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Wyoming diabetes prevention efforts focus on prediabetes

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI) - Because of the strong link between prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) is encouraging people to learn more about their personal prediabetes risk through a simple screening option. Amber Nolte, Chronic Disease Prevention Program manager with WDH, estimated one in three Wyoming adults is at high risk of prediabetes, which is when a person’s blood sugar is high but not high [...]

By |December 4th, 2022|Regional News|

Snow King Mountain opens resort for the season

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (KIFI)-Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole opened their resort this weekend after getting the best snow in over a decade. The Rafferty Lift, Gondola and the King's Grill all opened for the winter sports season today, so those looking to shred some powder this holiday season can now hit the slopes. Other areas at Snow King, such as the Cowboy Coaster will open next weekend and King [...]

By |December 3rd, 2022|Regional News|

Wyoming legislative leadership and committee assignments finalized for 67th Legislature

 CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KIFI) - The members of the Wyoming Senate and House of Representatives selected their respective leadership and finalized committee assignments for the 67th Wyoming Legislature following party caucuses Nov. 19 and 20. Members of leadership will be formally confirmed, and newly elected legislators will be sworn-in Jan. 10 beginning at Noon, as provided by the Wyoming Constitution. In the Senate, Sen. Ogden Driskill (Devils Tower) was nominated for President [...]

By |December 3rd, 2022|Regional News|

Moose Fire community meeting set Dec. 6

SALMON, Idaho (KIFI) ‐ The Salmon-Challis National Forest will hold an in-person and virtual community meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. MST.  The Forest will discuss the Moose Fire Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) report and the next steps for the Salmon Municipal Watershed. Staff will be present to answer any additional questions on the status of the Moose Fire. The 130,205 acre Moose fire is currently 100% contained and [...]

By |December 3rd, 2022|Regional News|

AAA: Plan ahead to avoid a holiday mishap

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – It’s the holiday season, and while it’s a time of joyful celebration, a single mishap can result in a dangerous driving situation or a costly insurance claim. To keep the season merry and bright, AAA is offering tips to safely transport a Christmas tree and protect your home from a humbug moment. “An insurance claim can really put a damper on your holiday cheer,” says [...]

By |December 3rd, 2022|Regional News|

2022 General Post Election Audit Preliminary Results

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – On Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2002, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced the completion of the 2022 General Post-Election Audit. Senate Bill 1274, signed into law by the Governor this past session, created a post-election audit after each primary and general election. The counties were chosen by random ball draw weighted proportionally to their population, after which precincts from within those counties were selected. The eight counties were randomly [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

Snowplow zoning challenges

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - As winter weather hits Idaho Falls, some roads may be clear and safe to drive before others. Zone A Idaho Falls Roads in Zone A were built when households typically only had one vehicle and both the driveways and roadways were more narrow. But today, most of those households use street parking, and clearing every road becomes a big hassle. "We've heard a lot of people [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

Fall 2022 Idaho Reading Indicator results reach pre-pandemic levels

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – The latest results from Idaho’s early reading test, the Idaho Reading Indicator, show overall proficiency exceeding pre-pandemic levels, with especially strong improvement in kindergarten and first grade. Statewide results in the fall IRI indicate 56.7% of students in kindergarten through third grade are reading at grade level, up from 51% last fall and eclipsing 2019’s proficiency level of 54.7%. “Our educational communities’ hard work toward recovering [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center opens for 2022-2023 season

City of Pocatello City of Pocatello City of Pocatello POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - The East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center is officially open for the 2022-2023 season. Due to the amount of snow in November and December, the center was able to open earlier than in previous years, and 100% of the center is ready for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and fat biking on designated trails. “We are so excited [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

