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Tuesday 010918

Idaho Governor Butch Otter delivered his 12th and final State of the State address yesterday afternoon.  The speech kicked off the 2018 legislative session.  Otter has served three terms and will not seek another.

Idaho Republican senators have elected new legislative leaders.  Former Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis resigned earlier this year after being appointed to serve as U.S. Attorney for Idaho.  Senator Chuck Winder will be the majority leader.  Steve Vick won the assistant majority leader’s position and Kelly Anthon will be the caucus chairman.

Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who was accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities has walked out of a federal courthouse in Las Vegas as a free man.  A judge who found what she called "flagrant misconduct" by prosecutors dismissed criminal charges against the 71-year-old states' rights figure, two of his sons and a Montana militia leader.

Marcus Mumford the attorney who represented Ammon Bundy has agreed to no longer handle federal cases in Oregon.  U.S. Marshals tackled the lawyer and zapped him with a stun gun as he argued with a judge over whether Bundy should immediately be released.  Mumford faces a bar complaint in Utah.

Blaine County commissioners last week unofficially agreed to withdraw from a state fund that helps cover defense costs in death penalty cases. The move was an attempt to deter use of capital punishment.  Two days later they announced they had changed their mind.

Twin Falls road crews will begin re-construction along Pole Line Road and Eastland Drive North.  It’s expected to take much of the spring and summer for the process that in the end will make the road safe for another 20 years.

23 year old Tiffany Knapp of Caldwell is behind bars again, after police say she attempted to put a hit out on her soon to be ex-husband.  She reportedly told detectives that she planned to kill her husband so she could get sole custody of the couple’s children. 

Fire investigators from the state fire marshal’s office say they are unable to determine what caused a house fire that killed a Payette couple earlier this month.  The fire may have burned for a couple of hours before being discovered.  The bodies of Phil and Darlene Skelly were found inside their home after the Jan. 3 fire.

Today:  Overcast with rain showers at times. High around 45F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%.

Tonight: Rain and Snow builds heavy at times Windy at times late. Low 31F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Tomorrow:  Windy with a few clouds from time to time. High 36F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.


HIGH: 44 (Mountains: 39)

FRIDAY: AM Showers

HIGH: 44 (Mountains: 39)

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 42 (Mountains: 37)

SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 44 (Mountains: 40)

MONDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 38)

Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Big and Little Wood River Region; Sawtooth Mountains

...Warm Winter Storm Will Generate Heavy Snows Above 6500 feet Elevation... .A very warm and moist storm is moving into southern Idaho during the morning bringing rain to elevations as high as 7200ft. This will keep heavy accumulations of snow above 6500 feet for the central Idaho mountains and the upper Snake River highlands, and above 7000 feet in the eastern highlands from Palisades Reservoir to the Utah border. For the eastern Magic Valley, it will be all rain, while what little snow the Snake River plain experiences will be washed away by rain this afternoon and evening. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM MST WEDNESDAY ABOVE 6500 FEET...

January 9th: On this day


Born on this day in Paintsville, Kentucky was Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gail Webb), country music singer best known for her 1977 country-pop hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". An award-winning singer, Gayle has accumulated 18 #1 country hits during the 1970s and 1980s. She was also famous for her once nearly floor-length hair.



Willie and Family Live the double live album by Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts. Recorded live at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe, Nevada in April 1978 at the height of Willie madness, the album features Emmylou Harris and Johnny Paycheck on some of the songs.


Following a recommendation from the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce, the City Commision dedicated Highway 31, known locally as Gallatin Road, as the Johnny Cash Parkway. A ceremony was later held in the parking lot at The House Of Cash.


Shania Twain won the People's Choice award for Favorite Female Musical Performer at the CBS broadcast ceremony from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.


Songwriter Hugh Prestwood faced criminal charges in New York after authorities at Long Island MacArthur Airport discovered a loaded.38-caliber revolver in his carry-on luggage. Prestwood's songs include Trisha Yearwood's "The Song Remembers When" and Randy Travis' "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart."


Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Red. The album sold 1.89 million copies in its first three weeks and was nominated for Best Country Album and Album of the Year, marking Swift's second nomination for Album of the Year at the Grammys, following her 2010 victory with Fearless.

Loretta Lynn “Is in Good Spirits” After Falling and Breaking Her Hip

According to a post on Crystal Gayle’s Twitter page, her sister, Loretta Lynn, fell and broke her hip last week.

“My birthday wish is for everyone to send love and prayers to my sister, Loretta Lynn, who fell and broke her hip last week,” Crystal said, in part. “I was with Loretta yesterday. She is in good spirits and is doing as well as can be expected with this type of injury.

Loretta, 85, suffered a stroke in May 2017. She made her first public appearance in October at the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival.

Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox Escapes Bus Fire Unharmed

Rascal Flatt’s lead singer Gary LeVox and his brother, Kevin, escaped unharmed after the tour bus they were riding in caught fire.

Gary and his brother were on their way to a hunting trip in Louisiana when the malfunction occurred.

Gary posted a video of smoke pouring out of the bus on Instagram with the caption: “My bus caught on fire this mornin on my way to a hunting trip. My brother Kevin and I got out. It happened so quick and could have been a different story if the ammunition would have caught fire. What a way to start 2018. Thank you lord for your covering this mornin!