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CSI Officials are bracing for a lean budget next year.  Lawmakers voted this week to give the school a 1.1 percent increase.  The vast majority of the 6-point 7 million increase will go to the College of Eastern Idaho.

Voters in the Cassia County School district will decide the fate of a levy extension on next week’s ballot.  The measure would increase and extend the current levy for two years at 1-point 595 million a year.

Soldier Mountain Ski area in Fairfield is closing their facility for the season.  With the warmer temperatures, the owners said this weekend will be the last. 

Idaho's budget-setting committee has agreed to fund two new state-run liquor stores despite one lawmaker who made several attempts to convince the panel to reject the move. The new stores will be based in Southwestern Idaho. 

A bill aimed at improving Idaho’s foster care system is headed to the Senate floor.  The Foster Care Improvement Act, would enact a number of reforms to the system, some more dramatic than others such as keeping siblings together whenever possible.

A former Twin Falls patrol officer pleaded guilty yesterday morning to four counts of lewd conduct with a minor.  William Anthon Jansen will likely be sentenced in May.

An Idaho House panel has advanced a proposal that would remove mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking cases.  Critics counter that the bill may make it harder for law enforcement to stop criminals.

Idaho potatoes were valued at $1.19 billion last year, setting a record for the crop's production value.  The 2017 production value was 23 percent higher than the prior year.

Police and college students are using cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar to search for the body of a woman who has been missing for more than 50 years.  Lillian Richey, a 51-year-old woman disappeared from her Nampa home in 1964.  Police say her body has been rumored to be hidden underneath the Nampa School District administration building, which was under construction at the time of her disappearance.

Today:  Showers early, then cloudy in the afternoon. High 51F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Tonight:  Cloudy early, becoming mostly clear after midnight. Low 32F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 51F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.


HIGH: 53 (Mountains: 45)


HIGH: 57 (Mountains: 47)

TUESDAY: Mostly Sunny

HIGH: 62 (Mountains: 49)

WEDNESDAY: Chance Of Showers

HIGH: 46 (Mountains: 46)

THURSDAY: Partly Sunny

HIGH: 50 (Mountains: 42)

March 9th: On this day


Born on this day in Ferriday, Louisiana, was Mickey Gilley, American country music singer and musician and the cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl McVoy, Jim Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart. Among his biggest hits is "Room Full of Roses," "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time," and the remake of the Soul hit "Stand by Me".


At the age of 84, comedian George Burns became the oldest performer to have a single in the top 40 of Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart when "I Wish I Was 18 Again" peaked at #15.


Singer-songwriter (and rodeo champion), Chris Ledoux died. During his career LeDoux recorded 36 albums (many self-released) which have sold more than six million copies in the US. Ledoux was nominated for a Grammy Award and the Academy of Country Music -Music Pioneer Award.


Taylor Swift was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with her eponymous debut studio album, which topped the Country Albums Chart for twenty-four non-consecutive weeks.


The Barnstormer opened at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, The $5.5 million giant swing features two pendulum arms with seating for 32 riders. Seated back to back, riders travel progressively higher on each swing of the Barnstormer’s massive arms, reaching a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour and 230 degrees of rotation. At its peak, The Barnstormer reaches 89 feet (27 m) in the air, taking riders high above the barn’s rooftop and the area’s treetops.


Songwriter and recording artist Wayne Kemp, who penned hit tunes for George Strait, George Jones and Johnny Cash, among many others, died at Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette, Tennessee. He was suffering from multiple ailments and was on kidney dialysis when he passed away. Kemp was 74. One of his most well-known songs gave Johnny Cash his 1976 #1 hit "One Piece at a Time".


Canadian country music singer and songwriter Ray Griff died aged 75. His songwritering credits reached over 2,500 songs, many of them were recorded by Nashville's top recording artists including writting hit records for Faron Young, Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, Bob Luman, Gene Watson, and Johnny Duncan.

March 10th: On this day


Born on this day in Conasauga, Tennessee, was Kenneth C. "Jethro" Burns, American country musician, comedian, and mandolin player. He was better known by his stage name Jethro from his years with Henry D. Haynes as part of the comedic musical duo Homer and Jethro. In 2001, Burns and Haynes were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Born on this day, was Ralph Emery a country music disc jockey and television host from Nashville, Tennessee. He gained national fame hosting the syndicated television music series, Pop! Goes the Country, from 1974 to 1980 and the nightly Nashville Network television program, Nashville Now, from 1983 to 1993.


Born on this day, was Frederick Jay "Rick", Rubin, American record producer. Rubin was the co-founder of Def Jam Records and also established American Recordings who released Johnny Cash's American Recordings (1994), a record including six cover songs and new material written by others for Cash at Rubin's request. The album was a critical and commercial success, and helped revive Cash's career. Rubin introduced Cash to Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt", and the resulting cover version of it on The Man Comes Around would become a defining song of Cash's later years.



Born on this day in Cairo Georgia was Daryle Singletary, country music singer. Singletary entered the top 40 of the Hot Country Songs charts five times in the 90’s, reaching #2 with "I Let Her Lie" and "Amen Kind of Love", and #4 with "Too Much Fun".


Soul singer James Brown appeared at The Grand Ole Opry. Brown (who was in Nashville recording new tracks), was not the first non-country act to perform at the Opry, and wouldn't be the last, but Brown's appearance caused an immediate media frenzy during which several Opry regulars expressed their disdain at the Soul singers appearance.


Born on this day, was Carrie Underwood, country singer, songwriter and actress who rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, in 2005. With eleven #1 hits on Billboard Hot Country Songs, Underwood is listed in the 2012 Guinness Book Of World Records as the Female Country Artist with Most #1 hits on such chart from 1991 to present, tied with Reba McEntire. She is the first-ever female artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards for Entertainer of the Year (2009/10). Forbes reported that Underwood earned over $20 million between May 2010 and May 2011.


Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee to undergo treatment for pneumonia.


During a concert in London, England, Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines said that the band was "ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas" (referring to Maines' hometown of Lubbock and President Bush hailing from the same state). This was during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, the comment sparked intense controversy and outrage among Americans, including a large share of country music fans.

March 11th: On this day


Born on this day in Comanche County, Texas, was Cowboy Slim Rinehart. He was among the first of the "Singing cowboys" of the 1930s and 40s (whose ranks included Jimmie Rodgers, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers among others). He died on October 28, 1948 in Michigan in a car accident. Rinehart was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in October 1996, in recognition of his being a pioneer of the Texas music scene.


Born on this day, was Jimmy Fortune, Country singer, songwriter with The Statler Brothers who had the 80’s US Country #1 hits ‘Elizabeth’ and “Do You Know You Are My Sunshine”.


Country music winners at the 12th annual Grammy awards included; Best Country Vocal Performance "A Boy Named Sue" Johnny Cash, Best Albums Notes went to Johnny Cash (for Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline) and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female went to Tammy Wynette for “Stand By Your Man.”


Willie Nelson was at #1 on the Country music charts with "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys" which was featured on the soundtrack to the 1979 film The Electric Horseman. The song gave Nelson his fifth #1 on the country chart.


Ricky Van Shelton was at #1 on the US Country music album chart with RVS III. Hit singles released from the album were "Statue of a Fool" (#2), "I've Cried My Last Tear for You"(#1), "I Meant Every Word He Said" (#2), and "Life's Little Ups and Downs" (#4).


Emmylou Harris was named as one of the two 2015 Laureates to receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Polar Music Prize, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize for music," each year recognizes one Laureate from contemporary music and one from the classical world.