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Residents of Minidoka have started a go-fund-me page for Rafael Gil Vargas.  The 43 year old was shot and later died over the past weekend.  Denis Lopez-Serrano, a 22 year old Rupert man, has been charged with first Degree murder, attempted murder and two counts of First Degree kidnapping.

Two new administrators have been hired by the Cassia County School District.  Derek Johnston will be the new principal at Mountain View Elementary and Ryun Payne will be the new Vice Principal at Dworshak Elementary.

Yellowstone Park officials say 72 year old Virginia Junk of Boise was injured when a bison rammed her, tossing her off the trail she was walking along earlier this week.  She was treated for minor injuries.

The Ada County coroner has identified a body found near Weiser as a Fruitland man who had been missing for nine months.  41-year-old Scott Gross' body was spotted April 24 near the Weiser River Trail.  Officials don’t suspect foul play. 

Canyon County officials are considering spending 11-million dollars for steel trailers that would be used to house female inmates at the crowded Caldwell detention center.  The jail has 98 female inmates at last count some housed outside the county.

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan said her Democratic challenger, A.J. Balukoff is out of touch while the two faced off in a debate earlier this week.  Meanwhile some in the democratic party are throwing their support behind Balukoff after critics argued a campaign e-mail misled voters into thinking she had been endorsed by the Democratic Party which doesn’t endorse candidates before the primary.

Ada county election officials have caused concerns to be raised after an early voting location near the Micron campus began operating.  Officials  say the site is appropriate despite concerns raised by GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign. 

More money is being added to the budget to fight catastrophic wildfires.  Reciently, billions of dollars were made available by lawmakers over the next decade.

Today:  Sunny. High 72F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

Tonight:  Clear to partly cloudy. Low 46F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

Tomorrow:  Partly cloudy. High near 80F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Partly cloudy.

WINDS: SE 5-10 mph

LOW: 49 (Mountains: 46)

SATURDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 82 (Mountains: 71)

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy.

HIGH: 82 (Mountains: 73)

MONDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 75 (Mountains: 71)

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny.

HIGH: 78 (Mountains: 73)

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny.

HIGH: 78 (Mountains: 73)

May 3rd: On this day

Born on this day in Spencer, Wisconsin, was Dave Dudley, country music singer best-known for his truck-driving country anthems of the 1960s and 1970s including the 1963, hit "Six Days on the Road". He died on December 22, 2003.

Kitty Wells recorded "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels". Wells was disenchanted with her career prospects and was considering retirement, but agreed to the session at Owen Bradley’s studio because of the $125 union scale recording payment. "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" was an answer song to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life", and its lyrical treatment of seductive, wayward women. It became the first #1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist.

Born on this day in Modesto, California, was Shane Minor country music artist. He has written hits for other artists, including the #1 singles "Beautiful Mess" by Diamond Rio, "Brand New Girlfriend" by Steve Holy, and "Live a Little" by Kenny Chesney.

Born on this day in Greenfield, Ohio, was Brad Martin his debut 2002 album Wings of a Honky-Tonk Angel, produced the #15 single "Before I Knew Better".

Born on this day in Granite Falls, North Carolina, was Eric Church, Country singer, songwriter. His debut album Sinners Like Me produced four singles on the Billboard country chart, including the Top 20 hits "How 'Bout You", "Two Pink Lines", and "Guys Like Me".

Winners at the 29th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire included: Pioneer Award - Charley Pride, Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Wynonna, Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Vince Gill, Top Vocal Group - Little Texas, Top New Female Vocalist of the Year - Faith Hill, Top New Male Vocalist of the Year - John Michael Montgomery and Album of the Year went to Alan Jackson for A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love).

Lynn Anderson was arrested in New Mexico after causing a traffic accident at a local intersection due to drunk driving. The singer failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test after her vehicle ran into the back of a car. She was released the next day on bond. Anderson was taken to court later this year where all her previous charges were dropped, as long as she didn't commit any more offenses.

Chely Wright becomes the first major country artist to come out as homosexual. In television appearances and an autobiography, she cited among her reasons for publicizing her homosexuality a concern with bullying and hate crimes toward gays, particularly gay teenagers, and the damage to her life caused by "lying and hiding".