Copyright 2019 - Lee Family Broadcasting


Twin Falls Deputy sheriff Christopher Givens has been cleared of any wrongdoing after his service weapon accidently discharged at the County jail in December.  Officials say the gun became caught on his jacket and  went off striking him in the leg.  No inmates were injured.

A crash south of Hagerman yesterday morning has claimed a life.  Police say 25 Jacob Johnson of Twin Falls lost control of his vehicle on 1200 east near Quail Run Lane.  His pickup struck a tree, jumped a canal and came to rest on private property.  The accident happened about 2 am.  Johnson was sent by air ambulance to Boise while his passenger died at the scene. 

Authorities in eastern Idaho say a 14-year-old boy building a homemade gun or cannon with a friend died following an explosion.  Carson Eva of Ammon died Monday after a piece of wood from the explosion became impaled in his chest.  Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bryan Lovell said the boys were working on a backyard project.

Federal officials are taking public comments on a plan to build a 16.5-mile powerline at an eastern Idaho nuclear site as part of a cybersecurity effort to bolster protections for the nation’s electric grid.  Officials say the proposed 138-kilovolt powerline will make it easier to conduct experiments at the Idaho National Laboratory’s Power Grid Test Bed.

U.S. District Judge David Nye has reduced a $1.8 million award given to a former Idaho Department of Correction employee because it exceeds the maximum amount allowed under federal law.  The judge dropped the award amount granted Cynthia Fuller to $300,000.  Fuller sued the state in 2013, saying Idaho Department of Correction administrators created a hostile work environment and caused her emotional distress after she reported that a co-worker with whom she had recently tried to end a relationship had raped her three times over a two-week period.

The Idaho Board of Correction has tightened and clarified some restrictions on what documents can be released under the Idaho Public Records Act.  The new rules make the following things exempt: Security camera locations, Inmate visitor information and telephone logs, Inmate electronic messages, Inmate trust accounts information and Offender GPS records.  The ACLU is fighting back. 


In local sports, the district four Shrine Football Games are just around the corner.  This year they're going back to the two game format, unlike last year when they had to combine 8 man and 11 man rosters.  Twin Falls High School plays hosts to the 42nd annual event on Monday. The eight-man game begins at 3:30, while the 11-man game should start at six.  Both games can be heard on 1400-am KART.

The Magic Valley Junior Golf Foundation scholarship tournament is coming up on Saturday.  This event is held at Canyon Springs Golf Course in Twin Falls.  Look for PGA golfer Troy Merritt, who greets the participants and plays in the tourney with his family.  Last year more than 140 golfers played for scholarships and later in the summer, the foundation issued $22,000 in college scholarships to eight Class of 2018 high school graduates.  The shotgun start is at 1:30.

Burley High School has hired a new athletic director to replace Gordon Kerbs, who's retiring after 12 years as the AD and 34 in education.  Randy Winn will take over the position starting August 1.  Winn is the District IV Basketball Referee Commissioner and still plans to officiate at the high school level.


Today:  Cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 59F. Winds ENE at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible early. Considerable cloudiness. Low 46F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Mix of sunshine and clouds, scattered afternoon rain and storms, warmer. Winds: SW 5-15 mph – High: 65 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 39

SATURDAY: Scattered rain and t’storm. – High: 66 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 60 Low: 41

SUNDAY: Scattered rain and t’storms. – High: 72 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 65 Low: 41

MEMORIAL DAY (MONDAY): Occasional rain and scatted thunderstorms – High: 68 Low: 46 Mountains - High: 62 Low: 40

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds, warmer, scattered afternoon rain and storms. - High: 71 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 64 Low: 41

WEDNESDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, warm. - High: 73 Low: 45 Mountains - High: 66 Low: 43

May 23rd: On this day


Born on this day in Crimora, Virginia was Mac Wiseman, who worked as a sideman for Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs as well as releasing his own solo bluegrass records for the Dot label. Wiseman also serves as a founding member of the Country Music Association and joined the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.


Born on this day in Buffalo, New York, was Misty Morgan who with her husband Jack Blanchard had hits in 1970s, including the charting albums Birds of a Feather and Two Sides of Jack and Misty. Between 1969 and 1976, the duo also released fourteen singles, including "Tennessee Bird Walk", a #1 hit.


