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Friday 081619

The U.S. Forest service is moving ahead with construction of a 4 and a half mile trail connecting the city of Stanley and Redfish Lake.  Owners of the property that part of the trail will use filed a federal lawsuit to stop the project but the federal government has an earlier agreement to be able to improve the path.  Idaho U.S. representative Mike Simpson was on hand this week to cut the ribbon on the new construction. 

Authorities briefly detained a wanted fugitive in Chubbuck yesterday morning but Samiir Blade Afraid of Bear was able to escape from a police car by kicking out one of the windows.  He is wanted on several outstanding warrants for felonies including burglary, robbery and aggravated battery at a convenience store.  Yesterday afternoon, police were able to re-capture the suspect.

Traffic on the Perrine Bridge will be reduced to one lane each way Sunday as the ITD crews place platforms underneath the bridge for upcoming special inspections.  Work will occur from 6:30 am to 3 pm. 

Authorities in Madison County said a 6 year old boy accidently drowned in an above ground swimming pool.  The incident was reported around 8:30 Tuesday.  The boy was being watched by an older juvenile at the time.

Boise city officials say the Ada County Landfill can’t dump water that soaked through the region’s trash into the Boise wastewater treatment system.  The city turned down Ada County’s request to dispose up to 4 million gallons of water collected from the landfill earlier this summer. The liquid was rejected because city officials say it could disrupt the water treatment process.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Native American tribal courts can ask the federal courts to enforce rulings against non-tribal members. The question arose in a case between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and a couple that live on the reservation but who aren’t tribal members.  They built a boat garage on the St. Joe’s River, which the tribe says is tribe property. Tribal officials told the couple they needed a permit for the structure.  The Tribe sued in 2016 and a tribal court fined the couple nearly $4,000 and said the garage could be dismantled.


Today:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low around 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low around 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Increasing clouds through the afternoon and evening and staying breezy. High: 86. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies and breezy. High: 81. Low: 49.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Hot and mostly sunny. High: 91. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and comfortable. High: 86. Low: 52.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and warm. High: 87. Low: 53.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 88. Low: 53.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Hot with sunny skies. High: 91. Low: 58.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 55.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and hot. High: 90.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 88.

August 16th: On this day

Born on this day in Corsicana, Texas, was Billy Joe Shaver, country music singer and songwriter. Shaver's 1973 album Old Five and Dimers Like Me is a classic in the outlaw country genre. Shaver's 2007 album country gospel style Everybody's Brother was Grammy nominated. Many of the songs are duets with artists such as Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Tanya Tucker.

Patsy Cline recorded "Crazy". The ballad composed by Willie Nelson became one of her signature tunes and gave Cline a #2 country hit in 1962. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter.

Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man Blues" was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart. The song is Haggard's tribute to a core group of his fans: The American blue-collared working man.

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, O.C. Smith, (who performed ‘Son Of A Hickory Holler's Tramp’ with Cash), Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, (who performed ‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town’), Melanie and Grandpa Jones.

Born on this day in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was Emily Robinson, singer-songwriter, with the Dixie Chicks. Of the Dixie Chicks' twenty-five singles, six have reached #1 on the Billboard country singles chart: "There's Your Trouble", "Wide Open Spaces", "You Were Mine", "Cowboy Take Me Away", "Without You", and "Travelin' Soldier".

Elvis Presley was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden; he had been seated on the toilet reading The Scientific Search For Jesus. He died of heart failure at the age of 42. The most significant pop artist of the 20th century, the beginning and end of his career are grounded in country. He entered the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

Born on this day in Coffeeville, Alabama, was Ashton Shepherd, country music singer-songwriter. Her 2008 debut album Sounds So Good produced two top 40 hits on the Hot Country Songs charts: "Takin' Off This Pain" and the title track.

Thursday 081419

The Fairfield man who has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in Blaine County had blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.  46 year old Matthew Richard Park was driving a pickup that rear ended a car with three young girls driven by a Mountain Home man.  The three girls were killed; both adults in the car were seriously injured.  The accident happened near a bridge construction project on U.S. Highway 20.

34 year old Lex Bennett Godwin of Pocatello will spend his life in jail after being sentenced to 100 years in federal prison.  Godwin was found guilty of producing, transporting and possessing child pornography.  He was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit electronic devices used to commit the offenses. 

