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Fire damaged the Automotive Clinic on Blue Lakes North early yesterday.  Fire crews arrived around 4:30 am to find heavy smoke billowing from the building.  Officials say there was significant damage to the building but it was not a total loss.  Investigators say it appears to be accidental.

23 year old Nicholas Stewart of Buhl has been indicted by a Twin Falls County grand jury.  He has been charged with six felony counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16.  The sexual contact is alleged to have happened over the course of several years when the victim was 11 to 13 years old.

Idaho's top prison official asked legislative budget writers to approve a roughly 7 percent budget increase for more beds and a better computer system.  If approved, the budget would reach $264.4 million.

The Mountain Home Air Force base was in lockdown following what turned out to be a false report of shots fired.  The lockdown started at 4 am yesterday and lasted for about 2 hours. 

An Idaho House panel has agreed to scrub some references to climate change while approving new science standards for the state's K-12 schools.  The Senate Education Committee must also vote on the standards.

Idaho House lawmakers spent several hours exchanging insults, accusations and heated remarks before ultimately advancing a sweeping $200 million tax cut plan. The proposal passed on a party-line vote yesterday.

Three Native American tribes are negotiating with the U.S. government to return 500-year-old skeletons of a young adult and child that authorities first thought was a more recent crime scene.  Anthropologists say they'll lose an opportunity to learn about how the two lived and died so long ago.

U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill says the Energy department doesn’t need to make public documents involving spent commercial nuclear fuel shipments to eastern Idaho sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus.  A lawsuit was filed in September 2015 after Andrus received heavily blacked-out documents from the federal agency.

Idaho would join 27 other states to define and regulate electric bicycles under a newly introduced bill.  If approved, cities and counties would have jurisdiction on setting speed limits for e-bikes, as well as prohibit certain e-bike categories from using bike paths or trails.

Today:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 62F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight:  Mainly clear. Low 39F. Winds SW 15-20 MPH

Tomorrow:  Sunshine. High 47F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

SATURDAY: Chance Mountain Showers

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 35)

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 47 (Mountains: 39)

MONDAY: Chance for AM showers

HIGH: 40 (Mountains: 36)

TUESDAY: Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 40)

VALENTINES DAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 45 (Mountains: 39)

February 8th: On this day

1948

Born on this day in McCamey, Texas, was Dan Seals, the younger brother of Seals & Crofts member Jim Seals. He first gained fame as "England Dan", one half of the soft rock duo England Dan & John Ford Coley. After the duo disbanded, Seals began a solo career in country music. Throughout the 1980s and into the early 1990s, he released 16 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the country charts. Eleven of his singles reached #1 including "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond), and "Bop."

1960

Jim Reeves was at #1 on the country singles Billboard chart with "He'll Have To Go". Reeves recorded what became one of country music's biggest hits ever after listening to a version recorded by singer Billy Brown. The song, written by Joe and Audrey Allison, was inspired after the couple were having difficulty communicating by telephone. The first verse set the tone: "Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone/Let's pretend that we're together all alone/I'll tell the man to turn the juke box way down low/And you can tell your friend there with you he'll have to go."

1984

Kenny Rogers was at #1 on the US Country music chart with Eyes That See in the Dark, his 12th solo studio album and first released by RCA Records in August 1983. This album has now sold over 15 million copies world-wide.

1990

Travis Tritt released "Help Me Hold On", the second single from his 1990 debut album Country Club. It reached #1 in both the United States and Canada, thus becoming Travis Tritt's first #1 hit.

2004

Country music winners at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards included; June Carter Cash who won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Keep on the Sunny Side", Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to Vince Gill for "Next Big Thing", Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group was Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder for "A Simple Life", and Best Country Song went to Jim Moose Brown & Don Rollins (songwriters) for "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" performed by Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett.

