Fighter jets could fly lower in Idaho, Nevada and Oregon
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Air Force wants to fly supersonic fighter jets at lower altitudes in lightly populated areas of southwestern Idaho, northern Nevada and southeastern Oregon to better...
Idaho day care worker charged with lewd conduct with child
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — A day care worker in Mountain Home has been charged with a felony after investigators said he inappropriately touched a child at the day care center.
Arkansas man gets life in prison for death of estranged wife
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleading guilty Tuesday to capital murder for the stabbing death of his estranged...
3 children killed after car hit from behind on Idaho highway
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three young children are dead after deputies say the car they were in was hit from behind by a suspected intoxicated driver.
Man charged with killing landlady reaches plea deal
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man charged in the murder of his landlady nearly two years ago has entered a modified guilty plea in the case.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in northern Arkansas say the bodies of a man and a woman have been found inside a residence following an apparent murder-suicide.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in Arkansas say they've arrested a deputy on allegations that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old who attended the school where the deputy served as...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Leaders in Little Rock have approved a measure that would create an entertainment district in the city's River Market area, which would allow open containers of alcohol...
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A northern Arkansas city has approved the state's first downtown entertainment district where people will be allowed to drink alcohol while wandering...
Twin Lakes Home Brewers cook brews in a public demonstration
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Members of the Twin Lakes Home Brewers recently showed off multiple ways of brewing beer at the group's first public demonstration at Rapp's Barren Brewing Company in...
Idaho overpass damaged in crash set to open
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho transportation officials say commuters will again be able to use an overpass that's been closed since a deadly crash last year on Interstate 84.
Baxter County Courthouse decorated with blue, gold banners
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — The Baxter County Courthouse square now sports new blue-and-gold banners and hanging baskets of flowers thanks to the beautification efforts of two local...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say more than 250 airmen and up to 24 aircraft are temporarily moving to an Air Force base in Idaho as a runway at a Utah base undergoes renovation.
Arkansas students awarded for creatively using 3D printers
BAXTER, Ark. (AP) — Representatives for a Fayetteville company that supplies 3D printers recently presented award checks to six Mountain Home students.
Kiwanis Club gives kids first-hand look at local government
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Pinkston Middle School students received firsthand experience in local government this week, shadowing elected officials as part of the Student Government Day sponsored...
Podcaster: ‘Hell and Gone’ returning soon with new episodes
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — The true-crime podcast investigating the unsolved murder of Rebekah Gould will return for a second season later this year, the podcast's author said.
Virginia student seeks to find information about Arkansas
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — An elementary student in northern Virginia is hoping to hear from the Twin Lakes Area.
Khaled (last name withheld by request), a third-grade student at The Langley...
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State University System has repealed its policy on free speech zones to comply with a new state law.
Inmate, 53, pronounced dead at Baxter County jail
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate was pronounced dead early Wednesday at the Baxter County jail.
Sheriff John Montgomery says jailers found 53-year-old Frank Compton of...
Mountain Home Fire Department to receive first brush truck
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — The city of Mountain Home now owns a brush truck, thanks in part due to the recently instituted Public Safety Tax and the Mountain Home Rural Fire Protection District.
The truck is a brand new 2019 Ford F350 extended cab truck with custom outfitting by WildFire out of Alvarado, Texas. The truck is four wheel drive and has a 300-gallon tank fitted to the one ton chassis.
Murder trial for man charged in landlady’s death begins
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — The murder trial for a southwestern Idaho man charged in connection with the stabbing death of his landlady began in Mountain Home this week.
Scott Riggs, 41, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the death of 71-year-old Paula Febrache. Jury selection began Tuesday; the trial is expected to last up to six weeks.
Priest accused of rape won’t face new trial for now
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Mountain Home, Idaho, priest accused of raping an intoxicated man who was renting a room from him will not face a new trial for now, and the Diocese of Boise says he will not be given any new assignment.
The Idaho Statesman reports that the Rev. Victor Franz Jagerstatter's trial in 2017 was declared a mistrial after the jury could not reach a unanimous decision.