Gas prices continue to tumble after Memorial Day.  Today, the Idaho average is $2-dollars 87 cents which is eight cents less than a month ago and 35 cents less than a year ago.  Idaho currently is 8th in the country for the highest gas prices.

The building across from the Twin Falls Commons and city hall will soon be torn down.  The building last housed the Idaho Youth Ranch and before that the Idaho Department store will be destroyed and developers say a 6 story building will be constructed in its place.  Planned are 42 new apartments, office space and retail establishments. 

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has reached a deal with the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation to build a new headquarters in Boise.  Fish and Game in a news release on Tuesday says construction of the 70,000-square-foot building is scheduled to begin in 2020 and be finished by 2022.  Fish and Game will lease the new building for 25 years.  The lease would cost up to $1.2 annually.

A pickup belonging to 48 year old Craig Barnett, a missing Jerome man has been found in Twin Falls County.  His teal 1977 Ford F-150 pickup was found by a rancher in Sawtooth National Forest on Saturday afternoon.

Federal officials plan to create an environmental study that will look at raising one of three Boise River dams to capture more water for irrigation and flood control.  The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is taking comments through Sept. 9 and holding three meetings involving the proposed project to raise Anderson Ranch Dam by 6 feet.


Football fans get ready for the 12th annual rocky mountain rumble set for the end of this month.  On August 30th and 31st, The Holt Arena again welcome some of the top teams from Idaho Utah, California and Canada.  One local team is on the schedule.  On Friday, Minico will Play Tooele Utah at 5:30.  Then Skyline takes on Orem Utah at 8:15.  On Saturday, Hillcrest plays Raymond Alberta at 10.  Blackfoot takes on Lakeland at 1.  Century plays Lehi Utah at 4 and Highland will play East Utah at 7. 


Today:  Sunny. High near 90F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mostly clear. Low near 60F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 83. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and breezy. High: 81. Low: 48.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Warm and sunny. High: 86. Low: 54.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and comfortable. High: 80. Low: 49.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 89. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny and pleasant. High: 84. Low: 51.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Near average temperatures and mostly sunny. High: 89. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 86. Low: 54.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Warm with sunny skies. High: 90. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 86. Low: 54.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny and warm. High: 90.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 88.

August 15th: On this day

Born on this day in Boaz, Alabama, was Rose Maddox country singer-songwriter and fiddle player, who was the lead singer with the Maddox Brothers and Rose before a successful solo career. Dolly Parton credits Maddox as an early influence. Maddox died on April 15th 1998.

Born on this day, was Bobby Helms, American country music singer best known for his 1957 hit, "Jingle Bell Rock". He died on June 19, 1997 of emphysema at his home in Martinsville, Indiana, he was 63.

Born on this day, was Don Rich, country musician who helped develop the Bakersfield sound in the early 1960s. He was a noted guitarist and fiddler, and a member of the Buckaroos, the backing band of country singer Buck Owens. Rich died on July 17, 1974.

Born on this day in Elk City, Oklahoma, was Jimmy Webb, songwriter. His country hits include "Highwayman," by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson; and "Wichita Lineman" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," by Glen Campbell. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 to 1990. Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.

Born on this day in Woodside, California, was Paul Jefferson, country music artist who has had his songs recorded by Keith Urban, Little Texas and Buddy Jewell, among others. He also co-wrote Aaron Tippin's #1 song "That's as Close as I'll Get to Loving You."

114 people were arrested at Kenny Chesney's concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, near Boston and another 228 were taken into protective custody at the New England Country Music Festival. Most of the offenses involved underage drinking.

Wednesday 081419

The Twin Falls City council will meet at noon today to consider the adoption of the 2020 preliminary budget and to set Monday for the public hearing to adopt the final budget.  The meeting will be at the council chambers in Twin Falls.

Chobani’s new Innovation and Community Center is open.  The 71-thousand square foot 21-million dollar addition will give the greek yogurt scientists more room and tools to develop yogurt flavors with a state of the art workspace. 

32 year old Marcos Omar Oceguera of Jerome was booked into the Jerome jail Monday and arraigned yesterday on three sex related charges.  He has been accused of Lewd conduct with a child under 16, Rape and transfer of the aids virus. 

Earlier this week 21 year old Alex James Chappell was sentenced for stabbing another man in the back.  The incident happened in February when he broke into the victim’s home.  He will serve a minimum of 8 years in prison and faces 15.  He also will be required to pay the victims medical bills. 

