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Friday 12/29/17

Twin Falls police say they have arrested 39 year old Jason L. Benjamin for Rape.  Benjamin most recent job was a Twin Falls School District Math Teacher at Robert Stuart Middle School.  He has been placed on administrative leave by the district.  He was arrested under a statute that includes instances of rape where the victim is 16 or 17 years old. 

Cassia county deputies arrested 26 year old Christian Albert Parke after he was caught ransacking property of the U.S. Forest Service on Highland in Burley.  He has been charged with two counts of felony burglary and felony charges of malicious injury to property and grand theft.  He also is a suspect in the burglary of the nearby Baptist church earlier Wednesday morning.

A Twin Falls man accused of stabbing a woman in November has been ordered to spend at least 90-days at the Idaho State Hospital South.  Philip Wolff will undergo further evaluation after a clinical psychologist found he was not competent to proceed.

Nearly 102,000 Idahoans enrolled in health insurance plans on the state-based exchange despite having a shorter time period to sign up for coverage.  Idaho is one of just 12 states with its own health insurance exchange and has autonomy, but the state followed the federal government's shorter deadline unlike other state-based exchanges.

Gov. Butch Otter has appointed an eastern Idaho city councilwoman to the state House despite concerns raised by local Republicans that the selection process may have contained serious flaws.  Barbara Ehardt will replace outgoing GOP Rep. Janet Trujillo, who is leaving her post to serve on the Idaho State Tax Commission.

The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he committed in his teens.  Torey Michael Adamcik had sought post-conviction relief in the district court on several claims including ineffective assistance of counsel. Adamcik also claimed his sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.

Northern Idaho could get up to 2 feet of snow through Saturday. The National Weather Service says moist air coming in from the Pacific Ocean will hit cold air that's part of an Arctic front over northeastern Washington state and northern Idaho.

Today:  Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. Chances for mountain snow High 44F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Rain and snow build. Low 32F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. Some mixed winter precipitation possible. High 41F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

NEW YEARS EVE: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 31)

NEW YEARS DAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 33)

TUESDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 35)

THURSDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 37)

December 29th: On this day


Born on this day, was William Edwin "Ed" Bruce, Jr. country music songwriter and singer known for penning the 1975 song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys".


Lynn Anderson was at #1 on the US Country charts with "Rose Garden". Written by Joe South, the song was also a major pop hit internationally, topping the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Norway and hitting the top three in the United Kingdom. Anderson's version of "Rose Garden" remains one of the most successful country crossover recordings of all-time.


Born on this day in Huntingdon, Tennessee, was Jessica Andrews, country music singer. At the age of 15 in mid-1999, she made her debut on the Billboard Hot Country charts with the single "I Will Be There for You", from her debut album Heart Shaped World, released in 1999.


Garth Brooks was at #1 on the US country chart with his third studio album, Ropin' the Wind. The album repelaced his previous album No Fences at the #1 postion, where it enjoyed a combined 18 weeks at the top of the charts.


Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the US Country chart with “Need You Now”. It won four Grammy Awards in 2011, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year, the first country song to win both honors since 2007, and only the second ever.


December 30th: On this day


Born on this day in Lamar, Colorado, was Wesley Tuttle the country music singer. He was raised in California and took up music when he was four years old, relearning to play the guitar and ukulele after losing all but the thumb and one finger on his left hand. He contributed the yodeling to the "Silly Song" in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and later backed Tex Ritter on guitar. Tuttle died on September 29, 2003.


Born on this day in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, was Skeeter Davis one of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, she was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton. Davis died on Sept 19 2004.



Born on this day in New York City, was John Hartford, country and bluegrass composer and musician known for his mastery of the fiddle and banjo, as well as for his witty lyrics. He also invented his own shuffle tap dance move, and clogged on an amplified piece of plywood while he played and sang. Hartford died on June 4 2001.


Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys appeared at the Grand Ole Opry. According to the Opry, drums and horns were not considered to be part of country music. Wills' band at the time consisted of two fiddlers, two bass fiddles, two electric guitars, an amplified electric steel guitar, and a trumpet, as well as drums, with which the drummer played in the Dixieland style.


Hank Williams loaded up his '52 Cadillac with his guitar, stage suits and other things he would need for this short tour that would take him up through West Virginia and Ohio. At around 11:30am Charles Carr, a 19 year old college freshman Hank had hired to drive him, left his mothers boarding house on N. McDonough St. in Montgomery, Alabama. Hank was wearing dark blue pants, a white button up shirt, a tie and a navy blue overcoat. It was unseasonably cold over the south that day as a snow storm covered the entire southeastern united states.


Singer Brenda Lee was hurt when she attempted to rescue her poodle, Cee Cee from her burning house in Nashville. Lee's nine-room home, valued at $37,000 was destroyed along with $25,000 worth of clothing. Cee Cee later died of smoke inhalation.


Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.


Trace Adkins sang the national anthem and Ashton Shepherd performed "God Bless America" at the Music City Bowl at Nashville's LP Field.


December 31st: On this day


Born on this day in Roswell, New Mexico, was John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.), singer, songwriter, activist, and humanitarian. Denver recorded and released over 300 songs, earning him 12 gold and 4 platinum albums with his signature songs "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Leaving on a Jet Plane", "Rocky Mountain High", "Annie's Song" and "Calypso". Denver was killed on October 12, 1997 at the age of 53 when his experimental Rutan Long-EZ plane, crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Pacific Grove, California.


Hank Williams was scheduled to perform at the Municipal Auditorium in Charleston, West Virginia but due to an ice storm in the Nashville area, Williams could not fly, so he hired Charles Carr, to drive him to the concert. When they arrived at the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, Williams complained of feeling unwell and saw a doctor. Carr and Williams checked out of the hotel, and at around midnight in Bristol, Virginia, Carr stopped at a small all-night restaurant and asked Williams if he wanted to eat. Williams said he did not, and those are believed to be his last words. Carr later stopped for fuel at a gas station in Oak Hill, West Virginia, where he realized that Williams was dead.


Born on this day in Aylmer, Quebec, was Charlie Major Canadian country music artist. He was blinded in one eye as a result of a pellet gun accident when he was 12. Through the 1990s, he won the Juno Award as Country Male Vocalist of the Year for two years in a row.


Dolly Parton's "Here You Come Again" spent its fifth week at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It would be the last song to spend that long atop the chart until 1990's "Love Without End, Amen" by George Strait.


The Great American Country TV channel was launched with Garth Brooks' video "The Thunder Rolls" as the first video.


Shania Twain was at #1 on the US Country chart with her fourth studio album Up! The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Country Albums chart and the Billboard 200, after selling 874,000 copies in its first full week of release, it then stayed in the Top 100 of the Billboard chart for more than 60 weeks.