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Cops Reach Grim Conclusion in Family's Fatal Crash

Police say Noel Bankhead deliberately drove off cliff, killing herself and her 3 children

(Newser) - Last year, a mother and her three children were killed in Idaho when their SUV went off a cliff. Now police in Ada County have added a jarring word to the crash: deliberate. The sheriff's office has concluded that 40-year-old Noel Bankhead intentionally drove her Land Rover off a... More »

Here Are the 10 Fastest-Growing US Cities

Frisco, Texas, takes the top spot

(Newser) - While some metropolitan areas are stagnating and trying to figure out their next move to stay competitive, others are in the fast lane—and the Lone Star State can claim four of the top 10 on WalletHub's list of the fastest-growing cities in America. The rankings took into account... More »

Idaho Hit by 5.3 Quake; Then Came the Aftershocks

More than 100 since Saturday temblor, and they've registered up to 4.5

(Newser) - More than 100 aftershocks have rattled southeastern Idaho since a 5.3 magnitude quake hit near the town of Soda Springs late last week, and experts say they could continue for another week or so. The 5.3 quake hit about 6pm Saturday, the AP reports. There were no reports... More »

Tiny Museum Seeks to Revive Interest in Forgotten Artist

Little-known Archie Teater in spotlight

(Newser) - An Idaho-born landscape painter who traveled the world on the strength of his sales, had one-man shows in New York, and commissioned a studio by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright is mostly forgotten now. Except by a southern Idaho historical society that owns 600 of Archie Teater's oil-on-canvas paintings... More »

BASE Jumper Gets Stuck on Canyon Wall

Rescuers saved the day

(Newser) - A BASE jumper apparently trying to make it to the floor of an Idaho canyon instead ended up stuck on the canyon wall Tuesday night, KMVT reports. Emergency responders were called to the scene in Twin Falls, where one descended the cliff face to perform a rope rescue, CBS News... More »

Cops Identify 3 Women Killed on Idaho Farm

They include man's lover, her teen daughter

(Newser) - Police have now identified all three women found dead in a shed at an Idaho man's farm in June. Authorities, who earlier identified one victim as 56-year-old Cheryl Baker, wife of fugitive Gerald Michael Bullinger, say the second two victims are 48-year-old Nadja Medley, Bullinger's alleged mistress, and... More »

Boy Drowns While Trying to Save His Older Brother

The older brother was hospitalized in critical condition

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Idaho boy drowned while trying to save his older brother in an Idaho river, officials say. The boys were swimming in the Pend Oreille River with their mother on Tuesday when the 17-year-old began to struggle and panic, the Bonner County Sheriff's Office said. Deputies say the... More »

She Expressed Support for LGBT People—and Was Fired

Former BYU instructor Ruthie Robertson doesn't regret a thing

(Newser) - When Ruthie Robertson declared on Facebook that "homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins," the 22-year-old political science instructor at Brigham Young University-Idaho expected the feedback would be harsh. "But it never crossed my mind that I would lose my job," she tells the Idaho State Journal ... More »

Cops in the West Issue Warning on Oddly Moving Roads

Swarms of Mormon crickets are plaguing a bunch of states

(Newser) - Farmers in the US West face a creepy scourge every eight years or so: swarms of ravenous insects that can decimate crops and cause slippery, bug-slick car crashes as they march across highways and roads. Per the AP , experts say this year could be a banner one for Mormon crickets—... More »

Why This Elderly Dog Is Nicknamed 'The Legend'

Mo survived 9 months, including a harsh winter, in the Idaho mountains

(Newser) - A lost Boise dog is back home after nine months and a brutal winter alone in the Idaho mountains. Mo, an elderly Chesapeake Bay retriever, wandered away from her owners during a hunting trip in September, the AP reports. Darwin and Cindy Cameron stayed near the tiny hamlet of Horseshoe... More »

You Probably Haven't Heard of the Best-Run City in US

Louisville is No. 10, but No. 1 is Nampa, Idaho

(Newser) - Seems like everyone likes to complain about the way their city operates, but WalletHub decided to make things a little more tangible. It looked at 150 of the biggest cities in the US, then crunched data on the size of the local budget and the quality of services offered. By... More »

Suspect on Run After 3 Bodies Found on Property

Gerald 'Mike' Bullinger is 'person of interest' in the deaths of women in Idaho

(Newser) - An Idaho man who's been on the lam for three weeks after authorities found the dead bodies of three women on his property may have been spotted five hours south near Salt Lake City. Authorities say they have a felony arrest warrant out for Gerald "Mike" Bullinger, a... More »

Idaho Is Moving 98-Foot Sequoia 2 Blocks Away

No big deal

(Newser) - A large sequoia tree linked to a famous naturalist was standing in the way of progress. So more than a century after it was planted as a sapling in a doctor's yard in Boise, Idaho, the 10-story tree is on the move, shifting across the street to make way... More »

Idaho Teen Becomes Millionaire to Win Bet With Parents

Eric Finman won't be going to college

(Newser) - Lesson: Never underestimate the lengths a teenager will go to in order to prove their parents wrong. The Telegraph reports Idaho teen Erik Finman, after dropping out of high school, made a bet with his parents that if he made $1 million by the time he turned 18, he wouldn'... More »

School's Speed Bump Trips Woman, Who Sues

She says she injured her knees and wrists

(Newser) - Speed bumps are generally meant to check the velocity of your vehicle, but one at a school district in Idaho is the subject of a lawsuit after a woman tripped over it and fell. Jan Duff claims the area was poorly lit and that the speed bump at the exit... More »

Teen Who Disappeared After Prom Dies in Car Crash

Deputies were called about a possibly suicidal person

(Newser) - The Idaho teenager who disappeared following his prom —and was later charged with running away from home —died in a car crash Wednesday, bringing a sad end to a week of headlines. KBOI reports the driver of a Chevy Tahoe was speeding when he lost control of the... More »

Teen Who Disappeared After Prom Faces Criminal Charge

Police say Kristian Perez ran away from home—and that's against the law

(Newser) - The 17-year-old Idaho high-schooler who disappeared after his prom has been found—and is now facing a criminal charge for running away from home, KTVB reports. Kristian Perez was reported missing by his mother on Saturday when he didn't return home following his prom in Orofino. According to the... More »

After the Prom: Busted Phone, One Shoe, Missing Teen

No one has seen Kristian Perez since he signed out of Idaho prom at 9:32pm Friday

(Newser) - A 17-year-old high school student in Idaho signed out of his senior prom at exactly 9:32pm Friday, but he never returned home—a lone shoe, his tux jacket, and a busted cellphone were found near the car he came in, KREM reports. Kristian Perez's family says no one'... More »

Woman Blames Car Crash on Sasquatch

She says she saw Bigfoot chasing deer along Idaho highway

(Newser) - A 50-year-old Idaho woman swears a car accident Wednesday night wasn't her fault; she was distracted by Bigfoot. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the woman was driving along US Highway 95 north of Potlatch around 11:30pm when she says she saw a Sasquatch chasing deer along the side... More »

Man Possibly Coerced Into Murder Confession Freed

Christopher Tapp spent 20 years behind bars

(Newser) - An Idaho man who experts say was coerced into a false murder confession is now free after spending half of his life behind bars, the AP reports. An eastern Idaho judge released Christopher Tapp on Wednesday after vacating his rape conviction and resentencing him to time served for the 1996... More »

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