Voters in Twin Falls will be asked for money to expand the county jail facilities.  Commissioners approved asking the voters to pass a 25-million dollar bond issue in November.  The proposal would cost property owners $25-95 per $100-thousand of assessed property value over 20 years. 

Early voting is underway for several issues that residents can cast their ballots on.  Voters in the Filer School District will decide on a 8-point 5 million dollar general obligation bond.  Jerome and Lincoln county residents living within the Shoshone School District will also decide on a 6.83 million dollar bond.  Election Day is August 27th.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office is continuing the investigation into the Saturday morning burglary of the Bear Claw Trading post.  The amount of loss is still undetermined.  Money and Jewelry was taken from the business.  Call 324-1911 if you can help in the investigation. 

SPORTS The baseball season ended yesterday for the Burley Green Sox as the Legion Baseball team lost to the Layton Lancers in Cody Wyoming with a 5 to 4 score.  The loss eliminates the Burley team from the Northwest Class A regional Tournament. Layton went on to beat Wasilla Alaska in the championship game that followed. 

The Boise State Women’s Soccer team is back at the winning thing.  The Broncos are picked to win the 2019 Mountain West Conference.  The coaches in the Conference voted the Broncos as the 2019 champions in it’s annual preseason poll narrowly edging San Jose State.  The Broncos return 21 players this season, including two-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Year Raimee Sherle, who finished tied for most goals scored in the NCAA last season with 20.


Today:  Sunny. High 92F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 62F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 88. Low: 59.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of an afternoon/evening shower. High: 85. Low: 55.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Not as warm and sunny. High: 84. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and comfortable. High: 82. Low: 51.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and warm. High: 86. Low: 56.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 81. Low: 52.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Near average temperatures and mostly sunny. High: 87. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 83. Low: 52.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Warm with mostly sunny skies. High: 86. Low: 54.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warm. High: 84. Low: 51.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 88.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and warm. High: 84.

August 14th: On this day

Born on this day in Elkhart, Indiana was Connie Smith the country music artist. She began her career in 1963 after winning a local talent contest near Columbus, Ohio, which attracted the attention of country songwriter Bill Anderson. Her first #1 hit was with her debut single ‘Once A Day’ released in 1964. Smith won Billboards Most Promising Female Country Artist in 1964.

"Almost Persuaded" by David Houston was at #1 on the Country chart. The song spent nine weeks at #1 and has since gone on to become a country standard. For 46 years and two months, no #1 song matched the chart-topping longevity of "Almost Persuaded," until Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" notched its ninth week atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart the week of December 15, 2012.

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the US country album chart with Are You Ready for the Country. Its title track is a song from Neil Young's seminal 1972 album Harvest. Despite the title, this outlaw country album featured covers of rock songs, including "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band. MacArthur Park (Revisited)" and won Waylon his first Grammy Award in 1969.

Garth Brooks' The Hits became the first best-of album by a country-based artist certified for shipments of 7 million units. In June 1995, the master copy of the album was buried under Garth’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Alison Krauss & Union Station released the album New Favorite which went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album and the single "The Lucky One" won the Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or group.

Toby Keith and Scotty Emerick performed for 25,000 troops and president George W. Bush at Miramar Marine Air Corps Station near San Diego.

Tuesday 081319

Three small children were killed in a traffic accident in Blaine county early Saturday morning.  Deputies say the collision was at the site of a temporary traffic signal at a bridge construction project south of Bellevue.  A pickup driven by 46 year old Mathew Park of Fairfield collided with a small car driven by 26 year old Sommchai Ray Lee Lurak of Mountain Home.  Three female children ages 3, 5 and 6 died.  Lurak along with a female passenger in the car was air lifted to Boise.  Both are in critical condition.  Park was un-injured.  He has charged with DUI and three counts of Vehicular manslaughter.

The cancelled fundraiser for the Canyon Ridge Baseball team that’s prize was a AR-15 rifle is back on.  This time organized by Patriot Defense of Twin Falls.  The original gun raffle was organized by the schools head coach. 

Tomorrow, it’s a full day of activity for the Gooding County Fair and Rodeo with a parade starting at 5:30 pm.  The extreme bull’s event is tomorrow night with the rodeo Thursday through Saturday. 

