EIRMC opens the first burn care center in Idaho
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center opened the first burn care center in Idaho at the beginning of the month.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. Department of Energy contractor in charge of cleaning up radioactive waste at a federal site in eastern Idaho says it will eliminate up to 190 jobs starting this...
Yellowstone biologists making headway against lake trout
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The war is still being waged against lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, but fisheries biologists are seeing new trends that offer optimism, and anglers hunting cutthroat...
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A developer who was renovating a building on a former U.S. Army base in Arkansas made a surprising discovery when he knocked down a wall and found a stash of empty Pabst...
New 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals judge sworn in
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The newest 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge was sworn in Friday in eastern Idaho.
Ryan Nelson, a longtime Idaho Falls resident and attorney for Melaleuca...
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — As a teacher in Idaho Falls School District 91 and with a second job as a server at Jakers Bar and Grill, some of Jess Marboe's workdays can last up to 15...
Idaho House passes ‘opt-in’ sex education bill
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill that would require parents to "opt in" before their children can receive sex education in school has cleared the Idaho House on a party-line vote.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho roads need more attention as the state population grows, according to a study published by a group of civil engineers.
Work continues on Salmon-Challis National Forest plan
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Salmon-Challis National Forest is reaching the halfway point in the four-year process of developing a new forest management plan.
Idaho State Police investigate fatal crash
Idaho Falls, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash in Idaho Falls that left a man dead.
KTVB-TV reports 39-year-old Robert Halford of Idaho Falls died at...
Idaho officer killed in Utah in fight over ex-girlfriend
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An off-duty Idaho Falls police officer was fatally shot Thursday night after he entered a Utah home uninvited and confronted a man who he believed was dating his...
The Latest: Attorney says dead Idaho officer felt betrayed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on an off-duty Idaho police officer killed in Utah (all times local):
An attorney for an off-duty Idaho Falls police officer who authorities...
Driver crashes into building at College of Eastern Idaho
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Police say a juvenile driver sustained minor injuries after crashing into a building at the College of Eastern Idaho.
The Idaho State Journal reports officers responded to the crash scene Saturday afternoon, finding a white pickup truck smashed on the east side of the college campus in Idaho Falls.
Adams Publishing Group to launch new Idaho newspaper
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The publishing company that owns newspapers in Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Nampa and other Idaho cities is launching a new newspaper in Bingham County.
The five-day-per-week Bingham County Chronicle will serve Aberdeen, Shelley, Firth, Fort Hall, Blackfoot and other towns, Adams Publishing Group said. It will be published in print Tuesday through Friday and Sunday.
More eastern Idaho schools close because of illness
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — More eastern Idaho schools have been forced to close because of widespread flu-like illnesses.
Idaho Transportation Department documents spark questions
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Newly published Idaho Transportation Department documents have sparked questions about the department's plan to install wildlife detection devices along Targhee Pass.
WinCo to hire 160 employees for first Billings store
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Officials say WinCo Foods is set to hire about 160 employees for its first store in Billings.
The Billings Gazette reports company spokesman Noah Fleisher says the supermarket is set to open in early March in a lot where a Kmart stood for 40 years.
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Man killed in eastern Idaho avalanche
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say one person has died after an avalanche in eastern Idaho near the Wyoming border Friday afternoon.
Bonneville County Sheriff's Sgt. Bryan Lovell says three adults were riding snowmobiles in the Cabin Creek area on Fog Mountain near Victor, Idaho, when the avalanche occurred on Friday.
A man was overcome by the slide and the two others in the group were able to summon help. But they were not able to revive him.
The Latest: Family members ID man who died in avalanche
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on an avalanche that killed a man in eastern Idaho (all times local):
Family members have identified the man who died Friday after an avalanche in eastern Idaho near the Wyoming border.
A sister says Tommy Hawkins, of Layton, Utah, was killed as he was riding snowmobiles with three other adults in the Cabin Creek area on Fog Mountain near Victor, Idaho.
Missing the monarchs: Iconic butterflies are scarce in Idaho
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Something catastrophically wrong happened in 2018 to monarch butterflies.
Idaho wildlife biologist Ross Winton spent years working with monarch butterflies. With the help of volunteers, he would carefully put a tiny tag the size of a paper hole punch on about 30 to 50 of the iconic insects each summer in the Magic Valley. Then during the summer of 2018 he could only find two to tag.
