in Madison County. Work will occur through the city of Rexburg, where crews will mill and repave portions of the roadway to improve safety and the driving experience for motorists.  “We are working to fix areas of the highway that have developed potholes,” ITD Manager Bryan Young said. “This will help to both ensure that [...]

By |September 18th, 2021|Regional News|

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