Born on this day in Riverside, California, was Judy Rodman, Country Music Singer. In the mid-80s, she scored the US Country #1 hit "Until I Met You." She also won the Academy of Country Music's "Top New Female Vocalist" award in 1985.


Born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio, was Shelly West, country music singer. Her mother was the country music star Dottie West, whose career spanned three decades. Shelly is best known for having hit duets with David Frizzell, and for their #1 hit "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma". She also was a successful solo artist, having her own #1 hit, "Jose Cuervo" in 1983.


Born on this day in Bethesda, Maryland, was Brian McComas country music artist who scored the 2003 Top Ten single "99.9% Sure (I've Never Been Here Before)".


The Tennessean of Nashville reported plans by the Academy of Country Music to move its awards show to April, after consistently being drubbed in the ratings by powerhouse American Idol. The ACMs, which aired May 24 on CBS, appeared opposite Fox's American Idol for the fourth year in a row. Winners at this years show included: Keith Urban who won Top Male Vocalist, Carrie Underwood won Top New Female Vocalist and Single Record of the Year for "Jesus, Take the Wheel."


Personal File was released, the 92nd album by the late American music icon Johnny Cash. The two CD set contained 49 unreleased tracks recorded between 1973 and 1982, which had been recovered from a vault of material housed at the House of Cash studios.


Blown Away the fourth studio album by Carrie Underwood was at #1 on the Billboard 200. With Blown Away reaching #1, Underwood became the third female to chart at #1 with three country albums, tying her with Linda Ronstadt and Faith Hill.


Yesterday, voters across magic valley made some decisions.  They said no to the Twin Falls fire department 36-million dollar bond and no to the Minidoka school district $21 million dollar bond request.  They said yes to the Hailey city infrastructure increase and yes to the Burley library override levy. They also agreed to the Hagerman school district supplemental levy.  Jacob Patterson is the Bliss highway district commissioner for subdistrict 3.  Mike Praegitzer retains his seat for the Jerome Highway district trustee.  Robert Vern Heath won the Jerome County Hilldale district trustee seat and Art Baily and Ron Pierce will be commissioners for the Twin Falls Highway district. 

Authorities have filed a total of 27 charges against two Idaho brothers accused of illegally killing a pair of mule deer bucks in northeast Nevada.   Elko County prosecutors recently filed the charges against Wade and Blake Asher.  Wade Asher of Burley was arrested on May 2. Blake Asher of Boise turned himself in the following day.  They are charged with multiple wildlife violations including felony charges of unlawful killing of a big game animal near Jackpot.

Gerardo Raul Chaven has requested to withdraw his guilty plea of murder.  He is the suspected shooter in the 2016 drive-by murder of 15 year old Vason Lee Widaman in Twin Falls.  The district judge will rule on the motion June 17th.  Jose Dse Daniel Alvarez was also charged with 1st degree murder.  The date for his jury trial is pending. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and a financial expert will examine how the Idaho Land Board should invest $240 million from the sale of hundreds of residential home sites as well as commercial real estate properties.  One timber company concerned about competition and some counties worried about losing property tax income have voiced concerns about that plan.

Idaho officials have accepted a land donation where the state plans to build a fourth state veterans’ home.  The Idaho Division of Veterans Services plans to build a $43 million, 64-bed veterans’ home at the site in Post Falls.


In local sports, Jeff Reinert is the New College of Southern Idaho Men’s Basketball Coach.  The college made the announcement yesterday afternoon.  Reinert comes to CSI from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California where he has been the head coach since 2012.  Prior to that, he was the associate head coach at Fresno State University from 2007 to 2011. 


Today:  Partly cloudy. High 56F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy with occasional rain late. Low 42F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

Tomorrow:  Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon. Chilly. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon. Some snow is also possible in the higher elevations. Chilly.  Magic Valley: High: 59 Low: 42 (Wood River Valley: High: 55 Low: 36)

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly cloudy with some scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon. Cool. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms. Some snow is also possible in the higher elevations. Chilly.  Magic Valley: High: 64 Low: 43 (Wood River Valley: High: 55 Low: 38)

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Cool. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and possible thunderstorms. Cool.  Magic Valley: High: 66 Low: 45 (Wood River Valley: High: 58 Low: 39)

