The Idaho State Journal’s history is strongly tied to the start of Pocatello’s first newspaper, the Pocatello Tribune. In 1890, the Tribune was founded with C.E. Arney as its editor. Two years later a massive fire swept across Pocatello’s east side and destroyed the Tribune building at Center Street and Second Avenue. Less than a year later, the Tribune was revived by two men with the last names Eldredge and Hardy from Montpelier. They quickly sold the paper to George N. Ifft, William Wallin and C.H. Fernstermaker of Salt Lake City.
The first edition of the Tribune under what would become the longtime leadership of the Ifft family was on New Year’s Day, 1893. In 1928, the Tribune moved to 420 W. Center St., where it remained for over 20 years. The paper remained co-owned or owned by the Ifft family through most of the 20th century, with Fernstermaker selling his interest to Wallin and Ifft, and then Wallin in 1930 selling his interest to William S. Cady of Kansas City. Cady then sold his interest in 1947 to Preston Goodfellow of Washington, D.C. Two years later Goodfellow was bought out by the Ifft family.
The Idaho State Journal was started in 1924 by Frank W. Brown, H.P. Pinkney and E.G. Frawley. After several ownership changes, Ike Masters eventually bought the Journal but when he decided to enter politics in 1932 he sold it to the Pocatello Tribune. The Tribune, which was delivered in the afternoon, continued to publish the Journal—as its morning edition. This arrangement worked out well until a newsprint shortage brought about by World War II caused the publication of the Journal to be temporarily suspended.
During the 1940s another newspaper, the Pocatello Post, started in the city but only lasted for a year or two before it was merged with the Pocatello Tribune. In 1949, the Scripps League of Newspapers of Seattle purchased partial ownership of the Tribune-Post combination and that same year the papers were combined into a new Idaho State Journal, which has served Southeast Idaho ever since. In 1951 the decision was made to move the paper to its current location at 305 S. Arthur Ave.
In 1984, the Pioneer News Group purchased the Idaho State Journal. The Journal currently publishes Tuesday through Sunday – 87 percent of area adults read a copy of the Journal in a given month. In addition to the print edition of the Idaho State Journal, we produce the Southeast Idaho Business Journal, Xtreme Idaho outdoors magazine, and several other niche publications.
Pocatello, which began as a Union Pacific rail hub, is one of the largest cities in Idaho with a population of 55,000. The railroad still has a presence in Pocatello, but the city’s largest employers are now Idaho State University, Portneuf Medical Center, Simplot, ON Semiconductor and the Pocatello-Chubbuck public school district. Another huge aspect of Southeast Idaho’s economy is farming. The region has one of the the largest potato crops in the U.S. Cattle and dairy operations are also numerous, along with other types of vegetable crops.
Southeast Idaho has a high population of Mormons and there are LDS temples in Idaho Falls as well as in nearby Rexburg, Twin Falls, Brigham City and Logan. Outdoor activities are a big part of life in Southeast Idaho and attract many people to the region. The Pebble Creek Ski Area and Kelly Canyon Ski Resort offer Olympic-quality skiing and snowboarding. In the Pocatello area, the Mink Creek Nordic Center provides a place for snow-shoeing and cross country skiing and the City Creek Trail System provides year-round fun in the form of hiking, dirt biking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, ATV-ing and bicycling. The Pocatello area has what many believe to be the best mountain biking trails in the country. The massive American Falls Reservoir is just one of many lakes in the region where fishing, boating, Jet Skiing and other water activities take place. Southeast Idaho is also known for its excellent hunting grounds, from duck hunting on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation to elk and bear hunting in the Caribou Highlands to deer hunting in the hills outside Pocatello.
Division I Idaho State University has a main campus in Pocatello and a satellite campus in Idaho Falls. Eastern Idaho Technical College is also in Idaho Falls. Southeast Idaho has a vibrant arts scene led by a plethora of community theater groups—four in Pocatello alone. Pocatello is home to art galleries and many live music venues, including the Portneuf Valley micro-brewery. ISU contributes greatly to the area’s arts community, most visibly with its majestic Stephens Performing Arts Center located on a hill above the campus. ISU faculty and students hold art shows, theatrical productions, concerts and dance recitals nearly year-round.
Southeast Idaho is credited in national surveys for being an affordable, family friend place to live as well as one of the best places nationwide to start a business. Pocatello is nicknamed the Gate City and is the self-proclaimed smile and volunteer capitals of the world. The city is located within easy driving distance of Salt Lake City and Boise as well as Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.
2013 STATE AWARDS
- 3rd place Idaho State Journal
GENERAL NEWS STORY
- 2nd place Jamie Hale — “Surviving Crash”
SPOT NEWS COVERAGE
- 3rd place Michael H. O’Donnell, Vanessa Grieve — “Son accused in dad’s death”
SERIOUS FEATURE REPORT
- 3rd place Vanessa Grieve — “Total Nightmare”
LIGHT FEATURE REPORT
- 2nd place Jimmy Hancock — “Big feat for a small dog”
- 1st place Michael H. O’Donnell
- 3rd place Michael H. O’Donnell
- 2nd place Scott Kraus
- 1st place Linda Phillips — “Heroic Efforts”
SPOT NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
- 1st place Doug Lindley — “Charlotte fire”
- 2nd place Doug Lindley — “Indian Creek Fire”
- 1st place Doug Lindley — “Smoky sunset”
- 3rd place Doug Lindley — “Fireworks”
GENERAL NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY
- 2rd place Jordon Beesley —”ISU Physics Fair”
- 2nd place Doug Lindley — “High School Rodeo Final”
- 3rd place Jordon Beesley — “5A Champs”
ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING
- 3rd place Jimmy Hancock — “Living in a dream”
- 3rd place Michael H. O’Donnell — “Hispanic Buying Power”
- 3rd place Jimmy Hancock — “Urban Livestock”
- 1st place Michael H. O’Donnell — “Masters of Disasters”
- 2nd place Tammy Scardino — “Miracles can happen”
- 3rd place Jimmy Hancock — “We survive this”
- 2nd place Jimmy Hancock — “A Stinky Situation”
- 2nd place Michael H. O’Donnell — “Student lifesavers”
SPECIAL SECTION- DAILY PRINT
- 1st place Eniko Jordan — WWII special section
WEBSITE – GENERAL EXCELLENCE
- 3rd place — idahostatejournal.com
WEBSITE – SPECIAL PURPOSE
- 1st place Kendra Evensen — BlackfootJournal.com
- 2nd place Jenny Hopkins — PocatelloParents.com
- 3rd place Rebecca Pyper — flourishidaho.com
BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
- 2nd place — Idaho State Journal on Facebook
Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press Association
- 1st Place Idaho State Journal
- 1st Place Chase Glorfield—”ISU athletics investigated, Ex-coach’s letter, Booster banned”
- 1st Place Mike Murphy
- 2nd Place Martin Hackworth
ONLINE SPECIAL PACKAGE
- 1st Place Eniko Jordan—”World War II in Eastern Idaho”
- 3rd Place Jordon Beesley—”ISJ Reports”
- 3rd Place, Michael H. O’Donnell—”Letter to Santa”
- 2nd Place, Scott Kraus
ONLINE GENERAL EXCELLENCE
- 3rd Place, Idaho State Journal
SPOT NEWS STORY
- 3rd Place, Vanessa Grieve—”Police clear pot grow site”