Both sides rest in Jones-Compher murder trial; verdict could be reached as early as Monday
POCATELLO — Brad Compher’s defense team rested its case Thursday, five hours after calling its first witness. The jury is expected to be given the case in the early afternoon Monday. For five days, the State built the foundation of its case — which included 10 years’ worth...
Restaurant owner’s family becomes victims of burglary
POCATELLO — A Gate City restaurant owner’s family had their home broken into and burglarized late last week. Vahn Phranasith, owner of Thai Zap, knew something was off when he and one of his daughters came home Feb. 23 after he picked her up from school. They went in through the garage, and Phranasith saw a cabinet door was left open.
Man arrested for stealing thousands using stolen credit cards gets probation
POCATELLO — A Meriden, Connecticut, man has been sentenced to probation for his part in a fraud ring. Kenneth Hoffner, 60, pleaded guilty to a felony for fraudulent use of a bank card after reaching a plea agreement with the Bannock County Prosecutor’s Office. In exchange, felony charges for burglary and misappropriation of personal information were dismissed.
One injured in four-vehicle crash at busy Chubbuck intersection
CHUBBUCK — A four-vehicle wreck at a busy Chubbuck intersection left one person injured on Tuesday. The crash involving a car, pickup truck and two SUVs occurred around 5:30 p.m. at Yellowstone Avenue and Chubbuck Road. A man suffered injuries in the wreck and was transported via Pocatello Fire Department ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center for treatment. His name and condition have not been released. The crash partially blocked Yellowstone Avenue for about an hour. Chubbuck police and firefighters also responded to the wreck. Three of the four vehicles involved in the wreck appeared to be totaled. The accident remains under investigation.
Forecasters predicting lots of wind and heavy snow in eastern Idaho over the next 3 days
IDAHO FALLS — A winter storm coming to eastern Idaho over the next several days will bring a lot of wind, rain and heavy snow beginning Thursday night and lasting through Saturday. That’s the latest report from the National Weather Service in Pocatello. Throughout most of the Interstate...
Pocatello advances to third straight state championship game to get one last shot at Hillcrest
NAMPA − There wasn’t much of a celebration by the Pocatello boys basketball team. That’s because it’s been here before − three times now. The Thunder are into the Class 4A state championship game for the third time in as many years after a 82-46 semifinal rout of Ridgevue Friday afternoon at the Ford Idaho Center. ...
Licensed big game outfitter and guide from Challis indicted for facilitating, guiding illegal hunts
POCATELLO — A federal grand jury sitting in Pocatello returned a six-count indictment on February 27, 2024, charging Jerrod Randall Farr, 52, and Michael Timothy Scott, 67, both of Challis, with Lacy Act violations, U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit announced today. Farr, a licensed outfitter (White Cloud Outfitters) and licensed guide, was indicted on five counts: two counts of Lacy Act violations, two counts of providing false or fictitious information to a Forest Service officer, and one count of conducting work activity without a special-use authorization....
Protesters gather at the Bannock County Courthouse
POCATELLO (KPVI) — A group of people have been protesting in front of a local courthouse. The protesters have been standing in front of the Bannock County Courthouse on weekends in Pocatello for about the last 12 weeks. The group has been protesting for Palestine by chanting and yelling...
Opinion: Development choice not government fixes improve home affordability
In today’s housing market, ‘to each, their own’ is rarely used to describe current homebuyers. The more typical homebuying experience is ‘you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.’ For many in the mountain states, a tantrum is happening because there are few attainable homes ‘to get’. Mountain States Policy Center recently looked into the cost of building and buying homes in the region and how to improve housing supply (here is our new study).
River Projects in Pocatello Are in the Works
The Science and Environmental Administrator for the City of Pocatello recently spoke about river projects they are working on. Hannah Sanger says there is excitement with new river projects coming up. She says they are working to put in river accesses and have a complete water-trail from the Gap to...
Pocatello police investigating disappearance of local man
Larry Monroe Thompson Jr. has often gone for several weeks without contacting anyone but after longer than usual, he was reported missing on February 18th 2024. Larry is known to be transient and frequents the Old Town Pocatello area. Larry does have a history of wanting to leave the area and go back to New Mexico. Law Enforcement had in person contact with Larry on January 9th, 2024. Larry then contacted a friend by online messenger on January 18th and 19th, 2024. He has not contacted or been seen by anyone since. If you have any information on his whereabouts, know someone who does, or see Larry, please contact the Pocatello Police Department at (208) 234-6100.
Opinion: Guns in schools
The Guns in Schools bill, HB 415, has been a hot topic at the Capitol. It has passed the House and is waiting to be heard in one of my committees — Senate State Affairs. This legislation requires school districts to allow employees, contractors and volunteers to enter all school property with guns. To qualify, the individual needs to hold an enhanced concealed carry license and follow some minimal requirements.
Pocatello Is Making Plans for Its Parks
The city of Pocatello is working with a consulting firm to plan the city’s parks. PROS Consulting met with interested parties today to talk about creating a long-term plan for parks and recreation. Incorporated into the plan will be all the city’s open spaces, such as parks and trails, including the Nordic Center. They hope to present a 10-year plan to the city near the end of the year.
A Wrangler's Reckless Writings: Stolen solitude
I rolled out of my sleeping bag, still fighting sleepy haze. Then turned ten hungry horses out. I watched them as they grazed. In my sixteenth year, I guided at our Bechler Meadows Camp. The nights were cold. October frost turned dry grass into damp.
Community Contra Dance scheduled for March 9
POCATELLO — A Community Contra Dance will be held March 9 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Assemble Learning and Event Center, 820 E. Young in Pocatello. Beginners' instruction and warm-up will be at 7 p.m.
Pocatello opens up chase for elusive state title with dominating first-round win over Sandpoint
MERIDIAN − Now that’s how you start a state tournament. The Pocatello boys basketball team looked every bit the part of the No. 1 seed and a team that will stop at nothing for its first championship in 24 years after losing in the title game in each of the last two years. It thumped No. 8 Sandpoint 77-42 in the opening round of the Class 4A State Tournament Thursday...
Happy Hands Quilt Club meeting scheduled for March 13
POCATELLO — Please join the Happy Hands Quilt Club members for their monthly meeting on March 13 in the basement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 215 N. 18th Ave. in Pocatello. Members and guests will gather at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.
Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: March 1, 2024
A look ahead at the Idaho GOP's presidential caucus, the Pocatello community is coming together to support a local veteran, lawmakers are working to restructure the ACHD, western voters are in favor of conservationand an update on University of Idaho's Phoenix purchase with response from the U of I president. Plus firefighting beavers!
Blackfoot Woman receives free smile thanks to local dental specialists and lab techs
After a year of surgeries, implants, and eager anticipation, Alisha Gladeau now has a full smile to show off thanks to local dentists and lab technicians from the area. Oral Surgery Specialists of Idaho’s annual Second Chance Program, which offers a new set of teeth to one individual suffering from severe dental health from the Pocatello and Blackfoot area, had been building a smile for Gladeau ever since she was selected as the 2023-2024 recipient. ...
Execution of Thomas Creech postponed after medical team unable to establish IV line
At approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, Director Tewalt, after consulting with the medical team leader, determined that the medical team could not establish an IV line, rendering the execution of Thomas Creech unable to proceed. Mr. Creech will be returned to his cell and witnesses will be escorted out of the facility. As a result, the death warrant will expire. The State will consider next steps. Director Tewalt and State witnesses, to include the media, will be arriving in the media center shortly for a brief press conference