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Cool. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms. Cool.  Magic Valley: High: 68 Low: 43 (Wood River Valley: High: 59 Low: 39)

MEMORIAL DAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Cool. WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Cool.  Magic Valley: High: 65 (Wood River Valley: High: 60)

May 22nd: On this day

Born on this day in Independence, Missouri, was Ralph Peer an American talent scout, recording engineer and record producer. He is credited with what is often called the first country music recording, Fiddlin' John Carson's disc "Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane"/"That Old Hen Cackled and The Rooster's Goin' To Crow". In August 1927, while talent hunting in the southern states, he recorded both Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family in the same session at a makeshift studio in Bristol, Tennessee, known as the Bristol Sessions. Peer died on 19 Jan 1960.

Born on this day in Dayton, Ohio was bassist Dana Williams from Diamond Rio, (originally known as the Grizzly River Boys). Their 1991 single "Meet in the Middle", made them the first band ever to send a debut single to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the Billboard country album chart with Galveston. The singers thirteenth studio album spent 11 weeks at #1 and 26 weeks on the chart. The title track written by Jimmy Webb, describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas.

Merle Haggard was at #1 on the Country music album chart with Okie from Muskogee. The album won the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year in 1969. Haggard also won Single of the Year for "Okie from Muskogee" as well as Top Male Vocalist.

Aaron Tippin released "Kiss This", the first single from his album People Like Us. Co-written by Aaron's wife, Thea, the single became Aaron's third and final #1 on the Billboard country charts, five years after his last chart topper.

At the Academy of Country Music awards ceremony in Las Vegas, there were boos when the Dixie Chicks’ nomination for Entertainer of the Year award was announced, (after Natalie Maines' comment about George Bush), however, the broadcast's host, Vince Gill, reminded the audience that everyone was entitled to freedom of speech.

Rascal Flatts' Mayberry was at #1 on the Billboard country album charts, their fourth and final single from their 2002 album, Melt.

Reba McEntire was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a Medallion Ceremony that took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. She was inducted by one of her musical idols, Dolly Parton.

The Zac Brown Band were at #1 on the country chart with their fourth major-label studio album Jekyll + Hyde, making it their third #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

TUESDAY 052119

One person is dead after the airplane he was piloting crashed near Givens Hot Springs in Owhyee County Sunday afternoon.  Authorities say the planes only occupant was a 77 year old man.  A witness said the plane was engulfed in flames and the pilot remained strapped in his seat.

29-year old Luis Alberto Velzsquez Reyes of Ketchum has been charged with felony attempted strangulation.  Sunday afternoon Ketchum police say Reyes was arrested at the Andora Villa.  In addition to strangulation, he is charged with domestic battery in the presence of a child.

Mini-Cassia residents will decide the fate of two measures on today’s election ballots.  Minidoka County is asking patrons to approve a $21 million dollar general obligation bond.  Voters said no to the same bond request in March.  Burley and Minidoka County residents will vote on a renewal of a temporary two year operating override levy with a 3-percent increase for the Burley Public Library.  If approved $277,280 levy will be assessed each year in 2019 and 2020. 

Voters in Twin Falls are deciding the fate of a $36-million dollar bond for the Fire Department.  Three new fire stations would be built along with a variety of other projects.  Polls are open from 8 am to 8 pm.

A 17 year old Jerome girl is the subject of a Amber Alert.  Police say Sandra Rios Chavez was taken from the Windy’s restaurant in Jerome Sunday evening.  She was last seen wearing a Wendy’s Uniform.  Authorities are looking for 18 year old Miguel Rodriguez-Perez who left the parking lot in a 2015 Black Audi.  The car was spotted yesterday near Surprise Arizona.  A pursuit begin and his vehicle was found abandoned shortly afterwards. 

What police believe to be an accidental shooting in the Twin Falls Sportsman’s warehouse parking lot last night sent one person to the hospital.  The injured man called 911.  The bullet entered his leg above the left knee.  The man said he was loading his gun in his car when the gun discharged.

Interstate 84 traffic between Wendell and Jerome was backed up yesterday afternoon when a semi-truck flipped on its side.  The accident sent the driver from Redmond Washington by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Boise.  One lane of travel was blocked for six and a half hours while crews removed the debris.  The accident happened just before 4 pm. 


