Get prepared for the holiday week. Air travel expected to see near pre-pandemic levels.

IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Falls Regional Airport is gearing up for a busy week of holiday travel.

In a news release Tuesday from the city of Idaho Falls it said, “With the increased number of flights offered at IDA, additional airlines serving the region and reduced fares, passenger levels at the region’s busiest airport are going to see continued high volumes for the holidays.”

The travel isn’t expected to let up after the airport had about 15,000 passengers come through during Thanksgiving.

“This is just a busy time of year for the air travel industry,” said Rick Cloutier, the director at the Idaho Fall Regional Airport. “With more people wanting to go visit family they haven’t seen because of the pandemic, airports across the country are poised for some really high levels of passenger volume this holiday season.”  

According to the Transportation Security Administration, about 21 million people were screened at airports across the nation over the 10-day Thanksgiving travel period. The numbers aren’t expected to drop as travelers head into Christmas and New Year’s travel.

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Travelers are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive early for flights at the Idaho Falls Regional Airport.

Only ticketed passengers are allowed in the air terminal. The federal government requires all travelers to continue to wear masks at all times both in airports and on their flights.  

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“We are working very hard at IDA to make that experience as comfortable and convenient as possible, but we urge folks to be patient and plan for a little extra time to get through lines,” said Cloutier.  “A little kindness and some preplanning will go a long way to helping make travel better for everyone.”  

In the press release, airport staff said that due to the high volumes of travel expected, travelers are asked to plan ahead for parking. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, parking at the airport went over capacity. All parking fees for IDA travelers have been reduced for the holidays to the economy fare.

Overflow lots will be open on International Drive and available to increase parking capacity.  These overflow lots will be free for customer parking.

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Idaho Falls Regional Airport | file photo

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NDSU Prepared for Monday Night Road Test at Kansas State

North Dakota State (2-3) is set to travel to Kansas State (6-1) on Monday night. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.
Radio: The contest will be available on The City 94.5 FM with Keith Brake on the call.
Watch: The contest will be available on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ for subscribers. Brian Smoller (play-by-play), Missy Heidrick (analyst) and Kelsey Bigelow (sideline) will have the call. Live statistics, audio and video links are available on

  • NDSU enters the week with a 2-3 overall record.
  • The Bison earned their first home win of the season after topping Dickinson State, 95-42, last Tuesday night at Scheels Center.
  • NDSU is 1-1 on the road this season.
  • Kansas State begins the week with a 6-1 overall record and are 6-0 in home games.
  • Ryan Cobbins (15.0) and Heaven Hamling (14.0) are both averaging double figures in scoring to pace the Bison through five games.
  • The Bison rank 10th in the nation in free throws made with 92.

NDSU earned its first home win of the season after rolling past Dickinson State last week, 95-42. The Bison tallied a season-high 95 points with six different players reaching double figures in the scoring column. It marked the most points NDSU has scored in a game since 2019. Heaven Hamling led the way with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field.
Under third year head coach Jory Collins, NDSU is 1-3 against Power 5 opponents. Last season, NDSU went on the road and upended Kansas, 72-69. Heaven Hamling paced the Bison with 14 points, while Emily Dietz added in 11 points of her own.
Ryan Cobbins is a native of Kansas City, Kan., and attended Piper High School.
• Head coach Jory Collins is originally from Holton, Kan., and spent 12 years at Emporia State, including eight seasons as the head coach. He also spent one season at Kansas as an assistant coach in 2018-19.
• Assistant coach Dylan Geissert is a native of Herington, Kan. and also had stints at Kansas and Emporia State.
• Assistant coach Brooke Costley played and spent time as an assistant coach at Emporia State.
The Bison created a season-high 21 steals in the win over Dickinson State, which is tied for the fourth most in program history in a single game. It also marked the most steals since NDSU posted 20 against Valley City State on Jan. 17, 2006.
Through the first five games of the season, NDSU has proven to be one of the best free throw shooting teams in the country. The Bison have netted 92 free throws, which ranks 10th in the nation.
NDSU netted a season-high 95 points in the win over Dickinson State. It marked the most points the Bison have scored in a single game since NDSU tallied 97 at Mayville State on Dec. 15, 2019.
Ryan Cobbins is averaging a team-best 15.0 points per game and has tallied double figures in scoring in all five games this season. She’s shooting a team-high 58.5 percent (24-41) from the field. Cobbins is also making an impact on the defensive side of the floor grabbing 22 total rebounds, which ranks tied for second on the team.
Cobbins is shooting a team-best 66.7 percent (10-15) from behind the arc, which leads the Summit league and ranks third in the nation.
Kylie Strop provided a spark off the bench in the win over Dickinson State. The River Falls, Wis., native registered career-highs in points (17), assists (6) and rebounds (5) over a career-best 24 minutes of action.
Emily Dietz is back for her fifth season and looking to leave her mark in the Bison record book with plenty of milestones within reach. Last season, she became the 31st player in school history, and fifth during the NCAA Division I era, to join the 800 points/500 rebounds club. The Fargo native has also played in 107 games with 87 starts over five seasons
She ranks in the top 50 in Bison history in games started (14th, 87), rebounds (23rd, 562), blocked shots (t-32nd, 37), field goals made (36th, 375), scoring (42nd, 929) and games played (47th, 107).
Of the five newcomers on the roster this season, Katie Hildebrandt and Abbey Kubas are the only ones to see action so far this season. Kubas made her Bison debut in the win over Dickinson State and contributed one rebound and one assist. Hildebrandt has seen playing time in four games and notched a season-best 10 points against Dickinson State.
Kansas State begins the week with a 6-1 overall record, including a 6-0 mark at home this season. In their most recent contest, the Wildcats topped Northwestern State, 70-36, on Saturday afternoon. Kansas State has notched 38 total blocked shots, which ranks sixth in the nation. The Wildcats are also positioned 16th in the country in blocked shots per game averaging 6.3.
This will mark only the third all-time meeting between the Bison and Wildcats dating back to 1985 with Kansas State leading the series, 2-0. In the most recent meeting in 2011, the Wildcats edged the Bison, 70-47, at the BTI Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
NDSU will take on Bradley (3-2) at Scheels Center on Saturday, Dec. 4. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

