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Thursday 030118

Groundwater users in southern Idaho have until April 1st to install flow meters at their wells that pump water from the aquifer.  The requirement applies to about 54-hundred wells.

An Oregon developer who ordered his teenage son to shoot him in the legs to collect disability insurance will serve 10 years in prison.  Shannon Egeland claimed he was shot after helping a motorist in Idaho.  He lost his left leg after the shooting.

A Coeur d’Alene police officer is expected to make full recovery after being shot yesterday morning while he was attempting to detain a man.  Charles Hatley had only been on the job for six months.  An officer returned fire and the suspect was killed.

Idaho's House has advanced a bill allowing residents to use oil extracted from cannabis plants in staunchly anti-marijuana Idaho as long as the product is prescribed by a licensed practitioner.  Next stop the Senate then the Governor who vetoed similar legislation in 2015.

U of I law professor Aliza Cover is suing the Department of Correction under the state's Public Records Act for refusing to hand over documents about its use of execution drugs. The professor had requested info on the drugs Idaho used in its two most recent executions and that it expects to use in the future.

An Idaho House panel has advanced a measure that would create a new scholarship program for private schools. However, opponents of the bill argue it’s a cleverly disguised attempt to establish a voucher system in Idaho which would violate the ban on funding religious schools.

Low-income women in Idaho would have access to important health and family planning services under a proposal advancing inside the Statehouse.  Idaho would expand family planning services to women ages 19-44 who currently do not qualify for health care programs.  Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have killed an Idaho Democrat's bill that would have allowed women to receive up to a 12-month supply of prescribed birth control.

An Idaho House panel has advanced a proposed amendment to the state's constitution to expand the rights of crime victims and their families.  The proposal would change Idaho's 1994 Victim Rights Amendment by requiring victims to be timely notified of all court proceedings involving suspects, as well as allowing victims be heard at each step of the legal process.

Today:  Snow showers will change to some rain showers as the day wears on. High 42F. (Mountains: 36)Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy skies early then become cloudy with a mix of rain and snow late. Low 33F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precip 70%.

Tomorrow:  Snow Overcast. High 38F. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly Cloudy

HIGH: 33 (Mountains: 31)

SUNDAY: Chance Of Snow

HIGH: 35 (Mountains: 31)

MONDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 36 (Mountains: 31)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 37 (Mountains: 36)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 43 (Mountains: 39)

Winter Storm Warning

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

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST FRIDAY...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Total snow accumulations of 14 to 18 inches, with localized amounts up to 30 inches, are expected.

 

* WHERE...The Sawtooth Mountains including Stanley and Clayton, and the Big and Little Wood River Region including Hailey, Ketchum and Bellevue.

 

* WHEN...Until 11 AM MST Friday.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause patchy blowing and drifting snow, especially over mountain passes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Winter Storm Warning

Areas Affected: Boise Mountains; Camas Prairie; Upper Weiser River; West Central Mountains

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ FRIDAY...

 

* WHAT...Heavy snow occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches in Baker County, with localized amounts up to 20 inches in the Wallowa and Elkhorn Mountains. Snow accumulations of 9 to 13 inches in the West Central Mountains, Boise Mountains and the Camas Prairie, with localized amounts of 20 to 30 inches possible above 7000ft in the Boise Mountains. Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches possible in the Upper Weiser Basin.

 

* WHERE...In Oregon, Baker County zone. In Idaho, West Central Mountains, Boise Mountains, Camas Prairie and Upper Weiser River zones.

 

* WHEN...Until 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ Friday. Snow will taper off after 5 PM PST in Baker County.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are occurring. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Caribou Highlands; South Central Highlands; Wasatch Mountains, Idaho Portion

NWS Pocatello (Southeastern Idaho)

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM FRIDAY TO 5 AM MST SATURDAY...

 

* WHAT...Snow expected. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute on Friday. In addition, some reductions to visibility are expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches, are expected.

 

* WHERE...Henry, Soda Springs, Montpelier, Lava Hot Springs, Pomerelle, Pebble Creek, Georgetown, Palisades.

 

* WHEN...From 5 AM Friday to 5 AM MST Saturday.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Winds gusting as high as 40 mph will cause patchy blowing and drifting snow, especially over mountain passes. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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Winter Weather Advisory

Areas Affected: Owyhee Mountains

NWS Boise (Southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon)

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ THIS MORNING...

 

* WHAT...Snow occurring. Plan on slippery road conditions. Additional snow accumulations of up to two inches are expected. Locally higher amounts expected in the Owyhee Mountains.

 

* WHERE...In Oregon, Harney County and Malheur County zones. In Idaho, Owyhee Mountains zone.

 

* WHEN...Until 11 AM MST /10 AM PST/ this morning.

 

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

 

 

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center is expecting the next few days to be the most dangerous of the year in the backcountry.

The center said a storm coming on Thursday night is expected to dump one to two feet of snow on the mountains in areas like Stanley, The Wood River Valley and the Soldier Mountain area. Forecasters said that will cause very dangerous conditions.

"Too much snow too fast just overwhelms the snow-pack and we've got a weak layer of snow buried about two feet," said Ethan Davis, an Avalanche Forecaster with the center. "That layer we expect to collapse, retract, cause avalanches."

Avalanches that will snap trees like twigs and crush anything in its path.