It’s the Jerome Football Players taking on the Coaches in a Triathlon event this  afternoon at 4 pm.  For a five dollar bill, that will go to help football players attend the Idaho State University Camp this summer, spectators will watch a basketball and dodgeball game.  Then find out the best punt, pass and kick on the Football field.  The event at the Jerome High School.

Today, CSI will announce who will lead the Eagles mens Basketball team this fall.  Meanwhile, Malik Porter from the College Of Southern Idaho is the latest basketball player moving from CSI to Idaho State University.  Porter is following Brayden Parker and Jaxon Edelmaer.  He will enter as a junior.  He led the Scenic West Athletic Conference with 8.5 rebounds a game and scored nearly 11 points per contest.


Today:  Cloudy with rain ending for the afternoon. High around 55F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tonight:  Cloudy with light rain developing after midnight. Low 42F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow:  Occasional rain showers and a few thunderstorms. Winds: NE 5-10 mph - High: 57 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 35

THURSDAY: Clouds, some sunshine with scattered rain and possible t’storms. - High: 59 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 36

FRIDAY: Clouds and sunshine, possible showers and storms. – High: 64 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 38

SATURDAY: Scattered rain showers with possible thunderstorms. – High: 66 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 57 Low: 38

SUNDAY: Scattered rain showers with possible thunderstorms. – High: 65 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 58 Low: 40

MEMORIAL DAY (MONDAY): Mostly cloudy, chance of rain and thunderstorms – High: 64 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 58 Low: 34

May 21st: On this day

Buck Owens was at #1 on the country charts with "My Heart Skips a Beat", Owens's third chart topper. "My Heart Skips a Beat" spent seven non-consecutive weeks at the top with a total of twenty-six weeks on the chart. The B-side, "Together Again", also hit #1 on the country chart both replacing and being replaced by "My Heart Skips a Beat" from the top spot.

Taken from his album Ol' Waylon, Waylon Jennings started a six week run at #1 on the US Country charts with "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)."

Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were at #1 on the Country charts with "Just to Satisfy You" a song written by Jennings and Don Bowman in 1963. Jennings included the song in his performing repertoire, and on radio. In 1982 he recorded a duet version along with Willie Nelson, that peaked at #1 for two weeks on Billboard Hot Country Singles.

Alabama, The Judds, George Strait and Randy Travis all appeared at a Country Music Stars Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Trisha Yearwood married Robert "Bobby" Reynolds, the bass player for the country music group The Mavericks. The couple divorced in 1999, (she married her current husband Garth Brooks in 2005).

Winners at the 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire included: Entertainer of the Year - Toby Keith, Top Male Vocalist - Kenny Chesney, Top Female Vocalist - Martina McBride, Top New Male Vocalist - Joe Nichols, Top Vocal Group - Rascal Flatts, Video of the Year went to Alan Jackson for "Drive (For Daddy Gene)" and Single Record of the Year was won by Kenny Chesney "The Good Stuff."

Billy Walker the country music singer and guitarist was killed in a car accident when the van he was driving back to Nashville after a performance in Foley, Alabama veered off Interstate 65 in Fort Deposit and overturned. He is best-known for his 1962 hit, "(I'd Like to Be In) Charlie's Shoes".

Crash My Party the fourth studio album by Luke Bryan was at #1 on the country chart. Its first single, the title track, reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and the album went onto sell over 2 million in sales in the United States by the summer of this year. 

MONDAY 052019

Are you planning on traveling this Memorial Day weekend?  If so, you’re not alone.  You’ll be among some 230-thousand Idahoans who will take a vacation to kick off the summer travel season.  Overall travel will jump 3.6 percent to nearly 43-million according to Triple A.

A 17-year old alleged accomplice to a Pocatello murder in March will most likely be charged as an adult.  87 year old Arlyne Koehler was killed in her Pocatello home March 18th or 19th.  Police say the 17-year-old and Dustin Garrett Alfaro, 18, of Marysville, California, stabbed Koehler to death.

A federal grand jury in Boise Tuesday indicted ten alleged members of a white supremacist prison gang on federal racketeering charges, after finding they’d engaged in drug dealing, money laundering and extortion for almost 20 years.  Those indicted are alleged members of the Aryan Knights, a white supremacist gang founded in Idaho prison in the 1990s.

