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Preliminary hearing set for man charged with shooting two Pocatello police officers

POCATELLO — A man who allegedly shot two Pocatello police officers in May is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 14. Todd Vernon Brewer, 45, is charged with four felonies, two for assault and battery on a law enforcement officer and two for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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Here’s where you can see fireworks in eastern Idaho

IDAHO FALLS – The 29th annual Melaleuca Freedom Celebration is now just two days away. Organizers are preparing for 200,000 people to attend the Idaho Falls Community Hospital Riverfest at Snake River Landing and the biggest fireworks show west of the Mississippi River. Fireworks are happening in other communities...

Longtime Pocatello handyman falls victim to fake gold scam

POCATELLO — A Pocatello handyman is warning local residents about scammers after he was accosted by several men who demanded he purchase what he later discovered was fake gold jewelry. Mike Merzlock, who has worked as a local handyman for about 35 years, recently recounted the harrowing experience just days after the Idaho State Journal published a story about local jewelry stores warning the public of the same threat. Merzlock...

Kaye's Kolumn: Jake Plummer, Taylor Kelly and the lesson in not judging Idaho

For so long, I thought Idaho exported just two things: Potatoes and Arizona State quarterbacks. I grew up in the desert hearing about the 1997 Rose Bowl and Jake Plummer’s Hesiman campaign. I knew he had flowing locks. I knew he played for the Cardinals. And I knew he was from Idaho. But, back then, Idaho might as well have been India. It felt that foreign. By the time I...

A GATE CITY TRADITION: Summer in Pocatello has become synonymous with Grays baseball

For the past eight years, the Gate City Grays baseball team has been a homegrown incarnation of America’s favorite pastime, giving local fans a ballclub to rally behind and an affordable way to get the ballpark experience. It’s apparent upon walking into Halliwell Park on Grays game day that there’s a sense of community around the team. That’s what Grays co-owner Terry Frederickson envisioned when he and his wife, Erica, started the team in 2014. ...

Idaho State University College of Business reaccredited by AACSB

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – After an extensive review process, the Idaho State University College of Business was reaccredited in both its business and accounting programs by the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s leading and most recognized accrediting body for business programs. Through...

Pocatello’s Shady Grove Music Camp is back with more bands

POCATELLO — For the third time, the Shady Grove Music Camp is inviting all to embrace the eastern Idaho music scene while participating in a weekend celebration. This will mark the third annual music camp, which started in 2019 and returned in 2021 following a COVID-related hiatus in 2020.

Power line issue causes brush fire, blackout in Pocatello area

POCATELLO — An issue with a power line caused a brush fire and power outage in the Pocatello area on Thursday night. Around 8:50 p.m. a power line somehow ignited nearby brush in the 1900 block of West Quinn Road on Pocatello’s north side, authorities said. The power line issue also knocked out power to over 700 Idaho Power customers in north Pocatello as well as in Chubbuck and between...
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Knapp, Phillip Levell

Knapp Phillip Levell Knapp Phillip L. Knapp, 75, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Chubbuck, Idaho. A funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM on Monday, July 11, 2022 at the Tyhee LDS Stake Center, 12146 W. Tyhee Rd. Pocatello, Idaho 83202. Viewings will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at Wilks funeral home 211 West Chubbuck Rd., Chubbuck, Idaho 83202 and from 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM prior to the funeral service at the church. Interment will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens. To read the full obituary or to leave memories and condolences for the family online please visit Phillip's tribute page at
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Budge, Keneth Hyrum

Budge Keneth Hyrum Budge Keneth Hyrum Budge, 91, of Pocatello, Idaho passed away June 29, 2022 in Pocatello. He was born 15 April, 1931 in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, the son of Wilford Woodruff Budge and Elizabeth Ada Foster. He was raised in Paris where he learned elements of farming and logging. He attended school in Paris at Emerson Grade School and Fielding High School. He moved with his family to Payette, Idaho in 1948 where he graduated from Payette High School in 1949. He served in the Air Force 1951-1952. He married Elaine Hymas 1 Feb. 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple. He taught Math at Pocatello High School from 1960 until he retired in1993. He had the chess club in his classroom whenever available. He loved family, church, working at the History Center. He enjoyed sports, dancing, music, fixing things, and learning new things. He is survived by his wife, Elaine; kids, Debra Hill (John), Kathy Pierce, Tracy Budge, Kaye Young (Trent); siblings, Lilian Hartwell, Nedra, Eldon Budge, James Budge, and Deone Pace; 20 Grandkids, and 35 Great Grandkids. He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 son Steven Budge; and 5 siblings. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 8, 2022 at 11 am at the Caldwell Park Ward building, 135 S. 7th Ave. (7th and Lewis) Pocatello, Idaho with a viewing for one hour prior to the services. Burial, with Military Honors, will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Liberty, Idaho (by Montpelier, Idaho) at 3 pm. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at
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Man injured in two-vehicle crash at busy Pocatello intersection

POCATELLO — A man was injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday morning at a busy Pocatello intersection. The 8:45 a.m. collision at Maple Street and Yellowstone Avenue involved a Chevrolet Suburban and School District 25 maintenance truck. The injured man was the driver of the School District 25 truck.

Juvenile court renamed in honor of retiring judge

POCATELLO — After 29 years of service to the community and its youths, Judge Bryan K. Murray retired Thursday from the Bannock County Juvenile Court. When he arrived for his planned retirement ceremony, he was greeted with new signage on the juvenile justice center commemorating his service. The 6th...

Wreck near downtown Pocatello sends driver to hospital, results in road being temporarily shut down

POCATELLO — A man was hospitalized following a two-vehicle wreck near downtown Pocatello on Thursday evening. The 7 p.m. collision between Buick and Dodge sedans occurred at North Fourth Avenue and East Clark Street. The adult male driver of the Buick suffered injuries in the crash and was transported via Pocatello Fire Department ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center. The man, whose name has not been released, is expected to survive, authorities said. Both cars were totaled in the crash and ended up on East Clark Street following the impact, resulting in the street being shut down for nearly an hour. Further details on the collision are not yet available from Pocatello police, who are investigating the crash.

Mountain storms with sun and breezes

A lingering low makes for unstable conditions in the mountains with thundershowers and hot rains with possible heavy downpours and a chance of hail at times. Winds today will gust with any storms and it will be breezy from the SW 15-20+mph. Highs today reach the upper 80's to 91 for Pocatello. Around 80 for Jackson and upper 70's into the parks, that will open up tomorrow. Better storm chances (30%) show up Saturday and Sunday with more wind for Sunday and Monday and an eventual cool down for the 4th of July with highs in the lower 80's.