Weed experts in Cassia and Twin Falls are concerned about an invasive noxious weed that looks like the smothering Kudzu vine found in the south.  The white bryony has been located in the two counties and if left unattended will pose a major destructive problem as it can crawl up to 50 feet in a short amount of time.  It’s killed by digging up the root system.

Idaho’s sage-grouse numbers have dropped 52% since the federal government decided not to list the birds as an endangered species in the fall of 2015.  Officials say there are between 200,000 and 500,000 sage grouse, most of them in Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Colorado.

Idaho officials say one lane is open to traffic on a section of Highway 95 that had been closed because of a large mudslide.  The area is open south of White Bird to New Meadows and a pilot car is leading traffic through the one lane.

SPORTS The Burley Green Sox have one more game in the State A Legion Baseball Tournament.  Their sunday game didn’t go quite the way they had hoped.  They lost to Wasilla Alaska 9 to 6.  Then yesterday it was a looser out game as they played Cheyenne Wyoming winning that one 4 to 3.  Now starting at noon today they take on the team from Layton Utah in another looser out game. The winner faces Alaska right afterwards for the regional championship.

Casey Knaup of Canyon Ridge will be moving on as he commits to the Feather River Community College in Quincy California.  The Junior college is in the top 25.  Knaup made the third team all-conference list for the Great Basin Ten as a catcher last season. 


Today:  Mostly sunny. High 89F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear skies. Low 57F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 91. Low: 58.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Partly sunny skies, breezy and warm. High: 89. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly sunny skies with a slight chance of a PM shower. High: 83. Low: 50.

FRIDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and cooler. High: 83. Low: 53.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and not as warm. High: 77. Low: 47.

SATURDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and comfortable. High: 80. Low: 53.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 76. Low: 48.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Comfortable with sunny skies. High: 80. Low: 55.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and nice. High: 76. Low: 50.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny conditions and comfortable. High: 80.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and pleasant. High: 74.

August 13th: On this day

Hank Williams was at #1 on Billboard's country chart with "Hey, Good Lookin'". His version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. Since its original 1951 recording it has been covered by a variety of artists including, Ray Charles, Jo Stafford, The Mavericks and Jimmy Buffett.

Born on this day in West Monroe, Louisiana, was Andy Griggs country music artist who scored "You Won't Ever Be Lonely" and "She's More", both of which peaked at #2 on the Country music charts. He also charted "Grow Young With You," a cut from the soundtrack to the film Where the Heart Is.

John Michael Montgomery was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Be My Baby Tonight", the third single from Montgomery's 1994 album Kickin' It Up.

Seven people were killed and more than 45 people injured when an outdoor stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair due to high winds at a concert featuring Sugarland. Neither the duo or their opening act, Sara Bareilles, were onstage at the time of the collapse.

The Farm Aid 2011, benefit concert took place at the Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Artists who appeared included: Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Will Dailey & the Rivals, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Francis, Ray Price, Rebecca Pidgeon, Hearts of Darkness, John Trudell, The Blackwood Quartet.

Tompall Glaser, who recorded as a solo artist and with his brothers Chuck and Jim in the trio Tompall & the Glaser Brothers died in Nashville, Tennessee, aged 79, after a long illness. He scored the 1975 solo hit with Shel Silverstein's "Put Another Log on the Fire", which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and appeared with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Jessi Colter on the album Wanted! The Outlaws.

Monday 081219

One person is in custody this morning after a stabbing in the 400 block of Gardner Avenue in Twin Falls.  Police confirm the incident happened just after 5 yesterday afternoon.  The adult male victim underwent emergency surgery at St. Luke’s in Twin Falls. 

Sawtooth mountain ranch owners David Boren and Lynn Arnone are continuing their fight to stop construction of a proposed trail that would connect the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley.  The ranch owners have property that has a U.S. Forest Service easement deed dating to 2005. That document allows a trail to cross about 1-point 5 miles of their property.  The Nez Perce Tribe is suing a Canadian mining company contending the company is illegally allowing arsenic, cyanide and mercury to pollute an area 40 miles east of McCall that the tribe has hunting and fishing rights to from an 1855 treaty with the United States.  Midas Gold has developed a plan it says will ultimately clean up the mess left by a century of mining by other companies.