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Be prepared for flight cancellations to spoil holiday travel – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Passengers have come to expect canceled flights over the past few weeks from multiple airlines.

Indianapolis International Airport has been no exception to the travel chaos, which comes as many Hoosiers prepare to travel for the holidays.

Two flights were canceled at IND on Wednesday and four were canceled on Tuesday, according to Flight Aware.

On Sunday nationally, American Airlines canceled more than 600 fights, including half of their flights scheduled in Indianapolis.

This unpredictability has Hoosier passengers worried as they make their holiday travel plans.

Corey Nickel travels a lot for her job. On Wednesday, she was departing for Texas on her third work trip in the last few weeks. “I have been flying a lot of Delta. This is my first Southwest flight in quite some time. … Mainly because I stopped hearing about their cancellations,” Nickel said.

Over the last month, Southwest has canceled thousands of flights.

Luckily, Nickel managed to avoid getting stranded due to cancellations but, because of the issues impacting nationwide travel, she regularly checks her flight status leading up departure.

“I have been trying to find as many directs as I can, but it has actually been pretty challenging. Flights are actually really limited right now, and I have been having an issue, especially with long layovers, just trying to get from one place to the next,” Nickel said.

With Thanksgiving just three weeks away, it’s unclear if the issues involving cancellations will be cleared up by the time the turkey is thawed.

Jessica Mayle, public affairs specialist for the Transportation Security Administration in the Great Lakes region, said, “It really it is hard to predict and obviously the circumstances that have led to those cancellations is kind of, in a lot of cases, a lot of different factors that are intersecting right now.”

Cynthia Bearden dropped her mom off at IND on Wednesday for a flight, and has plans to fly with her mother right before Christmas from Oregon.

“That is why we walked them in today is because we were afraid getting in here that her flight might be canceled,” Bearden said.

She is already anxious thinking about her mother’s flight in December. “There is not too much you can do about it right now. It is just you do what you can do and hope that something else will become available so you can get where you need to be,” Bearden said.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is expecting levels of travel this holiday season to resume the pace prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, so getting on another flight in the case of a cancellation could be challenging.

The public affairs specialist said, “Indianapolis, we are at, as of this week, about 92% of our 2019 passenger numbers, so obviously that is a better comparison that 2020 would be.”

As of Wednesday night, no flights scheduled for Thursday or Friday in or out of Indianapolis had been canceled.

Also, the Transportation Security Administration recommends holiday passengers get to the airport early and make sure to regularly check a flight’s status in the case of a change, with the goal to try and reschedule with as few travel interruptions as possible.

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WYDOT: Be prepared if traveling during storm | Local News

CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Transportation is urging the public to be prepared and plan ahead if they travel this weekend during the forecasted winter storm.

The storm is expected to impact several parts of the state, with snowfall amounts ranging from 6 to 18 inches of snow, with strong, gusty winds Saturday through Monday. Forecasts indicate the storm will first move into southern Wyoming, impacting Interstates 80 and 25, and could potentially move into the northern part of the state and impact Interstate 90.

WYDOT will be prepared to maintain and plow the roads. Crews are preparing snowplows, blades and other equipment and getting materials ready for the upcoming storm. Before any storm, crews review all equipment and get snow control materials, such as salt and sand used to provide traction and reduce icy conditions, ready for application.

Drivers can also do their part:

• Before heading out, check WYDOT’s 511 website at to see the latest road and travel conditions. The website also provides road-alert information, such as closures.

• Check your tires, have a full tank of gas, carry an emergency kit and let someone know your travel plans.

• When driving on snowy and slick roads, accelerate and decelerate slowly for more control over your vehicles.

