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2 injured in possible home invasion

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI) – Deputies are trying to determine who entered a home in Rexburg early this morning injuring two people inside. The Madison County Sheriff’s office was called to a mobile home on 12th West near Rexburg at 5:00 a.m. Monday. The couple in the home were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Police have been looking for a suspect, but have no description. Family members have created [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

COVID-19 UPDATES: 2,302 new Idaho COVID-19 cases, 36 new deaths

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - Idaho officials reported 2,302 new COVID-19 cases and 36 new deaths over the weekend. That brings the total confirmed and probable cases reported since March 2020 to 243,565. There are a total of 193,696 confirmed cases and 49,869 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. [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Lawmakers to discuss vaccine mandate with eye on reconvening

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on a committee that considers state sovereignty issues have bumped up their planned meeting next week to Wednesday to consider President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate. The meeting announced Monday is a potential avenue to reconvening the Legislature. The joint Committee on Federalism plans only to take testimony on the mandate. Many Idaho Republican lawmakers are angry with the vaccine mandate announced earlier this month, and [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Man arrested for arson after trailer fire

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – Idaho Falls Police officers responded to a residence in the Pinewood Estates on Whispering Pines Drive for a report of a man who was threatening to start his house on fire Saturday shortly before 6 p.m. When officers arrived on scene, they observed smoke coming from the residence, and officers were concerned the man may still be inside the residence. Two officers retrieved fire extinguishers [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Police investigate after hospital vandalized with swastika

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Police are investigating after a central Idaho hospital was vandalized with spray-painted swastikas. St. Luke's McCall Medical Center spokeswoman Laura Crawford said three outdoor signs at the hospital were vandalized late Saturday or early Sunday morning. She said the vandalism was very troubling. McCall Police Chief Justin Williams said vandalism like this is rare for the region, but there is no indication the graffiti was part [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

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|

WDE seeks public input on proposed Fine and Performing Arts Content and Performance Standards

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KIFI) - The Wyoming Department of Education is collecting public input on proposed changes to the 2022 Wyoming Fine and Performing Arts Content and Performance Standards at the request of the State Board of Education (SBE). The collected input will be shared with the SBE. To provide input, review the 2022 Wyoming Fine and Performing Arts Content and Performance Standards. Written or verbal input can be provided through the [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Idaho is 1 of 15 states where gas prices fell this week, AAA reports

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – Idaho gas prices defied the national trend this week, dropping two cents while the U.S. average went up by two cents. But according to AAA, the fallout from a busy hurricane season continues to torment drivers at the pump, and there could be rough days ahead. As expected, fuel demand fell after Labor Day, and currently sits at 8.9 million barrels per day – the lowest [...]

By |September 20th, 2021|Regional News|

Chad Daybell in court Monday

FREMONT COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI) - Chad Daybell is scheduled to appear before Judge Steve Boyce Monday afternoon. According to online records, the hearing is about a DNA Motion, Protective Order Motion and Motion for Clarification. You can watch the hearing at 1:30 p.m. below. Daybell and Lori Vallow-Daybell were indicted in May on murder charges in connection with the deaths of Vallow's two children, Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow. Daybell [...]

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|

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