Families of 3 killed Idaho airmen file wrongful death claims
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The families of three Idaho airmen who died in a fiery crash on Interstate 84 have filed tort claims against the Idaho Transportation Department.
The families say that inadequate signage and warnings ahead of a construction zone contributed to a June collision that killed four people, the Idaho Statesman reported Wednesday.
The three claims allege more than $12 million in damages.
Baxter County court honors 4 justices nearing end of term
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — The Baxter County Quorum Court recently recognized four of its justices of the peace that were attending their final meeting as county officials.
County Judge Mickey Pendergrass presented plaques on Dec. 4 to justices Rick Steiner, Bill Lucas, Marilyn Williamson and Neal Pendergrass, whose terms all expire on Dec. 31.
Mountain Home graduate honored as top wildlife officer in US
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A Mountain Home High School graduate was recently honored as one of the top wildlife officers in the nation.
Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Andy Barnes, a 1998 graduate of MHHS, was named the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies' 2018 Colonel Bob Brantley Wildlife Officer of the Year in October. The Lawrence County (Missouri) conservation officer received the honor in October at SEAFWA's annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama.
1 dies in boating accident on northern Arkansas lake
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A 38-year-old man has died following a boating accident on a northern Arkansas lake.
Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says Adam Jones of Mountain Home died following Friday's accident on Lake Norfork.
Sheriff's deputies responded to a pontoon boat that was circling in the lake and appeared to be unmanned at about 4:16p.m. Authorities located a seriously injured man and a woman on the shoreline nearby.
Arkansas man pleads not guilty to threatening Don Lemon
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A northern Arkansas man who allegedly made threatening phone calls to CNN anchor Don Lemon has pleaded not guilty.
The Baxter Bulletin reports Benjamin Craig Matthews, 38, appeared in Baxter County Court Thursday . Matthews, who is from Mountain Home, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) north of Little Rock, is free on $15,000 bail.
Mountain Home firefighters get real-time mapping system
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — The days of Mountain Home firefighters potentially getting lost when responding to an emergency are now numbered. Thanks to a new system being put into place, the firefighters will be given directions and a host of other information in real time.
Arkansas man accused of making threatening calls to CNN
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A 39-year-old Arkansas man has been arrested after Atlanta police accused him of making threatening telephone calls to CNN.
The Baxter County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that Benjamin Craig Matthews of Mountain Home, Arkansas, was taken into custody Tuesday and remains jailed on $15,000 bond. Matthews faces multiple counts of making terrorist threats and harassing communications.
It was unclear from online jail records of he had an attorney.
Drain painting project raises awareness about water runoff
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Several storm water runoff drains along Bomber Boulevard are being painted with artwork to raise awareness about what goes into them and ultimately ends up in the creeks around Mountain Home.
Mountain Home Education Foundation honors Nashville chef
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — To understand professional chef Robert Newton's career, you start with a base of Mountain Home and throw in a dash of Germany and a pinch of Vermont. Then add in almost two decades' worth of New York City before topping it off with a bit of Nashville, Tennessee.
Jail expansion costs, sales tax revenue about the same
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — The price tag to build a 50-bed expansion to the Baxter County Detention Center and the revenues generated from a temporary sales tax to fund that construction, appear to be roughly equal.
Idaho police say 2 dead after motorcycle crash
MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police say two people are dead following a crash on Interstate 84.
According to investigators on Saturday, 42-year-old Christopher Pierpont of Mountain Home was riding his motorcycle westbound on I-84 in southwestern Idaho when he struck a construction barrel and lost control of the motorcycle.
Police say 43-year-old Christine Pierpont, also from Mountain Home, was a passenger on the motorcycle.
Baxter County to begin detention center expansion project
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — County officials, legislative representatives and law enforcement officers ceremonially broke ground recently on a 50-bed expansion to the Baxter County Detention Center, paving the way for construction to begin.
Arkansas black bear sightings increase amid dry weather
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Black Bear sightings in the Twin Lakes Area are increasing due to a lack of food, according biologist Allen Cathey with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Normally, sightings of the bears increase during the spring. However, recent dry weather has caused a shortage of their primary food source during the summer.