The center expects to issue an avalanche warning on Thursday and Friday. They urge people to stay out of the backcountry for a few days.

"There are lots of days that throughout the season that there are safe places to go play in the backcountry, but Thursday and Friday and maybe even on to Saturday and to the weekend are just not the ones to be out in the backcountry," Davis said.

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center will be updating conditions on their website throughout the duration of the storm.

If you decide to stay in bounds this weekend, Sun Valley Resort said they will update the most current mountain conditions on its website.

March 1st: On this day

1917

Born on this day in Stockton, California, was Cliffie Stone, singer, musician, record producer, music publisher, and radio and TV personality who was pivotal in the development of California’s thriving country music scene after World War II during a career that lasted six decades. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989.

1949

Working at Nashville's Castle Recording Studio, Hank Williams recorded "Mind Your Own Business," "Honky Tonk Blues," "You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave)" and "Lost Highway".

1954

Born on this day, in Cleveland, Ohio, was Catherine Bach, actress, known for playing Daisy Duke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard that aired on the CBS television network from 1979 to 1985. The producers were looking for a Dolly Parton-lookalike; despite not looking like what they were searching for, she was hired on the spot. At the hight of the show a poster of ‘Daisy’ in her cut-off jeans sold over 5 million copies.

1961

Born on this day in Arlington Heights, Illinois, was Davis Daniel, country music artist. Seven of his singles entered the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, including the Top 40 hits "Picture Me", "For Crying Out Loud" and "Fighting Fire with Fire."

1964

Born on this day in Martinsville, Virginia, was Clinton Gregory, country and bluegrass singer, songwriter, and fiddler. His highest charting single is the 1991 "Play, Ruby, Play", which reached #25.

1968

Johnny Cash married June Carter. Johnny had proposed to June while onstage in London, Ontario the previous month. Cash and Carter continued to work together and tour for 35 years until Carter's death in 2003. Cash died four months later.

1975

Country music winners at the 17th Annual Grammy Awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance, Female - Anne Murray for “Love Song”, Best Country Vocal Performance, Male - Ronnie Milsap for "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends", Best Country Instrumental Performance - Chet Atkins & Merle Travis for The Atkins -Travis Traveling Show, Best Country Song - Billy Sherrill & Norro Wilson (songwriters) for "A Very Special Love Song" performed by Charlie Rich.

1976

Winners at the 11th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Marty Robbins at The Palladium Hollywood included: Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Conway Twitty, Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year - Crystal Gayle, Song of the Year went to Glen Campbell for "Rhinestone Cowboy" and Album of the Year went to Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn for Feelings.

 

1980

Waylon Jennings was at #1 on the Billboard country chart with the Rodney Crowell-penned song "I Ain't Living Long Like This." Emmylou Harris had also coverd the song for her 1978 album, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town.

1994

Dwight Yoakam won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "Ain't That Lonely Yet" at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. Mary Chapin Carpenter won Best Female Country Vocal Performance, for "Passionate Kisses" and Best Country Vocal Collaboration went to Linda Davis & Reba McEntire for "Does He Love You."

1995

American Recordings won Johnny Cash a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 37th annual awards. Best Country Song went to Gary Baker & Frank J. Myers for "I Swear" performed by John Michael Montgomery.

2005

Nelly featuring Tim McGraw were at #1 on the UK singles chart with "Over And Over", the third #1 for Nelly, and the first for Grammy Award-winning Country music singer Tim McGraw.

2011

The Country Music Association announced that Reba McEntire would be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. McEntire was unable to attend the announcement after her father had slipped into a coma following a stroke.

2016

Don Williams announced his retirement after six decades in the music business. He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 #1 country hits.

 

 

Brad Paisley’s One Backstage Worry

“Are They Going to Be Tired of Me?”

When Brad Paisley was in Chicago on Saturday night (Feb. 24), about halfway through the extension of his Weekend Warrior tour, I sat down with him to talk about what it’s like playing shows nearly every night for nearly 20 years.

One of the first tours he joined after signing his record deal was Alan Jackson’s. Then Brooks & Dunn’s. Then there were tours with Reba McEntire, Terri Clark and Sara Evans. And then he was the headliner, which is where he’s been for more than a decade.

But even with all that road cred, one worry still crosses Paisley’s mind.

“The one moment every night that gets to me is the walk to the stage,” Paisley told me.

“It feels like I have done that walk a lot. I’m not tired of it at all, it’s just that somewhere in the back of my mind, there’s always a little bit of the thought, ’Are they going to be tired of me tonight?’ Just a little bit. That’s on my mind.

“But immediately when we start, I realize that these people aren’t tired of me because they haven’t heard me for a year or two,” he said.

So when he opened the show that night, with “Last Time for Everything,” he used his country music to silence any lingering doubts.

“The way that we do our songs now makes them feel new. And even a song that’s been around as long as “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishing Song)” never gets old, because it never fails to please the crowd,” he said of the 16-year-old hit. “That’s crazy to me, in a way, because the song is built to some degree around a punch line. And when I get to the first ’I’m gonna miss her,’ they’re all raising their beers in the air.”

By the end of the show, Paisley’s fans still had those beers in the air about 24 songs later when he closed with “Alcohol.” So it’s safe to say, they are not, in fact, tired of him.