Tickets for Garth Brooks’ Boise concert sold out in less than an hour Friday.  Tickets went on sale Friday at 10 a.m. and just before 11 a.m. the company representing Brooks said the tickets were gone. 

A California-based investment group is planning to spend more than $30 million to redevelop an Idaho mall, adding multifamily housing and a hotel to the site.  Karcher Mall was purchased in Nampa earlier this month after the property had been on the market for three years.

Two brothers have been charged for lewd conduct with a minor after they both admitted to raping an underage girl.  A police report describes how multiple witnesses saw Bryce and Tristton Brumfield, ages 25 and 22 respectively, having sex with the 15-year-old victim.

The city of Hazelton has lifted a boil advisory after a test results have returned negative.  The city had two consecutive days of tests come back clear of contaminants.  The city is upgrading its water system and boil advisories could be as possibility during the upgrade process.


In local sports, Brady Trenkle is set to replace Ty Shippen as the athletic director and boys basketball coast at Minico High School.  The hiring committee made that recommendation last week.  Brady is the son of legendary College of Southern Idaho Men’s Basketball coach Fred Trenkle.  Brady has been an assistant coach of the Men’s Basketball program at Youngstown State University in Ohio. 

In tennis, the Twin Falls Bruin’s doubles team of Tyler Bowman and Brandon Mix won the third place match at the 4A state tennis tournament.

Ladies, if you are looking for a golf tournament this weekend, the Clear Lakes Ladies Golf Association will host a two lady best ball tournament at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.  The event at the Clear Lake Country Club in Buhl.


Today:  Cloudy this morning. Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. High around 55F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight:  Rain showers early will evolve into a more steady rain overnight. Low 43F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

Tomorrow:  Rain ending early. Remaining cloudy. High 54F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

WEDNESDAY: P.M. rain showers in the Magic Valley, and rain showers with a chance of rain/snow in the Wood River Valley.  High: 55 Low: 40  Mountains: 51 Low: 36

THURSDAY: Chance of rain showers in the Magic Valley with a chance of p.m. thunderstorms. Chance of rain and snow showers in the Wood River Valley with a chance of p.m. thunderstorms.   High: 58 Low: 41  Mountains: 52 Low: 37

FRIDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy with the Wood River Valley wtih a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.   High: 64 Low: 43

SATURDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy with the Wood River Valley wtih a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.   High: 67 Low: 45  Mountains: 59 Low: 41

SUNDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley with a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy with the Wood River Valley wtih a chance of rain showers and thunderstorms.   High: 67 Mountains: 59.

May 20th: On this day


George Jones married his first wife Dorothy Bonvillion, the couple divorced slightly more than a year later.


Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country album charts with The Country Way. Pride went on to score thirty-nine #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His greatest success came in the early-to mid-1970s, when he became the best-selling performer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley.


Freddy Fender was at #1 on the Country music album chart with his first album Before The Next Teardrop Falls. The album includes the #1 hits "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."


The Oak Ridge Boys were at #1 on the US country album chart with Deliver, their tenth studio release. The album included two hit singles: "Ozark Mountain Jubilee" and "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes", the latter of which reached #1 on Hot Country Songs.


Born on this day, was Jon Pardi, American country music singer/songwriter who in April 2012 released his debut single, "Missin' You Crazy." His second single, released in April 2013 became his first Top 20 hit on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart.


Clint Black was at #1 on the country chart with his debut album Killin' Time. The album with the success of its first four singles, ("A Better Man", "Walking Away", "Nobody's Home", and "Killin' Time"), was a huge hit upon release, and established Black as one of the biggest new stars in country music.


Faith Hill's "The Way You Love Me" started a four-week run at #1 on the Billboard country chart. It was her second #1 country single from her album Breathe and her 8th #1 country single overall.


Sara Evans was at #1 on the Country chart with "A Little Bit Stronger" the lead-off single from her album Stronger. The song was also included on the soundtrack for the 2010 movie Country Strong and released as the second single from the film's soundtrack album.


Taylor Swift won eight awards at this year's Billboard Music Awards held in Las Vegas. Swift won categories that included top female artist, top digital songs artist and top country artist.

FRIDAY 051719

During lunchtime, yesterday police located a BB gun at Canyon Ridge High School inside a car in the parking lot.  The action did not cause the school to be placed on lockdown officials say.  Originally police were responding to a call that a reckless driver may have had a handgun. 