16th annual Aid For Friends homeless encampment this weekend

https://youtube.com/watch?v=4iymbH6ZLOk&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%3Dpocatello%22%7D%2C%22nonPersonalizedAd%22%3Afalse%7D%7D POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - These extremely cold temperatures are hitting our homeless population very hard. This weekend the Aid For Friends Shelter in Pocatello is drawing attention to the needs in our communities.  They are hosting its 16th annual homeless encampment at Caldwell Park. Members of the community will spend the night in cardboard boxes to help draw attention to the problem of homelessness in our home towns.  'We see the problem is [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

2 snowplows struck in Soda Springs with Thursday night’s winter storm

SODA SPRINGS, Idaho (KIFI) - Not one but two snowplows are damaged after being involved in separate accidents. The first snowplow was struck on Thursday afternoon with a semi on Idaho State Highway 30. That snowplow is deemed to be totaled and completely destroyed. The second snowplow was struck also near Soda Springs early Friday morning. This snowplow is damaged a good bit, but it is not totaled. The drivers [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

EXPLAINER: Deaths of 4 Idaho students fuel online sleuths

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The deaths of four University of Idaho students nearly three weeks ago has riled up thousands of would-be armchair sleuths, many of whom are posting speculation and unfounded rumors about the fatal stabbings online. Relatively few details have been released in the horrific case that has left the small town of Moscow stunned and grieving for Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. The unanswered questions [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

Soldier Mountain opening Chair 1 this Saturday

FAIRFIELD, Idaho (KIFI) - Soldier Mountain is opening Chair 1, also known as the High Trail Express, two weeks ahead of schedule this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, along with the Miss Belle magic carpet area and tubing hill. The ski resort will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. All services -- including the rental shop, snow sports school, restaurant, and Fox Den Pub -- will be [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

EXPLAINER: Deaths of 4 Idaho students fuel online sleuths

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The deaths of four University of Idaho students nearly three weeks ago has riled up thousands of would-be armchair sleuths, many of whom are posting speculation and unfounded rumors about the fatal stabbings online. Relatively few details have been released in the horrific case that has left the small town of Moscow stunned and grieving for Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. The unanswered questions [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

Soldier Mountain opening Chair 1 this Saturday

FAIRFIELD, Idaho (KIFI) - Soldier Mountain is opening Chair 1, also known as the High Trail Express, two weeks ahead of schedule this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, along with the Miss Belle magic carpet area and tubing hill. The ski resort will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. All services -- including the rental shop, snow sports school, restaurant, and Fox Den Pub -- will be [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

Simpson, Risch lead effort to prohibit ESA Sage-Grouse listing

Washington, D.C. (KIFI) – Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson and Senator Jim Risch this week led their colleagues in a bicameral letter to Senate and House leadership urging the continued Endangered Species Act (ESA) greater sage-grouse listing prohibition be maintained in a potential end-of-year spending package. “I have not fought this long and hard to prohibit a sage-grouse listing only for those efforts to be thwarted in a potential end-of-year spending [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

REO Speedwagon announces show at Mountain America Center

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – REO Speedwagon is coming to the Hero Arena inside Mountain America Center on Saturday, August 5. Tickets start at $39.50 plus applicable fees and go on-sale Friday, Dec. 9 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are available at the Mountain America Center Box office and ticketmaster.com. Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive, as well [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

Idaho average gas price drops below $4 first time since March

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) – Idaho drivers have more to smile about this holiday season.  According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in the Gem State is $3.999 Friday, the first time it’s been under the $4 mark since March of this year. “The state average has dropped by eight cents in just the past few days, with prices in the Treasure Valley falling by a [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

‘Mind control’ by parasites influences wolf-pack dynamics in Yellowstone National Park

By Kate Golembiewski, CNN Wolves are pack animals, living in family groups led by a matriarch and her mate. Some wolves stay with their pack their whole lives, helping hunt and raise pups like aunts and uncles as they mature, but others split off to find a mate of their own and start their own packs. There are lots of factors that go into these types of behavior, such as [...]

By |December 2nd, 2022|Regional News|

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