"It's so dry, a lot of the berries that were just getting ripe have dwindled up and gone away," said Cathey. "There's just not that much food right now."
HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AP) — Hill Air Force Base officials say northern Utah residents can expect increased flight activity at the base near Ogden into late August as aircraft from units based at Hill and elsewhere participate in two training exercises.
Aircraft participating in the exercises include F35s from Hill, F-15s from Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho and F-16s from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say a Missouri woman was killed when the boat she was on capsized on a northern Arkansas lake, injuring three others.
Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says the boat capsized shortly after noon Sunday on Lake Norfork, a popular fishing and camping destination just south of the Missouri border.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — One person was killed and three others were injured when a boat capsized on a popular recreational lake in northern Arkansas.
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Dan Noble says the accident happened Sunday afternoon on Lake Norfork, a popular fishing and camping destination just south of the Missouri border.
Rural Idaho town benefiting from Boise’s booming growth
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — As Boise braces for more booming growth, rural Idaho has prepared for a very different challenge.
Since 2010, more than half of Idaho's 44 counties have seen hardly any population growth. Thirteen counties have actually lost more residents than they've gained, boasting smaller populations today despite Idaho's title as the fastest-growing state in the nation.
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police say a distracted truck driver caused a seven-vehicle crash that killed him and three U.S. airmen from Mountain Home Air Force Base.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials in southwestern Idaho have identified the driver of a commercial truck killed in a fiery, chain-reaction crash near Boise that also killed three airmen from Mountain Home Air Force Base.
The Ada County Coroner's Office in a news release Friday says 42-year-old Illya D. Tsar of Rochester, New York, died in the crash on Saturday on Interstate 84.
Officials say the cause of death was thermal and inhalation injuries due to a multi-vehicle crash.
Northern Arkansas county to phase out warning sirens
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Many folks around Mountain Home and Baxter County are used to hearing the emergency warning sirens sounding at noon. However, as time goes by, fewer and fewer county residents will hear them.
Arkansas commission outgrows office, pursues new property
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — Take a walk through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Office on Fifth Street in Mountain Home without a guide and it's easy to get lost in the random, rabbit warren of offices and makeshift work spaces.
Then, step out the compound where they store the boats and other equipment they use to create and maintain habitat, as well as stock fish. Every parking spot is taken by equipment.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — The second day of a weekend airshow at a U.S. Air Force base in southwestern Idaho has been dedicated to the veteran hang glider pilot who died in Saturday's crash.
Air Force officials identified the pilot killed as Dan Buchanan. They said Sunday's Gunfighter Skies Air & Space Celebration at Mountain Home Air Force Base will continue in his honor and the support he provided to its airshows.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — A hang glider pilot participating in an airshow at a U.S. Air Force base in southwestern Idaho has died following a crash.
Officials called off the rest of Saturday's Gunfighter Skies Air & Space Celebration at Mountain Home Air Force Base about 55 miles southeast of Boise after the crash.
Air Force officials say the pilot of the powerless aircraft was flown by helicopter to a local hospital where he died. The pilot's name hasn't been released.
MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — Officials in southwestern Idaho say a sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man who threatened deputies with a military-style knife.
Elmore County Sheriff Mike Hollinshead says deputies responded Friday morning to reports of a man driving recklessly on private property.
The man attempted to elude authorities but deputies disabled his vehicle and a foot pursuit began.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock and The Sentinel-Record at Hot Springs have won general excellence awards from the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors group.
The winners were announced Friday.
Lisa Hammersly of the Democrat-Gazette and David Showers of The Sentinel-Record were honored for their work in service to the Freedom of Information Act.
New adult behavioral health unit opens in northern Arkansas
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — The discussion of "mental health" seems to be a regular topic in the news these days.
It seems to come up regularly following an incident where an alleged lone shooter brings a weapon to their workplace, or in a more positive light, such as when a celebrity breaks their silence to discuss the personal medical struggles they have undergone.