2006

Emmylou Harris won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for The Connection at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. Best Male Country Vocal Performance went to You'll Think of Me by Keith Urban and Best Country Collaboration with Vocals was won by Faith Hill & Tim McGraw for “Like We Never Loved At All."

2009

Former Led Zeppelin singer, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss won five trophies in the 51st Grammy Awards at the Staples Center: Album of the Year and Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, for Raising Sand; Record of the Year, "Please Read The Letter"; Pop Collaboration, "Rich Woman"; and Country Collaboration, "Killing The Blues."

2015

Rosanne Cash, picked up the best American roots performance and song awards for "A Feather's Not A Bird" and best Americana album for The River and the Thread at this years Grammy Awards. Miranda Lambert won best country album for Platinum.

 

 

Alan Jackson, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff & More to Be Inducted Into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its class of 2018: Alan Jackson, Bill Anderson, Steve Dorff, Kool & The Gang (Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown and James “JT” Taylor), Jermaine Dupri, John Mellencamp and Allee Willis.

Three of this year’s inductees—Alan Jackson, Bill Anderson and Steve Dorff—have had a significant impact on country music.

Alan Jackson’s inclusion in the Songwriters Hall of Fame will follow his recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017. Alan is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who have written more than 20 songs that they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Alan’s works include “Chattahoochee,” “Midnight in Montgomery,” “Remember When,” “Livin’ On Love,” “Drive,”  “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow,” “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” and more.

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, a 2001 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, penned a number of hits over his 60-year career, including “City Lights,” “Tips of My Fingers,” “Once a Day,” “Saginaw, Michigan,” “That’s What It’s Like To Be Lonesome,” “I Missed Me,” “Cold Hard Facts of Life,” “Mama Sang a Song,” “Whiskey Lullaby,” “Give It Away” and more.

Steve Dorff’s songs have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and more. A few of Dorff’s songwriting credits included Kenny Rogers’ “Through the Years,” George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart” and Eddie Rabbitt’s “Every Which Way But Loose.”

The group will be inducted on June 14 at the Induction & Awards Gala in New York City, joining previously honored songwriters such as Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty, Toby Keith and many more.

To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs.

Willie Nelson Cancels February Tour Dates Because of Flu

Willie Nelson, 84, has cancelled eight February tour dates to recover from the flu, according to a press release from his rep that was published by Variety.

“He is up and about and looks as healthy as ever but his doctor has determined that his voice needs more time to recuperate to give the performances you all love seeing. Willie will resume the tour in early March. Willie Nelson says, ‘I will see you all down the road.’”

Over the last couple of years, the perpetually-touring Willie has been forced to cancel a handful of shows due to illness, including dates in November 2016, January 2017, February 2017 and August 2017.

Willie’s next scheduled performance in March is on the 5th in Greenville, S.C.

Watch Keith Urban Surprise Chris Janson With an Invitation to Join the Grand Ole Opry

During Chris Janson’s sold-out show at the Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 5, Keith Urban surprised the “Buy Me a Boat” singer with an official invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. Since making his debut in 2013, Chris has racked up close to 200 Opry performances.

Keith initially joined Chris onstage to team up for a performance of John Michael Montgomery’s hit, “Sold,” before making the surprise announcement.

“To have a sold-out show at the Ryman, Chris, that’s amazing,” said Keith. “And it’s fitting it should be at the Ryman because it is, or course, one of the many homes of the Grand Ole Opry, which I am a member . . . and I remember the feeling the night that I got invited [to join]. It’s an incredible feeling and I think it’s about time you feel that way too, Chris. I would like to invite you, Chris Janson, to become the newest member of that family at the Grand Ole Opry.”

“I do not know what to say,” said Chris. “I am 100 percent speechless. So I am going to do what I do best, and I’m going to dig way back in my repertoire and I’m going to sing you the kind of music right now that I always dreamt about and studied . . . I’m gonna play you a Haggard song right now and I cannot believe I just got invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.”

Chris’ formal Opry induction will be scheduled for later this spring.