A Challis woman died in a single vehicle crash near Carey Tuesday.  Authorities say 80-year-old Lawana Knox lost control when her vehicle went off the shoulder.  The vehicle went down an embankment and collided with lava rock.  Knox was transported by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus in Boise where she died of her injuries. 

Federal officials say an effort to develop a better fire shelter following the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona six years ago has failed.  The current fire shelter developed in 2002 will remain in use.  Researchers conducted hundreds of tests and sent four prototypes into the field in 2018. But they ultimately rejected them because of production problems, weight or bulk.

The federal government could decide by the end of May whether it will accept Idaho’s voter-approved plan to expand Medicaid eligibility.  Federal officials have 90 days to make a decision regarding the amendment, or to provide a list of questions that need to be answered before they can act.

The flurry of legal actions against the company that makes OxyContin is intensifying.  The Idaho Attorney General’s Office sent notices that it intends to take legal action against them.  45 states are now taking legal action against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, asserting that the company downplayed the addiction risks of its powerful prescription drug.

More than 20 years after a teenager was stabbed to death inside her Idaho Falls apartment, police say they have finally tracked down her killer.  53 year old Brian Leigh Dripps was arrested Wednesday in Canyon County after DNA linked him to the 1996 slaying of Angie Dodge who was just 18 when she was attacked and killed inside her own apartment June 13, 1996.


In sports closer to home, High School Boys Baseball, the Twin Falls Bruins fell to the consolation bracket in the Class 4A tournament at Vallivue yesterday losing to Idaho Falls 2 to 1.  The game took 10 innings to complete. 

In another tournament game, Lakeland defeated Minico 12 to 2 in Five innings.


Today:  Raw day, rain winds and cold. Winds: West 15-25 Gust 30 mph - Highs - Valleys: 53 Mountains: 52 Chance of rain 70%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tonight:   Breezy evening rain showers and clearing overnight, cold. Winds: West 15-25 mph. Lows - Valleys: 38 Mountains: 35. Chance of rain 90%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow: Slight breeze with partly to mostly sunny skies and cool. Winds: West 10-15 mph - High: 63 Low: 43 Mountains - High: 57 Low: 36

SUNDAY: Rain showers and t-storms - High: 57 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 54 Low: 38

MONDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 55 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 35

TUESDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 59 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 57 Low: 34

WEDNESDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 59 Low: 36 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 34

THURSDAY: Sun and clouds, chance of a rain shower – High: 57 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 34

May 17th: On this day

Born on this day in Los Angeles, California was guitarist Pat Flynn. He joined the progressive New Grass Revival in 1981, eventually becoming a studio musician and playing on hits by Randy Travis, Lee Ann Womack, Kathy Mattea, George Strait and Conway Twitty, among others. Pat wrote and performed on Garth Brooks' hit single "Do What You Gotta Do".

Working at the Capitol Recording Studio in Hollywood, Glen Campbell recorded "Gentle On My Mind," a song written by John Hartford and arranged by Leon Russell. The song went on to win won four Grammy Awards the following year and became the theme to the television variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour between 1969 and 1972.

B.J. Thomas was at #1 on the US Country chart with, "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song". The song which became Thomas' second #1 single is also the longest-titled #1 song (not including the Stars On 45 Medley) to date.

Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country album chart with Somewhere Over the Rainbow which featured 1940's pop standards arranged by Nelson. The album's acoustic jazz instrumentation was also meant to play tribute to one of his heroes, Belgian gypsy jazz guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt, who influenced Nelson's playing.

Johnny Cash started four days of recording in producer Rick Rubin's living room in Los Angeles, backed only by his own guitar. This was the start of sessions for his forthcoming American Recordings album.

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the Country chart with "Buy Me a Rose" released as the third single from his album She Rides Wild Horses. Upon reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot Country charts, the song made Rogers (who was 61 years old at the time) the oldest country singer to have a #1 hit.

Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying," won Single Record and Song of the Year during the 40th annual Academy of Country Music awards. Written by Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, it was also named as the #1 country song of 2004 by Billboard. Video of The Year went to Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss for "Whiskey Lullaby" and Gretchen Wilson won Top New Artist and Top Female Vocalist. Entertainer of The Year went to Kenny Chesney.