Tonight, the Twin Falls city council will consider a proposal to make the city a Bee City and Monarch City USA affiliate.  Coordinators of the effort say they hope to increase education and awareness to the plights of the declining bee population.  The group says incorrectly using pesticides can quickly wipe out a bee colony.

45 year old Johathan Llana of California accused of fatally shooting a man in Utah and then leading police on a 2 day manhunt that ended in Cassia county is now in a Utah jail on charges of aggravated first-degree murder and six counts of felony first-degree discharge of a firearm.  He killed 50 year old Dennis Gwyther of Salt Lake City in May along the interstate near Snowville. 

Tomorrow U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Rish will  join city officials in Care to celebrate the communities 100th birthday.  The event will begin at 1 at the Carey City Hall.

48 year old Vicki Meek and 35 year old Harry Lashbrook of Twin Falls are facing charges of trafficking Heroin and Methamphetamine.  They were arrested during a July 11 search of the bedroom they shared.  46 year old Wade Jones the owner of the home also faces drug and weapon charges. 


In Moscow, Idaho’s pass defense came in 8th in the rankings for the big sky conference last fall.  The team has been working hard this summer to change all of that.  Two transfers and two names to watch:  Satchel Escalante and Davontae Ginwright expect to start at safety.  Escalante arrives from Scottsdale Community College leading the conference with 12 tackles a game.  Genwright is from Western Michigan.  The three year letter winner started 11 games. 

The Burley Green Sox experienced the first loss of the Northwest Class A Regional Tournament yesterday with a 9 to 6 defeat to the Wasilla Road Warriors of Alaska.  Friday the Green Sox won their game with Alpenrose Red Sox from Oregon and the Cody Cubs from Wyoming on Saturday.  One of the biggest game changers for Sunday came in the form of a grand slam in the second inning. 


Today:  Abundant sunshine. High 82F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Clear skies. Low 53F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunny in the Magic Valley and sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 87 Low: 57  Mountains: 86 Low: 51

WEDNESDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 90 Low: 58  Mountains: 83 Low: 52

THURSDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and mostly sunny in the Wood River Valley with a chance of p.m. showers and thunderstorms.  High: 88 Low: 58  Mountains: 80 Low: 51

FRIDAY: Partly sunny in the Magic Valley and partly sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 81 Low: 53  Mountains: 73 Low: 46

SATURDAY: Sunny in the Magic Valley and mostly sunny in the Wood River Valley.  High: 81 Low: 53  Mountains: 73 Low: 47

SUNDAY: Sunny in both the Magic Valley and Wood River Valley.  High: 84 Mountains: 76

August 12th: On this day

Born on this day, in West Plains, Missouri was Porter Wagoner, Country singer known for his flashy Nudie and Manuel suits and blond pompadour. In 1967, he introduced a then little known Dolly Parton on his long-running television show. Also known as Mr. Grand Ole Opry, Wagoner has scored over 80 US singles from 1954-1983. He died from lung cancer on October 28, 2007.

Born on this day in Sherman, Texas was Buck Owens, Jr., singer and guitarist, who scored twenty 21 #1 hits on the Billboard country music charts and pioneered what has come to be called the Bakersfield sound a reference to Bakersfield, California. Owens died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack on March 25th 2006.

Charley Pride was at #1 on the Country charts with ‘All I Have to Offer You (Is Me).’ In doing so he accomplished a feat not done in 25 years: an African American entertainer having a #1 hit on the Billboard country chart. The last song by a black performer to reach the summit was "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" by Louis Jordan, in July 1944. Pride became the third black singer to have a #1 country hit (the Nat King Cole-led King Cole Trio had a #1 hit earlier in 1944).

The estranged father of 17 year-old Shelby Lynn shot and killed her mother and then himself at their home in St. Stephens, Alabama. She and her younger sister Allison Moorer subsequently moved in with relatives.

Liberty Records released "Rodeo" by Garth Brooks. Written by Larry Bastian the single which was taken from his album Ropin' the Wind peaked at #3 on the US country chart.

Lonestar were at #1 on the country music charts with "What About Now", the fourth single from their 1999 album, Lonely Grill.

Friday 080919

Authorities say three young children who went missing from California were found living in a tool shed with their mother in Garden City.  The 1-, 2- and 3-year-old children were found last week in a shed without running water.  The children were flown back to California and reunited with their court-appointed guardian.

