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Mud Lick Fire 47% contained

SALMON, Idaho (KIFI) - The lightning caused Mud Lick Fire that started on July 8 has burned 20,643 acres and is 47% contained. Due to the threat of floods over the weekend, fire crews removed pumps and equipment near creeks and other risky areas. As weather conditions moderated, crews reinstalled and checked pumps to ensure they were able to support fire operations. Crews will continue building the contingency line along [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

EBR-1 museum open this weekend only

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) — The Experimental Breeder Reactor-I Atomic Museum will open to the public Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 8. The museum was closed for all of 2020, and this is the only weekend it will be open this summer. No reservations are necessary, and there is no cost. Masks will be required inside the museum. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); EBR-I is located 50 miles west [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Wyoming governor, delegation plan to attend Enzi funeral

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor and congressional delegation all plan to attend former U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi’s funeral in Gillette on Friday. The service is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Gillette College Pronghorn Center. A reception at the center will follow. Staff for Gov. Mark Gordon, Rep. Liz Cheney. Sen. Cynthia Lummis and Sen. John Barrasso tell the Casper Star-Tribune they plan to attend. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

More than 1,000 earthquakes rock Yellowstone in July YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (KIFI) - Scientists say July was a really shaky month at Yellowstone National Park. The US Geological Survey shared its monthly report on earthquake activity Tuesday. #Yellowstone July update: “doozy” of a month for EQs (7 swarms, 1000+ EQs, largest a M3.6). Existing faults “goosed” by increased pore pressure (from snow melt) & not magma moving (no change in #deformation data). #DYK: Solitary geyser once [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Boise woman charged in connection with Jan. 6 insurrection

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman has been charged with four misdemeanors after prosecutors said she participated in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by loyalists of then-President Donald Trump. Like many other defendants who have been charged in connection with the siege, Pam Hemphill of Boise posted videos to social media sites that showed her in Washington, D.C., in the days surrounding the insurrection and at [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Grizzly bear captured, relocated after livestock depredation near Island Park Reservoir

ISLAND PARK, Idaho (KIFI) - An adult male grizzly was captured and relocated Tuesday after USDA Wildlife Services officials determined the bear had killed a yearling domestic bull on a grazing allotment near Island Park Reservoir. A culvert trap was placed at the kill site on Monday, and Wildlife Services was able to successfully capture the bear. Biologists gave the grizzly a thorough health and body condition assessment before fitting the bear with a GPS collar [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

War Bonnet Round Up kicks off Wednesday with free event at Sandy Downs

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo, The War Bonnet Round Up, is gearing up to kick off its 110th year of rodeo festivities with a bit of a twist. On the day before the rodeo, organizers have traditionally held a mini version of the rodeo events in downtown Idaho Falls; however, this year, the rodeo has decided to hold that celebration at Sandy Downs. “Last year we weren’t able to [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Motorcyclist killed in crash on I-15

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho State Police report a motorcyclist died after a crash northbound on Interstate 15 at mile marker 66 in Pocatello Tuesday. According to ISP, at 9:42 p.m. a male driver was traveling northbound on a Honda VTX1300 motorcycle in the construction zone when he drove off the right shoulder, lost control and crashed. Police said he was not wearing a helmet and succumbed to his injures [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 status changes in Wyoming due to Delta variant

JACKSON, Wyo. (KIFI) - Wyoming’s fight against COVID-19 appears to be entering a new, concerning phase due to the Delta variant, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said the Delta variant is dominant in Wyoming right now, with most new cases in the state likely linked to the variant. “After months of relatively stable case numbers we [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Police on scene of incident in Blackfoot

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho State Police, Blackfoot Police, the Bingham County Sheriff and crime scene investigators are on scene of an incident at a house on Shilling Ave. between Rich Street and Willis Street. Neighbors say they heard gunshots around 8:05 a.m. Wednesday. Police have the area blocked off. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); This is a breaking story and will be updated as more details are released. The [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

Greene, Jordan, Meadows to headline Wyoming GOP fundraiser

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Allies of former President Donald Trump will headline a Republican fundraiser in Wyoming. Republican U.S. House Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, of Georgia, and Jim Jordan, of Ohio, will be at the event Thursday in Jackson Hole. Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also will be there. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the event at Spring Creek Ranch [...]

By |August 4th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 680 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 680 new COVID-19 cases and 6 new deaths Tuesday. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 202,032. About 89% of Idaho residents live in communities where masks should be worn again. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); There are a total of 161,470 confirmed cases and 40,562 probable cases in all 44 of the 44 counties in [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|Regional News|

BYU-Idaho fall semester COVID-19 plan

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) - Brigham Young University Idaho has released its COVID-19 plans for the fall semester. Students and staff will be required to wear masks in all campus buildings including Sunday's for at least the first two weeks. After, that the policy will be reviewed. googletag.cmd.push(function () { googletag.display("div-gpt-ad-6"); }); They ask everyone carefully consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine before the semester starts and keep practicing all the hygiene [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|Regional News|

War Bonnet Round Up to be inducted into Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo, The War Bonnet Round Up, is adding a new distinction to its storied history. Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Director PJ Holm recently received notification that the War Bonnet Round Up has been selected the newest member of the Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame (IRHF). “This came completely out of the blue for us and was a really welcome bit of news,” [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|Regional News|

Lawmaker who ID’d rape accuser may lose committee assignment

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A legislative ethics committee says an Idaho lawmaker who publicized the name of an intern who reported a rape should be stripped of one of her committee assignments for acting in an a manner “unbecoming” to the state's House of Representatives. The full House will now be asked to vote on the recommendation made Tuesday, but they will have to reconvene for the vote. Republican Rep. [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|Featured, Regional News|

Pocatello city council member Chris Stevens continues tough talk in her bid for mayor

Chris Stevens for Pocatello FacebookChris Stevens POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Chris Stevens is hitting the campaign trail early to get the message out that she believes Pocatello needs new leadership. Stevens was elected to the Pocatello City Council in 2019. She has since been at odds with current Mayor Brian Blad about numerous city issues but most importantly, the city budget. She says she had serious concerns about Pocatello's financial [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|Regional News|

Gov. Little to join COVID-19 media briefing Tuesday

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) will hold a media briefing about COVID-19 in Idaho at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) Tuesday. You can watch it below. Gov. Brad Little will offer opening remarks and then will leave the briefing. DHW officials also will offer brief remarks and then take questions from the media. Those who will attend the briefing from DHW include Director Dave Jeppesen, Dr. Kathryn [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|Regional News|

The latest on the Mud Lick, Iron and Haynes fires

SALMON, Idaho (KIFI) - Great Basin Incident Management Team 7 assumed command of the Mud Lick Fire at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. Team 7 will continue to focus on firefighter and public safety while protecting values at risk.  Mud Lick Fire  The fire experienced significant precipitation on Monday. Multiple mud slides and rock falls on the Salmon River Road temporarily impacted access, but local road crews worked hard to remove debris and [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|Regional News|

Edson Fichter Nature Area in Pocatello vandalized again

Maria Pacioretty/Idaho Fish and Game Maria Pacioretty/Idaho Fish and Game Maria Pacioretty/Idaho Fish and Game Maria Pacioretty/Idaho Fish and Game Maria Pacioretty/Idaho Fish and Game POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking information regarding another round of graffiti vandalism at the Edson Fichter Nature Area in Pocatello. This recent incident occurred sometime around July 27. This is the third time in four months the popular [...]

By |August 3rd, 2021|Regional News|

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