Charlie McCoy, Roy Clark and Barbara Mandrell were all inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Grammy Award winning country musician, songwriter Guy Clark died in Nashville following a lengthy battle with lymphoma. He released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell. Clark won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You.


Seventeen rural school districts in Idaho will decide school bond issues and levies next Tuesday, May 21st.  All told, the districts are requesting $53.9 million dollars.  Minidoka County has the largest request locally asking for 21-million dollars.  The money would go toward a long list of projects.  Hagerman is asking for a Two-year $400-thouand dollar supplemental levy.

Tuesday afternoon a sudden dust storm near Hazelton along Interstate 84, a  multi-vehicle accident claimed the life of a Jerome man.  52-year-old Douglas Megargle died at the scene.  Four trucks a Pickup and a passenger car were involved in the crash.  The westbound lanes were closed for about five hours.

A Challis man has been ordered to pay $2-thousand dollars in restitution after damaging an archaeological site in Challis.  38-year-old Alan Thorkelson pleaded guilty to digging at a Shoshone Bannock tribal cultural site without authorization. 

Investigators from the Twin Falls Sheriff’s Department say no charges will be filed following the death of 38 year old Thomas Rettew.  He died while in custody in the Cassia County Jail in January from acute meth toxicity.  Detention staff they were told he was detoxing from drugs.  He wasn’t checked on for 95 minutes – while jail policy says detoxing inmates should be checked on every 15 minutes. 

A federal judge has ordered the Oneida County School District to pay two disabled students a combined 1-point 2 million dollars for physical and emotional suffering.  The families chronicled highly disturbing treatment of the two children at Malad Elementary school.

The9th circuit court of appeals will hear arguments today in a lawsuit brought by Adree Edmo a transgender inmate who wants the Idaho Department of Correction to provide female gender confirmation surgery.  A federal judge ordered the state to pay.  The state filed the appeal.


Today:  Cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 79F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 53F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

Tomorrow:  Chilly, breezy with occasional rain showers. Winds: West 10-20 mph - High: 55 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 52 Low: 35

SATURDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, cool, chance of an isolated shower or storm - High: 62 Low: 42 Mountains - High: 59 Low: 36

SUNDAY: Rain showers and t-storms - High: 60 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 38

MONDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 58 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 54 Low: 35

TUESDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 60 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 35

WEDNESDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 57 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 34

May 16th: On this day

Born on this day in Santa Monica, California, was Scott Reeves. He appeared as an actor in the TV series The Young And The Restless, and later formed Blue County with Aaron Benward, who had a hit with "Good Little Girls" in 2004. He also co-wrote Toby Keith's hit "Made In America".

Roger Miller recorded a version of the Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster song “Me and Bobby McGee”. His version peaked at #12 on the Country charts in August of this year.

Born on this day in Houston, Texas, was Rick Trevino, a Mexican American country music artist who scored the 1997 US #1 Country hit "Running Out of Reasons to Run."

Alabama were at #1 on the country album chart with 40-Hour Week, their ninth studio album which included three songs that topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Two of the #1 tracks: "There's No Way" and the title track, became milestones in Alabama's recording career when "There's No Way" became Alabama's 16th consecutive #1 single. The feat allowed Alabama to tie Sonny James' 14-year-old record for most #1 songs in as many consecutive single releases. Then, in August of this year, "40 Hour Week (For a Livin')" topped the chart, becoming Alabama's 17th-straight chart topper, allowing them to surpass James' record.

Tim McGraw was at #1 on the Country chart with his version of "Please Remember Me" a song co-written by Rodney Crowell and Will Jennings. Originally recorded by Crowell on his 1995 album Jewel of the South, his version was released as a single that year.

Kenny Chesney performed "There Goes My Life" and "Back Where I Come From" for president George W. Bush at the official dinner for Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Mrs. Janette Howard in the East Wing of the White House.

Keith Urban performed "Little Bit Of Everything" during the season finale of Fox TV's American Idol. Urban and contestant Kree Harrison later perform Urban's hit "Where The Blacktop Ends" with Blink-182's Travis Barker on drums and Randy Jackson on bass.

American singer-songwriter Emilio Navaira died of a heart attack aged 53. He was called the "Garth Brooks of Tejano" with his style of Tex-Mex music. Navaira charted six singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.