Reclaim Idaho the group who spearheaded the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative in 2018, say they expect another challenge to Idaho’s process of getting topics on the ballot.  At a town hall meeting at the College of Southern Idaho earlier this week, it was suggested that House Republican leadership could possibly bring up the topic similar to the one introduced last go around. Opponents of the proposed restrictions say it would be effectively impossible to get an initiative on the ballot.

A wildfire burning in dense timber near McCall has nearly tripled in size and led to evacuations of a small community and a popular rustic resort hot springs.  The fire near Burgdorf Hot Springs grew to 1.5 square miles.  The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office issued a full evacuation for the lightly populated area about 25 miles north of McCall.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken an initial step to reauthorize a predator-killing poison that injured a boy in Idaho and killed his dog.  The agency announced an interim decision involving sodium cyanide that’s used in M-44s, devices embedded in the ground that look like lawn sprinklers but spray cyanide when triggered by animals attracted by bait.

 Gun rights activists say they are focusing on Idaho's county fairs to ensure state law that allows adults to carry weapons on public land is followed.  Idaho law says no city or county can stop people from carrying guns on public property.   When a Twin Falls County sheriff's deputy recently asked people to leave their guns at home for that county's fair, Republican Rep. Chad Christensen from Ammon criticized the deputy on Facebook.  The sheriff's office later released a statement clarifying its support for the Second Amendment.  When the Western Idaho Fair starts later this month there will be no signs prohibiting firearms.


Fall will soon be here and so will college football season. Idaho State football opened their practice Wednesday night and the home opener is less than a month away.  The Bengals return a little more than 15 starters.  Idaho State's opener is September 5 at home versus Western Colorado. Kickoff slated for 6:35. 

Add one more name to the roster for the College of Southern Idaho Men’s basketball team Jackson Ruai, a 6-foot-4-inch guard from Tucson, Arizona, signed with the team. He is the 13th player to join the team CSI roster for the 2019-20 season.


Today:  Sunshine and a few clouds. High 87F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight:  Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 57F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a PM shower. High: 85. Low: 53.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies with a chance of an afternoon/evening shower and/or storm. High: 80. Low: 53.

SUNDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and mild. High: 79. Low: 51.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies with a slight chance of a shower. High: 74. Low: 49.

MONDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Sunny skies and beautiful!. High: 81. Low: 53.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Sunny skies and overall pleasant. High: 78. Low: 45.

TUESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny and nice. High: 87. Low: 57.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Warmer temperatures with mostly sunny skies. High: 82. Low: 47.

WEDNESDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and warmer High: 89. Low: 60.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and warmer. High: 84. Low: 51.

THURSDAY: MAGIC VALLEY: Mostly sunny skies and hot. High: 90.  WOOD RIVER VALLEY: Partly cloudy skies and warmer. High: 85.

August 9th: On this day

Born on this day in Chickasha, Okla, was Wyatt Merle Kilgore, American singer, songwriter, and manager who co-wrote (with June Carter), "Ring Of Fire", which became a hit for Johnny Cash, ending Cash's three-year career slump, staying at #1 on the country chart for seven weeks in 1963. Kilgore started his career in country music as a teenage gofer for Hank Williams and ended as the manager of Hank Williams Jr. Kilgore died on February 6, 2005.

Special guests on this week's Johnny Cash ABC television music variety show included, Diana Trask, Pat Boone who sand a duet ‘Peace In The Valley’ with Cash and Tom T. Hall who played "The Ballad of $40."

"Lord, Mr. Ford" by Jerry Reed was at #1 on the Country chart, Reed's second of three #1's. "Lord, Mr. Ford" is a satire on the social, cultural and economic influence the automobile has had on the American public. The lyrics bemoan the fact that a seemingly simple invention to assist mankind has instead brought nothing but grief.

The Urban Cowboy soundtrack double album was at #1 on the US Country chart. The album spawned numerous Top 10 Billboard Country Singles, such as #1 "Lookin' for Love" by Johnny Lee, #1 "Stand by Me" by Mickey Gilley, #3 (AC chart), "Could I Have This Dance" by Anne Murray, and #4 "Love the World Away" by Kenny Rogers. The film is said to have started the 1980s boom in pop-country music known as the "Urban Cowboy Movement" also known as Neo-Country or Hill Boogie.

The Judd’s' "Rockin' With The Rhythm Of The Rain" was at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart, The Judds' seventh #1 country single.

Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins penned song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.