Fish and Game surveys eastern Idaho fawns
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The helicopter hovered low over the hills southeast of Kelly Mountain, snow billowing up from the ground, and deer bounded down the slope to flee the noisy monster.
Eastern Idaho man sent to prison for brother’s manslaughter
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho man has been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter after prosecutors said he killed his brother by hitting him with a pool cue.
District Judge Bruce Pickett said Wednesday that Cory James Hix will be eligible for parole after serving at least 2 years.
Hix, a 41-year-old from Idaho Falls, was arrested in September after he brought his brother Jeremy Hix to a regional hospital. Jeremy Hix died the next day.
Idaho lab protects US infrastructure from cyber attacks
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — It's called the "Dark Side" because the 50 workers there prefer to keep the lights low so they can dim the brightness on their computer screens.
Or maybe it's because of what they do in cyber research and development.
Questions about exactly what goes on at the heart of one of the United States' primary cybersecurity facilities at the Idaho National Laboratory aren't always answered, and photos by outsiders aren't allowed.
Idaho Falls man killed while changing tire on highway
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police are investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on eastbound U.S. 20.
The Idaho State Journal reports the crash happened Sunday at about 12:40 a.m. near County Line Road in Bonneville County.
E. Idaho city renames street after US congressman and wife
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho city has renamed a street after Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson and his wife, Kathy.
The Post Register reports that the Idaho Falls City Council on Thursday renamed University Boulevard to MK Simpson Boulevard.
Simpson during his two decades in Congress has supported the Idaho National Laboratory, and lab officials requested the name change.
Man who threatened to murder his son sentenced to prison
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho father was sentenced to prison for making several threats to kill his son before ultimately showing up at his doorstep with an AK-47.
Businesses brace for impact of suspended steelhead season
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho businesses that rely on steelhead fishing are bracing for the financial impact of the fishing season's suspension.
Robber who used caution tape to hide identity sentenced
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho man who robbed two convenience stores with caution tape wrapped around his head to hide his identity and threatened clerks with a yellow pry bar has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The Post Register reports that 32-year-old Jere Arthur Alford received the sentence Thursday in 7th District Court and must serve three years before he's eligible for parole.
Alford previously pleaded guilty to robbery and driving under the influence.
Grand Targhee Resort celebrates 30 years of snowboarding
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — This year's ski season will mark the 30th anniversary of snowboarding at Grand Targhee Resort as well as the resort's 50th anniversary.
Idaho Humanities Council awards $115,000 in grants
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Humanities Council has awarded more than $115,000 in grants to programs across the state, including the Salmon Arts Council and the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls.
Idaho man charged after utility workers hit with bug spray
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho man who authorities say intentionally sprayed two employees fixing a gas leak with an insect killer is charged with felony aggravated battery by use of poison.
Forty-six-year-old John D. Stuart of Idaho Falls late last month pleaded not guilty and requested a public defender.
Authorities say Stuart in September sprayed two Intermountain Gas employees with Ortho Home Defense insect killer through openings in a fence while they tried to seal off a gas line.
Otter rips state education board, lawmaker over contract
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Butch Otter sent stern letters to the State Board of Education and state Rep. Wendy Horman, R-Idaho Falls, scolding them for interfering with a state contract for computer software.
The Idaho Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, on which Horman serves, allocated $1 million in 2017 for a teacher evaluation program. Otter had requested $2.5 million.
New eastern Idaho VA clinic triples those receiving care
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic is opening in eastern Idaho with the capacity to treat three times more patients than the region was previously able to care for.
Man dead in eastern Idaho police shooting
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police say a man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in eastern Idaho.
Idaho State Police tell KIFI-TV that a male driver fled on foot after a traffic stop in Idaho Falls at about 11:45 p.m. Friday.
Authorities say the foot pursuit ended with a physical altercation, and a trooper fired one shot from his duty weapon.
Idaho falconry: Hunting with beak, talons and feathers
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A young falcon circled around a sagebrush and cheatgrass field south of Arco on Thursday when a few sage grouse burst from the ground. The chase was on. The falcon closed the gap and hit one of the grouse, but not hard enough to do any damage and the grouse flew away.