• Always wear a seat belt, increase following distance and don’t use cruise control.

• Be cautious when driving near snowplows. Plows create a large cloud of snow, making it difficult to see and safely pass the snow removal equipment. So far, 17 snowplows have been hit by other vehicles this winter.

• If an accident occurs, call 911 and remain in the vehicle until emergency crews arrive.

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Be prepared for the coldest temperatures since January 2019 | Local News

Arctic air and temperatures are forecast to take over the area beginning tonight and run through the middle of next week.

The National Weather Service/Chicago said this will be the coldest weather since late January 2019.

There will be several days with lows near or below zero and wind chills at times well below zero. Fast-moving disturbances could also bring periods of fluffy snow at times and light to moderate accumulations Saturday afternoon through Monday night. Forecasters say to plan for a long duration of much colder weather than we’ve grown accustomed to this winter.

NWS meteorologist Kevin Birk said the area could see 1 to 2 inches of snow today before the cold air mass rolls with wind gusts up to 40 mph Thursday night.

“This is part of the coldest parts of winter,” Birk said.

This would be more uncommon if it came in late February or early March, he explained.

“There is a shift in the jet scream that is bringing a pretty good air mass from Canada,” Birk said. The native of St. Louis has been with the NWS for 14 years, including the last 11 at Chicago.

If you must travel, Dr. Michael Yokell of AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital said to dress in layers, including wearing a scarf and hat.

“People should plan ahead,” said Yokell, who is the medical director of the emergency department at St. Mary’s.

Staying outside for long periods of time in these conditions could lead to frostnip, frostbite and hypothermia.

The colder it is, the faster they can happen. Under arctic blast conditions, where wind and cold bring temperatures to subzero, these conditions can occur in a matter of minutes.

Frostnip affects the nose, ears, fingers and toes. They become numb and the skin turns pale or dusky, Yokell said.

Frostbite goes deeper into the body’s tissue. It decreases the blood flow and oxygen.

If medical attention is delayed, Yokell said it could lead to gangrene or amputation.

Mayo Clinic’s website said exposed skin in cold, windy weather is most vulnerable to frostbite. But frostbite can occur on skin covered by gloves or other clothing.

Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing dangerously low body temperature.

Yokell said normal body temperature is around 98.6 Fahrenheit. Hypothermia occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 Fahrenheit.

When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and eventually to death.

Hypothermia is treatable by warming the body’s core temperature.

“People should refrain from consuming alcohol,” Yokell said. “It causes the body to feel warm. The blood is being drawn from the body’s organs to the skin, thus making a person think they feel warm.

Yokell said they have treated patients for hypothermia this winter.

Local municipalities want residents to take note of snow routes and parking restrictions on the days following significant snowfalls.

The Illinois State Police suggests that you refrain from traveling during inclement weather.

If you must, they recommend that you:

• Dress warmly for the weather-dress in layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in anticipation of unexpected winter weather emergencies.

• Make sure someone is aware of your travel plans. If traveling a long distance, let someone know your route and estimated departure and arrival time.

• Make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Also be sure to keep a cell phone charger with you in your vehicle.

• Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.

As temperatures are set to drop, residents will undoubtedly be looking for ways to stay warm. But not all ways are safe ways.

Grant Park Fire Protection District Chief Matt Shronts advises residents to keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, wood stoves, or portable space heaters.

He provided these additional winter safety tips:

• Never use your oven to heat your home.

• Have furnaces and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.

• Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.

• Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. Replace batteries every six months.

• During and after a snowstorm, make sure all vents for the dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace are clear of snow build up.

• Remember to clear away deep snow from the area around your gas meter and to clean off excess snow from your gas meter preventing ice build up which can potentially cause the vents to be blocked and allow excess gas pressure into the home.

A major winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow on parts of Nebraska and Iowa while blanketing other parts of the middle of the country Tuesday.

Aqua Illinois advises that if temperatures drop to close to 10 degrees, leave a very thin stream of water running constantly from at least one tap. Aqua recommends using the tap farthest from the meter. The additional expense in your water bill will be minimal compared to the cost to replace a ruptured pipe, the utility said.

It also advised the following:

• Check the water temperature by placing a thermometer under the tap.

• Open cabinet doors below all sinks to allow the warmth from inside your house to reach your pipes. Before you follow this tip, be sure to remove all harmful items from beneath the sink.

• If you have a frozen pipe, locate the frozen section and use a hair dryer to thaw the area. Hold it six inches away and move it back and forth. If this doesn’t work, call a plumber.

Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It’s a common belief that dogs and cats are more resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it’s untrue, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods in below-freezing weather.

If you are unable to keep your dog inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind. Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water (by changing the water frequently or using a pet-safe, heated water bowl). The floor of the shelter should be off of the ground (to minimize heat loss into the ground) and the bedding should be thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment.

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How to Stay Safe and Prepared for Holiday Travel During Coronavirus Pandemic

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