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Thursday 041218

The potential for high winds today in much of Southern Idaho has the weather service issuing a High Wind Watch.  Strong winds are expected to begin around mid-morning and continue into the evening.  Sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are possible forecasters say.

Lincoln county commissioner Cresley McConnell said he is resigning effective May 5th.  He has served at his post since January 2013.  He didn’t offer a specific reason for his departure other than he had another opportunity.

Board members from the Friedman Memorial airport say plans are underway to relocate the 35 year old air traffic control tower.  The FAA set a deadline by 2023 for that to happen.  Officials are now looking at all forms of technology. 

Idaho officials have scheduled two public meetings as part of a process to potentially open a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly.  The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is gathering the comments to draft a possible grizzly bear hunting season that the Fish and Game Commission will consider in May.

A Caldwell man claims he was kept in crowded and unsanitary conditions while confined in a medical isolation cell at the Canyon County Jail.  50-year-old Eric Swain Johnson filed a prisoner civil rights complaint last year after spending three days in the medical isolation unit.  Johnson is seeking $4.25 million in damages and changes to the system.

Idaho officials say a recent lightning storm likely killed more than 100 geese in Idaho Falls.  About 50 geese were found dead in a parking lot and another 60 were found dead on the roof of the Yellowstone Warehouse.

Idaho authorities say a 5-year-old girl is dead and a toddler and adult were injured after a car erupted into flames while parked at a Boise Wal-Mart early Tuesday morning. Police say the three were sleeping in the car at the time, and investigators believe a portable heater likely caused the fire.

Oregon wildlife officials will allow a cattle rancher to kill any two wolves including a pregnant one from a new pack near the Idaho state line because the wolves killed three calves and hurt four more over a two-day period. The rancher had requested the right to kill the entire pack, but the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife set the limit at two animals. The rancher has until May 4 to kill up to two of the wolves.

Today:  Cloudy with rain and snow this morning. A shower or two in the afternoon - otherwise, mostly cloudy and windy. High near 45F. Winds W at 25 to 40 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Strong gusty winds of 60 plus mph.

Tonight:  Partly cloudy and windy. Low 31F. Winds W at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.

Tomorrow:  Windy with lots of sunshine. High 53F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph.

SATURDAY: Warmer, sun and clouds

High 60 (Mountains: 53)

SUNDAY: Sun and clouds, warm

High 65 (Mountains: 57)

MONDAY: Sun and clouds chance of scattered rain showers

High 49 (Mountains: 45)

TUESDAY: Sun and clouds chance of scattered rain showers

High 48 (Mountains: 43)

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny

High 55 (Mountains: 45)

April 12th: On this day

Born on this day in Rains, Carbon County, Utah, was Ned Miller, known for his hit single, "From a Jack to a King", a crossover hit in 1962 which reached the Top 10 on the country music chart. Ricky Van Shelton later had a #1 hit with his version of the song.

Born on this day in Norman, Oklahoma, was Vince Gill, country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Gill was a member of country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s, and then went solo in 1983. Gill has recorded more than twenty studio albums, charted over forty singles on the Billboard charts and has sold more over 22 million albums. He has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. Gill has also been awarded 27 Grammy Awards.

RCA Records released "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver, from his 1971 breakout album Poems, Prayers and Promises. The single went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of John Denver's most popular and world-wide beloved songs.

Winners at the 13th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Donna Fargo, Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell at The Shrine Auditorium, Hollywood included: Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Crystal Gayle, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Kenny Rogers, Top Vocal Group - Statler Brothers, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Debby Boone, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - Eddie Rabbitt and Song of the Year went to Kenny Rogers for "Lucille".

Born on this day was Easton Corbin country music singer, songwriter who released his self-titled debut album in March 2010, featuring the two #1 hits "A Little More Country Than That" and "Roll With It", as well as the top 15 hit "I Can't Love You Back".

Garth Brooks released his self-titled debut album which was both a critical and chart success, peaking at #13 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top Country Albums. This album contains Brooks earliest hits, including his first ever single, "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)", which peaked at #3 on the Country Billboard Charts in 1989, and his first #1, "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and the Academy of Country Music's 1990 Song of the Year and Video of the Year, "The Dance".

The premiere issue of Country Weekly magazine was published in the US. Garth Brooks graced the cover of the first issue.

The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Hank Williams a posthumous special citation that paid tribute to his "craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life."Bottom of Form