Here are the best videos you were watching on EastIdahoNews.com in 2021


From tears of joy in Secret Santa surprises to tense moments after a school shooting, the cameras of EastIdahoNews.com have been there to capture it all.

Based on our analysis, here is our list of the 10 most popular videos of 2021. We have condensed the Daybell case because the story spanned multiple videos.

10. Selfless seamstress gets the sewing machine of her dreams from a secret Santa Claus

Mary Kim has served tirelessly for over 20 years crafting items to give to those in need. From blankets to quilts, much of his work involves the use of a sewing machine. Secret Santa has asked the Elves of East Idaho News to visit Mary Kim with a special Christmas present in advance, the sewing machine of her dreams, so that she can continue doing what she loves.

9. School board meeting gets heated during mask discussion

More than a year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, an Idaho Falls District 91 school board meeting turned heated over a decision regarding masks. The board ultimately decided to keep a mask tenure in place with a single director opposing the decision.

8. Two students and an adult guard shot dead at Rigby Middle School

Moments after a sixth-grade girl opened fire at Rigby Middle School on May 6, reporters from EastIdahoNews.com were on the scene to gather the latest details of the video originally posted on Facebook Live. The guard and two slain students survived, while the status of the girl’s case remains unknown due to her age.

7. She lost over a million dollars against a man she met on a dating site. Now she is warning other women.

While Debby Montgomery Johnson’s story started with just $ 40, the scam has continued to grow. EastIdahoNews.com originally interviewed Johnson in 2018, and she shared her experience with dating site Latter-day Saint. After an increase in reports of similar scams in our newsroom, we re-published the article this year.

6. Teenage Girl Who Helps Raise 5 Siblings After Her Mom Dies Gets Big Surprise From Secret Santa

When Emily’s 13-year-old mother died of cancer a year ago, she took a giant leap forward. Even before her mother died, Emily behaved like a mother to her siblings, but even more so since her death. Her friend describes her as “the sweetest person” she has ever met. So Secret Santa wanted to surprise Emily with Christmas presents in advance and asked the elves of East Idaho News to visit her.

5. Retired FBI Special Agent Gives Insight into Gabby Petito’s Disappearance

The disappearance and homicide of Gabby Petito has become one of the country’s main mysteries in 2021. With her fiancé, Brian Laundrie deceased, the answers to his dying moments may never be known.

4. Documents detail the horrific manner in which JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan were found in Chad Daybell’s backyard

Daybell’s story continues to draw viewers around the world. While Chad and Lori Daybell are still awaiting trial (scheduled for 2023), the video released in June 2020 after JJ and Tylee’s remains were grimly discovered reached our top 10.

3. Crews rescue Idaho couple and dogs from pickup truck suspended over gorge near Twin Falls

As a pickup truck carrying a couple in their 60s dangled over a bridge about 100 feet above the ground, video-captured rescuers make the daring trip over the guardrail. The couple and their dog were brought to safety as the chains prevented the pickup from plunging into the ground.

2. Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs” answers 7 questions with Emmy (and shares his most embarrassing moment!)

Over the past year, 7 Questions with Emmy has interviewed local and global celebrities including Mike Rowe. The TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor, podcaster and spokesperson is known for his “Dirty Jobs”, “Returning the Favor”, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” and other shows.

The idea for the segment came when the youngest reporter from EastIdahoNews.com was walking down the river at Island Park with her family. A Facebook commentator saw a video and said Emmy should turn things around and interview her dad, Nate Eaton. The rest is history.

1. Without a trace: the mystery of DeOrr Kunz

Since the 2-year-old boy from Idaho Falls went missing during a visit to the Timber Creek Campground in 2015, the story has drawn viewers from around the world. The year after his disappearance, EastIdahoNews.com produced a 20-minute article on the boy’s disappearance, which we included in last year’s update on the case. (The 2020 update was our most popular post this year, although we also wrote an update for 2021.) We continue to hope that questions about its fate will be answered in 2022.


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