"That was exciting," a bystander said. "The falcon was not high enough to hit the bird hard enough."
Montana woman rescues wandering llama from Yellowstone park
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A pack llama that escaped from a guided hike in southern Yellowstone National Park in August was rescued by a Montana outfitter last weekend, just days before most of the park's entrances were to close for winter preparations.
"I just had to help him," Susi Huelsmeyer-Sinay with Yellowstone Llamas in Bozeman, Montana, said Friday. "He was abandoned."
Police: E. Idaho man reports he sexually assaulted a child
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho man has been taken into custody after authorities say he called police to report he had sexually assaulted a child.
The Idaho Falls Police Department says that 45-year-old Leroy Milton Cotterell of Idaho Falls called 911 Friday.
The Post Register reports that officers responded, and Cotterell told detectives he sexually assaulted a child. Police say the child confirmed the assault.
Idaho billionaire VanderSloot likes Democrat to run schools
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho billionaire Frank VanderSloot, a registered Republican, says he's endorsing the Democrat running for superintendent of public instruction.
Vandersloot in an announcement Monday says he's supporting Cindy Wilson because it's time to improve the state's education system with a strong, results-oriented leader.
Wilson is challenging Republican incumbent Sherri Ybarra in the Nov. 6 election.
Deaf community rails against new downtown mural
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Members of the deaf community are railing against a new mural in downtown Idaho Falls because the painting incorrectly uses American Sign Language.
Idaho suicide prevention group shutting down in March
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The parent organization of an Idaho suicide prevention organization will shut down in March but nine local chapters spread around the state will continue operating under different names.
Jeni Griffin is executive director of the Suicide Prevention Action Network. She tells the Idaho State Journal that it's difficult raising donations and she didn't want to compete with local chapters.
Idaho music festival promotor files for bankruptcy
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The organizer of a rock music festival who sold tickets for the August event that never took place has filed for bankruptcy without reimbursing some ticket holders.
The Post Register reports that Ron Heyrend filed for bankruptcy protection last week in federal court in Pocatello.
Heyrend says he canceled the festival planned in Idaho Falls after an investor pulled funding at the last minute.
Archaeologists find clues at the Yellowstone ice patch
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Although archaeology has been around for centuries, "ice patch" archaeology really became a new discipline in 1991 when Otzi the Iceman — a 5,000-year-old body nearly perfectly preserved — was found high in the Italian-Austrian Alps by hikers.
Idaho State Police arrest 2 after finding 117 pounds of pot
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police say two people were arrested after officers discovered more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of marijuana during a traffic stop near Idaho Falls.
KIFI-TV reports police arrested 25-year-old Javier Luna-Gutierrez and 19-year-old Aida Rodriguez-Hernandez following the stop Sunday on U.S. Highway 20.
Idaho man faces child pornography charges
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho man awaiting trial because police say he possessed child pornography has been charged with the same crime again.
Background checks cited as problem for child care providers
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Daycare operators in some eastern Idaho cities say a state crackdown involving stricter child care rules has led to staffing shortages.
Child care facility owners say a new rule forbids unlicensed child care workers from being on the property until a background check is complete. That can take two weeks.
Recreation on US land generates billions for western states
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A new study from several wildlife-related groups has found that recreation on U.S. land administered by the Bureau of Land Management land contributes billions of dollars to western states' economies.
The study by Southwick Associates was done on behalf of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Wildlife Management Institute, Trout Unlimited, Archery Trade Association and the American Fly Fishing Trade Association.
Family still waiting for son 8 months after disappearance
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — It has been eight months since 16-year-old Matthew Jedediah "Jed" Hall disappeared from his eastern Idaho home, and investigators have still found no sign of the teen.
Police are now asking hunters to keep an eye out for Jed's silver 2009 Nissan Versa in case it is parked in a remote location, the Post Register newspaper in Idaho Falls reported.
Here’s how Idaho became home to the nation’s top nuclear lab
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — On Idaho's eastern side, between Blackfoot, Arco and Idaho Falls, lies an 890-square-mile tract that has played a big role in shaping the state's economy, culture and politics.
The land, which belongs to the U.S. Department of Energy, is commonly known as the Idaho National Laboratory site. In Idaho Falls, they simply call it "The Site."